In Her Shoes : Honoring the Journey of Another
I love giving. I always have. Not just because it’s the right thing to do but mostly because it feels good. Almost as good as eating a hot steamy fudge brownie topped with vanilla ice cream and slathered in salty caramel syrup.
Almost, but not quite.
There is nothing sweeter in my book (no pun intended) then actually coming along side someone to help them out, especially when we have it IN our hand to do.
My husband and I recently had the opportunity to visit the Children’s Playtime Project at the DC General Homeless shelter which currently houses 500 children and 300 adults. As we walked through the shelter we became painfully aware of the lack. Lack of space, security, basic needs and hope. The clothing room where the families could find suitable clothing for work and school was no more than a mere closet. It was then that the “Honoring the Journey of Another” for the Beautiful You conference came to light. We all need shoes for the journey, and while many of us have TOO many shoes, many of these women and children only had one or two worn out pairs.
I thought how amazing it would be if ALL of us brought ONE pair of NEW shoes for a “sister’ that lives in our “neighborhood” to help her on her journey.
Since my time at the shelter, the reality that these women and children are truly at risk has become all the more apparent. The shelter was recently shocked when one of its young residents, eight year old, Relisha was abducted. While the specifics of her disappearance have been cloudy, what we do know is that there is a huge need for our help. As you can imagine the shelter’s inhabitants have been shaken and now, more than ever, there is a need for them to know that they are not alone. We as ONE sisterhood are standing with them.
For every “Relisha” still living in the shelter. For every woman or child at risk, we get the opportunity to make a difference. While we may not be able to eradicate homelessness we can definitely do something.
Our shoe project has become more than just shoes, it has become a statement, a declaration. “Not on my watch. Not in my neighborhood!”.
Consider joining us by coming alongside a woman or child and adding value and encouragement with a new pair of shoes (in the box) or purchasing a $25 gift card to Target, DSW or Payless shoes. Just bring the box of shoes or the gift card to the conference with you.
Along with the shoes we will be giving you the opportunity to write an encouraging note at conference to each recipient.
Adding value, love, and strength, one shoe and note at a time.
I believe we can do this, my friend. TOGETHER lets make a difference.
Donna Pisani co-pastors Capital City Church in Washington, D.C. with the love of her life, Dennis Pisani. She loves kale chips and chocolate (preferably not together), family time and is currently hooked on Downton Abbey. She is committed to seeing women flourish in life. For more, you can follow her on Twitter @donnapisani & Instagram @donnapisani