Faith and Family Combine To Keep Shelter Families Warm

Sarah Greer is a typical sixteen year old. She's a student at Forbush High School in Yadkin County, dealing with the challenges of distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. On second thought, maybe she's not so typical. While many teens are concerned with the latest Tik Tok sensation or who's cool and who's not, Sarah was thinking of her family. Her sister Hallie was about to turn one and Sarah was sad because her Grandfather, her Papaw, who had passed away five years ago, would not be there to celebrate her sister.

Then Sarah had an idea and posted to her Facebook page, "I wanted to do something to honor him and Hallie at the same time! I didn’t really tell anyone at the beginning of this year but to honor him on the day he passed away, I went and bought $60 worth of blankets and gave them to the Salvation Army Center of Hope, the only family shelter in Forsyth County. If Papaw was here I’m sure he would spend at least $60 on Hallie. I decided that I would use the $60 and go buy blankets and give them to Salvation Army on Hallie‘s birthday. Even though she never met him here on Earth I want her to know what a sweet person he was. He would do the same thing if he were still here, I’m sure of it."

"This was all I was planning on doing, until I kept feeling like I was led to make it so much more! I called my dad and my Paw and talked to them about all of this. Together they said they’d match up to $150 if anyone felt the need to donate. I plan on taking all the blankets on Hallie's birthday. So! With that being said, I’m asking for any donation you can give. Big or small, you’re making more of a difference in someone’s life at the shelter than you know. Also it’s a wonderful way to honor the Lord and loved ones who are no longer with us. I think so often we take the smallest things for granted. It’s starting to get cold again, and sadly some people don’t have heat or even a house to be in to stay warm. Please don’t feel pressured to donate but just know if you do donate we will match it until it reaches $150!"

The response Sarah received was wonderful. The next day she posted again, "Wow, wow, wow!! In 24 short hours I’ve had quite a few kind people donate for blankets that will be given to the homeless shelter!! I’ve already received $85 and since we’re matching everything, that’s $170 plus the original $60! Y’all!! That’s $230 for blankets already! I’m absolutely shocked and overwhelmed with excitement and thankfulness❤️ I love being a part of such a wonderful community!! This wouldn’t be possible without all of YOU!"

That wasn't the end. Sarah's next post, "I just can’t believe this! As of this morning, we’re already up to $320 total for blankets to give to the homeless shelter!!! I can’t thank you all enough for the support, shares, people who have given money so far, and the people praying over this. God is so good, giving all the glory to him. 'Don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need' Hebrews 13:16

And Sarah's conclusion, "Yesterday was the day I took 291 blankets to the homeless shelter. The amount of money spent on the blankets (money everyone helped raise) was $637.48!!!!
THANK YOU JESUS!!!! I can’t say thank you enough to each and every single one of you. Thank you if you were able to give money, if you prayed about this, if you donated blankets to put with the rest, and all the people who shared and told others about it.
It was such a blessing to have a small part in such a big thing. So many people will be kept warm as it’s getting colder. A small thing to us could be life changing to others."

"Talking to the workers at the Salvation Army yesterday and hearing some of the saddest stories truly made me have a new perspective. I hope as Hallie grows up she can see that all of this was done in honor of her and Papaw. Also to show a great act of kindness to people who are going through tough times. I pray one day she’ll want to take part in this on her birthday. I plan on doing this every year from now on for the exact same reasons. Thank you again to everyone, it’s truly amazing what our community can do. I will never forget this! ❤️In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ Acts 20:35"

Thank you Sarah. You are a beacon of hope for families in crisis. Your Papaw would be proud.

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