A Note On How You Can Help Your Neighbor

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For a couple years now I've been a member of my local Freecyle. I've gotten rid of a stove and a/c for junk (someone made a couple bucks and I got them off my porch) and I've been able to help out some families that had been burned out of their homes with towels and sheets. It feels good, and it's easy.

I keep an eye out, and yesterday there was a post that went like this-

Could use any of the following items:

kitchen garbage bags
laundry detergent
body soap
dish soap

Going through difficult financial transition. Have a few needs to stretch a couple more weeks. Thanks in advance.

Well, I knew I had a thing of detergent that I rejected since I didn't like the smell (Elitist much, Paddy?) and a couple of bars of soap that I could spare. You guys know that I'm not rolling in the bucks, but man, when you see someone so needy like this lovely mom, you really just can't say no. So I emailed her and offered what I had, and you would have thought I had just told her she won the lottery. Her husband had been out of work for a long time and just got a job, but it was on a two week pay period. So I dug around a bit more and found all the small shampoos and lotions from when I was in the hospital (which I would never use) and tossed them in the bag. One happy lady, not having to worry about small things for a couple more weeks.

Guess what I'm trying to say is that there are umpteen opportunities for us to reach out to each other, especially in this rough time. You guys help us out on our fundraisers (for which you know we adore you) because you are able. I can't donate money to anyone, but I sure as shit can help out with dippy things that I will never use. Consider your local Freecycle, and help someone out.

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