Hygiene Kits for Dinner
CNN did a story about a woman living out of her car here in Santa Barbara. That's the tip of the iceberg. Lots of people are homeless in Santa Barbara and a Christian agency called New Beginnings is seeking to provide "safe parking." Those are places off the street where people can sleep in their cars safely, often with a night guard on duty. MCC partners with New Beginnings. Tonight, as an after-soup project (we have weekly soup suppers during Lent) we put together 50 (25 men, 25 women) hygiene kits that street staff from new Beginnings will hand out to those folk who are spending their nights in their cars. The kits contain soap, wash cloths, socks, toothpaste, deodorant, and a bunch of stuff I forgot. After dinner by the time I got to the table, almost all the kits were packaged up as you can see. These hard times make for good occasions to practice our faith.