New Shoes

“It was cold and snowing outside and he didn’t have any shoes ,” says Tracy, a volunteer at Crossroads. It was the second Friday of the month and Tracy’s church was serving at the shelter. While working, she spotted the little boy sitting in the stroller. “He looked to be about two, he wasn’t dressed for the bitter cold weather and he had no shoes on his feet.” As John, another volunteer, talked with the little boy’s mother, she explained that they were homeless and had come to the shelter to eat. As they continued to talk, she confessed that her son had never had a pair of shoes.

“Tears started rolling down my cheeks. I just couldn’t take it,” Tracy said. “I have eight kids of my own and my husband wasn’t working at the time but I couldn’t stand the thought of this two year old little boy going back out into the cold with no shoes.”

Tracy measured the little boy’s foot with her hand and as the meal was being served, she and John quietly slipped out. Upon returning, they put the little boy’s first pair of shoes on his feet and filled the stroller with diapers, clothing and food. Praise God, the shoes fit perfectly!

The rest of the story…

Recently a man named Rick stopped by Crossroads. He recounted to Director Dave a story about his girlfriend and son that came to Crossroads to eat some months ago and the strangers that had bought his son’s first pair of shoes.

Rick and his family were very touched by the outpouring of kindness they received at Crossroads that evening. It is something they will never forget. Today they are doing much better, with a steady income and a place to live. Rick stopped by to say thank you to Union Mission and the strangers that cared enough to buy his son his first pair of shoes! You might think it was “only” a pair of shoes but it was so much more to this family as they experienced the love of God through the kindness and generosity of others.

God calls us to be generous in all areas of our lives and invites us to explore the many opportunities to help others. It’s not just about what we give but it is about how we give. Giving should be a joy. The Bible is filled with teachings on charity, generosity, grace and all manner of giving.

“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver”. (2 Corinthians 9:7)