“I often ask for gifts that have nothing to do with money. There are always things one can get. What I desire is the presence of the donor, for him to touch those to whom he gives, for him to smile at them, to pay attention to them.”
Mother Teresa, No Greater Love
Sometime giving money can be the easiest way to give. The least sacrificial. The least intimate. This is not to say that everyone has piles of cash ready to be handed out. But for the majority of us, we have something we can give away. Even if it is the coins nestled between your couch cushions.
But giving your time, giving your love, that is the challenge. To hold hands with a homeless woman, to look here in the eye, and hand her a meal. In these quiet moments you hear their needs, such as the whisper asking if there are any available bras or feminine supplies.
This is what Generic Ministry is doing twice a week in Boston. I’ve learned about them from a dear friend, who goes out in the van to distribute supplies.
Generic Ministry is an all-volunteer organization that provides clothing, food, toiletries, blankets, and friendship to homeless and needy people in Boston. Two nights each week our well-stocked van delivers supplies to designated stops in the city, meeting directly with our homeless friends on the streets. Our goals are simple: to help destitute people make it through the night, and to engage people to help those in need.
I admire their goal of helping the homeless friends make it through the night. What gratitude we should all feel to not worry about making it through the night! And with that gratitude, we should give. Let’s fearlessly love our neighbors and give to those that are holding their hands and giving them respect and love and sustenance.
How you can help:
Support their GoFundMe campaign to raise $1000 to rent storage space for (and purchase) much needed supplies.
- $10 Provides a 2-week supply of water for distribution
- $50 Keeps the van on the road for 1 month
- $150 Purchases socks and underwear for 1 month
- $500 Purchases insurance for the van for 6 months
- $1,000 Pays for the rent for our garage for 4 months
- New underwear & socks (in packages – nothing used!) for men and women
- Men’s cotton shirts (long sleeve t-shirts) and Hoodies XL, XXL, etc
- Women’s bras
- Hats, mittens, coats
- Travel-sized toiletries