Warming the Homeless
- Kathy MacKrell
"Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25:40
Do you have a warm coat and a decent pair of boots for the upcoming winter? This is a common question that has popped into many of our minds as cold weather approaches. For most of us, purchasing a new coat or boots is not a problem, but for the homeless and those on the margins, this may be out of the question. Here at Crossroads, we have tried to ease that burden.
Warming the Homeless is a Crossroads' Ministry that has been taking place each fall for many years. It was born out of the DC Food and Fellowship ministry that provides a meal to our friends living in Franklin Park, in downtown DC twice a month. The relationships that have been formed between the homeless and Crossroads' brothers and sisters has led us to providing over 300 homeless men and women with a coat or boots each year.
If you are interested in helping with the Warming the Homeless mission, there are many ways you can get involved. Throughout the month of October, let us all pray for our neighbors who are in need of coats and boots. Here is a simple prayer:
God of Compassion,
We pray for those who are homeless and cold, especially in the winter season. We pray that they find shelter, warmth and security. Fill their hearts with hope for the future and today. Let us recognize we are blessed with many comforts that others do not have. We pray that we have eyes to see and ears to hear where our neighbors are in need, and that we would see your face in their eyes and that we would be bold and courageous in meeting those needs.
In Jesus name,
We are also asking for donations of new boots sizes 10-15 as well as jackets/parkas(90% men's apparel) in LG through 3X. We have a large number of coats and boots that are preordered from Walmart and Costco. You can make a monetary donation to Crossroads marked "Warming the Homeless" during worship or online. $40.00 will purchase a coat or boots. All donations are tax deductible. The deadline is November 1st.
Learn how to serve in this mission by sorting coats and boots on November 3rd or delivering to Franklin Park on November 5th.