It's yard sale/garage sale/flea market season!!!! WOOHOO!!! #1. If you put together an event consider donating a portion of your profits to a local charity that could use any help you are able to provide. #2. Or if you are out and about and see things that are affordable and could help out your local shelter, consider making that investment for them. #3. Do you know a newly graduated elementary school teacher? Maybe you can help them by finding some new-ish children's books to stock their classroom with? There's always some way to help someone if you're motivated and able to do so. And if we are ever in a position where we cannot help with donations of supplies, hands on help, or funding, send up some positive vibes, a meaningful prayer, or light to those who are struggling. I'm sure we'd all agree that we'd wish that for ourselves if we were in a really tough time in our lives.
“Sometimes those who give the most are the ones with the least to spare.”
― Mike McIntyre
So, the rumors are true. I've just gone through a major break up... I had a heart to heart with my closets, shoe rack, dresser drawers, and rubber maid containers and said, "It's not you, it's me. I haven't worn you in a year or more. Some of you are no longer relevant in my life as a nurse. But, I want to thank you for some great memories. I promise to find you a new home with someone who will appreciate you and wear you with pride. Some of you may even help someone look smart during a job interview!" Three trash bags of clothing and one trash bag of shoes I am liberated and living in freedom once again! Those items will be donated to a local shelter on Friday where I will Take An Extra Bag to help those in need and free myself from clutter, material goods that I don't actually need or use, they don't make me a better person, and they will help some incredibly deserving folks. Join me! Liberate yourself! Take An Extra Bag of your items to a local shelter and help change some lives!
Check out what small town Media, Pennsylvania is up to! It's a genius idea! Check around your local communities to see if a project like this is in the works and if not... find out what you can do to help facilitate getting one together! It's a win-win! http://transitiontownmedia.org/transition-town-media-opens-a-freestore-in-media/
Today's post is about stuff; extra stuff, old stuff, unused stuff, grown out of it stuff, replacing that stuff with new stuff - you know stuff. Some of you may hear George Carlin here right? Your old stuff collecting dust in a closet or garage, the pieces you're planning to replace with new or newer? Those are hot items right now. Items like sewing machines, TV's, VCR's, radios, toaster ovens, microwaves, maybe even an old typewriter or computer you can easily donate to a local women's shelter, senior center, or homeless shelter and you could make an enormous difference with that donation. Sewing machines could teach someone to sew and give them a trade and the ability to help themselves, for example. Some of the other items may be donated to a family who finally got their feet back under them and they are moving out to their own place. Take a look around your place, google a local shelter, and see if you can Take An Extra Bag of "stuff" to liberate yourself and perhaps liberate someone looking for an angel just like you!
Happy Memorial Day! HOPE FOR THE WARRIORS is an admirable organization doing outstanding work with a focus of improving the "quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty". Offering critical care coordination, spousal support, career counseling and scholarships not just for the soldier but for the spouse or partner they are reaching out hard to make a difference for our post-9/11 military members and their families. Please consider a donation to this great group or if you prefer an "in-kind" donation and you live in North Carolina drop an email to Emma Walsh and discuss your ideas. Any help is just that - HELP. http://www.hopeforthewarriors.org/
K9S FOR WARRIORS is saving lives in an unexpected way. The amazing thing about this group is their rescue is two-fold: they rescue dogs from shelters, train them and then those dogs rescue their new soldier-parents. How beautiful is that? It's an extensive but proven program that includes a three week stay for the veteran to include immersion and training with their new dog. They are seeking funding, gift cards to pet supply stores, and, believe it or not, casseroles to feed the vets who are there for their 3 week training stay. Do you live near Ponte Verde Beach, Florida? Fill their freezers with casseroles!!! http://www.k9sforwarriors.org/
The COMING HOME PROJECT is specifically focused on supporting veterans coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan along with their families and loved ones. They are an "experienced team of psychotherapists, veterans and interfaith leaders committed to alleviating the unseen wounds of war." Based in San Francisco they offer retreats, counseling, and and community support. Please donate to help these soldiers and their families find their way as so many sacrificed beyond what we can even imagine. Even $5 can make a difference, you'd be surprised. http://cominghomeproject.net/
Kari Stiles, RN, BSN, WCCN, CRRN. Philadelphia Metro Area, Pennsylvania.