Sadie with the gathered items the night before / a recipient of some clothes on the Corner!
My sweet friend Sadie Batson wanted to help people in need in Dallas. She decided to do something for the homeless. I hope her creativity in meeting a need inspires you. It meant a lot to me. These are her words:
"About a month ago, Dallas had its first cold day of the year. I was pulling out a coat to wear and noticed I had a few coats I hadn't worn in years. I didn't want to keep them and wondered what I could do with them. Should I donate them to Salvation Army? It seemed like a good idea, and I planned to do it later on that week.
However, as the week went on, I kept feeling like something was telling me I needed to be more specific about to whom I gave these coats. So I began praying, and soon that feeling turned into a mission. That mission began with the idea of contacting my friends to see if they wanted to donate any winter gear. I figured, if I have a few extra coats, other people must have extras too! I also began researching to see if anyone else in Dallas was doing this—collecting coats and other winter gear to give away to individuals and families in need.
one recipient of the coats!
That led me to contact Project Warm Us, an organization founded upon the same idea of collecting warm gear to give away to homeless men, women, and children. I also contacted Elisabeth because I had read her blog and knew she was doing some good work with this population. I wanted to help her help them.
So, I sent my email to about 100 of my closest friends :), and the replies poured in! So many people wanted to give away things they had or donate to Project Warm Us! The funny thing about the email was I typed it up and typed in all 100 emails, and not once, but THREE times, my email cut out and completely erased what I had done or would not send. I got extremely frustrated and almost said "Forget it" until I heard God's voice say, "It's just the devil's way of saying he doesn't want you to do my work. I gave you this job; I will help you do it."
And an hour later, I sent my email. As I drove around Dallas collecting all of the donated items (I counted up about 100!), I prayed for the people giving them and the people receiving them, what a divine connection these two peoples would have! Again, I heard God say "This is my work, keep going."
I finally dropped off my final load of clothes, and I have to admit, that was a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. All of this work and all the things I heard the Lord speak to me made sense when I saw the pictures from the Corner of the recipients of our donated items. The smiles on their faces communicated joy, love, and an excitement for something so simplistic yet so beautiful all at the same time."
Thanks to Sadie and those who donated to her, the coats and other winter items were passed out on the Corner yesterday. The homeless men and women were so excited to receive the new-to-them stuff that some of them started putting their new clothes on right away. I especially noticed one man who put on a solid blue button-down shirt over his more raggedy button-down, while he stood by the street. I watched him closely and saw the joy on his face as he proudly wore the much newer (and cleaner) shirt.
Here is one more picture of a man whom Sadie's idea impacted:
If you or someone you know has an idea of something you want to "take" to the Corner, be it yourself (anyone is welcome to go with me anytime), or something donated like these coats, or some other creative idea (music? hot cider? hair cuts?), please, please shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.