I would like to continue to collect items of necessity so that when they are needed someplace (near or far) we are in the position to help. I know there are so many individuals who want to help, but if there is not a personal connection with the organization helping it is sometimes a bit of a challenge. The ability to see where your donations are going and see that they are making a difference is important and I think it encourages those donating to do more. The communities that we are lucky enough to belong to were incredibly supportive of our Houston trip and I am sure they will continue to support other endeavors.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I am going to contact the school district where I teach and the district where my children attend to find a few families who need some assistance. We will get lists of food items that these families like to serve on Thanksgiving, the number of people in the family, and then collect and create boxes full of Thanksgiving dinner. This is obviously an idea that will not appeal to those who do not live close to these communities, but it is a start and a way to keep this going. However, I want those of you who are interested in this to please contact us with information about individuals, families, and organizations that could use the help.
Once we have tackled Thanksgiving we will work on Christmas, dinner and presents, so that a few families in the area are taken care of. I am trying to think on a small level now and maybe should just stay there, but I really want to be able to coordinate drives that will help certain families and communities in need. We have a network of people and businesses that can make great things happen, we just need to communicate and plan.
We can update the Facebook page with the items that are needed and anyone inclined to donate can drop the items off at our shop. One thing I learned while we were sorting and organizing for Houston was that bags filled an assortment of items were time consuming, bags that had multiple of the same type of thing were easy to sort. So if you decide that you want to donate $25 worth of items one month it is best if you just choose all shampoo, or all canned goods so that we can sort them faster.
Again, this is just a little idea and it will only work if we get continued support from our friends, family, and word of mouth.