Wednesday, December 07, 2005

In the Spirit of Giving...

In the spirit of giving this Christmas, consider going to Freecycle.org and finding a group in your area.

Freecycle groups are people in your area who want to give away and receive free items from each other. Our family has given away clothing, toys and shoes mostly. And we have received a basketball goal and a pile of rough-cut lumber.

I can tell you from experience that when you are generous, the blessings come right back at you. They don't usually come from the person to whom you gave (this is an important point to remember when helping out relatives - don't expect them to help you out later, or you may be disappointed).

One lady who is coming by today for girls' clothing, said she knew our street well because back when she first moved here, Farmer Bishop gave her some furniture. Later, she gave Brandy - the mom up the street with the blond 2-year-old - her extra dryer. Now, she is picking up items from me to take to her grandchildren who lost their home in Biloxi, Mississippi during Hurricane Katrina. See? The blessings continue.

by Lori Seaborg

1 comment:

Nancy in AL said...

We started freecycling in Huntsville about a month ago. We have gifted others with things that we no longer needed and have received from others as well. It is so nice to share with others. The people we have given to have been so thankful and appreciative. If everyone did this, could you imagine how consumerism would change? How great to not have to run out to the store for something you need or want.