I pushed against the heavy, ice-covered, glass front door
To take a peek into a frozen world.
I was reminded of the many
Who don’t look from a warm inside out,
But have to look from a cold outside in.


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Here are some practical things you can do …

  • keep a gift card for a fast food restaurant in your wallet –
    it provides a warm place to get out of the cold
    (Five-dollar gift cards for McDonald’s are great!!!)
  • keep a public transportation ticket in your wallet –
    many homeless ride the trains in this cold weather
  • support the homeless shelters in your city.
    Donations of baked goods, long underwear, warm coats, sleeping bags, and blankets are very much appreciated.

“God, open the door of our cold hearts.
Show us how to provide warmth
For those who are freezing.”


  1. Reblogged this on Wings of the Dawn and commented:

    Some time ago, I posted this. Today, I again feel the same way. I had decided earlier today to take the kids to McDonalds. It gave me an idea. I asked all my family to look around their rooms/wallets for spare change. We were able to collect quite the amount for 5 dollar gift cards to McDonalds (it helps if you have a lot of kids).
    Each card will go in some homemade envelopes. We will write some encouraging notes to go along and send them to
    Timothy’s Ministry (Chicago)
    It’s actually is making us feel pretty warm 🙂


  2. Heidi, your ideas, and your long comment to Debbie above, have inspired me! I love that idea of $5 gift cards. With Leyda (also above), I pray God blesses YOU as you bless others–including me!


    • Nancy, thank you for your kind comment. God has over and over shown me how He longs for His children to show His kindness to those the world thinks very little about (Isaiah 58). Just this morning, I talked with my friend in Chicago (who has a ministry to the homeless). She told me that as she handed out gift cards -which God has provided over the past months OVER and OVER and ABUNDANTLY more than I could have even imagined. People felt so loved.
      The cards provide a homeless person with such dignity. As a paying customer, they can now sit and enjoy the warmth. She told me that one person has said it’s like having a “peace card” in his pocket. Many don’t know where their next meal comes from and this does bring some sort of peace.
      She also told me that many people had no place to go on Christmas. Some rode the el train in Chicago all day.
      Our Ladies’ Bible study recently cut out envelopes and made small cards. We attached Scripture verses and pictures (which I take on my walks). Then I wrote each person an individual note, about how much their Father loves them. I am thinking about writing a few blogs on how it all got started.
      While the ministry to the homeless encompasses so much more, this is small part of a big picture! Thanks again for your comment, Nancy … as you can tell I get very excited about this 🙂 Sending you much love!


  3. Thank you, Heidi, for helping us to pray and to help. Would it be appropriate sometime for you to share with us the woman / place in Chicago that you have sent gift cards to in the past? God bless you!


    • I actually have another blog where I have written about how God provided gift cards to Sandy victims. There I wrote about how God allowed me to connect 13 individuals who lost everything, with churches in our area who send boxes filled with gift cards. After those efforts, the Lord shifted the idea of the boxes to the east coast to fast food cards to the homeless in Chicago. Since the beginning of last year, God has allowed me to send many packages filled with five-dollar gift cards to Chicago. One of the most recent ones contained 120 (that’s 600 dollars worth). Through all of it, I actually have spoken to the manager at our local McDonald’s and we have talked about the Lord. I AM BLOWN AWAY.
      I have often wanted to write about it but then get hammered by the enemy… (I guess I need that devil-whacker)
      Hey, thanks so much for your encouragement … I am seriously thinking about blogging about it.
      Stay warm, dearest Debbie!!!


  4. Really good suggestions, especially the gift card, because many homeless shelters provide overnight stays but do not allow guests to hang out during the day. Some churches or other organizations provide ‘warming shelters’ during the winter so the homeless have somewhere to go during the day, but if there isn’t one, the gift card can provide a way for them to get out of the cold and get something to eat. 🙂


    • Yes, the gift card idea came from a woman in Chicago, who ministers to the homeless. I heard her once on the radio, contacted her and we have gotten to know each other since. God has provided an abundance of cards for me to send to her… I think I will have to blog about how that all came about … It blows my mind how God works … when we lift our empty hands, He fills our hearts!


  5. Amen Heidi . . . I support our local homeless shelter with money for food. This year the Lord has put on my heart to buy blankets. So I went out with my Christmas money and bought some. We are not as cold as the East coast but it does get into the teens and twenties plenty of time. ~ Blessings ~


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