11 Oct 2013 1 Comment
I’ve got skills, let me tell you, we had 50 PB&J sandwiches made and bagged in 20 minutes and we did school before setting out downtown to hand out bb lunches to the homeless with H^3. Skills, yo. Grace did a math test, grammar, vocab and is reading The Hound of the Baskervilles. Hannah read LOF, did math, spelling, vocab and read Pandora’s Box for literature. Bethany…well, she’s done with school for a week, so she sat in on her homeroom class connect and ‘socialized’ like that.
We put our stuff in the car and met up with 3 other families downtown. They added to our stuff and in the end we handed out 50 lunches, then we changed the sign to ‘free food’ and handed out 30-40 snacks (chips, cookies, fruit) and everyone got water too.
We didn’t have to walk around, with our sign out, people came to us. Pregnant women got food and water for their unborn precious babies. The down on my luck, lost my job, didn’t have enough money for lunch today crowd got sandwiches and snacks and everyone got a smile.
Some people even got a hug. I’m not big on hugging, but people on the street don’t have much physical contact with others and sometimes they just crave a simple hug. One guy taught us his special handshake that he used with his brother when they were kids.
Businessmen and women passed us by, police cars cruised by too and we had a steady stream of people asking if they could have a lunch for well over an hour. In the end the kids had to take a few snacks and water over to some people who were sitting on the other side of the park and give it away, everything else was pretty much self serve. Stacy brought a bag of gloves and hats too and those were gone in a flash. One lady asked us what we were doing and if she could donate things in the future – oh, yes! We would love donations of hats, gloves and socks that are to be given out at Christmas.
After everything was gone, I took the girls over to the hot dog stand and we had a late lunch (we picked up A and took her with us.)
It was a great day, a bit chilly, but the rain didn’t start until much later, hooray! Our next event is the Salvation Army Thanksgiving meal. We’re blessed so we can bless and over and over today I heard people telling us ‘thank you’ and ‘God bless’ and that they hoped God would bless us for our work. We just hope that we made a difference for some people today.