ASB and Homeless Awareness Week

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ASB Homelessness Awareness Week | November 11, 2014

 ASB & The Blessings We’ve Been Given: A Note to Parents

Dear Parent,

This past week I was reading a devotional to my 1st period AP Physics class and it reminded me of something the ASB (Associated Student Body) officers are planning for the week of November 18th through the 21st.

The devotional was by Neal Bowes and titled “Squandered Opportunity”.  The Bible passage used was I Timothy 6:6-7, 17-19.  “Actually, godliness is a great source of profit when it is combined with being happy with what you already have. We didn’t bring anything into the world and so we can’t take anything out of it: …. Tell people who are rich at this time not to become egotistical and not to place their hope on their finances, which are uncertain. Instead, they need to hope in God, who richly provides everything for our enjoyment. Tell them to do good, to be rich in the good things they do, to be generous, and to share with others. When they do these things, they will save a treasure for themselves that is a good foundation for the future. That way they can take hold of what is truly life.”

The devotional talks about Jesus’ parable in Matthew 25:14-30, where a man is going to be away for a long time, so he asks his servants to look after his money while he is gone. He divvies the money among the three servants. The first two go out and invest their money, doubling it before the man returns. However, the third is afraid to risk losing the money so he hides it until the man returns.

The man is very pleased with the servants who increased his wealth and promises to put them in charge of even more things. The third servant, he calls lazy and wicked and says that because he squandered this opportunity, he would not be put in charge of the man’s money again.

The point of the parable is that God has blessed us all and expects us to use those blessings to bring about more blessings in the lives of others. We should be careful to not squander opportunities to do so.

The devotional ends with some thought-provoking questions. In what ways has God blessed you? How can these blessings be used to be a blessing to others?

As I stated in the beginning, the devotional reminded me of something the ASB is planning for November 18ththrough 21st, National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.  The ASB has teamed up with three great organizations, The Visalia Rescue Mission, Gleanings for the Hungry, and Tulare County FoodLink.  Let me summarize what we will be doing each day.

Tuesday, November 18th:  Visalia Rescue Mission – Goal: $1000

The ASB will be providing each high school student and staff member a spaghetti lunch.  This is to remind us how the Visalia Rescue Mission feeds a hot meal to hundreds of people each day who would not normally have any food to eat.  With this meal, we are asking each student and staff member to give a donation of around $5.  We know some can give more and some can give less.  We will take whatever we can get.  We would just like to raise at least $1000 to help the Mission. If your parents want to donate as well, just send a check in with your child for the amount you want to donate.  Make checks out to CVC.

Wednesday, November 19th:  Gleanings for the Hungry – Goal: $1000

The ASB will be providing each high school student and staff member a hearty chicken noodle soup for lunch.  This is to remind us how Gleanings for the Hungry provides dried soup containers that feed thousands of people internationally and nationally who are in disaster areas and/or areas where people are malnourished or without food.  Again with this meal, we are asking that each student and staff member to give a donation of around $5.  We know some can give more and some can give less.  We will take whatever we can get.  We would like to raise at least $1000 to help Gleanings. If your parents want to donate as well, just send a check in with your child for the amount you want to donate.  Make checks out to CVC.

Thursday, November 20th: Tulare County FoodLink – Goal: To fill at least 1/3 of a Visalia Trolley Bus with food for FoodLink.

Tulare County FoodLink will be having a Visalia Trolley Bus in front of the gym from 7:45 am to 9:00amfor us to “Stuff the Trolley”.  We are asking each high school student and staff member to bring in as much food as they can so we can fill as much of that trolley as possible before it goes to the next school.  The food we provide will help FoodLink to replenish their food bank so they can assist families in need.  The ASB is going to be providing fresh, warm cinnamon rolls with yummy icing to the students and staff members that “Stuff the Trolley” with at least 24 items prior to 8:05 am.   A list of acceptable food items is attached.

Friday, November 21st: Visalia Rescue Mission – Goal:  To fill a truck with warm clothing items and blankets.

The Visalia Rescue Mission will be back on Friday in front of the gym with a truck from 7:45 am to 8:30 am for us to fill.  We are asking each high school student and staff member to “Give the Warmth” by bringing in coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and/or blankets.  The Mission will distribute the donated items to homeless people so they can keep warm during the winter months.  The Mission also said they will take any clothing you would like to donate as well.  The ASB is going to be providing real hot chocolate and marshmallows for those who participate in “Give the Warmth” prior to 8:05 am.

This is the first time the ASB has taken on this big of an outreach event, but the ASB felt it is time.  We feel we do a lot for ourselves, such as, dances, homecoming, sports, music, drama, and STEP UP events, but rarely take the opportunity to reach out.  The ASB wants to make this week something to remember since God has given us so much.

Now you know why this devotional jumped out at me.  Since I do not teach all your students, you may want to read the devotional to your high school student and encourage them to participate.  And pose to them the questions: In what ways has God blessed you? How can these blessings be used to be a blessing to others? Also, remind them each day what organization we are supporting and why.  I would also encourage you to pray for each of the organizations and that God will use us to support them.

Philip Byrd

ASB Adviser

 

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