Today for OGB I decided to give my time instead of money. Auston and I went down to our local Soup Kitchen to help them prepare food for lunch tomorrow. I was so amazed at the amount of food they get there. At this particular kitchen you get: 2 sandwiches, bread, a bag of sweets like donuts, sturdels(sp?), and cinnamon buns(donated by a local grocer bakery), and a piece of dessert, like pie or cake, or cookies. This is all given to you in a paper bag, so you can eat it then or save it for later. They also are giving coffee and water. It really is amazing. The first 50 also get a ticket which allows them a change of clothes. We were on the sweets bagging line. We helped bag sandwiches and fold socks too, but most of our time was spent with sweets. I plan on going back next week also. Auston and I struggle, and I have been homeless, so I understand the need these people have. I was talking to a couple of the volunteers, usually it is only 4 or 5 elderly women preparing all of this. Today we had us, plus a group of kids from a local high school so the work went fast. I was saddened to hear this. Volunteers are easy to come by in this holiday season, after all everyone wants to help at christmas time. I am going to make a point to go back frequently though. After all, these people need help 365 days a year, not just 31. It really is a beautiful operation.
Spending Log for the day:
Payday!: $158.49 (server checks are always depressingly small)
Eating out: $5.35
The Misc. $10.00 was money I borrowed from Auston's mom and needed to pay back.
I should be proud of putting $20.00 into savings, but alas its really only $10, I had to take $10 out yesterday for gas, so really half of it was just replacing money I took yesterday.
the $20.00 brings my total up to $70.49 though!
I REALLY didn't want to eat out, but after shopping my sisters were hungry and I knew we weren't going to eat dinner for hours, so I stopped in at McDonalds and got us each a cheeseburger, one small fry to share, and a small coke to share for a Mid-Day Snack.
Tonight we are all going to curl up, watch Christmas movies, drink hot cocoa and eat candy canes. What could be better?
Mum - That really is a great idea, I don't know why I haven't thought of it sooner. Thanky you so much for the advice!