Life’s Little Necessities

stuff on the couch

Summer is drawing to a close and so is my summer project.  The Audubon Society (Audubon sent me a very nice tote earlier this summer and so I decided to fill it with food and every day necessities and then drop it off at our local homeless shelter.  (Right off the bat I have to tell you that I don’t like to shop, not at all.  If I can’t get it on line, I don’t bother, except for the bookstore.  Books are my one passion.)

However, I filled these totes a little bit at a time.  It reminded me of when I would get things to fill my kids Christmas stockings.  I had a very good time, thinking of the things that someone could use.  I bought single-serving pouches of tuna, single-servings of breakfast cereal, breakfast bars, protein bars, socks (these are always a much-needed item), toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, deodorant, a full-size bar of deodorant soap, fingernail and toenail clippers, dental floss, all the little travel sizes of soap, shampoo and conditioner we picked up on our travels this year, razors and a bottle of water.  I decided to put the food in a separate tote from the health and beauty aids.  Sometimes the perfumes from these products get into the food, making it taste bad.  For what it is worth, the cost of filling these totes was minimal and it was effortless.  I think the universe works that way.  When you want to do something like this, it helps you.  I was finding things everywhere I looked.  And I didn’t have to make a special shopping trip!  (Yea!)  Now I will go through our closets and storage to see what serviceable coats I can find to share.  I am on a roll!

Fun fact from Heifer International(heifer .org):  Pigs are considered by many to be among the smartest domestic animals.  Some pigs can run up to 11 miles per hour!

I wish you peace.


“I have always held firmly to the thought that each one of us can do a little to bring some portion of misery to an end.”                                                      Albert Schweitzer

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