Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Rebuilding Ferguson

I have been unusually silent for me recently. I've been taking in all of the events that have been happening in Ferguson MO. Having riots and looters in my city has put me on edge, and the last few weeks have been surreal for us here. The events that have occurred happen in other cities, or countries, and not in my own back yard. I see the national news segments from my city and sit in disbelief that this is where I live. This is my home. The Walmart that was looted, I worked there for seven years. I still have friends in that store. To me, it's personal, but I refuse to return hatred for hatred. For when we do that, we don't work out the underlying issues and the problems that need to come to light and be resolved. I chose, instead, to find ways to help rebuild. I've done searches to see what's being done to rebuild my city, and I have come up with few things that are being done. I may be missing ways to help my community, I'm still looking.

Here's what I've found so far:

First Baptist Church in Ferguson has been collecting donations for different things. The most recent, which I believe ends tomorrow, is collecting cleaning supplies to make buckets for the businesses that have been looted.

Ferguson Church of the Nazarene is collecting medium sized teddy bears to hand out for "Because we care" teddy bear and children's bibles. They are collecting from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays until September 5th and will distribute them September 6th. If you want to donate teddy bears, they can be dropped off at the church office. The church is located at 1309 North Elizabeth Avenue in Ferguson.

The St Louis food bank is also accepting donations for Feed Ferguson. There is information on the front page of the site for where to donate and what they are looking for.

I have also liked the group I Love Ferguson on facebook. This group has yard signs that I have seen all over in the city (I have one in my yard) that say I Love Ferguson, and are selling shirts that say I <3 Ferg and Ferguson Strong. the proceeds of the shirts go to the Ferguson Youth Initiative and the signs are for a donation. When I was running errands with my mother today, in about a 2 mile stretch, we saw at least 75 yard signs, and that's just in a small part of the city. They also have a web site that will give you the events they are doing.

These are just what I have seen so far. I will be keeping my eyes out for anything else that pops up where we can help with restoring and rebuilding our community. If you haven't gotten involved, please think and pray about helping out. If you should find other ways, please let me know.