Each morning, we take for granted the blessing of being able to get up, take a shower, and brush our teeth. For our homeless brothers and sisters, obtaining these simple blessings is a daily struggle. This month, our Family Service Project challenges us to “Be a Blessing” by preparing “We Care Kits.” Each of these kits will include the following basic necessities for personal hygiene:
- A washcloth or handi-wipes
- A toothbrush
- A disposable razor
- Small shaving cream
- All-in-one bodywash and shampoo
These items will be placed in a gallon sized plastic bag, together with this verse from 3 John 1: “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health.” We will deliver these We Care Kits with our homeless lunches and will make any extras available to the Grace Bag ministry. There are three ways you can help.
Individual Bags: If you wish, you can go to the dollar store to buy the items and make as many bags as you wish. In total, the items listed above will cost about $6.25 for each bag. Pray before you go about what it means to love your neighbor as yourself; ask those with you to imagine what it would be like to live on the street without these simple necessities. Then buy what is needed to make the bags and bring them to church on February 9, 16, or 23.
Bulk Option: As an exercise in good stewardship, we can also pool our resources to buy items in bulk and make the bags together, as a church family. Buying items in bulk will allow us to make many more bags (so long as we have many helping hands to make them). If enough people participate, the costs of each bag would be lower by 1/3. If you wish, you can donate funds to support a bulk purchase of the necessary items. Please try to get your check in by February 16, so we will know how many items to buy.
Help Assemble Bags: We will gather as a church family in the Fellowship Hall during coffee time on February 23 to assemble bags from items purchased in bulk. Please bring as many helping hands as possible, because “many hands make short work.”