Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sock Drive

...give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven.  -Mark 10:21b

Inspired by the accounts we read in The Irresistible Revolution and The Hole in Our Gospel (not to mention Jesus's own example and teachings), some friends and I have been contemplating ways to personally reach out to the homeless community in Seoul. 

Two weeks ago we began our now-weekly treks to Seoul Station where we visit with people and share food, clothes, and toiletries with them. We're learning as we're going. Fortunately one person in our group speaks Korean, and through her conversations with various individuals, we've gathered data on how we can better serve this community.

Our two previous visits were a little ad hoc, but since then, we've decided to focus each week on a theme. Right now we're collecting socks for our next visit (incidentally, the E-Mart by my place is having great deals on footwear; we got 19 pairs of socks for 28,000 won/$25):
In the coming weeks, we're focusing on:
  • gloves
  • scarves
  • shoes
  • coats + sweaters 

Wanted to get the word out there. If you'd like to join us or contribute in any way, drop me a line through the comments section, and I'll be in touch.

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