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Monday, December 14, 2009

Think INside the Box...



...a simple way to make a difference.

If you read my past blog posts, you know that I advocate helping the homeless and the poor.  On my sidebar are a couple of links to organizations that do just that.... one large, one small. 

This is the dining hall where Target: Dayton! feeds the homeless and poor.  They also witness to them about Jesus.  Click the link on my sidebar to learn more about their ministry.


Here are some of the hats,scarves and gloves that Sandy collected for the homeless that live under a bridge in her city.  Check out her blog for the Bridge Project


At my former job, some co-workers and I adopted a family for Christmas.  We went through another employee's church that organized families' needs.  We used our coffee pot money and donations to go on a shopping spree.  This particular single mom was able to give her kids a wonderful Christmas!  And the fun we had shopping for those kids was unmatched by anything else that holiday!















One year, this same group took up a collection for the Dayton food bank.  I called the woman in charge, and she told me that the things they needed most were toiletries; toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, etc.  After I got it OK'd through the powers that be I ran off flyers to hang on bulletin boards throughout the plant.  As we filled huge boxes, we would deliver them after work.   I remember one guy, after telling his dentist about our project, came in with tons of toothbrushes!

Do you work in a place that could team up the same way?  Most people are willing to contribute to such a collection, if someone takes the first step in organizing it.  Maybe you could be that someone...
In a recent post, The Meaning of Christmas, Rae, over at Weather Vane, tells of a yearly tradition her family has of filling a box for a local shelter.  Even the grandkids get in on the act!  It's such an easy thing to do.  Imagine if every family you knew did that!  Imagine your local shelter receiving hundreds
of boxes filled with essentials for their clients.



There are many ways to help that need not be expensive or time consuming.  Please, whatever you do, don't think it's too late because Christmas is right around the corner...  Their needs aren't over when the decorations come down.   As a matter of fact, donations often pick up around Christmas time, when people are feeling the Christmas spirit of giving, but drop off steeply following the new year. 
Most food banks are facing huge crises because of the staggering unemployment levels.  You don't even have to buy food and haul it to them...  You can send them a check.

I think that the best way to make a big impact, is to recruit others.  That is the purpose behind these posts.  Hopefully, many will be inspired to do something small, and together, all those things will build a mountain of love.  Won't you join in?

I would love to hear from you on any traditions you have that make a difference to the needy in your world.  Do you have a simple way to give that you would like to share?

4 comments:

SquirrelQueen said...

Glad to hear of all the help being given in your area. My husband's workplace has several charities they support this time of the year. We give toys, clothing and food to be distributed to the families. I used to take food to one of the shelters but they seemed to be getting a lot of the same sorts of things so I now contribute money. That way they can purchase the missing necessities.

Like you said, we need to remember the needy year round not just the holidays.

Sandy said...

A beautiful post, a meaningful one and 200% on the mark. We can all do something, some of us due to fiances and time perhaps can't do what others do...but, we can all do something. Make today the day you decide to do something. It may seem small but, joined with others it does make a difference. Truly it does, and together WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Many thanks for your ongoing support and encouragement with my Bridge and Beyond Project, it is most appreciated.

Sandy

Marla said...

Wonderful post, Lily. Very inspiring and yes, we can all do something even when it's not Christmas. Well said, sister!

charmine. said...

Lily,this is wonderful.Here the local churches help folks this time of year,both old/new stuff.But as you said it's to be done year round.I like to give food or old stuff as a good number of homeless folk here sell what we give them and brave the cold with card board, and some grab off what's given to the poor.It's different in some places I guess.