Monday, November 14, 2011

Giving of a different kind.

Happy Coats and sweaters
image courtesy

Victory church that I visited a week ago, announced that at one of their free lunches for the needy, a gentleman came to receive the food and he was barefoot. Besides warm sweaters, jackets they now were requesting gently used tennis shoes, and clean socks. I knew they wanted warm clothing and I had prepared two large bags and had brought them with me; one with men’s long sleeved flannel shirts and the other bag filled with ladies warm pants and sweaters.

This week, my husband went through all his sweaters and handed me a large armful from his closet, but no available shoes.

I tend to be a person to find a way when there seems not to be a way, so I visited one of our local thrift shops and was able to purchase a very nice pair of men’s tennis shoes for one dollar.

Sunday at my church I was allowed to make an announcement. I stated that usually we like to send money to help the victims of floods, fires, earthquakes, tsunamis etc, but we often neglect those who are cold and hungry in our own community. I told them about the little church not far from us who are feeding the poor on Thursdays and Fridays, and the man who arrived with no shoes. Then I asked my friends to bring shoes and sweaters next Sunday and I would see that they get delivered.

One man told me he would bring a bag next week. YES!!

My church has a early service so, after my church I went to the other church and left my contributions.

I am not one to volunteer to help serve the lunch, but there are other ways to give and I am finding this to be one of those ways.

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caryjo said...

I am buried often in collecting clothing for the needy or the new refugees, especially from warmer areas and hitting us in the middle of winter. As I've said often, I was poor, and if the Lord hadn't used others to provide food and clothing, I would have been in real trouble. And it's so wonderful to share with others; my heart just explodes with joy. Glad you are doing it, too. Means a lot to others and to you.

floyd said...

God bless you for the heart and gift of giving and serving. I know where your attitude of "to find a way, when there seems not to be a way," comes from. Your faith is encouraging to all of us and I know it makes our Father smile.

Unknown Mami said...

That's wonderful. It is a great way to help someone in need.

Charlotte said...

How wonderful. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. We just gave a lot of clothing to the Goodwill. Giving them directly to the poor is even better.