I had a couple of things happen that made me grateful for service and those who are willing to serve. First of all, I was reading the local paper and the front page story was about an 11-year-old girl who was trying to get 10,000 pairs of socks to send to soldiers and to others in need around the country. Her emphasis was on the soldiers and how they can't get more socks when they get holes in the ones they have. What impressed me was that this young girl was doing this mostly on her own, with support from her mother. It is wonderful to know that young people care about others and are willing to do something.
The other thing involved the women at church. I work in the leadership for the women and we have at least four things going on right now involving service. We are trying to put together food boxes for Thanksgiving and need all the items to make dinner. Secondly, the children are trying to gather items to put into Christmas bags to give to needy children in the area. Thirdly, a community organization has requested lap blankets or shawls to be given to women who have been beaten or raped. When these women get to the hospital, their clothes have to be taken for evidence and they are given scrubs to wear, but they are not warm, so blankets or shawls will help these women feel warm and also safe. Fourth, Gladys Knight has a choir called Saints Unified Voices, who will be performing free in our area. We needed some people to volunteer to pick up food for them and to be there to help with lunch and snacks for the choir.
Some of these things came up with very little notice. We announced the needs on Sunday, and I was so excited to find out that the Thanksgiving boxes are complete, items are coming in already for the children's bags, blankets are already being donated, and all the volunteers are set for the choir.
I am so grateful for opportunities to serve and even more grateful to know that there are so many people who are willing to serve. It just makes me feel good all over!