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“When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the Lord will answer them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them.” Isaiah 41:13

Jesus said, “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Matthew 25.35

Water is essential for our survival. On a hot, summer day, we look for a glass of water to quench our thirst. But people living rough don’t know when or where they will be able to access a drink of water.

Homeless people are often not welcomed when they enter a café or restaurant to ask for water, says the Rev. Eric Kregel, community chaplain, The Mustard Seed.

So, when members of our congregation asked, “What are we going to collect next for The Mustard Seed?” my answer came easily. The drop-in center needs bottled water all summer long.

Pastor Eric was delighted to receive our donation of 332 bottles of water, which seemed like a sizeable contribution, but the Seed’s friends will drink it down in no time.

Collecting water for a local support agency is an uncomplicated project for parishes of all sizes. The biggest resource requirement is a set of strong arms to load the flats.

Submitted by the Rev. Dr. Renee Desjardins, rector, St. David's, Edmonton