The faith community on poverty wants to remind you of alternative gift opportunities.
Aunt Mimi doesn’t need any more bath powder. But there are those among us, (who seem to be invisible) who need the most basic health and sanitation items, which are not available on food stamps.
The food banks try to include a roll or two of toilet paper in each food bag that goes out. (Consider what your life would be like without that simple necessity.)
Through Helpline we can fund a pallet of toilet paper (2,400 rolls) at a cost of $862, for distribution through the three food banks, Helpline and Blue Mountain Action Council.
Please put “TP project” on the “for” line of your check to Helpline, and the fund will build and we will be well on our way to our 15th pallet in 2 1/2 years.
If you are even slightly amused by the thought of giving toilet paper as a “gift,” remember that people who laugh give more, remember and tell their friends and everyone wins.
I do write “special” thank you notes for those brave people who let me know what they have given.
Soap, shampoo, tooth paste, deodorant, tooth brushes, razors, etc., are also items you can purchase and deliver to Helpline at Kelly Place.
The “Shampoo Lady” buys and delivers a dozen bottles several times a year.
If you see small jars of peanut butter or almond butter on sale, consider a half-case delivered to a food bank.
There are many local charities you can help: Red Cross, Christian Aid Center, Center at the Park, Women’s Shelter, or any of the churches that are providing a soup-and-bread lunch six days a week.
Call and ask them what they need and how you can help. Cash is always an acceptable donation, for then those service organizations can purchase special things they need.
Please consider some kind of alternative gifting this year. Send a card to Aunt Mimi and tell her how proud you are that she will understand that by “gifting” her with an alternative gift, all three of you will have received something special.
Perhaps she will return the favor and give a gift in your honor.