All help is not created equal. Before you help the homeless, consider this:
Earlier this year First Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., collected 700 pairs of shoes for a local homeless shelter. People came forward and placed their shoes on the altar, with many going home in socks or bare feet.
What an incredible outpouring of generosity from a church working to make a difference in their community. High fives all around.
It’s great to hear stories like this, but sometimes you start to ask questions:
- That’s a lot of shoes. I wonder if the homeless shelter was equipped to handle the storage and distribution of that many shoes?
- How would you distribute that many shoes?
- Did they have the right sizes?
- What kind of shoes do you buy for a homeless person? Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes for being on your feet all day, or dress shoes to complete an interview outfit?
- Are shoes really what the shelter needed most? What if instead of shoes, those 700 people donated $20 each. $14,000 could go a long way. Or what if all 700 people volunteered? What does that shelter really need?
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Johnnie Johnson hears his name over the intercom and grins. Though he’s missing a few teeth, he has a beautiful smile. He wears it often.
“That’s what it’s like every day,” says Johnson, 58. “They always need me for something.”
And that makes him happy.
“He epitomizes the idea that life becomes richer when you can find something to be thankful for and someone to express it to,” says Liz Seymour, executive director of the Interactive Resource Center, which helps people dealing with homelessness.
Though he is a client at the IRC, Johnson gives as much as he gets, volunteering six days a week.
“I’m a thankful person,” he says…
…That’s what Johnson does so well, Seymour says.
“He’ll come in and say, ‘Last night’s stars were so beautiful,’ and I realize the reason he knows that is that he was sleeping outside,” Seymour says.
via THANKFUL: Expressing gratitude through actions at News-Record.com.
“Start your Holiday shopping on November 22nd at the Artifacts Cooperative Holiday Art Sale! Artists who are experiencing homelessness will have a large selection of framed art, note cards sets, woodworking, jewelery, and more! Great art, great cause, great community!”
More here: Artifacts Holiday Art Sale
[When] Friday, November 22, 2013
[Time] 4:30pm until 9:00pm
[Where] Interactive Resource Center at 407 E. Washington St, Greensboro, North Carolina
The “Chicken Walk, Ending Homelessness One Leg at a Time”, is a charity walk in Greensboro on November 16, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. in Center City Park, benefiting the IRC, where homeless people in Greensboro can take a shower, wash clothes, hunt for a job, see a nurse, use a phone, and more.
The $20 registration fee includes lunch*, a Chicken Walk tee shirt*, concert by Warren, Bodle and Allen, and an exclusive tour of the Interactive Resource Center (IRC). Free for children 5 years and under. Register online now!
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For questions, please contact Amy Murphy, 336.508.3149 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*while supplies last