Guest post by Chloe Liv.
Written on her 14th birthday.
“This is going to be the BEST Christmas ever! I actually have soap to shower!”
Her words stopped me in my tracks, as a tear ran down my cheek. Her clothes were torn and dirty. Her hair looked like it hadn’t been brushed or washed in a week. She was missing some of her teeth and the ones she still had needed a toothbrush badly. I don’t know where she slept last night, and she probably doesn’t know where she’ll sleep tonight.
And to think I was upset about not getting an ipod for Christmas this year…
I recently went with a church on a mission trip and was homeless for 3 days and nights.
Now I feel guilty that I just got done throwing my fit about not getting a big Christmas, and this woman was crying tears of joy over getting… soap.
My hair is clean. I showered today in a clean shower with hot water. My teeth are brushed. And when I go home I have a nice, soft, cozy bed to sleep in.
I ate dinner tonight. I knew when I woke up this morning that I would eat dinner tonight. And I might have leftovers that would get thrown away.
For my birthday this year and maybe next year and the next, I am collecting things from anyone who will give stuff for all these people we met.
I don’t know how they got homeless, and I don’t know how to get them a home, but I’m going to do what I can to love on them because maybe they just need to know somebody cares.