Yesterday began day one of putting Christ back in Christmas. Every day this month, we will do a service for someone. There are many things that could be done, and we are having fun coming up with different ideas.
To fulfill our first act of service, I waited until all the kids were home from school, and then we set out in the frigid temperatures (we got a cold blast this week) to our local Safeway. Once there, each of the kids stood at the entrance, with Lysol wipes in hand (which we brought from home) and they eagerly waited for patrons to grab a cart. Once they were cart-committed, one of my kids would walk up to them and say "Excuse me, but may I please sanitize your cart handle, so you don't get germs?"
It seemed like a great idea. Many people don't think to clean their cart handles, and this is how germs are spread around so quickly. Since having Kimble, I never just grab a cart anymore without completely wiping it down. Most stores now have sanitizing wipes at the entrances, and it takes just a few seconds to wipe away the germs.
However, people didn't appreciate our service very much. Most people tried to avoid us. Many said "no" when my kids politely asked to wipe down their handle, to which the kids would look at me with concern and say "why do they want to keep the germs?" The few who agreed, seemed suspicious of what we were up to. Finally, one man came up to us and asked us what organization we were with, and what we were selling. We told him we were simply performing an act of service, and trying to keep people healthy during this flu season.
"Hmmph", he said, as he walked away.
Another person, after letting Kennedy wipe her cart, turned to me and said "What's your suggested donation?" No donation. Just service.
It was at that point, that I realized what we must look like to people; that we were trying to get money donated to us, and that perhaps by bringing all my kids, the sympathy factor would go up and people would be much more willing to donate.
So we left. It was unfortunate that we were met with so much speculation. I really thought it was a great service to do. We will really have to think hard about what type of service we perform for the public. I don't want anyone to get the wrong idea.