Yesterday Monica had two essential items on her to-do list:
- Hire staff
- Get beds (mattresses)
There were a hundred little things to do too but those were the biggies. She was working on the top item when midmorning, Monica got a call from someone who knew someone who worked at Abbot Northwestern and maybe had a few washable mattresses to give away. Turns out they had 40 of the 60 mattresses she needed.
Monica called Pastor Becky at Elim Church; she told her about the mattresses. Pastor Becky laughed and said, “you know that’s another sign that this is out of our hands, this effort goes beyond us.”
Earlier this morning, Monica headed to Abbot Northwestern. The mattresses were perfect. Better than perfect, Abbot is even willing to deliver them.
That act of kindness will save money, which helps offset other costs. That act of kindness will expedite the opening of the shelters, which gets people in beds faster. And like most acts of kindness, the ripple effects will extend well beyond what we can see.