Because of the work I do, I try really hard to not take the simple things for granted, but you know what, that’s not always so easy. Many times, I don’t even realize I have taken something for granted. It just seems like it’s the norm.
Here are just a few examples:
A few weeks ago, our shelter kids were out of school due to the extreme cold. To keep them occupied we took the kids and their moms to the movies. They got to see Ralph Wrecks the Internet. When I went to pick them up, at the theater, one of the 6 year old boys gave me a big hug and said “That was the best. I’ve never been to a theater to see a movie before.” Bless his little heart. He talked about that experience for several days.
Transportation is another big one. If I need something from the store, need to go to work, or just want to get out. I go out and jump in my car and go. Many of our families have no transportation. They need to be in walking distance of all the places that they go. Walk to work, walk to the store, walk to the laundromat and walk to any other events that they wish to participate in. Can you imagine?
Toiletries, cleaning supplies transportation costs and clothing; if you are on a limited income how do you purchase these items? They are not covered by food stamps. While I do need to watch my budget on these items, I have never had to decide whether or not to replace shoes or buy gas for my car. Just recently we had a child whose shoes had been taped together, because dad only had enough money for gas to get to work. Payday was 3 days away. Can you imagine sending your child off to school with his shoes taped together for several days until you got paid? We made sure this didn’t happen. New shoes were purchased that morning.
Our families are magicians when it comes to making things work out, but sometimes they just need a little extra help a
and a lot of grace. I hope the next time you are just enjoying life, you will take a moment to say thanks for all you have and remember those who struggle. We can make a big difference in the lives of our families.
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