A Life of Service
As we take a moment to reflect upon and remember the legacy of civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr., we should think about how to emulate his mission in our daily lives.
We are at an inflection point in this country, and giving to others is so vitally important right now. But how do we do this as we face the pandemic, which appears to have no end in sight?
1. THINK. Think about what others need right now. Make a list. Companionship. A good conversation. Food. Clothing. Toilet Paper.
2. GATHER. Look in your home. What can you part with? What objects in your home could have a new life somewhere else, or in someone else’s home? It’s winter now. Can you part with a sweater? Jeans? Some blankets?
3. IDENTIFY. Who is in need? The homeless. Women. Children. Healthcare workers. Disenfranchised minority populations. The streets in your neighborhood, or your local highway off ramp might be in need, too.
4. COMMUNICATE. Not every shelter is taking clothing right now because of the pandemic. The same goes for food and other donations. Call and ask before your go. Ask what they need and when they can take it. Want to clean up your neighborhood, check in with your neighbors if they’re up for it to.
5. ACT. Drop off those sweaters and jeans to the women’s shelter. Bring a donation of toilet paper and hygiene products to the church that helps immigrants. Offer to make Zoom visits to the nursing home in your community. Call your local Emergency Department and ask when you might send over a food delivery, free of charge.
This is the most satisfying part. Helping. Sharing. Giving new life. Do this, and do it with joy, today, and as often as you can.