#Season of giving (Week 2)

November 8, 2018

The Counseling Corner

By Rev. Judith T. Lester, B.Min. M.Th

“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”
– Prov. 11:25

The focus this month is on the Salvation Army and the charitable work they do as part of its ministry. Founded in 1865 by William Booth, the Salvation Army continues to be involved in ministry efforts which includes prison visits, responding to disasters, providing homeless and domestic violence shelters, and thrift stores. Today, the Salvation Army is recognized as a global charitable organization that exists to help others. This week, this column will continue highlighting the Toy Shop sponsored by the Salvation Army in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.

If you are a parent of children, you must register for toys and registration is taking place at this time. The Toy Shop serves families living in Milwaukee County with the exception of zip codes: 53108, 53110, 53129, 53130, 53132, 53154, 53172, 53207, 53220, 53221, 53228, & 53235. Families living in these zip codes are served by The Salvation Army’s Toy Shop in Oak Creek. Families living in Waukesha County are served by the Waukesha Salvation Army Toy Shop.

Your children must be born on or after January 1, 2003. You must provide proof of identity for yourself and your children and their residence and birthdays. For more information on what items a parent needs to bring to register for toys, please call the Toy Shop at 414-464-2971. Registration sites and times for registration are as follows:

Cold Spring Corps
Wed. 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
November 7, 14, 21, 28; and December 5 and 12

Citadel Corps
Tues. and Thurs. 1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
November 6, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20 and 27; December 4, 6 and 11

West Corps
Wed. and Thurs. 1:00 p.m.– 4:00 p.m.
November 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 28; December November 8 N o – vember 29 November 14, 15 and 21; December 5, 6, and 12

Distribution Center
Now through Dec. 12, 2018, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Beloved, there are so many ways we can give and there is always a need to be filled. Giving is not just for adults. We need to get young people involved in giving at an early age. Church youth groups can get involved in the blessing of giving to others by donating gently used items to local clothing banks; collecting and donating non-perishable foods to local food pantries; organizing a project to collect and hand out blankets, sandwiches and water bottles to the homeless who sleep on the street; visiting local assisted living facilities or nursing homes; or organizing a Children’s book drive to donate to children in the hospital. Encourage your young people to make a difference in someone’s life by giving! It only takes one small act of kindness to make someone’s day.

Next Week: Continuation

The writer does not assume responsibility in any way for readers’ efforts to apply, rely or utilize information or recommendations made in this article, as they may not be necessarily appropriate for every situation to which they may refer. This information is for educational purposes only. If you would like to contact Rev. Lester, write to her c/o P.O. Box 121, Brookfield, WI. 53008.