I cannot even begin to tell you how this act of giving, gave us so much more than the small tokens that we put in a bag for a stranger that will forever be in our prayers.
As my girls picked out items like a first aid kit, they asked why would a teenage girl need that? Or hand sanitizer, why and how, and where do they shower and get dressed?
After describing to my girls where these kids are sleeping and where they are eating,IF they are eating.. they asked Why? Why are they on the streets? Why, did they run away? Why do bad things happen? So then the discussion turned to what some peoples home life looks like.
Instead of waking up to Advent calendar treats and warm coffee, some kids wake to a mom passed out on the couch because she was out all night working hard to survive herself, or a dad who is an angry drunk because the cares and worries of this world have given him a raw deal and he takes them to a bottle, instead of the Cross of Christ.
Sigh... Life is full of sorrow.