#40acts- Shop Double

Today’s verse

“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them”.
(Hebrews 6:10 NIV)

Today’s Options

GREEN OPTION:
Pop a few extra items into your trolley for others or to add to the charity box on your way out.

AMBER OPTION:
Phone or call in on an elderly or unwell friend, neighbour or family member and ask if you can do their shopping along with yours.

RED OPTION:
Bless someone by not only collecting their shopping for them but paying for it as well.

What did I do?

Well, I laughed when I read this one. I’ll explain.

We’re in the middle of the Covid-19 epidemic here in Singapore and there are strict procedures in place and quarantines. Lots of people are on Stay at Home Notices (‘SHN’) if they have been in contact with someone who has Covid-19. This means that trying to get shopping delivered is impossible. All those under quarantine are taking up all the delivery slots for the foreseeable future.

Shopping in the supermarket is starting to return to normal but limits have been placed on certain items in order to prevent panic buying and messing up the supply chain and stocks. So adding extra into the trolly items that people are most likely to need is going to be a very difficult , if not impossible, option (noodles, loo roll etc hand sanitiser is like gold dust as are face masks!).

I had to think smart here because this seemingly innocuous task was going to be extremely difficult.

I helped out with Food From The Heart Singapore with a friend a few weeks ago. This charity collects food donations and distributes it to low income families in Singapore. Volunteers are needed to check items (in date), sort and log donations so that food parcels can then be collated and distributed. It’s hot and sweaty work in a warehouse with a lot of heavy donations (10kg rice bags really do get your muscles working!).

So I registered as a volunteer and have been accepted. This means I can go in and volunteer anytime the schedules are released (it’s very organised!). Whilst I haven’t been able to do someone’s shopping I will be able to help those who need it most going forward. And when the limits on purchases is lifted I will be able to donate groceries too. In the meantime I can buy to my allowed limit and donate that.

Not so straight forward but achievable in an unanticipated way. Gotta love #40acts at Lent!

Link: https://www.foodfromtheheart.sg/about/

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