I'm glad Jana has a free stream of consciousness prompt today. Because I pretty much have a thousand things to say and am all over the place so an actual prompt (while always optional) probably wouldn't have meshed for me.
Last week I posted a few sponsored posts. They're low on comments but I'm okay with that. I do what I need to do to get me through my commitments, and I hope the businesses, etc. I've worked with are pleased with my efforts.
It's interesting to have to do all of that (and yes, there will be some more) in the wake of the hurricane. The aftermath or Sandy, of Sandy, *typo* is affecting so many. I'm spending loads of time online looking for places I can support and send things to. Blankets, coats, whatever it is that I can dig up and get my hands on I want to pass along to those in need.
And yet, it's an interesting concept, as there are people in need everywhere every.single.day.
Like today we took a cooler of sandwiches and two bags of clothes and baggies filled with snacks and my kid's Halloween candy to an organization that sets up at a local park every Sunday morning to provide homeless with food and full bellies.
So what would have me think that isn't always out there? When I know it is.
It's so easy to close our eyes and stay behind our doors, curtains, blinds, shades pulled tight. Heat on, soup cooking, coffee brewing and we sit here and think, well, I"m just one person, what could I possibly do?
I'll tell you.
As one person I bought 3 loaves of bread, one GIGANTIC jar of PB and a jar of jelly and pulled together 35 sandwiches. That's 35 bellies that won't go completely hungry because of the random $12 or so I spent. That's 2-3 visits to Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts or Caribou.
A few meals off the dollar menu at McDonald's or Burger King or Wendy's.
What could have fed me three times over fed 35+ people. For real.
How hard is that to do? Not hard at all. The difficulty is in reminding ourselves that we need to take the time to do SOMETHING. Not just when people are in drastic need, publicized need, but need. Plain and simple. Need is need is need.
Take a few minutes today to offer help to someone in need. You'll feel like a million bucks for doing so, so it's not entirely selfless. I promise.
Thanks. And xo to you all. Especially those of you impacted. I know you need help, too. And I'm doing what I can to contribute and get the word out. I just don't want everyone else to be forgotten in the midst of it all. Some of us can't ship blankets and coats across the country. But there is always a place near home that will take what we can no longer use. And at that I've gone over my five minutes. But I think Jana will forgive me. And so will you.