I came across an interesting fact the other day. Socks are the most needed but least donated article of clothing in shelters. I remember when I worked in downtown Harrisburg, most of the homeless people I saw had bare ankles, even in the coldest, wettest weather. Toiletries are also desperately needed, particularly sanitary supplies for women. I would be willing to bet that new underwear is also hard to come by. I just can’t imagine wearing used underwear. That would creep me out, literally. I’m very fortunate that I have a friend who runs several homeless shelters in our area, and also hands out supplies to all of the needy. So, I can count on her to make sure the supplies get to those who need them.
She is also starting to put together her baskets of food to pass out to the area needy for Thanksgiving. She gives a full-sized laundry basket full of food plus a turkey to every family that needs one. So, now is the time for me to start accumulating non-perishable canned goods for her distribution. I look for sales and coupon opportunities.
Our dentist gives us trial size tubes of toothpaste, containers of floss and toothbrushes at our dental check-ups. We pass these on to Sue to include in her bags.
There are a lot of back-to-school specials going on at all the stores. Pick up a couple of extra things when you are out, bag them up and drop them off to your local shelter or food bank. A local church has put out a “Blessing Box”. It ‘s for people to pick up something to eat when money runs short. It’s hot out now, but soon our needy will have to make the painful decision to heat or eat. There is no easy choice.
I have a handbag that I know longer use. It is still in really good shape, so after I get out of the hospital (I go in tomorrow for heart surgery), I’m going to fill it up with all kinds of goodies and necessities and drop it off at one of our local shelters. It will sort of like filling a Christmas stocking for an adult.
Remember, you can make a real difference in someone’s life. Let your light shine.
“Together we can change the world, just one random act of kindness at a time.”