This year I plan to do some sort of service for others at least once per month. Can I be honest with you? Writing those words makes me cringe a little. Not because I don't like the idea of doing it (quite the opposite), but because it's been awhile since I've intentionally served people outside of my close family and friends (yikes!).
From childhood to college I constantly volunteered for things: babysitting, assisting in art therapy for children, doing makeup for local dance programs, and more. Sometime between college and having a child, serving others became just a thing 'I would love to get to one day'. Fast forward to now, and I'm ready to take the time to serve others as it's something I am passionate about making part of my life. I know there are more of you out there who can relate...
Would you please join me? I'll post photos on my instagram (@chelseamonsevais) using the hashtag #servegoodness2020 to give you a glimpse at how I'm serving and would love to see how you take action for others as well!
This month I chose to serve MOMS ORANGE COUNTY by gathering and donating new or gently used items for parents and babies. As a new mother, I know how much parents want the best for their children, yet not everyone has the same means to prepare for their new addition as they wish. MOMS Orange County is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing free access to prenatal care, health screenings, infant development screenings, health education and referral services through monthly home visits and group classes for low- income families. You can learn more about them HERE.
I packed up all my excess and gently used items and drove them ~30 minutes to the MOMS OC office. I could have very easily taken them to the nearby Salvation Army but knew I wanted these items to be free for those in need. If you are a parent with any new or gently used items that can be donated, please consider an organization in your area that serves families. You never know how many lives you can impact!
If you have some simple ways people can serve others, please leave those ideas in the comments. I would love to see more ways we can all be of service to one another :).
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. - 1 Peter 4:10
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