Yesterday was a busy day and it started with a first for me. We volunteered to help a Boy Scout from Desert Grace Nazarene Church with his Eagle Scout project. Several years ago the church started an organization to help foster parents called Jessie’s Closet and then helped get 501C3 status for it, making donations tax deductible. Jessie’s Closet is located in a small building in downtown Yuma which houses a thrift store on one side and a foster parent resource center on the other side. Foster parents can come and take clothing or other supplies they need for their foster children, who often come to them with only the clothes on their backs. Jonah’s project was to have the back room cleared, sort through all the bags and boxes of donated goods (mostly clothing), secure additional shelving and tubs and make it a usable space for sorting. When we arrived at 8:30, the room was piled high and our first job was to take all the “stuff” outside to make room for cleaning and moving shelving units. There were still lots of bags left inside when this picture was taken.
A group of volunteers, mostly from the church, spent from 8:30 to 1:30 sorting clothing into those tubs and carrying them inside to be placed on existing shelves. Another group was inside moving shelves and generally cleaning up. No matter how much we sorted, those piles outside did not seem to diminish! Once the room was swept and shelves filled with tubs, there were still many untouched bags. Those had to be carried back in, but this time it was done in a way that left access to the shelves. The piles were no longer head high, so we felt successful. Quite a few of the workers had gone home by the time this picture was taken. Way to go, Team Jonah!
Last night, we attended a concert by the Master’s Quartet at the church. These guys put on an enjoyable evening of southern gospel music. We asked if they knew of the Mid-South Boys, a group we heard many times in Oklahoma, but they didn’t. They did know the Weatherfords, though, and Steve Weatherford is an Eagle bus friend on ours.
Even though I see many beautiful sunsets here, LeRoy is the early riser and now that the sun comes over the mountains before I’m out of bed, he gets in on more sunrises. He got a picture of this beauty out our living room window this week.
The warm weather we’ve been having is so enjoyable, I wish I could share it with our friends in colder country. I do love seeing your snow…in pictures, from far, far away! Stay warm, everyone!