I started looking around for something I could do in my area. It didn't take very long.
California has been hit with storms over the last week of a magnitude we haven't seen in YEARS. We were taking an exit to Christmas shop and there, squatting under an umbrella in pouring down rain, was a homeless man. No warm coat, just wet. I'm searching my car for something I could give him and I had nothing with me. NOTHING! No money, no food, nothing. As he came near my car I was almost in tears because there was nothing I could do. But then he passed my car.... it seems the car behind me had called him over and he was responding. I look in my rear view mirror and out comes a hand with a brown lunch bag tied with ribbon, maybe Christmas cookies leftover from a school party? But the bells went off in my head!
I CAN DO THAT!!
How hard could it be to go shopping for some food, put it in a lunch bag and pass it out to the homeless in my community?? Right after we pulled into our parking space at Costco, I used my phone to see if anyone was already doing this and what they were putting into the bags. THIS is what I found. We were on the way to Costco so I started putting things in my basket I thought would be nutritional and filling. We stopped at Smart and Final and even our local Dollar Store that day and brought home all kinds of things. I'm a crafter so I already had 100 lunch bags and I've helped throw several baby showers over the past couple of years so I had plenty of plastic forks and spoons. The excitement was mounting and taking over!
My daughter and I filled 8 lunch bags on the first day. She took 4 for her car and I took 4 for mine. When the need arose, we would be prepared! And it wasn't long after we put them in that we were able to start giving them out.
I have plans.... BIG PLANS!! I talked to each of my kids asking them if they wanted to help out. If they could commit to even $20 a month in money so we could pool our funds, that would be $100 of supplies a month! Each of us could help make and take the bags to our communities since we don't all live in the same town. And if we had enough money for food, we would start supplying socks, hats, warm clothing as we could. And we would make a commitment to do this for the entire upcoming year.
So you will notice a new little item over there ------> on my blog. A donation button! If you want to help me help others in my community, I sure hope you will think about donating a few dollars. And if you can't donate here, I hope you will think about taking this idea to your own community. Find something you can do and do it for the entire year. And when you do, I sure hope you will make a comment here, a link, a way to follow your endeavor too.
Spread the love, Feed The Need, One Person At A Time