This is “Laundry Love” at work — a ministry that raises money to pay for detergent, dryer sheets and quarters for machines.
Laundry is a daunting chore for many people, but for the working poor, the cost of doing laundry — not to mention the time involved in hauling it to a laundromat — can be prohibitive. It can also mean going without other basic essentials.
Some people may consider the number of cats in animal shelters a dire situation. But one cat in Sarasota, Fla., believes it is a full-blown emergency.
According to ABC 7 News, a shelter cat named Zeke wound up dialing 911 from an office phone at Cat Depot, a rescue facility in the city. Apparently Zeke just couldn’t wait any longer to be rescued by a loving family.
—Although she accepted the donation the friends brought to her, she also told them she didn’t want anymore donations but that if they wanted to help her, they could help her set up a kiosk because she was capable of earning the money on her own!
This story was submitted to me, but she requested her username not be used, so I copy and pasted it to a new post.
I was in line at the grocery store recently and the guy in front of me was having trouble paying for his groceries. His food stamps card was declined. He was on his way out of the store when I turned to the check out girl and told her I would pay for the guy’s groceries. She was in disbelief. She asked me if I was sure maybe ten times before calling the guy back over. Everyone around looked at me like I was insane.
God knows I’ve begged for money, sold things I wish I didn’t have to sell, eaten meals at Salvation Army, frequented the food bank, and let other people buy me meals often enough. I’ve been through a lot since then and have made my way to the financial middle class. It would have been terrible of me to just ignore this guy and let him leave without his $20.53 cents of groceries. He asked me if I was sure and said “it’s a lot of money” and thanked me. I remember the days when $20.53 was not an amount of money I could afford to give to another person.
On my way out of the store the security guy at the door told me it was very nice of me. I just kind of shrugged. I shrugged because I was so confused about the whole thing. The check out girl not believing I would do something like that. Everyone but the security guy looking at me like I was out of my mind.
If you decide to post this story, please don’t include my username. I don’t want any sort of recognition for such a simple act. I just hope people realize that tiny little things can help people out so much. That $20.53 wasn’t a big deal to me. But, to this guy, it was twenty dollars of food that he couldn’t afford. I’m grateful that I was able to help and I hope I’m given more opportunities to do so.
Members of the congregation of Cherry Point United Methodist Church turned out Tuesday to load 4,500 pounds of food that had been donated by Food Lion as part of the store’s Food Lion Feeds program. That’s a lot of oranges, apples, carrots, potatoes and onions. That’s just half of it. Also on the pallets were canned vegetables, peanut butter, tuna fish, fruit cups and oatmeal.