What does love look like?

Aug 17, 2012  |     |   General

I was recently asked by young person, “what does love look like?” I have been thinking about that question a lot lately. What does love look like to you? To me love looks like so many different things. I am blessed to work at Open Door Mission so I see love in a lot of ways.

Love looks like thousands of dollars spent on clothes that are unselfishly donated so that homeless children can have a new outfit to wear to school. Love looks like the face of one of the donor seeing some of the children she helped dressed in their new outfit. Love is the squeals of delight from the children and their parents when they see all the new clothes and backpacks and school supplies that were donated to make education a priority.

Love looks like volunteers going out in 100+ degree weather to make sure the homeless on the streets have clean cool water to drink. Love looks like “Loaves & Fishes” teams that chose to come faithfully to prep, feed and cleanup for over 1,800 meals Open Door Mission serves daily.

Love looks like a young mother that is blessed to get diapers and a food pantry for her family without feeling ashamed or scared. Love looks like the 5,000-7,000 people able to stay in their own homes thanks to “free shopping” at the Timberlake Outreach Center. Love looks like all the people who generously clean out closets, donate furniture, appliances and household items to the Timberlake Outreach Center.

Love looks like men laughing and talking while sharing a meal at a table not a dumpster. Love looks like mothers smiling while their children get to play in a safe environment and are well fed. Love looks like a woman, who has seen more bad than good, find a safe place to sleep and the help she needs.

Love looks like Thanksgiving turkeys and Christmas hams, cases of toilet paper, donations of fresh vegetables and fruit, purple Hope Totes full of personal care products, new Christmas toys, warm coats and blankets and just about anything Open Door Mission needs that is donated. Love looks like our donors and volunteers.

Love looks like You in the mirror when you choose to make a difference at Open Door Mission, Garland Thompson Men’s Center, Lydia House or the Timberlake Outreach Center…to those in need YOU look like love.