that try men's souls." ~Thomas Paine
In my living room is a sea of hats, scarves and mittens, as well as new toys, that will be going to our local Salvation Army later this afternoon. As I look at each set to ensure they are correctly labeled, I find I have mixed emotions.
I am sad. Sad that every year the need for such items grow. And sad because people are needing to abandon volunteer positions to seek out employment, or get 2nd jobs to make ends meet. (Our local TV News station just did a segment on volunteer shortages and how it's effecting local communities.) Where would we be without volunteers?
On the otherhand, I am thankful. Thankful that I belong to a wonderful crochet group that is able to put their collective stitches together to make such a contribution to our local community every year. I know that even though my family is currently in a tight situation, we still have it better than many other families. And this sea of hats, scarves, mittens and toys will certainly make a difference this holiday season. It will let these families know we care.
There is still time. If you have some extra yarn and a little time, consider crocheting or knitting up a scarf for a local charity. Yes it's sad they're still needed, but it is more heartwarming to know we can make a difference, one stitch at a time. :)