I took the girls yesterday to purchase some items for shoe boxes to be shipped to other countries.
While I was there, somebody ran into us and said we should just shoppe at the "Dollar Tree" for items.
Now, I have shopped at that store ONE time, and ONE time only. It is JUNK. Sorry Dollar Tree, but the items we purchased were NOT WORTH the dollar we spent.
It got me to thinking about how we, who have MUCH, seem to think it is ok to give JUNK to those who have nothing. :( And then I felt sad.
I want to teach my girls that orphans do not deserve JUNK. They deserve the BEST we have to offer them. All of my girls are former orphans. I am sure they received a box like this at one time.
So when we bought jump ropes, we bought the best we could find. We bought the best tooth paste and the best combs, so that those who receive them will not have a toy that falls apart in a day, or a comb that tangles in their hair.
Those who are less fortunate are not stupid. They know when something has value and when it is just somebody else's junk. This goes for giving clothes away to Good Will or for other charities. Don't give clothes away that you wouldn't wear on your own body! Why would anybody think if they wouldn't wear it because of that huge stain, that somebody else would like to?
And when you give food to the food bank, why buy the good stuff for yourself and the cheap stuff for the food bank? Buy that beautiful can of peas in the silver wrapper and give it to the food bank. By the generic for yourself! Give the BEST to those who are in need!
As you give to those less fortunate, it is just like you fed Christ, or clothed Him, or visited Him..... GIVE to those in need as if you are giving to Royalty.
We do plan to support an Angel from the Angel tree again this year. And I will teach my girls to give from the heart and take great care to treat the recipient as if THEY were that person.
“I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me.”
― C. S. Lewis
― C. S. Lewis
I believe in the sun even when it's not shining. I believe in love even when I don't feel it. And I believe in God even when He is silent. (quote found on the wall of a concentration camp)