Over the years, I have tried to teach my children to be kind and giving. I try to also be and hope that what I do and how I help others will reflect in the actions of my children. I think all mothers feel the same way. Recently the number of hungry people in our area came across my desk. Statistics of people in this area needing help and I felt sick. The numbers have grown and have continued to grow. As a family, we have participated in all the local food drives and this year that has not been enough it seems for the growing need in our community.
When I was approached and asked if my store would become a drop-off location for one of the homeless shelter's food collection drive I pondered the idea. Of course this wasn't any problem!
Still I wanted to help make a difference. I knew that in my own pantry were many items bought with every intention of being used however these items had for some unknown reason had not been and were sitting there hiding behind the newer items. Cleaning out these items would help but if we all did that would it really be enough?
So I made one of those executive decisions....Why not send the info out in the news letter and instead of a discount coupon inserted, give a discount of 20% off any item of your choice when you bring in a food donation? And do this year round, not just a certain time of year.
So I put that in the newest news letter with the little bit of new yarns info and a reminder that we have a new and wonderful supply of gifts and stocking stuffer. Much to my surprise, we had someone complain!
Oh well....Cant please everyone.
I still think helping others in any way I can is a good thing to be doing.