In an amazing display of speed, efficiency and joy the people in the large room (donated by a for-profit business) worked with the staff of a wonderful charity called Feeding Children Everywhere in an assembly line that mixed lentils, salt, spices and rice into bags that were quickly weighed, sealed and packed - 96 bags to a box - in cardboard boxes.
My group managed to make 768 bags - enough for over 2,000 meals. Other tables did even more.
Next to the front door where stacks of donated bottled water which rested next to scores of bags of food that people brought in that morning. Next to that food was a jar filling up with cash and checks to buy even more food for the 33,000 Oklahomans in need.
I asked one of the staff members when the food would leave for the Sooner State. "Within days" was his answer.
All of this kindness - from Floridians to Oklahomans 2,000 miles away - reminded me of a story...