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Another week has come to a close and we are now 15 days away from Christmas. I was going to run over to Old Navy on my lunch hour today, as it's only really 10 minutes away usually, but the moment I pulled out of the office drive, I realized there was no way I was going to make it. There were people and traffic everywhere. So instead I went over to the dollar store. Why? The district in which I reside sent home a list of items to bring in that can be donated to people in need this Christmas.
I'm not a Grinch in general, but I hate it when people put caveats on what we are allowed to donate. Now, before anyone gets their knickers in a twist, I am a huge donator to charities in general. I give often to the ASPCA, Kidney Foundation, Goodwill, Salvation Army, the US Veterans Fund, and so on and so on. I can't go past one of those little coin kettles without dropping in any change that I have in my pockets. I'm a sap. However, seeing the list sent home was a bit annoying. It was a LONG list of everything that you can possible think of that is not Christmas oriented. What annoyed me the most though was the term "New" placed in the request.
If a person is truly needy do you think they give a flying monkey butt whether or not a child's down winter coat I have to donate was worn before? It's practically new, but it is not in fact "new". Or the toys that I could donate. They are all well taken care of but again they are used (including a leapfrog that was purchased with good intentions and yet was only used maybe twice). Instead for the holiday season they want tampons, and toothbrushes. Merry Christmas, here's some q-tips. Yeesh.
So as I was saying, today I went to the dollar store and purchased about 12 pairs of mittens and gloves of which I will donate. They were on the list and they are in fact new. I guess the coat and toys I can give to goodwill. I am sure they will be happy to pass them along to someone in need.