On Saturday, December 13, 2014, The Pre-Christmas Outreach took place. Here are three descriptions of people who were impacted.
Sochie woke up on Saturday, around 8 AM, to begin her day with her family. She had a big day ahead of her, going to Bayview for her brother, attending a Christmas gathering, and lastly attending SF City Impact’s Kids Christmas Party. After some fun dancing and singing, she was called up to the stage for some games. Sochie ending up winning and received a prize of her own. The smile on her face lit up the room as she held up her prize bigger than her torso.
Terryanne a local resident, woke up later that day to clean but stayed in her room all day. She received a knock on her door and opened up. Two young women and a young gentleman stood smiling at her door. They offered food and asked Terryanne her name and how she was. “Oh I’m very blessed. God is Good!” Terryanne said. One of the girls noticed a cross in Terryanne’s room. Are you a Christian? “Yes,” said Terryanne. “I love Jesus.” They continued their conversation and prayed for each other before they parted ways.
Hailey woke up early that morning to travel with her brother, father, and the rest of her family to the Tenderloin district to volunteer through SF City Impact. It was her brother’s third event volunteering, but her first time. They delivered meals to several residents in the different buildings of the Tenderloin. When asked about the experience, she said, "It's been awesome, really eye-opening to be delivering these meals."
These are only three people impacted by the courage of many volunteers stepping out in faith to serve and love the people of the Tenderloin. Some are children, some older residents, and many are other volunteers who have been blessed by being invited to volunteer by a friend or family.
Acts 20:35 says, "In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
God can work through people in so many ways, this is truly the reason for this outreach: to see God redeem this community, through people. Around 300 toys were given to children like Sochie who were shown love and compassion by many volunteers. 3,500 meals were passed out to residents like Terryanne in the Tenderloin, who may have been shut off all day. 500 Volunteers like Hailey, came in to serve and were blessed to give their time and resources to those who cannot pay them back.
Thank you to all who contributed towards the day and thank you to the residents of the Tenderloin for opening up and talking.
One last holiday event remains for the year: Christmas Day Outreach. Learn more.