Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Well, we realized that there is wayyyy more of a need than a couple of pads and little bottles, so "Women Helping Women" was born. We did some advertising, told everyone that we worked with, and were completely overwhelmed by the community's generosity. Offices put out donation boxes and held comptetions to see who can get the most stuff collected. I'm pretty sure every church in our area had a box for us next to their food donation box. There were massive boxes coming in, garbage bags full. We got donations of money to buy what we needed. A baby shower was held with the intention of all gifts being a donation. It was nuts. And, this program is popular. I have no idea how many women have used it since March. Some only once, some come in each month. All are generally surprised that they can come here and get free stuff. It's currently the absolute favourite part of my job.
So, our stock has been getting pretty low and I put out another call for donations. And, this afternoon in walks a woman I went to school with, carrying a bag full of stuff (everything from deodarant, toothpaste, pads, tampons, baby soap, bodywash). We had a great chat about what we were up to, how great the program was, yada, yada, yada. I mentioned how difficult it is for women to have to buy these things when on social assistance and she proceeded to tell me she knew all about that as she is on social assistance. I was all, "you're on social assistance and you're donating to US????" She does have supportive parents, but mostly she has a keen eye for deals, buys in bulk when she can and is a master budgeter. Even with a really (and I mean really) limited income, she wanted to be able to donate to this project.
I am humbled and, oh, so happy today. I really just wanted to write this post to continue to thank her and thank her and thank her.
Edited to add: I wrote this post with the intention of later posting it. About two hours after she dropped off the first bag she came back with another from her mom.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Much love and many thanks,
P.S. I think you are really pretty when you showcase ALL the different types of weather you possess. Not just the cold and rainy days.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
This is a wonderful philosophy from one of my favourite characters, one that I'm trying to tell myself all the time. In a good way of course! Things are great, but I need to just keep swimming. Especially as I prepare for yet another work trip, work on increasing my patience, and try to deal with stupid blogger being a curmudgeon about posting pictures right now. Anyhoo, I'm off to follow the wisdom of Dorrie.