I was at a quick staff meeting and when it was over I went up to one of the teachers and asked how she was doing as we never get to talk much anymore. I knew her house had been up for sale last year and that her husband was struggling getting work as he works on contract. She told me very quickly (as she said “I can’t talk as I will just cry”) that they would not have Christmas this year and more than likely in two weeks would be leaving their home and would be homeless.
I immediately went out to my car retrieved the Ten for Him monies and started walking back down the hall to find her. She was coming out of her room and I said I wanted to take just a second to speak with her. She saw the envelope with the window showing money and she turned around and started jogging away from me saying “no, no, no!” I was holding on to the back of her sweater telling her hold on this was not going to be the answer she needed it was just a little token from some very special people. Well, that got her interested.
We went into a classroom and she began to cry and spill out all of the pain she had been suffering on her own. I told her I understood why she wanted to keep it to herself, however, I told her I was open to talk anytime and would be happy to be a good sounding board as no one should be alone in a time of crisis. I suggested maybe she get a gift for her girls for Christmas after all.
The Ten for Him program, even though it starts with money, is so much more than that. It is a chance for others to have open communication in a time of crisis and for people to realize they are cared for. The program is really expressing God’s most important command, “love your neighbor as yourself”.