"‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?" He will reply, "Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me." Matthew 25: 44-45, NIV
Knowing that we are all asked to show compassion and that there are so many demands on our limited financial resources, there is something we can do to help that may cost some people time and most people nothing.
Organize a Variety Sale
How? Advertise: announcements, e-mails, Facebook, phone calls, text messages, posters
Where? In your garage, at a church picnic, in the community—anywhere people will be or come if they are invited
What? Items in and around the home or church that no one really has any use for but that others may want, including clothing in acceptable condition
Who? Ask anyone to donate items, even children or neighbors and family members not in church
When? Choose the season when people are most likely to clean out their homes
- People will be glad to clear unneeded clutter and, at the same time, help those in need.
- Others will be pleased to purchase needed or wanted items at greatly reduced prices.
- The needs in our communities and in our world are great. Some of these needs will be met while also helping those who donate and purchase.
At the sale, provide a container marked “The Less Fortunate” for those who wish to make cash donations apart from their purchases.* This method is proven. It helped one Caribbean district provide funds to construct water wells in Haiti.
* Editor’s Note: Be sure to post how the money will be used; more people will be encouraged to give. If it is for the Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Fund, have an explanation of how those funds help.
Global Council Representative