These are the heroes helping Boston homeless friends make it through the night, and how you can help.

“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.

Donate through Network for Good:

  • $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

Donate:

  • 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

(Visit their website for more donation information.)

Daily Advent Gift: Day 4

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“Today, the Boston Rescue Mission continues to aid the homeless and poor of Greater Boston to self-sufficiency by assisting women and men in confronting and overcoming the root causes of their homelessness. To this end, the Mission provides basic life necessities such as food and shelter as well as social service programs. The goal is to provide the homeless and poor with the support, training, and resources necessary to sustain independent living for a lifetime.”

Boston Rescue Mission secure Donation Page

I encourage you to give to your local shelter. But if you’re not able, or they don’t have a need, give to the good folks at Boston Rescue Mission.

To Boston, with love

I was born in Boston, raised here and still live in the vicinity.

Marathon Monday has always been my favorite day in the city. The cheering is relentless. The runners, inspiring.

I worked in the building behind where the first bomb went off. We used to gather in the windows to watch the marathon, having the best view of Boylston and the finish line. I would walk home along the marathon route, clapping and cheering for those who had been running 5+ hours. But they were still going. They never stopped. Their will and determination always left me with goosebumps.

I am heartbroken for my city. For the families who lost loved ones. For those that lost limbs. For those whose lives will never be the same. For the runners who didn’t get to finish. For the evil that remains in this world.

But I am also encouraged by the love. Of the first responders. Of strangers. Good will always triumph over evil.

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Within hours of the bombing, my favorite print shop, Old Try, created a print, based on the first flag of New England, where 100% of the profits will be donated here to benefit the victims.

Please join TUGG and the technology community in supporting those impacted by the bombing at this year’s Boston Marathon. All proceeds will be donated completely to programs working with victims of the attacks including Red Cross, Children’s Hospital, and others. Both TUGG and fundraise.com are donating 100% of their fees so that all of your support goes directly to helping those in need. This is a terrible injustice and we are proud to stand as a community to help repair the lives of those who have been hurt.

Learn More: TUGG (Technology Underwriting Greater Good) on Fundraise.com

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