My boys went to school with new shoes on their feet this morning. Several readers here (and Facebook page followers) donated funds to my Paypal. This was me:
I have such a hard time accepting help. I could be living in our car and still be using the library’s wifi to tell you all to donate to the woman in Minnesota who got her face smashed by a racist white lady at an Applebee’s or any of the other people who need help in their poverty struggles.
I’m bad at this being poor thing.
I’m also bad at properly putting thanks into words. I’m overwhelmed with gratitude at the moment.
Not only were we able to buy new shoes yesterday, we stopped at our favorite thrift store and bought winter coats for each of them. And 2 pairs of pants for the youngest which seemed necessary after he came home from school with a huge unpatchable rip in his pants. I don’t know what it is with this kid and pants. I have saved all of the 10 year old’s outgrown clothes for the 5 year old and he just completely destroys all the pants. Maybe it’s a local phenomenon that boys’ pants secondhand shops are slim pickings? I often end up going to the girl’s section where there is plenty to choose from and it’s easier to find pants that look non- gendered.
So, my kid is wearing “girl’s” pants to school today and I doubt anyone will even know.
We also put gas in the car and bought a few more groceries. If not for the kindness of strangers, the days between now and payday would have been a struggle.
I’m big on paying it forward and can’t wait until I’m in a position to pay all this goodness forward to someone who needs help. I wish it could happen right NOW . So many of you are in exactly this same place. It hurts.
Thank you so much, folks. Feeling a lot of love this morning. You’re all wonderful.
This first dress is being offered by Matching Outfits. If you’re interested, use the Facebook messaging system to contact .
It’s a size 2/3 and hemmed to fit about 5’2 or so.
Here’s the whole post ~here ~
This next one is one I’m offering. Probably easiest to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. First one to contact me,gets it.
It’s a size 8, but fits smaller,IMO. It’s trimmed with black velour and the dress is satiny-ish with dots that are black & glittery.
Here’s the measurements:
Waist: 15″ across front
Bust: 18″, armpit to armpit
Length: roughly 36″
Yup, that’s all me.
Like I said the other day in Jenn’s “thank you”, my inbox on a regular basis is a place where people go to share their personal struggles and such. Most of the time, they just need a safe and supportive place to talk. Actually,no…not most of the time. All of the time. Sometimes, people are also looking for help. I can usually find what they need or guide them in the right direction. It’s kinda my thing. Thanks, Malcolm Gladwell for helping me to recognize myself as a lot Maven and little bit Connector.
There are a lot of people who need more help than I can give. The funny thing that happened to me after the great response to Jenn’s Words, although I certainly was happy for Jenn that people were willingly so generous and were able to help her out of a deep hole , I found myself really, really pissed off. So many people in this exact same type of situation and even worse. And you know how I had to work really,really hard to clean up the language here? Forgive this lapse: Shit is fucked up. Man.
It goes without saying, money is a big deal for a lot of people right now. I have a few projects in the works that will help fill the needs for some people. Not just money because as much as I know a ton of people think money is king, I think there are a lot of ways we can affect change and help people that don’t involve money.
At this blog, the point has never been to solicit donations because that’s a bit unfeasible and well…. yes, it’s annoying. I personally have unsubscribed from social media accounts that are constantly asking for money. So, while I feel I have an incredible outreach tool here to reach out to people who can help those in need, I want to be careful of not bombarding people will appeals to donate to individuals. I also don’t want the overall intention of this blog to be diluted.
The solution I came up with for right now while I work on getting other things going is to have one post here on the blog, once a week. In that post, I will share brief profiles of what people are needing with a link to where you can help them out at.
So, if you need something right now, here’s what I need you to do: Fill out this contact form below.You do not need to use your full name…just a first name is ok. This goes directly to my inbox and I will not publish any of your contact permission without your permission.
I can’t promise everyone will get what they need but we’ll give it a shot.