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Old 07-12-09, 02:18 PM
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Default Want to reach out and bless people in your community or neighborhood?

No special skills or ministry experience needed.

Many people are having a financial hard time this year Some people have a lifetime of hard times. A kids clothes exchange can help a lot. Caring Hands has done Kids Clothes Days at back to school time for about 10 yrs no. It's a wonderful and inexpensive way to reach out t people and show them Jesus' love. We've also found that we get a lo fewer calls for emergency help from families who are facing evictions and shutoffs the month after school starts because they no longer need to spend rent or utility $ for back to school clothes,

Kids grow. That means almost every child needs some needs sme new clothes for school and almost every child is a source of gently used hand me downs. Your role is to get them together. A church fellowship hall is a good place to do this, or the community room at a library or bank. A back yard or garage will work too. Saturdays are a good time or early eve n a weekday. Your local paper, radio station, TV stations will generally publish information you send them about the event. Posters at the supermarkets work well too. Ask people to donate clean gently used clothes their children have outgrown. Invite any parent or grandparent to come get what they need for their children.

You'll need a few helpers to sort clothes, a couple of people to say hello and welcome people. It's nice to have some cool water available and if the place has a rest room be sure there is plenty of TP, etc. You can put up Jesus Loves You signs, give each person a tract or Gospel of John with a salvation message. We also ask folks to sign in on a file card and write down anything they would like us to pray with or for them about. Some people want prayer then and there. Many just wan someone to be praying for them later. The prayer cards are good conversation starters that gove ou a chance to let them know that Jesus cares. We find it is better in ost ho not all cases to let them get clothes first then sit down and pray that way they are not afraid they'll miss out on the clothes and they pay more attention to the praying. Cards can also be used for follow up contact if you want. Some Christian music playing in the background helps set the mood of the day. Leftover clothes can be donated to a church or charity thrift store or used to start an ongoing clothes ministry, is a good source of clothes pick the freeccle group(s) in your own area. is a surce of gospels of John American Bible Society is a great source for biblical based free handouts in English and Spanish.
1Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. ... Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. Matthew 25:40 & 45
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