As we set up on Sabbath, June 7, for the clothing drive at Ridgecrest Elementary School, I wondered if our supplies would be enough for the families that were coming. I watched in anticipation as our volunteers folded and organized the women's clothes, the men's clothes, baby clothes, shoes, toys, toiletries, bread, food, etc.
The families entered exactly at 12:30 p.m.! As they entered, there was a buzz in the room. The families with children went to the children's table; their children took a look at the books and toys that were available. I saw many children just sitting and reading... "Mummy, this book isn't ripped like my book at home. Can I have it please?" was one of the questions I heard.
A young lady, maybe 9 or 10 years old, came in and just stood there for a while. I approached her asking what I could help her with. "I would like a new dress," she said. I walked her over to the dresses section. I showed her what we had; she picked one up; she looked at it; she put the dress against herself and said "YES!" I was surprised at such excitement for something so simple. Wow!!!
I encouraged her to take another dress. She said, "No thank you!" And off she went. A few moments later, I saw her looking at the shoes that were available. I watched as she found herself some shoes. She put them in her bag and ran to her mother excited. I approached her and asked her if she found everything she needed, and she replied "Yes and thank you." After giving me a hug, she left with her family. I watched her walk away as happy as can be for she accomplished what she set out to do, get herself a dress.
There are times where I find myself fussing about what I don't have and how I wish I could have more, instead of saying “Thank you Lord for what you have given me.” Case in point – just the other day, I was looking in my closet saying I needed new clothes – fussing about what I "already had" and all this young lady wanted was "a" new dress. Lord forgive me!!!