New Visions Washes the Feet of Camden’s Most Vulnerable During Its Maundy Thursday
CAMDEN, NJ -- In recognition of Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday, representatives of Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey (LSMNJ), local congregations, and partner organizations volunteered to wash the feet of Camden’s homeless men and women at New Visions Homeless Day Shelter, located at 555B Atlantic Avenue in Camden. Upon conclusion of the services, more than 1,000 new socks were distributed to each of the patrons, through a donation made by the Bombas Company.
Planning for this special Holy Thursday service began when the Mission Advancement department at LSMNJ learned that it would be receiving a donation of 1,152 socks from Bombas Company to distribute to the patrons of its New Visions Homeless Day Shelter. The staff knew exactly what to do. What better way to share this special gesture with those who need the socks most, than to couple it with a Maundy Thursday service.
Maundy Thursday, the holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter, commemorates when Jesus performed the duty of a servant, washing the feet of his disciples and urging them to do the same for one another to illustrate humility. Volunteers came together at Thursday’s event to share the same compassion, and be a living example that no one is above serving their neighbor.
The donation received from Bombas Company, a manufacturer of specially-crafted socks, provided the perfect opportunity for New Visions to host this very expressive service. Bombas’ company policy is to donate one pair of socks to someone in need for every pair sold. And, not only do they donate their product, but they specially create socks designed to meet the needs of people who don't have the luxury of putting on a clean pair of socks every day. The socks include an anti-microbial treatment that ensures they don't need to be washed as often, and reinforced seams and darker colors for greater durability with less visible wear.
Several patrons of New Visions participated in the service and were visibly touched by the power of its message.
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