“You gotta come see this! The warehouse just received 240 bags of clothing. Looks like a lot of school stuff!”
So a few of us who spend our days in the Springs Rescue Mission admin building took a break to walk across the parking lot to the warehouse dock. Once there, we realized we’d have to carefully pick our path into the warehouse through a veritable mountain of full bags. The report was accurate: a lot of school clothing (and a lot more to go with it). Spot on timing for a school year that’s just starting.
By the time we walked into the warehouse, its staff and volunteers had already begun to totally focus their efforts on processing the sizeable donation. When other Mission personnel saw the scene, the reaction was pretty much the same: to stop dead in their tracks, say “Wow!” under their breath, and thank God.
But 240 bags? Which giant corporation had sent out the word to its employees that they needed to bring clothing suitable for students?
It turns out the benefactors were the students, staff and families of Universal Kempo Karate Schools Association in our area. Their international school association challenges its member schools to give back to their communities at least once a year. It is a charge the Universal community takes to heart, as demonstrated in the Pikes Peak region by their annual drives to benefit their homeless and hungry right here.
Years ago my son Ben and I were an active part of the local Universal family. I know from firsthand experience that the local schools are filled with people who take at least as much care in teaching students the disciplines of sound character as teaching them the proper way to break bricks. Students are constantly reminded of the importance of respecting others, and to take care of those who might be at a disadvantage in life.
It was refreshing the other day to see their very generous and practical demonstration of the delicate art of being neighbors. Kudos to our local Universal Kempo Karate Schools Association, from its founder Grand Master Martin T. Buell to its beginning students, for taking care to pursue black belts of the heart as they improve their martial arts finesse.