From November, 2010

Christmas Wish List!

Hey all! A lot of great opportunities have come to us for the Christmas Season, some we have committed to, and some we have had to decline. With that said though, we are partnering with some really great places and programs to continue loving on people and families! We are going to be partnering with [...]

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3 Bags in 2 Days Celebrates One Year & 1,639 stores of compassion

It’s been officially one year since the kickoff of this crazy ride called “3 Bags in 2 Days.

We just celebrated our one-year birthday on November 14th. It was such a sweet time of community and reflecting over what been happening over this past year. Everyone in the whole spectrum of 3 Bags was represented. That was the most beautiful part of the evening. And of course, no party is complete without the edition of a sweet disco ball and music and of course…birthday cake!

Little did we know at that we would get to this point because we just look at ourselves as regular college kids that saw a need and are doing a small thing to try and fill it, but what we realize now is how this “little” thing is being used in big ways. It’s hard to put into words what this past year has been like but one thing that we know is that this journey is far bigger than us. We have gotten so many opportunities to help serve people all over in places like Ethiopia and Haiti. We have learned so much about the face of homelessness and poverty in our area and know we still have a lot more to learn.

We cannot express how much we LOVE and ADORE our volunteers. The volunteers that so willingly take the challenges we dish out to them and get excited about going to the store and clearing out a shelf of peanut butter or seeing the looks on the cashiers face whenever they ring up your cart full of baby wipes. It priceless and this isn’t possible without all of YOU. Those of you that take the time to donate whatever you can whether it’s one travel size item our loads of deodorant. All is important and goes towards help those living in poverty.

One thing that still always amazes us is that we right now we operate only off of individuals donations. Someone sees a need, a gives us tuna or a package of socks. We are at 1,639 bags and are still going strong. That’s because of you all. Your are making a difference is the world. Whether you see it or not, its happening. We forever will always appreciate you guys.

So this 1-year celebration wasn’t just for us. It for all of us that stepped outside ourselves and are now seeing the world through a new set of eyes. It’s for everyone who made the conscious choice to help and take the time in giving dignity and respect back to those who feel they have lost it. Thank you so much! We cannot wait to see what lies ahead in the next year.

Sincerely,

Your Bag Ladies


for more information on how you can be a part of this story, please visit the 3 Bags in 2 Days initiative page to find links to the website, stories and more info.

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There’s another word in the name that much more accurately describes what happen through this initiative…

a post from Jennifer Powers on the subject of how Laundry Love is about so much more than just washing clothoes and serving a meal…


I get different reactions when people learn about Laundry Love. Many people respond by telling me it’s a good thing. Some people talk about how good it must feel to be able to help others in need. A few scoff and assume that people take advantage of another hand-out. Some think it sounds like an interesting service project.

On the surface, Laundry Love looks like any other task-oriented service project: wash their clothes, serve a meal…check. And for some who serve that’s all it is. But that only describe one part of Laundry Love. There’s another word in the name that much more accurately describes what happen through this initiative…Love.

Love is what began this initiative and Love is what sustains it.

We are taught to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Do you love yourself enough to make sure you have enough food so that you don’t go hungry? Do you love yourself enough to make sure you have clean clothes to wear each week? Do you love your children enough to send them to school in clean clothes so that they don’t have to feel insecure or experience rejection among their peers? Do you ever have to choose between having enough money for food or clean clothes because you don’t have enough money for both?

We love ourselves enough to make sure we have these basic provisions in our own lives. However, the reality is that some in our own community are much less fortunate. If we live out the command to love our neighbors as ourselves wouldn’t the natural response be to do what you could to help make sure these basic needs are met in your neighbor’s life? Let go of the misconception that “neighbor” is defined by subdivisions or proximity to your house.

Three men passed by a man who had been robbed, beaten and left nearly dead on the side of the road. The first two passed by and did nothing. The third took pity on him and made sure he was cared for before he went on his way. Jesus asks, “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man?” Then, he gives a simple command…, “Go and do likewise.”

Laundry Love opens the door to “go and do likewise”…to stop, take pity on someone in need, show mercy, and care for those who might otherwise be passed by.


If you would like to learn more about how to help with Laundry Love, please visit the Laundry Love initiative webpage for stories, dates and how to sign-up to help.