“I believe that deep down we are all generous people, but that most of us just do not get the opportunity to see where our generosity can help others.” – Jeff Shinabarger from the book More or Less
Last week, I received a phone call from a friend telling me that her neighbor was moving and had just put a box spring and mattress out in their driveway. She said she thought of me. She thought I would probably know of someone who needed it. I didn’t, but told her I would check around.
I called my friend at Salina Housing who always knows of multiple needs. After placing some calls, she let me know that nobody needed a bed. However, she did have someone who needed a crib. She ended her text with “how about it miracle maker? lol” I assured her I was no miracle worker but that I know the One who is. I also have a network of amazing friends and church family!
Another friend came to mind. Her girls are 3 and 5 and I wasn’t sure if she even still had a crib. She is enthusiastically in on all of our Acts of Kindness Adventures. I emailed her and she told me that she and her husband were just talking last week about getting rid of the crib and making that room into a guest room. She said I was welcome to it!
The next day, when I was on Facebook, a message popped up from Salina Area Buy, Sell, Trade. It was a woman looking for a bed! Really. She said she had checked all the thrift stores in Salina and contacted a couple ministries that often have beds to give away. Nobody had one. I don’t know this woman but I chimed in.
“I have a full size mattress and box spring if you want it.”
She responded, “How much?”
I told her “Free.”
We made arrangements for her to pick it up the next morning.
That series of events would have been enough to bless me, but a few final details just about made me giddy! My friend and I started discussing that she most likely did not have bedding for it. After 3 phone calls back and forth, we discovered that between the two of us we had sheets, a comforter, 2 pillows, a blanket and a dust ruffle we could give her as well! Here is the picture of the comforter she had, along with the sheets that I had:
Amazing! If I hadn’t known that God is in the details, I would have been convinced by then! By the time I arrived at my friend’s house, she also had 2 teddy bears, 2 bags of food and other little gifts to give the mom (and her two daughters) when she arrived. That mom picked the bed up on Friday.
And remember the crib? On Saturday, my husband and I delivered my friend’s crib to another needy mama with a 5 month old and a 17 month old. My friend also included crib sheets, a riding toy and a storage cubby for diapers and blankets for this family that we had never met. My friend would not accept any money for the crib.
This week, I received an email about yet another mom who was down to her last $3. I was able to take her the money that my friend would not accept for the crib, along with 2 bus passes and a $5 gift certificate to McDonald’s.
It may not seem like much to us, but it all adds up to provide needs and most importantly, to let others know they are not alone.
Do you have things you’re not using that others could use? Many times, it’s as easy as keeping our ears and eyes open to the needs that surround us and matching them with the abundance we’ve been blessed with. You can partner with a local thrift store, ministry, community agency, group of friends or Facebook group to find out about specific needs in your area. It really is great fun to see how we are all connected and to be a part of a happy solution!
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