Today I received an e-mail from Heather Ricks with McAlister's Deli asking who was going to pick up the donations for the animal shelter. I had one of those moments of sheer embarrassment. I can't believe that I didn't think of picking up the donations to bring to the shelter! I quickly enlisted my father-in-law to help and loaded up the three boys. We ran the food to C-CAP (without me taking any pictures) and we had gotten 49 pounds! That is great - but I definitely want to do more the next time around.
The items from McAlister's we picked up (making lots of trips) and my rhinoceros van was so weighed down! At least it was a good excuse to clean out the old rhino. I plan on introducing a shop vac to it this afternoon. The amount of items donated by McAlister's and its patrons was amazing! There were several boxes/bags of cat litter, 4 huge bottles of laundry detergent, 4 huge bottles of dish detergent, tons of papers towels, dog food, cat food, etc. It was so generous and I loved being able to bring it to the shelter. The shelter was actually closed on Wednesdays so I didn't adopt any animals. Although it was hard to hear the dogs barking "Take me! Take me!" Someday . . .
Next steps - doing something with the retirement home, making soups with the kids to donate to the needy, doing a Drop in and Decorate night, getting in touch with the Pregnancy Center to see how we can help. Also the September Women's Walk! I love being able to connect with the community and it is great to be able to help.
If anyone knows a way we can help the people who had to leave the apartments at Shenandoah Commons due to the earthquake - I would love to hear about it.