Serving at the Salvation Army

This week’s love action is actually something that I do on a monthly basis, and it isn’t something that I made up or that I have to do any planning for. Every second Monday of the month a group of people from my church visit the Salvation Army and provide a dinner for the homeless of San Diego. Even if you don’t go to church, there are so many volunteer groups out there! If you are someone who feels like you aren’t creative enough, don’t have the time to organize something yourself, or just wouldn’t even know where to start when it comes to reaching out to people, never fear! Take advantage of the fact that we are blessed with people who have already established ways to love those in your community!

With this outreach, it is only once a month, and all you have to do is show-up ready to help out for one short evening. A few of us normally cook some potatoes before hand, but that is another great thing about pre-organized love actions, you simply put in as much time/effort as you have available! With the church’s outreach to the Salvation Army, there are different positions people can jump on into as well, depending on what they are comfortable with. Some people speak, some people carry out food, and others do all the cooking and assembling in the kitchen. No matter what, everyone I know honestly remarks that the experience changes them just as much, if not more, than it changes the lives of those they are serving. Obviously it isn’t about just making yourself feel better, but I do want to say that for something that may seem small, you will experience some serious rewards! I always look so forward to the trips to the Salvation Army and seriously love all the people I serve, and serve with, so much.

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