Helping the Homeless

"It's not how much we give, but how much LOVE we put into giving." 
- Mother Theresa 

Like I said in last week's blog post, this week's meeting would be devoted to assembling care packages to give to the homeless. Homelessness is something we're all very aware of because we see it a lot here in Houston. We see them all the time on the side of the road holding up signs and asking for someone to help them. Our sense of privilege is stronger than ever as we sit in our climate-controlled cars waiting for the light to change so we can go wherever we need to go. We have the privilege of transportation to take us from place to place. We have the privilege of a purposeful life of to-do lists and people to see. But amidst all of that, right there on the street is someone in tattered clothing, holding a sign because they have no other options. 

A great lesson that the girls and I encountered during the privilege lesson what that no matter how much we think we know someone, we may not truly know
their story. We're all so quick to judge a person by the community they live in, the language they speak, and the clothes that they wear when in reality, we know nothing about them. We don't know their story. I don't know about you, but I LOVE hearing someone's life story. Their story is what really makes them the most beautiful. It defines their character, it enhances their strength, and it makes them completely unique. 

So, the girls and I talked about changing the way we all perceive the homeless by giving them the power of story. We won't write the story for them anymore. We will show them that we care, tell them that we believe in them, and make them feel like they are people too. Because we are aware of our privilege, we can share our privilege with the people who need it most. 

We spent our time on Thursday putting together bags of goodies! Because of the donations from many of you (THANK YOU!), I was able to buy 50 pairs of socks and plastic bags. The girls donated things like granola bars, crackers, fruit snacks, and water bottles. 

But, of course, that wasn't quite enough so the girls had the idea to write some inspirational notes as well! They wrote things like "You will overcome this" and "We care about you!" on hundreds of slips of paper. We were able to fill each care package with several notes that will definitely put a smile on everyone's face that gets one. 

It felt SO good to do something like this! The girls and I couldn't stop smiling the whole time we were making them. Each girl got 2 bags to take with them to keep in their car. I have some bags myself that I will be giving as I drive around as well. I can't wait to hear the reaction from the girls as they get to serve others throughout the week! 

"You have two hands: one to help yourself and the second to help others." 

Do something today to share your privilege with others. 

1 comment :

  1. you are doing a good job!so nice that nowadays there are people that learn kids to be good!also you can show them this https://kovla.com/blog/how-i-fell-in-love-with-a-homeless-man/ about a woman that fell in love with a homeless man!that is true love!