The mail man brought a bunch of envelopes today and I thank you so much! Two things I need to tell you:
- I will not acknowledge the checks online. Some may not want their name posted on the blog and I don’t think that would be a good thing to do anyway . . if you want to know if your check arrived, please email me and I’ll let you know. I don’t have all of your email addresses or I’d email you as they come in.
- For those sending more than $25, your name will go into the pot once for each $25 you send. If you send $100, your name goes into the pot 4 times.
I’ve added a tab at the top entitled “Help Joplin” so you can click on that to get my address and I’ll keep a running total on that post as to how much $$ has arrived.
Today, $175 arrived. Even if that’s all that gets here, I’d be thrilled but I know there’s more coming.
One of Chad’s friends’ parents . . I’ve mentioned them here before and they’re wonderful people . . they have friends in Joplin with four small children and they lost everything. The kids had been outside playing in the sprinkler and came in when the weather got bad, were eating snacks when they lost everything. The four little children had on their bathing suits and were barefooted . . and that’s all they owned after the storm. Becky told me that they had received quite a few clothing items but I had two almost new crockpots so I took one of those, along with a new toaster still in the box, to the shop of Chad’s friends’ parents. She assured me they would be thrilled with anything!
Can you imagine losing everything? Not even having dental floss or tooth paste! Last night as I got out of the shower and was slathering on the Bath & Body Works body butter, I thought what it would be like to have no hand cream, no body butter . . that would be hard! I went through my stash of products from Bath & Body Works and packed up a bag, along with tooth paste, shampoo and conditioner. I keep lots of that stuff on hand and that’s just less I’ll have to move. A young mom with four young children probably didn’t have a lot of luxuries for herself anyway so I hope the items make her smile . . and I’m betting smiles are real hard to come by for those folks right now.
Thanks again for everyone who is able to send a check to the Red Cross. And for those who cannot, that’s fine . . just say a prayer for the folks in Joplin. Our local news comes out of Joplin so we’re hearing a lot of good, as well as a lot of sad stories and I know every dime the Red Cross receives will be used to make someone’s circumstances a bit better.