I am only one. But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do Everything
I will not refuse to do that something
that I can do.
How “Bin Blessed” BegaN
The idea began years ago when our family lived in Littleton, Colorado. We were involved with a wonderful non-profit called The Gathering Place – a daytime shelter for homeless and at risk of homelessness women and children.
Our family reached out to neighbors by putting a plastic bin on the front porch of our home and distributing flyers to neighbors requesting they put an item from TGP needs list. We witnessed the kindness and generosity of our neighbors as they dropped items in the bin totally with no expectation of recognition of any kind. We never knew who brought what, just that we were surrounded by neighbors who cared for those less fortunate than them.
We moved to Midland TX in the late 1990’s and we began the “bin” concept on a much grander scale (it was Texas after all), and enlisted several neighborhoods in our mission. There is more than “big hair” in Texas, there are “BIG HEARTS”. We were sharing our bin contents with a battered women’s shelter and a transitional home for women and children. We were putting blessings in a bin, so we named it “Bin Blessed”. It was very successful and brought everyone involved a sense joy and community spirit to give in such a simple way.
Fast forward to this March 2015, when I felt God calling me to put this easy act of giving back into action. My husband and I were involved with There With Care and the more I learned about this amazing organization the more I knew we needed to support them in a meaningful way.
Because of the amazing kindness and commitment of our friends and friends of friends we are watching “Bin Blessed” soar beyond our expectations. It is our true belief that most people are kind and generous and desire to help others in need. In the case of There With Care, Bin Blessed is a vehicle to take our blessings from our neighborhood and businesses and through a simple plastic bin show that we care for families of critically ill children.
We hope to follow There With Cares’ example: They don’t just say they would like to help, they do by contributing to the Bin Blessed Bins, you are putting thoughts into action.
We’ve “bin blessed” have you?
With our deep appreciation,
Bruce and Cy DeBoer