For this week’s Kindness Matters Monday post, I’d love to share with you a new program I recently found out about. A family in Victoria, Australia has begun a fantastic project: they are collecting socks for the homeless.
In their own words:
“Imagine you are homeless and everything you own you can carry in a pack on your back or in a shopping trolley. You have one pair of undies, one pair of socks, no toiletries. Imagine how smelly and dirty your feet would feel. Imagine keeping on the same pair of socks, day after day after day. Imagine the sores that could develop on your feet.
Imagine also if you had 2 pairs of socks and undies so that when you washed one pair, you could put the other pair on. There are 23,000 homeless people in Victoria, Australia. Many of them have only one pair of socks and underwear. To begin with, I want to focus on socks. Imagine if this project could collect 45,000 – 50,000 pairs of brand new socks so that every homeless person could have at least 2 pairs of socks.”
I love to see stories of families working together to help those in need. Because if we want to teach our families to be compassionate, we need to teach them compassion. If we want children who look for opportunities to serve, we need to teach them how to seek those opportunities. And I’m so grateful to learn from families who are doing that!
If you’d like to learn more, or if this is something you’d like to do in your own community, you can check out their Facebook page here. I’m sure they’d love to have you drop by and ask questions!
This family is a great example of what we’re going for in this week’s Serve with your Family challenge. How have you recently served? I’d love to hear your ideas!