Just suppose you or someone in your circle knew of a struggling family. Mother in a very large size, two daughters 16 and 12, two sons 14 and 1 year old. appropriate sizes for their ages. The mother works full-time in an office setting. The father is in and out of the picture. Mostly out. They live in a 2 bedroom apartment. Children walk to school. Oldest daughter is responsible for taking youngest son to daycare. One car in operating condition. Mother works all the overtime she can get.
Just suppose your circle decided to help this family on an ongoing basis, not just a one-time thing.
Just suppose your circle was willing to make a 2 year committment to this family. Thus the oldest daughter would be able to graduate from High-school and go to work to help the others. Perhaps even a 6 year commitment and get all 3 of the oldest children graduated, and the youngest in school all day……………….
Just suppose everyone in your circle had a sewing machine and could sew at some level from beginner to advanced.
Just suppose you had a certain amount of resources available for this project. Say, 6 ladies in the circle, each of whom could provide $10 and 3 hours a week.
What would be the Highest and Best use of these resources?
What could be sewn, what should be purchased?
It’s been so long since I’ve clothed a teen-ager, that I don’t even have any idea what they might be wearing these days! Obviously they will want to be able to ‘fit-in’.
Logically $240 (6 circle members X $10. X 4 weeks = $240.) a month would go a long way in easing up any family’s budget. The suggestion has been made that we do just that. Send it annonomously in an envelope every month.
Other suggestions have been made, but I’d really like to hear any suggestions you may have to offer.
FYI – The ladies in the circle in question has been meeting over 14 years, for various projects, support, Bible study, and other reasons, which change from time to time, and need to need. Committment is not a problem! Many of the ladies have known the Mother in this family for about 3 years. She works with one of the circle members.
This circle knows it can’t change the world, but maybe it can improve one little corner of the world. Maybe it can ease some pain, allow the children to make a few better choices, and take one or two steps higher on the ladder of life, than their parents did.
Edited 12/17/2007 2:49 pm ET by GailAnn