By Byron McCauley
Small things done with great love will change the world.
– Mother Teresa
One of the best things about our studio is the camaraderie we all share, whether it’s in the hot room or out in the community when we revel at running into one another – free of sweat and fully clothed.
This Saturday may mark one of those great bonding times. Chelsea has arranged for us to volunteer at Matthew 25 Ministries in Blue Ash, which sends food, water, clothes and medicine to the neediest people all over the world. During the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, I got a chance to serve there for two hours, packing huge boxes with toiletries sealed in plastic bags. This included soaps, shampoo, deodorant and other personal items.
Our M25M assistant explained that these are the things our western society throws away; yet, in the short time we were there, our effort helped more than 16,000 people.
When I worked at Cintas, Matthew 25 service was almost expected. Cintas sent old but sturdy clothes to M25M to be packed on pallets and sent where they were needed most: Third World countries, victims of natural disasters, war zones and other catastrophes.
Its mission is based on the biblical book of Matthew in the 25th Chapter where it talks about providing food to the hungry, clean water to the thirsty, clothes to the naked, shelter to the homeless and so on. It also educates the general public on the depth of the need that’s out there.
This year alone, M25M has helped more than 450,000 people, shipped 18 semi truckloads and delivered more than 7 million meals!
When you arrive Saturday morning, be prepared to leave better than when you came. This is simply the best volunteer-run organization I have ever been around. Volunteers like us are placed almost immediately on tasks that make an incredible difference in a small amount of time.