Basic necessities=Christmas spirit

Our Christmas “gift” to our families this year was a donation to Berkeley’s Women’s Daytime Drop-in Center. Curt and I donated toothbrushes, toothpaste and deodorant for 20 women in honor of our families.

Merry Christmas!
Or happy whatever you celebrate or don’t. Enjoy your time off with your family or friends or if you choose to spend it alone.
And for all those who have to work today, thank you.
I feel lucky for all the family I got to see over the past few days: parents, my in-laws, my brother, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles …
Are you sick of me talking about charities and donations and helping others? I doubt it. But hey, it’s my passion. And I am gonna keep talking about it and hope I rub off on others.
As I have said before we no longer exchange gifts with our families. Instead we donate to charities. We all have different organizations we like to support.
Some of the charities we and our families have supported in lieu of gifts are Brighter BeginningsPajama ProgramHeifer InternationalPlanned ParenthoodCharity Choice Gift Cards, Alameda County Food Bank, Tucson Food Bank, Emerge, Poverello House among others.
For the past year or so I have been supporting the Women’s Daytime Drop-in Center in Berkeley. I collect toiletries when we travel and occasionally take them to the center. The last time I took a batch in the woman I dealt with thanked me and mentioned that the items they regularly run low on are toothbrushes, toothpaste and deodorant.
So Curt and I talked about it and decided that would be our Christmas “gift” to our families this year. I went to Target and got enough toothbrushes, tubes of toothpaste and sticks of deodorant for 20 women.
You never think about basic items like that being a hardship. But it is hard to get a job if your teeth aren’t brushed and you aren’t wearing deodorant.
And when I buy those items I think nothing of it. But in my shopping spree I realized how expensive those items are, especially the deodorant.