Reaching Out to Serve our Brothers and Sisters in Need
Due to weather conditions we decided to postpone our original date of Dec. 24th to Dec. 31st. This turned out to be a huge blessing for some of the 30+ people we were fortunate to serve blankets. It was different in a great way. We were able to serve on a day that was not typical for people to serve on. And not only this but we were able to provide donated blankets and winter accessories to our friends experiencing homelessness, to somewhat endure the “Code Blue” that was declared a few days later. A community in Eldersburg came together to create winter accessories and wrapped them up so that our friends could have a gift to open, to remind them that someone is thinking and praying for them!
During our time of serving, we made a new friend with a woman named Marissa* who had outgrown her shoes, but had not had any new pair of shoes for 4 years. Because of the generous hearts of our donors, we were able to provide her with a new pair of shoes that fit perfectly for her! We also made a new friend with a man named John* who was in dire need of a new coat, due to his falling into pieces. The smile on his face when he found a coat that was not only his size but kept him warm, completely made my day! Then we ran out of blankets...until a man from Towson came by and asked if he could give out blankets with us!! So we were able to see our friends receive more than we could give them!! God provided!
We had a 4 new volunteers with us, and they did an amazing job serving our friends! Serving provided them with a greater compassion for our friends! I am always praying that our perspective changes when we think about someone who is experiencing homelessness; that we do not define them by their living situations, but see them as people who still need love. So to hear this from our volunteers ALWAYS makes my day!
Thanks again to everyone who decided to support this event!! Our next event will take place on February 20 at 5pm! We hope to see you there!!
* = Names of friends are given alias names for identity protection purposes.