Dixie Darr

Loose Change

In Lent - Season of Change, spirituality, Uncategorized on March 11, 2017 at 10:23 am


Lent – Season of Change, Day 10

I rarely spend time with kids. That isn’t a complaint, but one of the things I value about my church is the abundance of kids, little bitty ones. On the second Sunday of every month, they come out into the pews to collect our spare change for charity. It’s my number one favorite thing in church. I try to remember to bring as much change as possible, so I can dole it out to several different little ones.

Each year, they collect a thousand dollars or so and donate it to organizations that fight the spread of HIV/AIDS or malaria. This year it goes to help Family Promise, a nonprofit that works to end homelessness one family at a time.

In the big picture, I suppose $1,000 doesn’t go very far to end homelessness or fight a deadly disease, but it means a lot to these kids. They’re learning to care for others, and they’re learning the concept of thinking globally and acting locally. As Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Our kids (yes, I think of them as “our” kids) are learning that early.


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