Amy L. Freeman: Please Keep Your Bellbottoms: What Not to Give
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Please Do Keep Giving Your Stuff...
The school bus is minutes away, and my child turns to me in a mild panic. "The canned food drive, Mom! I need to bring some stuff!" I dash to the pantry, supermarket bag in hand, tossing in cans -- beans, a tin of tuna, wait, what is this one, mustard sardines? why not -- boxes of noodles, a dusty plastic bag with a soup mix in it. "Thanks Mom!" Grabbing the bag, the child dashes to the bus and we both move on with our days.
Or how about this one: A well-known veterans' group has called you, and is sending a truck to your neighborhood next Thursday -- can you spare some clothing? Of course you can. You go through your closet, find some stuff you never wear, start a little folded pile on the floor.
You hesitate at the lovely cotton sweater with that smallish oil stain, and at the warm woolen jacket with the broken zipper. What about that old pantsuit with the Susan Dey power shoulders? It's dated, but in perfect condition.
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