WILL WORK 4 SOCKS
Each year our youth group participates in an activity called “Faith in Action.” They join forces with other youth groups to collect and distribute supplies to the homeless in the Houston area. Our target goal is to serve 500 people in need. This year, the League City youth group is in charge of collecting 1,000 pairs of socks (enough for 2 pairs for each person in need), 500 tubes of Chap Stick, and 100 tote bags. The collection drive runs from September 9 through November 18, with the distribution date on December 1st.
While there is nothing wrong with asking for money donations, another goal of this activity is to challenge teens with meaningful work to accomplish that goes beyond academic or personal gain. I have challenged our youth group teens to take it upon themselves to get personally involved in this project by getting creative with how they collect the donations. Some have even offered to “work 4 socks,” which means they offer their services to people who will in turn provide donations toward our collection drive. One teen has already scrubbed and cleaned his way to collecting over 50 pairs of socks already! We have another mom who is looking into what it would take to make our own tote bags but I’m not sure she can beat a price we found at http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40210063/. Then again, maybe I am under-challenging my own thinking.
If you would like to help our youth program with this effort, there is a red collection box across from the youth bulletin board in the hallway. Or, if you have some chores that need an extra hand, ask a teen. Acting out our faith isn’t a onetime thing!