This past February, I had the extreme privilege to partner with New Hope Community Church in Round Lake Beach as the church opened its bi-monthly “community closet.”
As we prepared for the event, I was so touched to see the overflow of donations as people from all over the community donated their gently used items to give to those in need. As we cleaned and sorted to prepare for the event, I was amazed to see the garage area full of items ready to be gifted to others. All of the items were displayed by size, type and gender. I expected to see items carelessly thrown in boxes, but New Hope had done an excellent job at creating a clean, organized, warm environment.
On the day of the “community closet,” I was excited to see families show up even before we opened! We were able to serve over 50 families and bless them with needed items for their families.
The children had an area set up for them to play in while their parents shopped. We were able to provide the adults with personal shoppers to assist each family in the search for their greatest household needs. My greatest blessing was explaining to the families that God loves them and that we were participating in this event to show them His love.
It might have been a cold day, but the spirits were warm as families left with bags of treasures, candy for their kids, warm smiles from our workers and information on ways that they could plug in to a local church and become part of a bigger family united with Christ.
What a blessing to see God work through His people!
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