Giving your time, treasures and talents

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17

Whether you are bringing your gifts to The Warehouse Urban Gleaning Hub, specifically to be distributed within our network of relationships with churches, or engaging in Urban Gleaning in your own context, relationships or church, always ensure that an excellent standard of quality is upheld!

Treasures

• Ensure that all items, whether clothing, household items or toys are newly washed, smell fresh and are not stained, torn, chipped or blemished
• Donate items in a well-packaged, attractive condition: folded or well stacked and protected in sturdy cardboard boxes or see-through plastic bags (avoid using black refuse bags) and if possible, pre-sorted and labelled into genders, sizes and ages
• If an item is in generally good shape but has something that needs fixing (e.g. a button sewn on, a hem cleaned up or toy fixed) please spend the time doing this before giving the item
• Consider buying additional gifts such as brand new underwear to accompany clothing
• If you would like to spend money, contact the organisation you are planning to give through to find out what current needs are, especially during disaster relief. The Warehouse and churches will also have this information on websites during specific responses
• Ensure that you donate seasonally appropriate items: this may mean that you go through your cupboards at the beginning of each season and donate what can be used immediately, or if you have items for a different season, store them until the correct season
• Ask yourself these questions: Would I give this to someone I love? Would I be blessed to receive this? Does this give someone the message that they are made in God’s image?
Please see the insert regarding what Urban Gleaning at The Warehouse is able to help you distribute, and our website during disaster responses.

Time

• When seeking to give time, consider how much and how often- this will help those to whom you are offering it, know best how to use your gift
• If you have committed to a specific time, honor the commitment or make sure you advise if you will not be there- those you are helping may be counting on your presence
• Be up front about what you are able and willing to do during the time you are giving
• Be willing to do the less glamorous work when you give time. You may be very keen to contact with the people you want to serve but contact with vulnerable people, especially children, often needs to be reserved for those who are able to work with them on a more full time basis- your offer of time could be used to support the full time workers
• See if there is anyone who would want to join you- it is always more fun doing things together and they may be looking for a way of getting involved

Talents

• Closely linked with giving your time, you may have a specific talent that you know could be of use to others e.g. tutoring school learners, plumbing, computer skills, counselling
• Consider how many hours you are able to give of this skill per month before offering it
• Find out what community outreach relationships your church is involved with and offer your skill to one of these if appropriate
• You are welcome to contact The Warehouse for advice
• Closely linked with giving your time, you may have a specific talent that you know could be of use to others e.g. tutoring school learners, plumbing, computer skills, counselling
• Consider how many hours you are able to give of this skill per month before offering it
• Find out what community outreach relationships your church is involved with and offer your skill to one of these if appropriate.

 

 

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