The more we sell, of course, the more we can help people who are out in the cold. It breaks my heart that I can't take them all in and give them a warm bed. I have several turkeys coming in, though, and a good supply of bread throughout December, so I'll be able to make at least one big meal a week for about 100 people each, hopefully throughout the winter.
What if I could do more? What if I could gather a bunch of jackets, blankets, umbrellas, and tarps to hand out along with the food? All it takes to do that is a bunch of phone calls and a tank of gas.
But to raise more funds, we're going to have to be able to put up two booths at once. We need lights, another table, another sign -- $100 that we don't have yet. If we can do both locations tomorrow, we'll have the money. Such a dilemma!
These are good problems to have, of course. People are starting to know we exist, and that's all I was expecting this year. Next winter we'll be established enough to make a real difference. Patience has never been my strong suit. But while I'm waiting for our abilities to rise to the demands, I can think. How can we find the children and help them? Can we identify some families who still have homes but aren't finding access to food? Can I worm my way into city government and help with broader plans?
You can bet I won't be sitting idle this winter. Money or not, there's work that can be done for people -- all people, everywhere. I hope you won't be idle either. Together, we can change the world.