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Showing love in a practical way

"As you probably know we haven't accepted offers of 3-seater sofas for some time as they require a lot of storage space, are heavy and usually too big for the doorways/passages of the homes that we get asked to furnish, not to mention the frequency of needing to carry them up to 1st and 2nd floor flats!   However, in the flurry and busyness of the Hamper project, such a sofa was "inadvertently" accepted and eventually picked up last week and stored since then on the Van.

So, we were faced with the challenge of someone needing a 3-seater sofa which could be delivered on the ground floor through a wide doorway straight into a room and also where the van could park very close, due to the weight of the sofa (which has a metal frame) and also sooner rather than later as it was taking up a lot of room on the van.

 

Over the weekend, we were contacted by May Place about a guy (Tommy) moving into his own accommodation. (The guy I emailed about needing a starter pack).  To cut a long story short, I wasn't able to deliver to him until this afternoon. One of the things on his list was a sofa, so took the 3-seater one on the van just in case, having ascertained that Tommy was able to assist carrying it.  Got to his new (has white goods but otherwise empty) place in Rooksdown which was on the ground floor, with patio doors straight into his living room, and able to park the van literally outside.  The sofa was a perfect fit in the room. Tommy has been living in a car for 2 months, so was well pleased with everything we were able to give him.  (Sofa, mattress, bedding, starter pack, food, TV/coffee table, lamp, heater, rug)."

"When we moved an expectant mum from the women's refuge, she had little more than the clothes she stood up in.  Within a few days, we had been able to fill her new home with many essential items.  With tears in her eyes, she said, "At this moment, you don't know how much I love you!"  That comment alone makes everything worthwhile."

"As a Christian, I always wanted to serve others outside my Church in a practical way, and until I heard about Besom that seemed to be quite difficult.  Through Besom it is possible to get involved, not only with donating goods and food but also giving time to help people through Besom projects.  I have tidied gardens, painted rooms, cleared rooms, unpacked and packed up rooms for all sorts of people who just needed a helping hand.  Great way to serve directly and feel like what you are doing is making some sort of difference to someone.”

"We went as a group, thinking that we would give a day to paint someone's home and hopefully help them ... but we had no idea that we would come away having gained far more than we gave.  Their walls were transformed and so were we."

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