Robyn's Journal

My job is done if you go eww, OMG or LOL

 I get asked that question a lot. A lot, a lot. As in every time I tell some one what is going on in my life a lot. My family personally doesn't need help because we have a housing voucher and are signing a lease on Tuesday to get into our own apartment. There are however a lot of families out there that do need help. One of the many myriad of things would be the obvious, grooming and hygiene supplies, coats, diapers. However some things are over looked and often just as needed like medicine (pain relievers, cough drops, allergy meds, children's fever reducers, but ask before you donate as some places don't accept them), boots for the winter, shoes for the summer, sunscreen, shoelaces, jewelry you don't wear much for women that are working in office settings, reading glasses, tissues, disinfectants (again ask what types before you donate), socks, diaper creams, adult diapers, band aids and some shelters depend on outside people to donate bus passes.

Another way to help is to donate your time. It can be as simple as a smile and a few words of encouragement along with some change or as complex as donating your time to help places that are finding themselves short staffed during this recession.

And that would be my computer time of the day. The kids are getting restless and we have a few more errands to run! Bye for now!

P.S. I forgot to add that I can read the comments on my journals through my phone, but I can't reply because my browser sucks, but I loved reading all of your encouraging words as well as knowing I am not the only one that has had to make this difficult trek. Peace!

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Dec. 16, 2010 at 3:02 PM

All wonderful tips. I am glad to hear that things are turning around for you & your family. If you don't mind, I would like to add a few tips for those who wish to donate to a food pantry. I know that things like peanut butter, apple sauce, beans, & rice are cheap. But you can only eat so much of those things before you get sick of them. If you are wanting to donate to a food pantry, think about the things you & your family like eating/having. Things like catsup/ketchup, mayonaise, mustard are all great when they are available. Also, things like hamburger helper, sugar, canned vegetables other than green beans (which seem to always be available in huge amounts), & so on. Of course, we are always grateful for even the 100th can of green beans & apple sauce, but a little variety is also nice.

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Dec. 16, 2010 at 3:08 PM

I'm so glad that things are looking up for you!!!!!!!!!!!!! So much so that I completely abused the use of exclaimation points. Love to you and your family. <3

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Dec. 16, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Hooray for your new home!  Do you get to move in the same day?

Thanks for the reminder that there are many, many families out there who need help, and for offering suggestions.  The sundry items are ones often overlooked.  I know that the social services group in my community asks for donations of shampoos, soaps, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.  Ultimately, it's just important to remember that there are whole families who are homeless and need support and assistance.

I hope you are settled into your new apartment very soon.  Much love, and many hugs to you!

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Dec. 16, 2010 at 5:36 PM

that makes me happy to read/hear!!! (you all got  a place) and we will keep on donating our stuff instead of trying to get a little something for it.. at this point, it is all we can do.. but I will remember your *list of needs* for when we are doing better!!! Buying a few extras when things are on sale isn't that hard to do..

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Dec. 16, 2010 at 5:41 PM

I am so happy you got a place to live!! Have a merry Christmas. Hugs and love sent your way!!

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Dec. 16, 2010 at 6:19 PM

Merry Christmas!  Keep on keeping on...

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Dec. 16, 2010 at 11:12 PM

HAPPY DANCE FOR LEASE SIGNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Dec. 16, 2010 at 11:35 PM

Great ideas!

congratulationson your new home!!

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Dec. 18, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Great ideas !!  I am so happy to hear about the voucher and hope that means you'll move in soon.

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