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Basic Charity Challenge

I’ve always thought February was an interesting month.  It’s in the middle of winter, so it’s usually very cold & in our case snowy, which seems to make many people grumpy & depressed.  (I don’t mean to discount anyone who suffers from SAD, I personally get excited over snow & cold weather, so just picture me all happy & bubbly & energetic around all these people who are suffering from SAD.  It’s ok.  They get their revenge in August when I can barely open the blinds.)  Then there’s Valentine’s Day, which I don’t understand at all- why again do we have a special day to show “love?”  And why are we showing that “love” through buying things like flowers, jewelry & sugar loaded candy?  Yeah, I’m at a total loss.

Then there’s the biggest reason I dislike this month & after spending years in non-profit, I feel I have a right to my stance.  It always seems that all the holiday love that was ever present in December is gone come February & few people remember to help fill the food banks or visit the shut ins, or just show they care.

So when I saw that Cara was hosting the Basic Charity Challenge for 2012, I knew I wanted to be involved!

This is short explanation:  Many people in our society truly need the basics to get by everyday- we’re talking toilet paper, coats, food, soap- you get the picture.  All the things many of us Americans actually have extras of in our closets & pantries.  So we, (Cara & other sponsors) are saying “GO- make a difference, DO something!”  Call up your local shelter, food pantry, where ever people in your community go for help & ask what they need.  Make a quick trip to the store (or heck, your own house) & then make the donation.

Then, if you want, upload a photo the Cara’s Flickr group, or leave a comment on her blog, or just email her.  She’ll put your name in the drawing for a bunch of prizes.    I’m giving away some King Tut thread from my etsy shop.  There are lots of other prizes- Kate Spain, Robert Kaufman, Fat Quarter Shop, p.s. i quilt, etc, etc.

But the prizes here aren’t the point (or at least that’s not why I’m donating thread.)  I’m donating to say “Thank you.”  Thank you for taking the time to think about the neediest in our society during the month when many people are thinking about candy & jewelry & flowers.