Sister Mary Johnice stands about five feet tall. While she may not be a physically imposing figure, her aura dominates a room. She stops to talk with as many people as she can. "You're beautiful. You're wonderful." You can't miss her smile, and she's likely to give you food. Even if it means stuffing your pockets with candy, literally. She actually filled my pockets so full with candy, a priest had to get a grocery bag to fit it all in.
“Blessings don’t have to be big they have to touch the heart and bring a smile," Sister Johnice said.
Making people feel special and helping those in need is what she specializes in.
Every Thanksgiving, she serves around 200 dinners to anyone who walks into the Response to Love Center.
She knows her regulars, but what she likes the most about this dinner, is that entire families come to eat.
"I know the people's stories. I know where they come from," she said.
It's the little things to her that make it all worth it. She gives a big hug to the people she knows and always says "I love you."
She has a loyal group of volunteers that comes year after year to help.
Mark and Jane Moskel have been coming for 15 years. They occasionally bring their sons to help.
“I can’t explain how much they contribute to the people who need help here," Mike Moskel said.
He usually works as a busboy. He concedes it's not the most glorious job, but that's not what's important to him.
“The fact that I’m bussing tables doesn’t really matter to me. What matters is that I’m here and we're helping and we're doing some good for a lot of people."
So on days like Thanksgiving, it's the tiny things that go along way. While around 200 meals will be served, the amount of smiles, laughs, and love is endless.