The Big Bend Homeless Coalition in Tallahassee posted this announcement on Facebook a few days ago.
I made a note of it and decided to take part in some way. When I returned from my trip to Austin the note popped up in my calendar, thank goodness, and yesterday I went shopping at Walmart.
Buying items from a list of suggestions should be simple, right? So why did I agonize over brands and sizes? Should I buy one of each item listed or should I concentrate on buying a lot of one thing?
In the end I bought a large box of diapers, a good sized box of trash bags, a huge container of laundry detergent, and some feminine hygiene supplies. The last item wasn’t listed, but I’d asked if it would be okay to bring some and had gotten a thumbs up from the staff. (Thanks to blogging friend Jan Wilberg at http://redswrap.wordpress.com who gave me the idea.)
Of all the things I bought, though, the laundry detergent was by far the most appreciated. The man who helped me unload it from my car said, “We can do a whole lot of good with this.”
That’s pretty much the best thing I’ve heard in a long time. I’ve decided that going forward I’m going to take laundry detergent to the coalition’s office once a month. I want to help somebody do a whole lot of good again and again.