Serve people with your hands by doing the little favors for them. Serve the coffee, help them on the bus, carry the bundles, help them across the street. ~ Unknown
The Mister and I lived along the New Jersey side of the Delaware River for 12 years. Needless to say, we were anxious for our friends as Frankenstorm Sandy unleashed her power on New Jersey. All of our friends have checked in. Most of our friends suffered minor damage to their property and were without power for a couple of days but are basically fine. Many of their family members living along or near the shore were not as fortunate.
In the midst of this highly toxic political season, I’ve been heartened that so many people have put aside their politics and are reaching out to help each other.
I remember riding in the car as a child with my grandparents when they pulled over to help someone on the highway. When my grandfather got back into the car, I asked him why he stopped. His quiet reply was quite simple, “Because it is the right thing to do.”
I can’t be there to pass out food or provide comfort to people along the east coast but I know there will be Mennonite volunteers quietly showing their faith to those in need. And they will still be there long after most volunteers have gone home (they are still helping people trying to recover from Katrina). Because it is what they do.
If you are looking for a faith-based organization to support in their efforts to serve those devastated by natural disasters in the United States, I encourage you to check out one of my favorite charities, Mennonite Disaster Service. Their name says it all!