Miss K and I paid a visit to a women and children’s shelter earlier this week to drop off some in-kind donation items. I had done some cleaning and organizing of my and the children’s closets and compiled many articles of clothing and baby supplies that are either new or have out grown but in good condition and can be given away.
I can write a whole speech about my personal opinion on the for-profit organizations (ex. for those who cannot even afford a meal how are they able to shop at a Goodwill store?) but I’ll save that for another day. So instead of donate to Goodwill or Salvation Army, I/we thought we could give to the women and children that are really in need. I did some research on a few local women and children shelters and decided to donate all to Los Angeles House of Ruth, a temporary & transitional housing facility for homeless & battered women & their children.
Although the website said “Women’s and babies’ needs” as in kind donations, I still called ahead to make sure that they accept and welcome donation items such as pumps and infant tubs and clothing. The lady who spoke to me on the phone was delighted to receive breast pumps as it is not something that come across very often. Miss K sat and supervised while I packed everything up, loaded our car and we headed to the shelter.
The shelter is a very unpretentious and inconspicuous house located in Boyle Heights, near East LA. A lady greeted me at the door and helped me carried everything inside and gave me a receipt. There were children playing in the living room and drinking milk from a bottle. I knew my donation, however small, will be useful instead of going into a blue sorting bin somewhere.
Though Miss K promptly passed out on the ride there, I am glad that she is with me through out this process, makes me feel more appreciative and thankful for what I have. I really wish I could do more, or donate more things, perhaps after accumulating more outgrown clothing from the kids, I can make another trip. To that, I end with this quote:
“We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer