(Arizona City, AZ)
Today is the last day we have to get everything done for our Angel Tree families. Jodee and her husband are going home for the holidays and she needed today to prepare for their flight tomorrow morning. So that left me and Bonnie.
We had heard that our local grocery store had eggs on sale for 97 cents a dozen and that another had 10 lb bags of potatoes on for $2.97. I called Jackie the coordinator and asked if these items would be appreciated. She gave us a thumbs up so we bought enough for each family. Jackie also said that mac & cheese, and tortillas would be appreciated also. In fact she said that anything we bought would be appreciated. So we shopped. We bought Jello because all it took was water to make this treat for the kids. Each family got a couple of boxes. We also bought each family a cake mix and icing because everybody needs a treat once in awhile. We roamed the aisles and picked out things that weren’t necessarily expensive but things that someone with limited means may forgo.
While in the store I asked for the manager and told him what we were doing and asked if he would donate paper bags since we could put so much more in the paper bags than plastic. He gladly handed over plenty of the bags for this project. He also gave us three cases of water. We knew a family that was going to be very glad to get those cases of water.
Collection envelope empty, Bonnie and I headed home.
We had help unloading and when Lois walked by on her way to get mail she asked what all this was. We explained and she asked if we needed help. We never refuse help! So we put her to work lining stuff up getting ready to fill the bags.
Now it was time to divide everything up. Three shampoos, three conditioners, 4 bars of soap, 2 tubes of toothpaste, 8 toothbrushes, 3 body lotions, 3 bottles of hand soap, 3 dish detergents, 2 laundry detergents, four 4-packs of toilet paper and three of this and two of that until each family had two overflowing grocery bags plus a 10 lb of potatoes.
We were done. All the money spent, everything bagged, ready to go. We were done.
I sure was glad this was over, this was tiring. Tiring but a good kind of tired. But then I was already exhausted because I’m really sick now. I just needed to go home.
Of course I had to spend a good amount of time getting all the rest of my stuff wrapped. I just don’t seem to have enough hours in my day this week.