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Starting with today, I am going to write shorter blogs in an attempt to get them back to being the daily or near daily entries that they are supposed to be. I hope that I will not be sacrificing what I feel is a quality blog for a timely one. If I don't feel that it's working, well, I'll just have to switch it back to the longer, but less frequent ones. That said, here's today's blog:
Yesterday, one of the churches that I attend* had a food drive. They used the food they collected to make Easter “baskets” for families that need some help right now just to put food on their table. In addition to the food that was collected, each family received a gift certificate to a local grocery. This was so that they can purchase fresh food items of their choice in addition to the canned and dried items.
My family donated things that were a mix of beneficials and neutrals for all the blood types. We also donated basic non-food items like soap, toilet paper, and first-aid things. Whenever possible, we chose canned foods rather than dried items because so many people just don't have the time to soak beans or whatever for the amount of time they need. Also, I figure that if you are in such a mess that you have to have help from others just so that you have food to eat you probably are so stressed that you don't even remember to think about what you are going to eat in advance even if you do have the time to plan ahead. Stress is a great short term memory killer.
I wanted to mention this to everyone because I think that it is important that everyone be aware that people are always in need of each others help...not just at Thanksgiving and Christmas when the majority of the charities and food banks publicly ask for donations.
*I am lucky in that my denomination has several churches in my area. I am a member of one of them, but I like to go visit different congregations from time to time for variety.