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Monday, August 20, 2012

Clothe The Naked

The Salvation Army takes donations of clothing and home goods plus furniture. They re-sell these items in their thrift stores across America at a good value.

Salvation Army


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul helps the poor with needs, especially clothing.

National Council of the United States
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
58 Progress Parkway
St. Louis, MO 63043-3706
(314) 576-3993

Catholic Social Services are active in many local communities. Contact your local diocese or look in the yellow pages for their information.

These are just a few of the ways you can help to fulfill this work of mercy. Don't throw out those clothes..give them away.

Please visit your local pregnancy center and woman's shelter to see if they will take donations of gently used baby clothing and business attire for women trying to re-enter the workforce.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Give Drink to the Thirsty

In keeping with the Work of Mercy theme here are some other ways you can be a doer of the word...

Global Water seeks to provide a permanent solution to a region's water needs.

Global Water
Project Management Office
3600 S. Harbor Blvd., Suite 514
Oxnard, CA 93035

H2OAfrica brings awareness to the African situation and creates sustainable alliances between people who want to help and organizations that can make it happen in some of the communities of Africa that have no clean water.

920 Main Street, Suite 1800
Kansas City, MO 64105

Drop in the Bucket constructs wells and sanitation systems in Tanzania, Mozambique, South Sudan, Chad, Kenya and Uganda.

Drop in the Bucket
P.O. Box 3697
Los Angeles, CA 90078

Again, check with local food pantries and churches that you may be able to donate water to on a regular basis within your own community.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Work of Mercy

I just finished reading The Work of Mercy by Mark Shea. Excellent book on the Corporal and Spiritual works of Mercy. Highly recommend it to those who are interested in such things and to those who may not know they are. He's not preachy, but gives practical insight into each work and at the end of his book he gives us some ideas on how we can make it happen, and (as my blog title says) be a helping hand to others.

I'll post some of the ideas he gave to help us be doers of the word and not just hearers. Of course you can look in your local area and find many more ways to work out each work of mercy, corporal and spiritual. It really does do a body good. Both yours and those you help.

Feeding the Hungry:

Mercy Corps provides communities with the tools and support they need to transform their own lives.

Mercy Corps P.O. Box 2669, Dept. W
Portland, OR 97208-2669

Food for the Poor provides food, housing, health care, education, water projects, emergency relief, and micro-enterprise assistance in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Food for the Poor
6401 Lyons Road Coconut Creek FL 33073
954-427-2222 or 800-427-9104

Feed the Children works in all 50 states and in 34 foreign countries supplementing more than 760,000 meals a day worldwide and reaching out to help children and families in 119 countries around the globe.

Feed The Children
P.O. Box 36 Oklahoma City, OK 73101

These are just a few of the larger organizations that you can contact to help Feed the Hungry. Look in your church bulletins and google your city for charitable activities to find local events you can participate in.


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