We are all called to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving during Lent. There are endless ways to do this, and donating bags full of stuff is just 1 way. If you haven’t heard of 40 days 40 bags, it’s a simple concept. Each day during Lent, you fill 1 bag of stuff from your home, and donate it. You choose the size of the bag.
I love doing hands-on almsgiving with kids. It’s easy to forget that when we write checks, that’s very abstract to children. Kids can be a part of this. In the past, we’ve put toys away for Lent… but if they have enough stuff to pack it away… some of their stuff can go in these bags. I’ve also done a 40 day pantry box during Lent as a way to get kids involved, which was also a great Lenten activity.
When we did our Operation Shoe Boxes last year, I touched on giving something better than our worst to the poor. I challenged myself to pack those boxes like I was packing them for my own children. You guys have to know that I’m not preaching to you when I type this stuff- I’m talking to myself as well! When ran across this post on facebook, and the whole concept came flooding back to me.
Mother Teresa’s feet were actually deformed because she always dug through the donations of old shoes, and took the very worst pair for herself. So whoever donated the worst pair of shoes… they were giving their shoes to Mother Teresa. But more than that, they were giving the worst shoes to Jesus.
Jesus says “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40
During Lent, we’re supposed to pray, fast, and give alms. So this year, whether you fill a bag every day, just once a week, or just one bag during Lent… you need to know that real people receive the things you’re donating. In fact, they’re really received by Jesus himself.