Project 365: January 8, 2010
Today’s pictures are covered in tear stains.
Kansas City is experiencing one of the snowiest and coldest winters on record.
Due to the present economic climate, the number of homeless in Kansas City is on the rise. People who once had a warm home, are finding themselves on the street.
Today—the predicted low temperature was to dip down to -16° … with even deadlier windchill readings.
When I saw on the news Monday night that today was going to be that cold, I felt a ping in my spirit that I needed to do something to help the homeless in the area.
A few hours later, I had a facebook announcement out asking for donations to help warm the homeless in Kansas City.
So I, along with a wayward group of amazing people, went out and delivered blankets, coats, hats, gloves, you name it to the homeless in Kansas City today. Here’s what we discovered:
I am not about guilt-tripping.
I am not about getting praise.
I am about awareness and taking action.
I have seen poverty. Maybe enough to make me a little numb to it. I had always known there were homeless people living in Kansas City. But when I saw this today, it rocked me hard. There’s a reason I began this post by saying today’s pictures are tear-stained. I feel tears welling as a I type this.
And I am now grateful to have made witness to it and do a small part to help. But we didn’t even reach the tip of the iceberg.
The reality is this: for a lot of us, we are only a few missed paychecks away from a similar fait. So, be thankful for what you have, and remember to pray for and give to those who have nothing.
I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you do also for Me. Matthew 25:40
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Crystal, I had no idea. I mean, I know we have homeless people here. But to see your pictures and to know that it’s just half an hour away from my home? My keyboard is tear-stained this morning. Thank you for not just the information, but your heart.
Wow. incredible story told thru yor photos.
Seeing that box of Huggies just ripped my heart apart. Can’t imagine the pain in the heart of a mother who can’t warm her baby. This is one of those times a picture really is worth a thousand words.
Seeing this is a tear-jerker and it should be. We should all be doing our part in helping our fellow bro. and sis. Thank you for all that you did. This was encouraging to read and gets the word out that we are to help out where and when we can. If you don’t have the money give of your time. Thank you and GOD bless!
I’m not only touched by this…inspired too! Thank you…
I love serving with you too!