17.3.09

twoshirts.org

These cool people came to our church this week. They started this thing called two shirts. It comes from that place in the Bible that says, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” (Luke 3:11)

Simple enough right?

Two shirts is a place where you can give your extra stuff to someone who needs it in your city. Here is the mission statement from their website.

Our Mission & Values

Our mission is to connect people, groups, and communities in relationships of generosity. By sharing our resources, and by forming local groups committed to activism and outreach, we will help meet each other's needs in order to live a better life, in a better community.

We are driven by a passion for three values:

Equality:
Our goal is to promote a more just and equitable community by generously giving to those who have needs, and by freely receiving from others who can meet our needs.

Relationships:
Market-driven communities create isolation and greed because cash frees us from the gratitude and indebtedness inherent in gift-giving. We believe this kind of relational detachment is the truest form of bankruptcy. Therefore, we aim to foster relationships of grace and gratitude by practicing direct, person-to-person giving.

Participation:
We believe the popular concept of poverty contains a destructive lie: that some people have nothing. The truth is, every person has something to offer. When we treat those with little money and material possessions as though they have nothing, we exclude them from humanity and debilitate their role in the community.

Rather, we believe everybody has something to give. Therefore, we ask everyone to give something in order to get something from the Twoshirts community. We believe this promotes dignity, responsibility, and inclusion for everyone, especially those normally thought of as poor.

Cool Huh?

So go check it out. See what you have to give. Counter the current emotional and financial climate of this country with generous giving.

2 comments:

  1. Not many people have accused me of being cool, and given that you're in the process of leveraging your life on behalf of Thai orphans, I hardly feel worthy. People like you and your husband are truly heroic.

    Still, thanks for the kind words - and the link : )

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  2. I love this!

    I believe that the ease of drive-thru Goodwill dropoffs in my city has had a direct decline on person-to-person giving.

    Will link later this week!

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