I moved out to Los Angeles to marry my best friend. There is no other reason I would have considered life on the "Left Coast." Many, many things have been shocking to me, but the one thing that really upset me in my first visits and first year here was the problem of homelessness. I'll be honest, one homeless man near my apartment looks exactly like my childhood image of the Boogy Man. Although we never interacted he frightened me.
One day at lunch we were discussing the problem of homelessness in the city. I asked one my colleagues if her children were afraid of the homeless and how she talked to them about the problem.
She said, "I tell my kids that the homeless men and women we see were once somebody's baby."
There by the grace of God go I.
It was a comment I needed to hear. One that changed my life. It softened me to see the person within the rough crust of street life.
One of the reasons we joined our church is that they have a tremendous acceptance of all people. Homeless people come to our church and participate fully in worship each week and we serve a small lunch each Sunday that is free for anyone. On Tuesdays we serve bag lunch to over 100 homeless persons each week. In addition to lunch, clothes (especially socks) and toiletries are made available. I think it's a powerful demonstration of God's love and it is an important ministry to my development as a Christian as well.
I love the creative challenge of making the play kitchens and it's been a great way for me to contribute to the homeless ministry. I like the fact that on both ends "somebody's baby" benefits.
I started the Play Kitchen Build Along to share my techniques. Free and easy-like so many of the wonderful craft tutorials on the internet. It's an amazing community this internet!
Along the way on this creative journey, I have made some great bloggy friends. And, one friend who has given me so much play kitchen love, shared the idea of setting up a way to donate to the homeless lunch program. I am so amazed by the heart of this creative community! Craft-ivism is one of the big reasons I love blogging! So many opportunities to use your creative passions for the greater good.
here. You can donate to the lunch program here. Be sure to put "Homeless Lunch Program" in the purpose box so your donation gets directed properly.
Thank you for considering this cause!
Play Kitchen Build Along Introduction
Lesson 1 Supplies
Lesson 2- Demo & Construction
Lesson 3- Assembly & Body Paint
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