A couple of years ago…. I was driving to the city to teach and found myself sitting in a “same old” situation with a completely different internal reaction. Traffic was heavy and I was trying to get on the freeway. I was traveling slowly enough to read the sign of the man sitting with his dog and grocery bag next to my driver door.
“ANYTHING WILL HELP. EVICTED. IT’S COLD AND I AM HUNGRY.”
He looked tired. Cold. Vacant. And I didn’t have anything, even my purse was out of reach so I couldn’t offer him cash. I had seen this situation many times before, but this time I looked straight in his eyes and felt what it felt like to be sitting in a warm car, dry, full tummy, and offering him nothing.
I thought to myself, “This will not happen again.”
I got thinking and found myself at the dollar store, stocking up on hats, gloves, tuna fish, toothbrushes, fruit snacks, apple sauce, granola bars, bandaids, anti-bacterial wipes and brown paper lunch sacks. I packed them up and brought them to my Sunday morning Yoga class. I walked in with three big boxes full of little brown lunch sacks and asked the students to stock their cars and spread the love.
We did it again this morning — our yoga community brought “stuffers” — love notes, heart stickers, fruit snacks, gloves, hats, toothbrushes, socks, little baby snicker bar bits, peanuts, and juice boxes. We huddled around and listened to music and shared the service of love by stuffing 120 bags and then distributing them to our community to share with people in need when the need arises.
Perhaps you are called to do this in your own home? Your own community?