|Miss Debbie with her new water bottle|
Consider how long you spend outdoors each day (me, not a lot) and how much refreshment you're taking in to ward off the heat. (I always have a glass of water by my side.)
But what if your home were outside . . . and you traveled by foot . . . and you had little to no funds for refreshment?
That's a very real scenario for my friends on the streets. Think of them every time you take a drink.
I took one of those friends out for ice cream this week. Although he enjoyed the ice cream, he showed considerably more excitement when I told him there was a water fountain in the back. He popped up, grabbed his old Dasani bottle, and made a beeline.
And Miss Debbie had guzzled down half the bottle, water pouring out the sides of her mouth and down her shirt, before the camera was ready. (We asked her to take another drink for the photograph. She happily obliged. :)
I know you've heard it before, but it is so relevant here:
For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in. . . . Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me (Matthew 25:35, 40 NASB).
That's what I'm asking you to do: quench the thirst of the least of them. (And note that little phrase: "to the extent.")
We need various forms of hydration for various living conditions. For some, a cold, disposable bottle of water is the best solution. For others, sturdy, refillable water bottles would be treasured. (They can refill at the library and the Greenway.) And for some areas, a water cooler with disposable cups would be most efficient.
- Rolling coolers (to stay with a nonprofit)
- A portable water cooler/tank (to stay with the nonprofit)
- Something like THIS would be so helpful! (to stay with a nonprofit)
- Cases of bottled water
- Gatorade (or other sports/electrolyte drinks)
- Gatorade mix/powder/liquid concentrate (or other sports/electrolyte mixes)
- Refillable water bottles (New, please. The one pictured above came from Dollar Tree.)
- Paper/disposable cups
- Gallons of filtered/spring water
- Carabiners (to hang bottles on backpacks, etc.)
But we're not picky--they're not picky. Any method of hydration will do.
Will you help us? And will you ask your church, Sunday school class, youth group, and friends to contribute in whatever way they can too?
If you're around Murfreesboro, supplies can be dropped off at WGNS. You can donate online here (note "Hydrate the Homeless"). If neither of those are convenient, comment below or email me. We will find a way!
Of course, in doing so, we're also providing a taste of living water, water that never will run dry.