Helloooo there where ever in the world you are today. This means to all of you looking for things to do and read. Today is Friday the 13th…dun duun DUUUNNNNN! The events unfolding in our world is surreal. I wasn’t going to blog today as we just had rain and cold weather and it makes sitting for too long extremely uncomfortable however, this is why I journal, to have something to look back on when the next THING happens to the world. The world has seemed to have hit the proverbial 2 minutes to midnight. No, I am not a conspiracy theorist and no, I am not going out and stocking up on toilet paper and such. What is troubling is that right now, people are cold and starving and without shelter in towns and cities all over the world. These people are the most vulnerable and do not have the luxury of stocking piling goods. So, to any of you out there that are rushing to the markets, if you can spare a dollar or two, consider buying a little extra to donate to local Food banks and shelters as many are stretched to the limits. For people here in California, you know what today is, it is $5 Friday at Vons and Albertson’s and if you are searching for something to get your discount ($5 Friday means you must buy five items on the list) consider picking up a box of crackers, or dried fruit or pop-top soup or Cup of Noodles or any of the items that are on the list. It may not be something that you would eat but it might be the only thing a human in your own town will get to eat for days. Remember, healthy, nourished people fair better in any illness.
Here is a list of local shelters and kitchens in the Coachella Valley.
Please contact them for information on how to donate or volunteer during this time. I added links to the above organizations so you may contact them. If you like me have more time that money, consider volunteering. Volunteering is soup for the soul.
I may be missing a few of the other organizations so feel free to let me know if I missed any and I will be happy to add to this list. Also, to all of you staying home and looking for things to do. Consider cleaning out your closets and donating those items you no longer wear or fit. Yes, I know they may be resold, but the proceeds will benefit many of the organizations so that they may help more people. Also, many jobs were affected due to statewide closures of large events. Coachella Valley is a seasonal place and the months of March and April is a time where businesses get to catch up on missed sales from the summer slow season, so many people that have been effected by these closures will be turning to these organization for help.
For you budding photographers, these local thrift stores that these organizations run have great props and sometimes you can find some decent used camera equipment. So consider visiting one of the stores to shop as well.
To you dear reader, thank you for stopping by. Where ever you are and whatever you are doing, have peace today. Hugs to the ones needing it and especially to the ones that don’t.