Bring the Children Unto Me

May 12, 2015  |     |   General

     I was encouraged a few years ago to share about Open Door Mission in a variety of settings.  I wasn’t too sure about being able to do that, but thanks to God (along with lots of prayer) I have been privileged to speak about Open Door Mission for the past six years.  Although I will tell anyone anywhere at any time about Open Door Mission and how they can help make a difference, my love is for young people.
     I LOVE to speak to Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, church youth groups, and schools (from preschool to college).  I just love the vibrancy and fearlessness of students.  When I share about homeless children, the children I am speaking to immediately show their compassion for the less fortunate.  When I ask, “How do you think you can help?”  Their responses coming pouring out from their hearts.  They don’t think any idea is too outrageous, though I often have to guide them to a practical idea.  Children have a take charge, “let’s just do“ attitude that gets stuff done.
     These past few years I have been blessed to have young people send notes of encouragement and drawings for our guests, make hundreds of fleece blankets, collect hundreds of pounds of socks & underwear, make sure our kids had cereal for breakfast, fill the children’s library with books, and collect hundreds of pounds of towels & bed linens and so many other items. Young people have a heart of compassion and love for the homeless. I am so blessed to have touched these young people’s lives in such a small way for they have blessed me and Open Door Mission in so many great ways. Never underestimate the power and compassion of youth to make a difference. They are our future, and from where I stand it looks bright with the light of HOPE.
      I would love to come and share with any youth group, school class, organization, or even adults!
     It is so important to pour into the youth of today, and especially so into the lives of children living at Open Door Mission.  Today only, you can make a difference in a child’s life here at Open Door Mission by sponsoring them for a week of camp during the KFAB Kids to Kamp Radiothon.  Just $49 will provide three nutritious meals every day, arts and crafts, recreational games, field trips, stories, music, educational tutoring, and more!  Click the banner below for more information.

Maggie Cope
Community Relations Coordinator