How Your Spring Cleaning Can Help the Homeless

If your household is like mine, it’s amazing how many things pile up over time.

There’s the 24-pack of green beans we bought during a November case-lot sale that we were sure would fit into our meal plans but somehow we still have 21 cans still in the pantry.

There’s the quarter-zip pullover that fit me five years ago and I just know that this is the year I can fit back into it. I mean, it’s still in style, right? Then there’s that bin of socks I never wear but figure I need to hold on to in case of emergency. There’s also dozens of things my kids have outgrown that I could put in a yard sale or sell online.

I share all of this knowing May is a great time for spring cleaning. This particular May, 2024 also comes as the Rescue Mission is desperately low on things like canned food, adult men’s clothes, bath towels and other basic necessities that are so needed by our homeless and low-income friends.

Jesus said, “sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Luke 12:33-34).

I do not believe Jesus here is asking His people to sell everything they own. Indeed, in other places in the Bible, God’s people are charged to provide for their families and to work hard to provide for themselves. In fact, Biblical hard work and self-sufficiency is a key part of what we teach in our New Life Program.

But if you are holding on to 21 cans of green beans or have out-of-style clothing that doesn’t fit, or if that nice bike you bought your 12-year-old who has now outgrown it is sitting unused in your shed, these are the things we should give to our homeless friends or sell and donate the proceeds.

My challenge to you this May, then, is that if you have things you are no longer in need of, donate them to the Rescue Mission, because there are others who are in need.  We can definitely use it during this season when we are so low on basic supplies that many of the poorest in our community cannot afford to purchase.

Thank you so much for your support and please believe the promise God shares with His people that when we give on this Earth, our treasure in Heaven will be so much greater.

Thank you in advance for your help this Spring and God bless you!

Chris D. Croswhite

Executive Director

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