Outreach Corner – Giving to Give

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?”

I find that we at Old First and friends of Old First never fail to consistently do for others. There’s a unique spirit here — an aura of sorts that is filled with compassion, love and grace.

We see it Saturday mornings – during our Saturday Breakfast and Clothing Cupboard.  We share our influence with youth and adult groups participating in our Urban Service Camp.  We see it Sunday’s as we worship together and pray for each other, and we see it when groups travel from all over the tri-state area to prepare a home-cooked meal for our shelter guests.

Curtis, new to the shelter this year, often speaks of his time serving in the Navy as well as his love for the trumpet.  During this past Sunday night’s dinner, a volunteer from Valley Forge UCC surprised Curtis with a trumpet of his own! Having remembered a conversation he had with Curtis last month, the volunteer then said to himself “The next time I come, I’m bringing Curtis one of my trumpets to play and keep.”

How selfless was that?  How effortless? And how perfectly did this volunteer underscore King’s words…

We are a community that gives. We are persistent in doing for others.  What is so wonderful about you – the men and women who make up the Old First community- is that that you are selfless — indeed a reflection of MLK’s words and of the leader himself.

See you at the Shelter, or Saturday Morning Breakfast or in Church,