my cup has grown!

Consider this part two to yesterday's post about how blessed I am. 

Not only is my cup overflowing...my cup has grown!
This is about an event that I was honored to take part in a couple of weeks ago.
A couple of dear friends who attend different churches and I decided to get 

our churches to partner to host an event we called Care 2 Share.  

We had done a similar event a couple of years ago 
through our workplace, but felt led to do this 
as a ministry to get those in our community into 
our churches and show them a little bit of the love that only God can offer...
that unconditional, no questions asked kind of love.  

The idea, to give something to those who might not have the 
same resources we have or maybe they were just having 
a crappy year and needed a little help for the holidays.

Basically the way it worked was anyone who wanted to participate 

brought their cast off items - but good cast-off items - 
the kind that could be regifted or reused.
The idea was those who had a need could come and
trade non-perishable food items for things they need.
OR, they could just come get what they needed.
We even had a gift wrapping station set up so
their gifts could go home and be ready for Christmas!

{ETA: the above photo was taken toward the end of the event -at the very end there 

were only 5 boxes of things left,which were taken to a local mission.} 
Well, let me tell you, it was a huge success!
It's hard for me to express how I felt after 
taking part is this ministry and truly seeing what
a need there is right in my own community.
There are several touching stories from the time leading 
up to the day of the event, and stories that happened during the event, 
and I'm sure there are stories still happening.

There were even children involved in helping organize and prepare.
Is there anything better than teaching your children to give and help others?!

The point is we made a difference!
Now, I don't know if souls were saved or lives were changed 
(well besides mine and probably others who took part), 
but hopefully seeds were planted and maybe, 
just maybe when some of the many wonderful people and children 
who were able to share in a new toy, or a warmer coat, 
or even a some new Christmas decorations will have a 
positive feeling about our churches and the love that God has to share. 

I want to encourage anyone reading this to get involved in some way.

Regardless of your circumstances, you have something to offer.
Whether it's helping in a shelter,
donating items to a place that resells and uses money for a cause,
cooking a meal for someone you know is in need, 
sponsoring a child for Christmas...whatever you feel led to do...just do it!

I can promise you,
there is a blessing in there for you
and it feels really good when your cup grows 
and continues to overflow!


Unknown said...

This is incredible! I love it friend!

Bekka said...

I really enjoyed reading this! What a great thing to do for others, and a wonderful example of what this time of year is about.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is AMAZING Kim! How WONDERFUL!!! I've always taught the kids to give back...every time they are 'done (outgrown)' with their current toys...I have them go through them by themselves and they give them to our local Children's hospital! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Faith said...

What an awesome idea :)

Deana said...

Very cool and inspiring, Kim!

Anonymous said...

You rock; you totally rock! You have such a kind and giving heart. This is a wonderful idea and what a great to grow your "cup"!

Anonymous said...

Tears of joy my friend....honored to take part, see the blessings imparted, and know that I have friends who make this possible. Looking forward to the next one. Merry Christmas Kim!