YOUR DONATIONS AT WORK! Most Fridays I load my car up with food donations to drop off to families living in local motels. Many of them down on their luck and at a very low point. I had a friend ask me today why I bother wasting my time delivering to “those type” of people. She said, “They should just get a job like everyone else!”
Let me tell you about a few of the families I delivered to this past Friday. Not everyone living in a motel is lazy; I look for families trying to make a difference for themselves. Our motto at Angels of God is to give a hand UP, not a hand out.
- Edna is a feisty 72 year old. She lost her home and had no where to go. She wound up in the motel a few months ago and is now working with senior house so she can move out of the motel soon. Oh and did I mention she still work 25 hours a week!!
- Mark, Julia and 3 children- I was there when Mark came home from the night shift work. He went into the bathroom and came out in his next uniform for his second job. His kids ran up to him and gave him big hugs. His wife had his dinner packed and ready for him in a brown paper bag. And as fast as that he was out the door to his 2nd job. Mark is working hard to come up with first months rent and security deposit on top of paying $300 a week to live in a motel room.
- Aubrey and 2 children- Aubrey’s husband left her and the children 7 months ago. She quickly found herself not able to cover the rent and was evicted so they ended up in a motel. To embarrassed to tell her parents that retired to FL the truth, she has tried to make things work the best she can.
(I encourage her each time I am there to reach out to her parents. Taking that first step is the hardest.) She has a full time job and the oldest child (17yrs old) watches his sister so mom can make money for the family. She often works overtime. Because she works she does not get a lot in food stamps. The food we drop off helps fill the gaps for her family.
- John and his dog Riley – John found himself homeless a year ago due to pain killer abuse. He was injured bad in an accident and found himself quickly addicted to pain killers. Now 7 MONTHS CLEAN he is working with a program to better himself. He has had a full time job for the last 3 months but making minimum wage. The food and pet food we deliver for him allows him to pay his bills and save some each month so he can get his own apartment soon.
I love this stop because I get kisses from Riley (the dog👍🐾). He will run right up to me and sniff my pockets for the treats I bring him!
I don’t feel any of the people above are abusing the system or “those type of people”.
I sometimes leave the motels feeling hopeless. I can’t fix all their problems. But TOGETHER we are making a difference!
Many families live paycheck to paycheck and can be walking in the shoes of one of these families above sooner than you think.
How many of you will pledge to take the FIVE DOLLAR PLEDGE? Will you take five dollars this week and buy an item for someone in need? It could be a box of cereal, shampoo, deodorant, paper plates, etc.
Five dollars is nothing… your Triple grande non fat decaf iced latte from Starbucks cost more then that!
Drop your donation off to:
Angels of God
334 South Broadway
Pitman, NJ 08071
Don’t have time to shop or do not live in the area? Order an item off our Amazon General Needs Wish-List here >> Link: http://a.co/3pYNxVg and it will ship directly to our doorstep.
Let’s make a difference together!