I have been thinking about doing another mini series about something that is very close to my heart: making a difference in this world.
Each week (for a few weeks) I will be sharing some easy things we can all do to make a difference.
I am kicking this off with goodie bags.
No, they are not for halloween.
This goodies bags are very simple to make, and the content change depending on the season we are in. I hand these to homeless whenever I get a chance
(pretty much daily and more than once).
I usually have a "hot" weather bag or a "cold" weather one, but pretty much I make sure the content has a:
- drink (water, juice, chocolate drink...)
- snack (granola/ protein bar, chips,...)
- fruit (usually apples, because they don't spoil as fast, sometime oranges, bananas)
Useful item(s) change according to the season.
While during the warmer months I like to add a rain poncho, a small umbrella, a sun hat.
The reason why I do this, is because I believe every person needs to feel loved.
I see so many people driving by a homeless person and not even make eye contact with them.
They are human being,
and even if you don't have anything for them, ask how they are doing, ask their name, give an encouraging word.
I personally grew up traveling a lot by train, and my dad always told me not to give money to anyone who asked for it, but he taught me to help by buying them a meal, or share something I had.
I believe in the power of action,
and what my children are learning is just that.
I buy most of the items at the $tree (hats, scarfs, gloves, poncho).
And for the food items I buy what's on sale.
It costs us about $2-3 to fill up a goodies bag, but the response we get from the person who receives it is priceless.
And you might not ever know how much that means to them, just know it does.
Ours is a local Ministry to the homeless called
"Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice”
— Nelson Mandela
“The man who has no money is poor, but one who has nothing but money is poorer"
— Orison Swett Marden
“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement”
— Woodrow T. Wilson
“What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like”