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Thursday, October 23, 2008

A Much Needed Reminder

From over at Traditional Catholic:
"Right in your own home town there are thousands of homeless looking in garbage cans for food to eat. They sleep in the brutal cold. They suffer and suffer and people callously walk by and smirk at them...It's all about me-ism. No one cares about the poor little child that tugs at somebody's robe because he is starving. No one cares that the little children wont have any dinner tonight, or tomorrow or even the next day. They are too comfortable in their lives to care that somewhere in the world, a child is dying alone from hunger."
(emphasis mine)
Here's a great idea I found online, each week when you go grocery shopping, buy a few cans of food that are going to be specifically donated to the soup kitchen. Keep a bag in your house that you will add these cans to. When the bag gets full you can then deliver the food to the soup kitchen yourself.

To find a local soup kitchen in your area you can look in the phone book, call your local government office or do a search online. You are bound to find a few. Once you determine which soup kitchen you are going to donate to give them a call and let them know you are about to go food shopping and would like to pick up a few things for them and find out what they are low on.

With Winter on the way, you can collect coats, gloves, hats, blankets and socks and deliver those to your church or community shelters. Socks are very important!

H/T: Bruce Tucker

2 comments:

Michelle K said...

A friend of mine routinely gives to the homeless in her area. At first she was afraid to approach them but after the initial visit she found them to be just as human as we are and grateful for her kindness. She took blankets, sheets and books. The homeless do read...She often brings her dog and that does alot to uplift the spirits of people everyone has forgotten. I plan to join my friend.

Cassie said...

These are great ideas. My local grocery store makes it easy by placing a box for the local food bank right by the exit. My kids and I always buy a few extra items to put in there. It's not quite the same as giving it to the homeless personally, but I sure do love that the store makes it so easy that anyone can do it and there is no excuse not to!

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