Winter Wear – Children’s Coat Store Leadership Team
This was our family’s second year to help at the Winter Wear coat store. While I was feeling like less of a novice and really looking forward to getting everything set up to host as many families as we could, it was my own kids who might have been even more excited about the upcoming Monday nights than I was! They remembered from last year what it was like to organize, carry, sort, move, bake, and smile for these special guests who were coming to our church. There’s no denying Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” While I have the words to articulate this verse and understand what a privilege it is to serve others, I loved watching the purity of heart with which my kids, and the other kids from our church group manifested this innate part of our hearts. There’s no denying the way God satisfies our hearts when we give to others. I’m so thankful for the verse right before Ephesians 2:10 that says, “For it is by grace we have been saved, through faith, ” and I’m so glad God has gifted us the capacity to serve.
I love being a part of Winter Wear in particular because of the way SON Ministries desires to preserve the dignity of the recipients of their services. I think that’s what makes this such a great environment for our family to participate in. There’s no chaos (except what my own 4 year old may be creating!), fear, or stigmas generated. My kids watch people who look and sound the same and different from them be welcomed and embraced, and they find it easy to do the same. They see kids who want to run around, find the perfect pink hat, and have a warm winter coat, just like they do. I’m really thankful that SON Ministries has given our family this model to serve by, and that they have provided lots more kids in Hilliard the opportunity to hear “Put your coat on!” this winter.
At SON Ministries, we bring HOPE to children and families facing suburban poverty by connecting them to people, resources and a HAND-UP!