I was watching the TV this morning while eating toasted homemade seeded bread with hedgepick jelly, and drinking tea in my cosy and warm sitting room. The fridge and freezers are full, the pantry also (specially the preserve shelves).
There was a mother and daughter talking about a Reverse Advent Calendar box scheme, and someone from one of the charitable organisations as well.
The so so simple idea is that in November you find a box and each day you put in an item, toy, food, toiletry etc. Then it gets donated ready for Christmas (no apologies for using the C word)
This family had the demographics of a family given to them and they filled a box accordingly.
When I returned Rufus, after his walk, I was chatting to W about this. He told me that one of his family members threw change into a pot all year and then in late November went to the large chain "P" and spent the lot on underwear in various child sizes, this all went to the local food bank.
Each year, at this time, I fill a trolley with toiletries, sanitary goods, tights and take that to the Trussell Trust along with as many Christmas stockings full of chocolate as I can pile in. I know that the families need the basics but to misquote "man does not live on bread alone" we all like a little treat every now and then.
I usually ring and ask if there is any particular thing that they are desperate for and toiletries, for both men and women, are always on the list.
This year we have a local food bank and I aim to pay them a visit and ask for their "most wanted" list.
I have just about everything in the house that we will need for the season and my Tesco points will cover the remainder.
I am no "do gooder" I could give more but to be brutally honest I just don't focus upon it as much as I could. There are so many other things careering around in my mind that it slips by unless there is an in-store collection going on when I am shopping.
I want to make this a bigger part of my life next year and will be talking about this with my local food bank group.
I would love to plan a box of hand knitted goodies BUT yarn is not cheap, and time is not elastic, so store bought would supply more, quicker and cheaper.
Possibly something large and handmade to raffle off would be an idea. Maybe a quilt, something fairly showy that would encourage people to buy tickets. That would be more for one of the bigger organisations. I will be making enquiries soon, very soon, to give me time to plan and execute the project in good time.
On that thought I am off to pootle round the garden, fresh air will get the little grey cells working. It just happens that I have a Damson Tree to plant today.