DONATE TO A SHELTER
Give to those who are in need this season. Have you ever wanted to donate to a shelter but didn’t know where to begin? There are food and clothing drives going on all around our city now. Everyone is coming together to help those who are struggling this season. Do something meaningful with your family. Start by searching the internet for a shelter in your area. We have kids clothing to donate, so we picked a Women and Children Safe House. We now had the people in mind, to be thinking about as we go through our things. My daughter picks up a shirt and says, “Mom, this shirt is too small. Can I give is to a little girl?” It makes the heart happy to think about the people who would be receiving our clothes. I did a lot of research on what the most needed items for shelters were. I combined them into one list. You can print it off and use it as a guide, while looking through your clothing. Take the donations to the shelter of your choice during their donation hours. Another way to do it is to pick a shelter and give them a call. Ask what they specifically need. Get a group together and plan a donation drive asking for donations for the needs of your shelter. Our local cub scouts did a donation drive for a children’s shelter. They were requesting throw blankets, coats, toothbrushes, and stuffed animals. They bundled each of them and put a bundle in a tote bag. They got enough donations for a couple dozen bags, in just a week.
Most shelters especially in colder areas will tell you that new socks (especially thermal ones) are the most needed items. If your feet are warm it can help regulate the temperature of the rest of the body. I’m sure you have heard of “Sock”tober. Socks are so critical that they do a big push to collect them. I have seen sock drives for admission to county and state fairs, 5 K’s, admission to a baseball game or football game. So, if you want to focus on only one item, socks are a great way to go. Remember items are in need all year and not just at the end of the year around the holidays. Spread the love year round!
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I hope you feel the love of God as you serve His children!
What are other things YOU do to serve in YOUR community?
What are needing clothing items to DONATE TO A SHELTER near YOU?
DAY 14: JESUS CHRIST TAUGHT US TO CLOTHE THE NAKED
To see themes for the other days, see: LIGHT UP THE WORLD: 25 Ways in 25 Days