Please forgive my jumbled thoughts.*
Da's been on my case to volunteer for ages now, particularly at the I&M Canal's historical museum next door to me and doesn't seem to understand that it costs money to help out there. Turns out it costs money to help out at other places as well, like animal shelters. This never made any sense to me.
I was on my walk tonight, taking the long way home so I could enjoy a favorite song on iHiro v2.0 when I walked past a home that had recently been converted into a business. It's about a block from me if you go diagonally and I'd been wanting to go inside for awhile but someone in my knitting guild said that the woman who runs it was mean and there was a big word on the sign that prevented me from going in. Cancer.
I don't know if it was the migraine, the mood the music put me in, or if Mom was giving me a little nudge but I saw the open sign was still up and so today I finally decided to go inside and I'm really glad that I did. There are lots of pretty things in there, purses, jewelry, candles, inspirational signs, things for guys as well and I found out the meaning behind their quote on their sign; "Helping families with cancer Celebrate Life."Thanks Jordan
is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, this means that the money earned from the items stored in the store goes into a fund to help families dealing with cancer (the (c)3 bit means their exempt from some federal taxes I guess). They help with stuff like financial assistance (which includes money for treatments, medication, lodging, gas cards), emotional support, advocacy, and education. They are currently helping like four families, one of the patients they were helping recently passed away, and because cancer has been a huge part of my life for years (because of Mom's breast cancer, Grandma Janet's brain cancer, Da's short stint of skin cancer, and three scares for Aunt Mary and a small scare for myself) I was moved and finally decided I'd listen to Da and volunteer.
I offered my knitting and crochet experience to make goods for the store, my time, and if they ever need it my ability to work really well with kids. To be honest I'm rather pleased with myself and I haven't done anything for them yet. I'm really starting to think this was a nudge from Mom and I'm looking forward to helping.