The holiday season always makes me mushy and weepy for many reasons but one of which tugs at my heartstrings like no other. People. Just a general love and worry and care for people. Less fortunate people who have to worry where their next meal is coming from, how they'll support their family, how they’ll provide basic necessities that many, including myself, take for granted. As I was writing out my shopping list for Thanksgiving dinner yesterday my mind drifted to those people. People I don’t even know. People who could be making the same list yet simultaneously crossing things off that they can’t afford. At this point I prayed for God to give me an idea, something to do for the greater good, to glorify Him. I picked up my phone and texted my husband saying that I wanted to buy a turkey for someone in need. We discussed my thoughts and he was excited about the idea too! He posted the following ad on our local Craigslist's free section...
...and within minutes we received two responses. We only planned on buying one turkey but we just couldn’t ignore that second email. The first email came from a woman whose husband had passed away earlier this year and her daughter also hit hard times so she was living with her daughter and two grandsons and was barely making ends meet. The second email was from a disabled father who supports a family of 4 on his disability income and couldn’t afford a turkey.
We contacted both people, got their addresses and headed to the grocery store.
What started out as buying one turkey, turned into two turkeys, 10 lbs of potatoes, 4 boxes of stuffing, 4 jars of gravy, 4 cans of cranberry sauce, 2 pans to cook the turkey in, 2 cans of corn, 2 cans of peas, 2 cans of green beans and 2 apple pies! My husband and I also felt moved to include tracks (or pamphlets from our church to share the Gospel) in the bags.
We were able to provide two full Thanksgiving meals for families in need and share God's word. What an awesome feeling it was go deliver these meals and meet these amazing people. Both families were extremely thankful and surprised that what started out as a turkey ended in much more. They both said "God bless you and your family" to us and we left each home feeling encouraged that they'd read the tracks we included. We prayed for both families last night and plan to reach out to them by email on Thanksgiving to wish them a happy holiday.
- Hebrews 13:16
We've decided that this is going to be a family tradition. We want to teach Olivia to have a kind heart to all people. To help people in need and to do it for the right reasons, to honor God.
"Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God" - Corinthians 10:31
We hope that this will inspire more people to reach out in your local community to help someone in need.