I met Alexis and her mother early Sunday afternoon during our Walk-a-thon. They were volunteers. Mother and daughter were preparing the tables for all the walkers when they arrived to enjoy soup and bread before a tour of the campus. I asked her mother how they decided to volunteer at Open Door Mission. Her mother said Alexis, 9, wanted to volunteer and help people. The mother checked places where they might volunteer and Open Door Mission was the only organization she could find that would accept a volunteer who is only in 4th grade. Alexis has a special heart, wanting to help others, and Open Door Mission knows folks of every age can make a difference.
Later, that same afternoon, I gave tours of Open Door Mission’s campus to many of the walkers. One group included a 9 year old boy. At the end of the tour his mother said her son wanted to give something. I was intrigued as he approached me. He said he wanted to contribute all the money he had in his pocket to help the people living at Open Door Mission. He emptied his pocket of 14 quarters and 3 pennies. He is a young boy with a special heart, wanting to help others.
As I recall those children I remember the Bible verse from Matthew 18:2: Jesus called a little child to come to him. Jesus stood the child before the followers. Then Jesus said, “I tell you the truth. You must change and become like little children.” Yes, like those 9 year old children, each with a special heart, wanting to help others.
Senior Development Officer
Make a difference in the lives of others by donating your gently used clothing, furniture and household items. Donations can be dropped off at our receiving area now located on the east side of the Timberlake Outreach Center, 2107 E Locust St
• Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
• Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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