I've told you before about the free-clothing ministry, The Shepherd's Loft, which our church operates.
One might think that finding enough donated clothing items would be a problem for an ongoing ministry like this. That has not been our experience.
Many of our customers donate clothing when they are finished with it. Those of us who volunteer in the Loft and others who attend our church donate used clothing. There are even several consignment shops in the area which give us their items that didn't sell.
The other day boxed donations arrived in this trailer. LOTS of boxed donations.
"All hands on deck" to help unload the truck - - - even pastor, on the right.
This gal was busy shopping in the Loft, but she stopped the shopping long enough to be a BIG help.
The boxes just kept pouring in.
Some of us began trying to organize them out of the path of incoming traffic.
Some of us "worked" the camera.
When the entire load was brought in, we had a HUGE pile of boxes in the middle of our Loft work space - - -
Another pile on the left side of the back entryway hall,
Another pile on the right side of the back entryway hall - - -
And one last long pile going all the way down to the pastor's office door!
We have since moved all these boxes to less visible storage places and begun the long process of sorting through them and putting the clothes out for our customers.
It is a "good problem" to have our storage "bins" so full - - - but we don't want to be like the farmer in the parable who built bigger barns to store his crops only to have the Lord say to him, "Thou fool, tonight thy soul will be required of thee."
We are praying to find creative ways to share this bounty even with clothing ministries similar to ours but as far away as Texas.