After polishing off the thoughts on chicken last week, I fully intended to post another “Positive Friday” block at the end of last week. Since I did not quite get around to it, we will celebrate Positive Friday on a Monday.
Hey, it gives you all week to work on being positive, and maybe just the thought of Friday will help to pull you through another Monday.
Positive Friday posts will always attempt to include ways for you and your neighbors to make your community better through Christ-centered action. Today’s ideas is one of the best that I’ve ever seen.
Naturally, I didn’t come up with it.
A man in our church came up with something that can get everyone involved in sharing God’s love and helping some of the most disenfranchised members of our community. Get together with some friends, family, church members, etc. and put together Homeless Packets.
Different people can buy different items, then others can pack them, and others can distribute them. If you are not comfortable having direct interaction with the homeless community, you can help by buying items and/or packing them. If you want to know more about the homeless problem, you can seek them out or give the bags to someone who can ride with you to find them. It is recommended that you do this in teams.
Here are the items you will need:
–One-gallon Ziploc bags
HYGIENE: Disposable razor, nail clippers, comb, shampoo/body wash, toothbrush, toothpaste, tissues, deodorant, bar soap, moist wipes, shave gel
FOOD: Peanut butter crackers, Breath Savers mints, Nature Valley cereal bar 2-pack, pork&beans, vienna sausages, tuna w/crackers, peanuts
MISCELLANEOUS: Fruit, stocking cap, hand warmer, envelopes of instant nutritional drink mix, pudding cups, hard candy, beef jerky, instant soup packet, other high-calorie/protein rich foods. Avoid anything that will spoil or melt.
–Homeless people can usually get water, so instant drink mix is better because it is easy to carry.
-True homeless people in need usually have all of their belongings with them, which may include a sleeping roll and/or knapsack. Be aware that some people standing beside the road holding a cardboard sign without any other supplies may not be homeless or in need.
Again, if you are nervous about trying to distribute these bags, then work with those who do. You can bring them to Augusta Heights Baptist, 3018 Augusta Street in Greenville, SC.
Or, find a local church, shelter or food pantry that works with the homeless and donate the bags to them.
This may not be the thing to get more people to Sunday school or increase your baptism numbers. But then again, that’s really not why we do this, is it?
If you would like a Positive Friday shirt or bumper sticker, contact Ross Latimer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call for more info at 864-414-6571. You can also leave a comment on the blog and we will try to connect you to get your order placed.
All proceeds go to assist a 3-year old named Lilly who is struggling with a brain tumor (www.runforlilly.com).