Yesterday the boys and I served at Bright Blessings.  Bright Blessings is an organization that provides gifts and birthday parties for homeless kids and it is a cool place.  We had the best time decorating wrapping paper, packaging goodie bags, and wrapping books.  It was such a fun place to serve with my kids.  All of the events are full for LOVE Week but Bright Blessings is always collecting items for kids that range from new toys and books to hygiene items and juice boxes (see here for their wish list) and they also have ongoing opportunities for serving with your kids.  Check out their site for more information.

Here are three ways you can serve at home…
Clean out your closet and donate your new and gently used in season clothing to the Crisis Assistance Ministry Free Store to be redistributed to people in need from our own community.  The Crisis Assistance Ministry Free Store allows people in need of clothing to still get the items they need while allowing them to reallocate funds to pay essential bills, food, and shelter. The entire stores turns over in only 2-days. So that means that your clothing will likely be on someone within a week. Men’s clothing comes in and goes out much quicker. Donations for men will be on someone within two days.
Create a welcome basket of essential items for families who have moved into the Ronald McDonald House while their child is being treated at an area hospital.  Families often leave in a hurry to get to the hospital to get help for a sick or injured child.  Most often leaving without basic essentials for themselves. These welcome baskets fulfill a need for families while encouraging them and helping them rest, relax, and find hope.
Take the opportunity to bless a new mother by creating a new baby basket full of diapers, onesies and other baby items. These baskets are a way you can bless a young family with basic items needed to care for newborns.


You can drop these items off at the actual organization OR at the orange tent of your campus this weekend.  Just make sure you label your items for the correct location.

My boys (and I) cleaned out their closet.  Here they are stuffing the truck at our Matthews location which is open every day this week for donations.