I did something new this week. I made myself put effort and fulfill in something new. If you know me, in person, you are aware that I ‘say’ alot, but have trouble actually accomplishing those things. I want to travel, I want to ski, etc… But I have been saying these things for years. Now, I want to stop the talking and start doing. Life is going by too fast. And I will regret if I do not start making effort obtaining my goals.
Why do I do alot of talking and not so much in doing? Well, besides the fact that I suffer from GAD (general anxiety disorder)… it’s the fear of reaction (whether good or bad) and the feelings that accompany the situation. This is probably too ‘deep’ for most to want to understand, but if you do… I am glad you can share in the way I feel. Perhaps these feelings stem by being sheltered too much as a kid. Or the negative things I have experienced in my life. Who knows! Anyway, enough of the deep stuff! LOL!
So, the something new (and partially resolutionary), I am donating to my local charity this week.
Why did I pick our local Salvation Army? I want to give back to the agency that helped me out when I was a single mom. If it wasn’t for the Salvation Army Child Care, I wouldn’t be where I am today with a good job and a happy family. I was able to work and go to school to complete my degree. They were really there when i needed help the most. So that is the food pantry I am giving to.
Plus, one year when extremely broke, a family and Salvation Army provided thee best Christmas for me. Full with all the Christmas dinner fixings and presents for my son. It was absolutely fantastic and heartwarming (I wrote the longest thank you note to them that year).
I called them on friday to see what they needed most. They told me mac n cheese, cans of tomatoes, boxes of jello, hygiene items… So, I based my shopping on that.
I spent approx. $25 and bought:
2 boxes Mac n Cheese
2 cans of enchilada sauce
2 cans of diced tomatoes
3 cans of tuna
2 boxes of toothpaste
1 can of ranch style beans
3 boxes of jello
4 bottles of shampoo & conditioner
1 can of Cambell’s soup
1 box of Nestle cocoa w/ tiny marshmallows (had to add a fun item)
1 package of instant oatmeal (they were out of stock for more)
1 bottle of Mott’s Apple Juice (again, they were out of stock for more)
I found out my local Walgreen’s has great sales and coupons. Unfortunately, I found that out at the end of this sale week. So, they were out of stock on some of the items (like the great deal on the Mott’s Apple Juice, big bottle $1.97).
My plan is to be able to donate to the SA every month or twice a month. I am glad to have done this. There was a sense of peace knowing I may be helping a family or two. In the future, I hope to buy non-perishable mini-meals, like for tuna casserole: tuna, pasta, cream of mushroom, and a can of peas.
Have any great ideas for non-perishable mini meals?