Thankful Tuesday: Give it Away

Last weekend, I had the privilege to help with our church’s 10th annual Giveaway Day. It’s exactly as the name suggests: we accept donations of household items, clothing, and school supplies, and turn our parking lot into a free garage sale on the first Saturday in August.

This year, we had gorgeous weather and a great crowd. And the stuff! I don’t know where it all comes from, but we never seem to have less than the year before. We should all be living in empty houses with the amount of good, useable items brought in each year.

Just a couple of the many tables of items!

Just a couple of the many tables of items!

And even as I’m amazed at the generosity of my fellow church members and others from the community, I’m also amazed at the people we’re able to help. It never fails that there are people each year who are extremely grateful for the things they are able to take home. Hearing their “thank you” makes getting up at sunrise that morning worth it!

James 2:14-17 says: “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

I’m so very thankful that my church family is made up of people who are living their faith daily by the good works they seek to do.

The clothing tent was overflowing as usual!

The clothing tent was overflowing as usual!

And if you need something – anything – stop by on August 2, 2014. Chances are, we just might have it!


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