Recently, I took some time out of the classroom at Ms. Mely’s request and helped her get the final things together for the camp that the kids and Star of Hope staff attended last week. We had to scan documents, pick out some dark colored shirts for the girls to wear over their swimsuits and collect toiletries to send with the children for the 4 days.
As Mely and I were talking, she explained to me how grateful the children are for these items. She told me how appreciative they would be for the dark t-shirts to wear over their swimsuits. She said they don’t care if clothes have been worn by someone else. As long as it is something they like they are happy. She told me that last year when they were getting ready for Camp Good News, Star of Hope purchased 4 new outfits for each child.
Mely said the children were so excited to have new clothes. They were amazed that the clothes still had the new tags on them. The first year when they were shopping they tried to pick out different outfits so the children would have different things to wear. She said they were so excited to have the new outfits and they would plan which days they were going to wear their outfits so they could match with their friends. The second year, they weren’t able to have a lot of variety in the clothes they purchased, but the children were still so excited and didn’t care if everyone had the same thing, they were just grateful that they had new clothes.
This really makes me think about how much we take for granted. I know that when I was a little girl, you wouldn’t catch me in something that someone else had worn. Now as an adult, I love finding a good sale… a bargain at Ross or at a resale shop. My priorities have changed.
We can learn a lot from these children. Just this small example of them being so appreciative for a new (or used) shirt or outfit speaks to me beyond words. At such a young age, they understand that it doesn’t matter if the clothes we wear are new, we should just be grateful for what God has blessed us with. They are more than grateful for anything we or God can provide for them. That is why donations are so important to Star of Hope. The number of homeless people the shelter serves is incredible, so the need for supplies is substantial.
“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” -- Proverbs 19:17
"There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land." -- Deuteronomy 15:11