Kudos to Don Herrman for making sure a soup kitchen in Brunswick has remained open to serve hot meals to the hungry, and double kudos to the legion of volunteers and monetary contributors who have made the program at Manna House possible. You are among other good-hearted individuals who are the heart and soul of Brunswick and the Golden Isles.

Herrman, director of the program, and company have managed to keep the community kitchen open now for 30 years. That impressive length of time, and the large number of always-ready volunteers, as well as continuous generous donations that total deep into the thousands, are nothing less than phenomenal. Sustaining any program of this nature for three decades is quite a feat, quite a feat indeed.

Of course, Herrman has been able to do it by tapping into one of the most powerful forces in nature - human compassion. Many of these food preparers and servers are from various churches. Others are from civic groups, whose members believe in service to community. The list also includes individuals who see a need and who don't have to be asked twice to lend a hand.

It is good to know there is a place like Manna House on G Street, a place where a smile and hot food always await those down on their luck, short-term or long-term. It's good to know there are people like Don Herrman around when desperation becomes a daily issue. It's comforting to know there are so many people - men, women and children - who are ready and willing to pitch in when called upon to do so.

On behalf of the community and on behalf of all those who have ever broken bread at Manna House, we say thank you. You are the safety net that keeps the needy out of the cruel clutches of complete despair.