Sunday, December 16, 2012

Night Shelter for the homeless

Thursday evening we went to the night shelter.  This is the first year we have had a Christmas party at a homeless shelter. I drive past this place almost every day.  One day last week we stopped to see if they would let us come in for Christmas - yes they would.  Marius, Sanicolaul Mic music school and kid's club, Elizabeth, Sarah, and Bianca were the caroling group.  We went in with toiletries, hats, scarves, and socks for all. I ordered 20 extra large pizzas and we had soda.  Everybody had a wonderful time! 
 Irene visiting in the ladies area.  There are two widows there that lost their homes and have no children to help them. We are seeing if we can find housing for them. The shelter allows the older ones to remain there during the day also. The rest all have to leave each morning and are left to wander the streets during the day.
Everybody got almost all the Pizza they could eat. We visited with many.  The police brought in a couple of men that were pretty inebriated as well as one came by ambulance. Left outside for the night they would have died. We didn't have enough of many of the items for everyone to receive everything - but the people were very gracious and there was no arguing or remarks.  They were just so happy to have what we were able to give them.

This type of thing is the Christmas spirit for me.  Touching lives with the love of Jesus.  The scripture about whatever you have done to the least of these you have done unto Me really comes home at times like this.  I am going to go back there one more time. Some were still cold at night and we have many knitted blankets that came over from Wales - they will be a very welcome gift!

I can only hope my own daughter will have someone touch her life with love this Christmas.  As I visited with many I couldn't help but think - some of these are someone's sons and daughters....

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