It’s one thing to do a courtesy round of meals at the shelters during the holidays, but lives are changed when duty melds to decision. An active, intentional decision to get off the sidelines and into the game. The game of life where everyone has a vital role.
Attacking any societal issue feels overwhelming. The scope and magnitude is never ending. Almost daily, we pass homeless men panhandling on the corner, and yet I tell the kids we don’t give money for fear it will go towards alcohol. And yet, is it my responsibility to give regardless? How can one person or family make a difference?
Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. -Isaiah 58:10
One tangible, service project in helping the homeless is to put together care packages and keep them in your car. When you see someone in need, you have something you can give them immediately to meet some minor needs.
Ideas to get you started:
- Hand warmers
- Wet Wipes
- Water bottle
- Note/bible verse
Commentators have given additional suggestions – socks, gloves (Dollar Store has great ones), first aid kits, pillar candles, cough drops, pain medicine…)
We’re developing relationship with special, new friends at an area homeless camp. Hearing their stories is life changing, and statistically, it is said that many Americans are only two months away from being homeless.