Then the righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry, and feed you?
Or thirsty and give you something to drink?
Or a stranger and show you hospitality?
Or naked and give you clothing?
When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you?’
And the King will tell them, ‘I assure you, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters,
you were doing it for me.”
Matthew 25: 37-40
The parade on Main Street began at approximately 7 pm on Friday night as the ladies emerged from their cars. They made their way up the street towards my home. One hundred twenty (120) beautiful souls-strong, dressed in their garden party finest; some with hats, many styled in themed vintage-wear florals. The shoes on their feet were certainly “Must Love Shoes” worthy, but the most important shoes were the ones they carried in their brightly colored gift bags. It was my second annual “Soles of Love in the Garden” charity event.
My family and a few close friends were poised and ready for the party to begin. The yard and gardens were staged, the candles and chandeliers were lit, the food had been prepared and artfully displayed by Your Next Occasion. In other words, we were prepared!
What I was not prepared for was the outpouring of generosity the women displayed by their donations of children’s shoes which will be serving the needs of our children, locally and in Africa. Footwear of every size, shape, and color appeared as the table of donated shoes quickly turned into a mountain.
The soles and souls were filled with love as many of the women shared the stories behind their purchases with me. My friend Jen symbolically donated two pairs in her children’s current sizes as a display of gratitude and blessing for their lives. Marlene, not able to attend the event on Friday evening, donated her bounty in honor and memory of my dear Aunt Jeanette whom she described as the “kindest, most benevolent soul she had been blessed to know.” One of the pairs of shoes my friend Sue donated was in memory of her deceased son, Connor, whom she lost as an infant.
As of this post, 425 pairs of shoes have been donated and the donations continue.
I believe in the importance of providing for “the least of these.”
I believe that when women join together, we can accomplish things that reach far beyond our own significance.
I believe in friendship, and love, and nuturing the souls of others.
so do many others.
Save the date: Soles of Love in the Garden, 2013: August 2, 2013.