Friday, October 14, 2011

It Is More Blessed To Give

You know the old adage it is more blessed to give than receive...? It is true. It is also more fun.

Recently, Elinor received a calling from her Church: humanitarian committee. It was a match made in heaven. She is loving it and because I live with her, I am loving it too. She started out getting everyone to contribute to making hygiene kits. These consist of two hand towels, two combs, four toothbrushes, two bars of soap, and one tube of toothpaste. This all fits into one gallon zip lock bag. The kits are for victims of disasters but they are also great to hand to the homeless. There are several agencies here in Vancouver like SHARE and OPEN HOUSE MINISTRIES which help people who are homeless. Last night, after we had been collecting all this stuff for a couple weeks, we got together and assembled kits. Today, we drove to SHARE and OPEN HOUSE MINISTRIES and delivered them. It was cool.

Our next project is socks. The neat thing is that once you get started, it actually becomes fun.

We've been making a list of things we can gather. Some are obvious but others are not like

alarm clocks. Since both SHARE and OPEN HOUSE are interested in helping people get back on their feet, alarm clocks make sense. After all, you have to get up to make appointments and interviews.

This ROCKS!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Butterflies are free....

Today is my Aunt Pat's Birthday...she would have been 89 years young. I never see my Aunt growing old although she certainly did. But that is not how I see her. She was vibrant, excited about life and curious. There was a joy in her that was wonderful to be around. We had some great adventures. I remember exploring Lake Barcroft with her by canoe. It was sooo much fun. And walking around Tokyo looking for those plastic sample of food so she could take them back with her to show the kids at Hayfield.

Whenever I see a butterfly, I think of Pat....flitting from flower to flower...drinking in life's joy. Happy Birthday, Aunts. Love ya lots.

Maroo Foo