This was a really fun part of this month’s project! The kids and I went to the bank, and got a roll of nickels, a roll of pennies and 40 singles. We came home and bagged them up so each baggie held $1.06 and a note. (we wanted to include tax) We were ready for Dollar Store “love bombing.”
Once in the Dollar store, we snuck around and placed the baggies near the stuffed animals, candy, coloring books, and toys. Except my son just HAD to put one in the freezer! (who knew there was a freezer in the Dollar Store?) How amazing for a kid to find this baggie…they could buy any item in the store!
I know it seems like the $42.50 is a lot to spend on this , plus the other money we have spent on this project so far. Daniel and I talked with our parents beforehand and decided not to exchange gifts this year, so that has helped off set some of the cost. We have also seen first hand how what you give comes back in really amazing ways.
You know I had to give my special angel a really great gift. Alyica is an amazing friend and she also comes and cleans my house every other week. I have spoken before about how much I love her. She makes my life so much easier and sweeter. I am not constantly cleaning, or yelling at my family to help me clean. I teach an extra yoga class a week to keep her on rotation and it is well worth it. We all made her cards and got her these beautiful tulips. I also picked her up a pretty large bill when we were at the bank. (Again–I know that seems extravagant, but I would be a mess without her. Pun intended.)
My husband and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary a little differently this year. We decided to go give platelets together. The whole process takes about 3-4 hours but they let you watch movies (I watched Dreamgirls…it is fabulous!) and they feed you snacks.
During a platelet donation, a small portion of your blood (about 1/4 pint at a time), is drawn from your arm and passed through a sophisticated cell-separating machine. The machine collects the platelets and safely returns the remaining blood components, along with some saline, back to you.
A single platelet donation can provide enough platelets for a full therapeutic dose for a patient in need. In fact, some platelet donations yield enough platelets for two or three therapeutic doses. By contrast, it takes four to six whole blood donations to produce a single therapeutic dose. Many patients who need platelets are undergoing chemotherapy or organ transplant and have weakened immune systems. A platelet dose from a single donor reduces the patient’s exposure to multiple donors and is therefore preferred by many physicians.
One platelet donation can be worth from 12 to 18 whole blood donations. —American Red Cross
The people at the donation center were so comforting and nice. They loved us and thought I was hilarious. (they must not get many people in there…so you need to go donate!) We were treated like royalty, and even scored long-sleeved tees.
The Pleasants crew has a few more items to knock off our Project 12 list, so stay tuned!