When Helping is Hard

Depends and Sippy Cups. I need to find a home for these items…a lot of them! They are the two unique items we’ve been blessed with this week. They are not part of the LSS kit list, and it seems that other organizations are restricting more and more what they will accept. So, what do we do with all the Depends and sippy cups?

Someone, I don’t even know who (no one from Peace), thought Depends and sippy cups were a good idea. I’m finding more and more; we think we know what people need. We try to put ourselves in others’ shoes and assume they would need exactly what we would want if we were in their situation. And so, we drop off items we think they need. As someone trying to organize an outpouring of generosity this week, this is when helping is hard. I love the generosity. I love the enthusiasm, but I don’t know what to do with Depends and sippy cups.

So, what have I learned? Let’s stop and ask what is needed before we take action. This goes for so many situations in life. When someone is struggling, ask what they need. When someone is hungry, homeless, or lonely, ask what they need. Sometimes we need sippy cups and Depends, but sometimes we just need someone to say, “How can I help?” A listening ear, a hug or a helping hand might be so much more valuable than any one thing that we could give someone.

Thanks for your generosity and your helping hands for our Afghan neighbors. We will make a difference in someone’s life.


Pastor Dawn