It’s pretty safe to assume that everyone has encountered someone on a street corner asking for help. They often ask for money, prompting the thought, “What do I do? I don’t want to give them money, but I don’t have anything else to offer them.”
Melody ran into this predicament several months ago. A man asked her for money to buy food, so she offered to go buy him some, but told him to wait while she finished something. By the time she returned, he was gone. Despite earnestly wanting to help the man, she wasn’t able to do anything.
In that moment, Melody made a decision. Next time someone asked for help, she wouldn’t be caught unprepared!
Melody started “Melody’s Angels,” a group that gets together once a month to assemble care kits for hurting people on the streets. She keeps her car stocked with the kits, so whenever she sees someone asking for help, she can immediately assist them. The group has been wildly popular. It started with only a couple members and has now multiplied in size several times over.
YOU CAN DO THIS TOO!
Making care kits is a great activity to do with friends. They are fun and relatively inexpensive to put together. Here are some of the items we recommend including:
- Non-perishable foods (granola bars, crackers, tuna, fruit snacks, etc.)
- Water bottles
- Gift certificate to fast food
- Hygiene products
For a complete list and more information about making care kits, visit www.PortlandRescueMission.org/get-involved/pack-a-care-kit/