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The Girl Scouts are currently having their annual cookie sale. Proceeds benefit Girl Scout programs and help our girls grow into responsible, caring adults. Plus, did you know that you can purchase Girl Scout cookies and have them shipped directly to our armed forces overseas? I imagine that getting a box of treats is a pretty welcome sight. There is no extra cost for this other than the cookies.

I received my Uncommon Goods catalog today. In the past I have purchased gifts from them that were quite out of the ordinary. Every time you make a purchase from Uncommon Goods you can select one of their Better to Give partners and they will make a $1 donation to that organization. You can choose from American Forests, they have raised $780,000 since 2010 or International Rescue Committee, they have raised $350,000 since 2016, or RAINN, raising $620,000 since 2010 or Thurgood Marshall College Fund: Uncommon Scholars, which has raised $70,000 since 2020. Not a bad return for a dollar!

January is perhaps the coldest month of the year in this part of the country. This is also the time of the year I start checking out the stores for markdowns in hats, scarves and gloves. I generally drop them off at local shelters and food banks. I drop off children’s winter accessories at schools that may be in areas where the families are in some need. I read that children lose more heat through their heads than adults. If you are able to knit or crochet, there is a nonprofit organization Knit for Kids ( which provides patterns for winter hats. Another organization, One Warm Coat ( gives wonderful information about coat drives. According to them, $1 will warm one person. They also go on to say that because of the demand created by covid , the demand for coats is up 50%!

And if you have any gift cards lying about, you could share them with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. These will be used to help the families of firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty. Mail to: National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, P.O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg MD 21727. (Thanks to Woman’s World Magazine for the pertinent hint.)

Make time to tell the people in your life that you love them.


“How wonderful that no one need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Anne Frank

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