#trashouttuesday / time to pack our shoeboxes for the homeless

the daily Starr trash out tuesday

Each year, a week or two before Christmas, we have a family tradition.

Our kids help us gather the items we collect in our home all year long for a very special purpose.

Kid’s meal toys, small toys that scatter all over the house, bags that can fold up easily, books, hats, socks, etc.

There’s one key component – it must be small enough to fit into a shoebox.

We come together for one night with our church family for an annual tradition we call Soup and Shoeboxes.

We all bring a pot of soup to share and eat together as a meal, then we pack our shoeboxes. We prepare them for men, women, boys, and girls that are homeless in our local community. Working through shelters and other street ministries, we put them directly in the hands of the homeless where we live.

These boxes are wrapped just like a beautiful Christmas present and we are sure to include food that they can eat and items to stay warm on chilly nights.

For tonight’s #trashouttuesday our kiddos helped to gather and sort so we can take our donations to church on Saturday evening.

This year we had so many donations saved up, we’ve already taken 2 big tubs of toys to the church – wooohooo!!!

If you’re local and you have any items to donate, let me know and I’d be happy to pick them up before Saturday. Most needed items include warm toboggans, gloves, socks, peanut butter, crackers, and canned meat.

No matter where you live, I’m sure there is a homeless community that is in need. Grab some shoeboxes, wrap them like presents and fill them with warm items and foods that can be eaten on the go. Call your local shelter to find the easiest way to get them into the hands of those in need this Christmas.

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