Every day we are bombarded with what is wrong with America and the world. We see people being cruel and downright evil to one another. And so often we are left confused, not knowing what to do to help.
I feel that way every.single.day.
I teach my girls right from wrong.
I smile at those I pass in my day.
And sometimes God plops an opportunity to be hands-on right in my lap.
This was a recent experience. I agreed to help with a family new to America. I thought I would help a tiny bit and that would be that. What I found was a new friend. Someone who blesses my life every day. The joy she and her family bring me makes me want to help them in any way possible.
But I can’t do it all alone. Due to horrible things happening around the world, people are being forced to leave their homeland and find a new country in order to be safe. There is my dear friend, her family, and many more families coming to America. America is better for having these new families here.
But getting started in a new country is expensive. Housing. Transportation. Utilities. Food. Clothing. Furniture. School supplies.
That last one is where I would like to give you an opportunity to come alongside eight families I know who are making their way in a new land. I have started an Amazon wish list (New American Friends) with some of the basics needed for school. This list is just the beginning. I have started with a wish of 8 each, but that would likely only help 2 families–in some instances, only 1 family. These kids are walking into new schools in a new language. Wouldn’t it be great to get each of them at least the items the school asks them to bring at the beginning of the year?
None of us LIKES to need help, but we all do sometimes, don’t we? Sometimes we need help paying a bill. Sometimes we need a listening ear. Sometimes we need help making a decision. Sometimes we even need someone to take care of us. Regardless, we all need help sometimes.
Sometimes, we can help others. Sometimes we can speak up for others, sometimes we can hold a hand. Sometimes we can buy school supplies.
Please help me stand with these New American Families (link here) and help them help their kids get school supplies.
I, they, we, would be ever so grateful.