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Giving during the holidays

I like giving to charities during the holidays, I feel like I should give something when I have so much. I don’t have as much as some people, but I have a lot compared to others.

Every year, the Z family has a cookies and drinks party in which they serve a delightful spread of yummies. (D.Z’s Swedish meatballs are my favorite though this year, he didn’t actually make the meatballs. He bought them. He did make the sauce though. I like his homemade meatballs better. But that’s not the point.). For supplying the cookies and drinks, they asked that you bring something each year. This year, we did underwear for the homeless. You never think about underwear. At least I don’t. I have enough for two weeks. But for those who don’t have the money for it, it’s not their first priority. Perhaps a good winter coat would be. So underwear it was. And I did my part by bringing a couple of bags I bought from amazon(it was the biggest bang for the buck!)

I like that they have people bring something for a charity. Last year, we bought school supplies, and the year before that, we did the Salvation Army gift tree. I think it’s good to share when you know you have it better than others. It makes me feel like I’m helping to make the world a better place. And maybe making their holidays a little better even though I don’t know who they are.

So if you have something to spare, please do. I just did my donations for the year as well. One to Clarion West (I got a small amount to help pay for my attending there) and the other to The Ronald McDonald House of Reno. It’s where my brother stayed when my nephew had to stay at the hospital.

It wasn’t a huge amount, but every little bit helps. $5 from 10 people is already $50! You don’t have to break the budget to give. I’ll hope you give a little bit to the charity of your choice. Hug someone that you love and be happy.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Crossposted to Samantha Ling, Dreamwidth and Livejournal

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lingtm
Dec. 17th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
That's even better! Glad you're one of the good people!
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lingtm
Dec. 17th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
I didn't know that about food banks. I remember in high school we'd donate cans of vegetables and stuff.

I donate my old electronics to good will or salvation army. They still work, they're just not, you know, up to date. But I'm sure someone would want it for something.

And the cost of living in CA is insane. I'll never be able to move back!
kate_schaefer
Dec. 17th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
I am so charmed by donation underwear for the homeless. It's one of the things one really, really doesn't want to buy from a thrift store.

It's been decades since I was poor enough to buy from a thrift store because I had to, and decades as well since I was homeless (and when I was homeless, I didn't think of myself as homeless, in part because we just didn't use that term in the seventies, in part because I had a place to sleep every night; I just didn't have a legal right to sleep in that place, though I had a legal right to be there if I was awake), and in part because I was only impoverished because I was a student with insufficient financial aid. I could and did get a full-time job any time I took time off from school.

Most of the time when I think of the homeless now, I think of the homeless, those poor people. There was something about your post -- the intimate and necessary nature of underwear, perhaps -- that reminded me that it really was the homeless, we poor people.

I was very happy when I could become someone who made charitable donations. Thanks for this post; I hope you don't mind that I used it as a springboard for reminiscing.
lingtm
Dec. 17th, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC)
I don't mind at all. And I'm glad you shared because I think so many of us feel like we don't know anyone who is or has been homeless. I also know of one person who thinks that homeless people are just lazy. That's just not the case at all. There are many faces of homelessness and many ways one could become homeless. I wish people could see that. Thanks for sharing. And I'm glad you have a home now.
kate_schaefer
Dec. 18th, 2010 02:26 am (UTC)
Thanks! And really, when I say decades, I mean decades. It's thirty-five years since that time, and I was only homeless for a few months, during which I wasn't on the street, didn't beg, steal, use drugs, go hungry (mostly), or do any other socially scorned things. I just couldn't afford rent, food, and tuition all at the same time.

I assume that there are plenty more invisibly homeless people during this recession than visible ones, people with jobs and clean hands and clean clothes.
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