Almost everyone wants that feeling of a gift well-given, of generosity for a purpose, of kindness spread across humanity. I love reading stories about targeted kindness, such as Seanan McGuire's gift of an extra doll to a hapless Toy's R Us employee for his daughter (link here
). But I also appreciate that sometimes, we need a little guidance and help along the way.
What kinds of foods are you planning to put in that donation box?
WTOP News, our local advertisement-laden radio station, posted an article
on their website that reminds us about food pantry donations. "Many commonly donated foods are high in salt, sugar or calories, making them poor choices for people with high blood pressure, diabetes and other diet-related health problems." [sic] I can totally appreciate that. If I wouldn't eat it, why the heck should I expect someone else to be happy and grateful to have it? I'm tempted to start hitting the shelves at the IGA for my food donations, since they have the best variety of gluten free, sugar free, everything-bad-for-you free foods in my town. Regardless, I at least have a clue to watch for salt as well as sugar contents now.
We love to nail a bargain, a sale, free shipping, and all the other corner-cutting we can find when we shop. Sadly, those desires are driving us to Amazon and Wal-Mart, and away from hours of endless social interaction and visual entertainment to be found at the one-off Old Town markets and Etsy.
I'm looking for gifts with emotional satisfaction to purchase as well as to give. I have artwork from the original artist, a handmade bag from the lady at the farmer's market, and CDs ordered from the artists' own websites. I have plans for a craft fair in December, to both sell and buy. My next challenge is to change my book shopping habits. When was the last time you bought a book from the used book store as a gift
This ramble has been brought to you by a grey afternoon, a browsing of family wish lists, and a cup of tea. For more thoughts on this post, please visit:http://www.capitalareafoodbank.org/give/