It has been more than two weeks since I started doing my work from home.

However, that doesn’t mean I have been home all of the time.

Over the days I have been “distance working” there have been opportunities of the necessary sort that have required me to travel away from the Krause farm.

I have stopped off a couple of times to catch up on a few things and to print some documents at the office, and while in town my best half and I have done a bit of grocery shopping to feed the Krause family.

As a family, we have trekked over to Milroy to get the school lunches being offered for students. (Thanks by the way to all of the school lunch workers and bus drivers delivering those meals.)

One of the longest times I have been away from home happened when my best half and I traveled to Redwood Falls to do some of those necessary tasks but also to participate in the rescheduled Ruby’s Pantry distribution.

Like nearly everything else, the changes had to be implemented for the monthly food program, and through some creative efforts, and a whole lot of flexibility, that distribution was held March 31 in the parking lot of Jackpot Junction.

The loading of boxes into vehicles officially began at 2:30 p.m. that day, although the coordinators and volunteers were there much earlier than that. We arrived a little after 3 p.m. that day, and as we rolled toward the entrance to the casino my mouth dropped.

There was already a huge line of people waiting for their share.

I think during the time we waited in that line I said the word “wow” more often than I had said it in my entire life up to that point.

We drove into the lot, waved to Dan Tiffany, who was directing traffic into the line, and then we waited – slowly inching forward a car length (sometimes two) at a time.

Thankfully, I thought ahead enough to bring along my camera. I actually had contacted Lindsey Caraway in advance to ask if she could submit some photos, too. So, whether it was Lindsey or someone else who took the photos in the April 6 edition, I want to say thanks.

I realize just how busy all of you were that day.

It was actually a nice wait, as Kelly and I had the chance to talk for a while. When you have a house full of Krause progeny finding time to be alone together is a challenge to say the least.

After an hour had gone by we saw a couple of cars leave the line allowing the rest of us the chance to move up a bonus space.

I had also brought along my laptop and benefitted from the wait time as I did some of the work I should have been doing in the home office for the next morning’s print deadline.

Anyway, talking, working and being in awe of what was happening all around me made the time go by faster than I had anticipated when we first got in that line.

We waited more than two hours for the food we received, but the good news is we were able to get something to bring home to feed the masses.

As we neared the front of the line, we started seeing more of the actual activity that was going on as boxes of food were being efficiently loaded into vehicles. Even hours after they had started that group was still busily working to ensure things went as quickly as they could.

That was impressive to say the least.

To all of you who volunteered your time that day I express my thanks on behalf of the Krause family and a grateful community. We will be enjoying those items for some time, and each time I take a spoonful of that ice cream we received that day I will think about all of the efforts you made – unless of course the rest of the family gets to it first.

During the last communication I had with Lindsey Caraway the indication is that the April distribution is still in the works, but the full details have not yet been determined.

So, keep an eye on the Ruby’s Pantry Redwood Falls Facebook Page for the most recent distribution information.

If you have a suggestion for a story like this or know of someone who is doing something extraordinary during our new normal under COVID-19, please send me an e-mail at tkrause@redwoodfallsgazette.com.

Stay safe and healthy.

Enjoy time with family.

Get some fresh air.

Keep doing good things.