The past few days have been a whirlwind, and I’m exhausted and have given myself hives so please forgive the typos. A few days ago I put up a post offering $30 gift cards to the first twenty people who didn’t know how they were going to give their kids Christmas gifts this year. In the past few days, that post has gotten over 500 comments and so many heart-breaking requests from people who need a small hand-up to buy food for Christmas dinner or from people who are planning on telling their children that there is no Santa because otherwise they wouldn’t understand why he didn’t come.
It’s hard not to read the comments and not ache a little because so many of us have either been there or see how easy it would be to be in their position one day. I’m going out of town for the weekend to pick up my mom and bring her here for Christmas, but if you’ve asked for help and haven’t received it by Monday then just leave me a comment next week and I’ll see if I can find another donor to help you.
UPDATE: So many people have gone on their own blogs to offer up their own gift cards to people in need, and it’s amazing. UPDATE AGAIN: A lot of you have asked if you could just PayPal me money to give to the people in need. SATURDAY UPDATE: As of right now (noon Saturday) I have emailed hundreds of donors and over 500 gift cards are scheduled to go out to people who need help.
Editor's Note: If you want to help donate, please leave comments at The Bloggess to be sure Jenny sees them in time. In this episode recorded from the road, Rachelle and Eric discuss Eurovision, Edmontonians, and the miracle of Christmas.
AboutTip Tap Tip is an audio podcast which broadcasts from Calgary, Alberta, Canada hosted by Eric & Rachelle. Everything in there, had to be unloaded, sorted, and returned to the shelves or put in a Goodwill bag. If you wish to purchase a quilt; you may pay by check, via PayPal, or use Ann's layaway plan. I lost my job and am living in my truck.  I need a master cylinder for my truck and I am trying to get the money together, he responded. Do you know about City Impact, a Christian rescue mission nearby in the Tenderloin?  I asked.

They have a breakfast of pastries and coffee with a service in the morning, and a homemade dinner in the evening, all free.  They have bible study in the afternoon and you can hang out there out of the cold. As I walked away it happened.  A small flame of fire ignited in my heart and the love and compassion of Christ flooded me. As I stood in the drizzle watching the ice skaters go round and round, reflecting on the beauty of the tall Christmas tree with its gold and red bulbs, I realized God had given me the best Christmas present ever.
My family, not wanting to be financially responsible for me, dumped me on the County mental health system, abandoning me to a shelter.  Not just any shelter but a psychiatric shelter  Think drama. I could relate to John’s mental illness, his being down on his luck, needing the hand of Christ to pull him up. This entry was posted in book, Uncategorized and tagged biblical paintings, blessing, blog, cable cars, Christianity, Christmas, GIfts of His Glory, God, homeless, ice skating, jesus, mental illness, miracle, miraim sarzotti, PTSD, rain, San Francisco, scripture art, Union Square, Yeshua by miriam.
I just want to point out that my traffic the last two days has been exactly the same as usual. If everything goes as planned (Please, God, let it go as planned) everyone who has asked for help as of this moment will get at least one gift card and many will get several. Sunday morning): As of this minute (barring any mistakes) we’ve matched everyone who asked for help with at least one donor and we still have a few donors on standby for emergencies. I knew the time was getting short until He brought that special man into my life and hoped Christmas day would be it! He looked gratefully down at the sandwich in his hands, placing it on top of his garbage bag belongings. God allowed me to go through that darkness and homelessness so one day I could help another in the same situation. When I got to the twentieth person, I saw that there were still a few more people who needed help, and my heart sunk. And the funny thing is that half of those crying, grateful people are the ones who are donating.
There are still people trickling in and we may need some angels to swoop in on Monday in case any of the matches flake out.

What that means to me is that the people donating and the people receiving are all part of the usual community of people who regularly read and comment at The Bloggess. What Satan meant for evil, God meant for good (You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. Then a few comments in, one person said, “I’ll take care of the 21st person.” Then another person offered a card for the 22nd.
And that’s why as of Friday morning, every single person who asked for help here is matched up with at least one person who will be sending them a gift card.
They’re so happy to have finally felt something warm and true that they’re feeling a Christmas spirit for the first time since they were children.
I silently blessed the Lord for allowing me to be His hands and feet to bring a Christmas miracle of hope to this lost little lamb of His. In fact, so many people offered to help that we were able to give out multiple gift cards to people who had a greater need.
Some only asked for help in buying presents for their brothers or sisters so their moms wouldn’t be so worried.
And when things seemed dicey and I was about to call for an end to comments, a wonderful man emailed me and told me that he’s so enjoyed the community on this blog that he wanted to donate $1,000, no questions asked. Some received help and then got more help than they needed and decided to turn around and become a donor themselves. So, ten people who were really struggling woke up this morning to $100 in their PayPal accounts. The emails and comments coming in from people who got a Christmas miracle are incredible, but the ones from people so thankful to be able to help are even more moving.
Right now we still have a few more donors available and another 20 are standing by in case someone who asked for a donation hasn’t heard anything from their donor by Monday.

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