Friday, December 5, 2008

I'm Going to Save the World.

Thanks to 2 of my followers, I LOVE SAYING THAT. I'll say it again.

Thanks to 2 of my followers, I have come up with an idea.

We support our food bank by doing appliance work. I've done another blog(My Blessing) on the lightbulb over my head going off when I realized that not everyone coming in needs help.. some are in a position to GIVE HELP. I hit a dead-end when I also realized that not all of them volunteer at large shelters in downtown Atlanta.. nor do they always like me enough to discuss it.

Rachel,, gave me the idea. (Can I do that? Just post her link? I guess we'll find out.)

Small Footprints,, Food Glorious Food blog made me realize I can take this idea and use it to help the families I feed, too... AND promote my other agenda.

I'm going to make a brochure to hand out at work.. to my customers (who can read it on their own time away from my big mouth), and to put in the food boxes. Hell if I get truly inspired and motivated (it's a stretch) I might even give them to other businesses to hand out for me. Or maybe churches, gas stations and daycares..

I myself have dial up internet.. and I only have that because my boss had it put on his American Express.. and I think he forgot about it. Bad karma, I know. I'll risk it.

To normal people, information is right at their fingertips with the internet. To the people I see every day? They can't even afford the paper. I'm not just talking about my food families.. my customers that come in for appliance work are there because they can't afford Sears. We are in a bad part of town, an industrial/trailer park/ghetto gangy part of town. I have the tennis shoes over the power line and the pretty spray painted gang symbol to prove it. But what better place for a food bank, right?

I'm not saying I only get really poor people.. because we all now know I get the Lexus drivers, too. I'm just saying MOST of the people are having to cut back on luxuries.. like the internet.. and is it crazy to assume that there are people out there who would like to help others or even help the earth but don't necessarily Google it? They just don't have the knowledge and information on how to do it?

I have women tell me they don't know what to do with fresh garlic when I put it in their boxes. Is it crazy to assume that they need tips on how to prevent food waste? Or maybe a recipe.. maybe one that consists of what's in their boxes.. or how to cook a turkey. (I'm wondering now if that isn't the reason that lady didn't want one. She didn't know how to cook it. I've actually had women tell me they've never fried chicken before..)What better way than to print it out?

For instance. Did you know that (at least here in Ga.) every Catholic church has their own St. Vincent de Paul chapter.. a group of that particular church's members who do nothing but HELP. They pay utilities, rent, give clothing... I know this because I went a couple years ago and they paid my electric bill. (I work pro-bono, remember.. and I don't do it because I'm a millionaire and can afford not to work. It's a struggle to do this. That would be cool, though. The millionaire thing...)

A city passed an ordinance (thanks again Rachel) that said they will ARREST YOU if they catch you feeding the homeless. That bothers the hell out me. I think there are ways around that..but that's a blog for another day. So here is another idea..

I have a friend, Priscilla, who spends all her money and time carting children from a REALLY bad section of town to the library, the movies, to church.. she will make 2 and 3 trips at one time in her Land Rover to do it. Priscilla isn't rich.. she cleans houses for a living and if you saw her on the street you would think that SHE is homeless. (REALLY glad Pris doesn't blog.. she would kill me.)

My point? Priscilla rocks. No really.. my point is that everyone has got to know at least one family that is struggling.. someone in your church, your neighborhood, a friend of a friend.. it turns out you can't save the world at one time. Okay that doesn't even feel right.. I take it back. Yes you can.

How about a section on how to find that family? How about a section on how to give when it doesn't feel comfortable?(How about you stop blogging and MAKE THE BROCHURE, Shannon..) Find ONE FAMILY.. one person. One child. Alot of parents are proud. You have to be careful.. or they won't accept the help, and then the kids suffer. I always start out with.. 'I have all these clothes.. can you do me a big favor and go through them and see if there is anything you can use? That way I won't have as much crap to haul to the church. Please?' It's never failed. Same thing with books, household items, etc.

I'm getting off point. I start typing and just rant.

I'm going to make a brochure.. because I can have a 'Be Green' section and who knows.. maybe one person will start recycling.

I'm going to make a brochure.. because I want to help others.. help others.

I'm going to make a brochure.. because I want to help my families in need, help themselves.

I'm going to make a brochure... and it's going to save the world.


Roxy said...

Shannon, YOU are funny and such a good writer. YES get busy and write up that brochure. I'd like to see it when your done.
Their are people like me, I don't have alot of $$ but there are things I could do to help a family or two. Listen to me. I just got off the phone with the phone company and change my business line to forward to my home phone to reduce my expense. I've cut HBO,one of our cellphones (my husband refuses to use it) and I am cutting back where ever I can.
I starting selling stuff online. We'll see how that works out. Talk about ranting.
You do inspirer one to give!
Keep up the good work you do.
Talk to you soon.

LisaB said...

My dearest Barbie-doll, you have the biggest heart of anyone I know. I am so proud of you I could bust. I can't wait to see the brochure you come up with. You rock, big time.

sami*stardust said...

so...i found your blog because somehow you found mine! :) i'm following you now, and i can't wait to go back and read all your entries. fyi: we have a food ministry at my church, and EVERYONE can find someone they know or who lives in their neighborhood who is in need. good job, new friend! i'll be making more comments when i get time to read all the blogs! peace!!

Rachel said...

So glad I met ya on this truly are an inspiration for me to do "more". I am going to link you on my blog and talk about this to get more exposure; even if one family is moved this season or just one person I will be happy!

Solei said...

FoodBankBarbie, that is sooo cute!!! lol

Well I found your blog because of my dear blogging buddy Rachel, and I just *luv* it!!!! I will definitely be following you aka stalking you, lol. I just *luv* inspirational stories, giving to others,etc. I'm dirt poor right now, looking for a job, but there are lots and lots of people in worse situations than I am in. I am very aware of that & I teach my girls that and we like to help other people out whenever we can.

It was so funny just the other day their school started a food drive and the girls took some left over cans from Thanksgiving (corn & gravy cans) and it felt so good, even though we're struggling to get groceries on the table, we can still afford to help other families out. And that's the best feeling in the world. Making just 1 person smile, 1 person feel better, 1 person EAT better... If we ALL did that, what a wonderful world!!! I know, sappy, but oh so true!

Southern Diva said...

You freakin' rock! I've worked in the social services field for 20 years and I wish I had run into more people like you.

Small Footprints said...

Oh wow, Shannon ... you made my day. I haven't had a chance to catch up on reading blogs lately but today I read an article and it reminded me of the "Lexus Lady" a post or so ago. Well, to make a long story short ... I wanted to share your site and when I got over here, I started reading and ... well ... WOW! I love your idea of handing out tips and recipes with your boxes. I never thought about someone not knowing what to do with the food handed out ... so what a great idea! And thank you so much for mentioning my site ... I feel so good that I had some tiny part in this idea.

I saw a report on the news about a woman who is taking portrait pictures of homeless families ... some of them have never had a picture taken with their children. One of my followers and her children (Wellness Kids) take MacDonald's breakfasts out to homeless people. I think there are so many ways we can give ... it doesn't have to be the traditional, get out the check book, kind of giving.

I can't wait to find out how this idea works out ... I hope you'll update us!

Have a wonderful holiday!

Small Footprints

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