Creative Solutions Yield Much for the Poor and Needy

RGM invites groups and individuals to be creative in their giving. So whether you are a 2nd grader with a lemonade stand or a teen looking for community service, you are just who God needs to help the poor and needy. "Find a need and fill it."
 
 
Bike repair for the homeless is a great outreach!
Bike repair for the homeless is a great outreach!
 
May 2, 2012 - PRLog -- Hunger never takes a holiday – as evidenced by the crowds coming for a free meal whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter or any night of the week at the Redwood Gospel Mission downtown. People who were hungry last December, are probably the same ones who will be hungry throughout the summer months this year as well.
Unfortunately, those big holidays are great reminders for people to feel grateful for all they have and to reach out, to share. However, there are no such reminders May through September and as Jesus said in Matthew 26, “The poor you will always have with you…” So, what’s a ministry to do in accomplishing its mission of mobilizing the community? Get creative!
A couple years ago a small boy came into the Ministry Support office with his red wagon holding a box that was filled to the brim with canned foods; cans he had collected in his neighborhood by going door-to-door. He couldn’t have been a day over 8 years old.
Middle school and high school groups have collected new, clean socks and donated bundles of them. Some teens have held coat drives during the winter months and in time to distribute them at the major events in November and December.
Churches have invited our donation truck to come and park on their property for a Saturday or Sunday so their congregation and neighbors can conveniently bring their donation items down the street. Small groups have adopted landscaping, gardening, painting, and clean-up projects for one day or spanning a couple of weeks.
Families can host a home party to collect items such as frozen turkeys, pillows and bed linens while incorporating learning materials and an experiential activity such as “Bedtime in the Backseat” – where parents learn about the challenges of living in a car while trying to do simple tasks such as reading a bedtime story, preparing a snack, and tucking-in the children for sleep in the backseat of the family car.
Excellent ideas abound because the need is so great and varied. The goal isn’t to just go shopping for these much-needed things, but to invite your family, friends, and neighbors to take the journey with you. In this way you share your experience with others and learn from their perspective as well.
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Source:Cathleen Jones, Development Officer
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