I honestly thought this was going to be my easiest month for Project 12. Just give away things. SImple as that. But, in order for it to even matter, everything requires thought…and time! I didn’t want to just pack up 15 giant bags and drop them off at Goodwill. I am so happy to do this, but it is a little harder than I first expected! Above is a picture of my friend Dawn, who recently got engaged. I gave my her this flower girl dress I’ve been meaning to consign for 4 years. My friend Amy is proud owner of a new (to her) yoga mat and yogi toe. I gave my friend Joy some jeans, a necklace, and shoes for her two girls. I overheard a girl at the studio talking, who said she only had 3 towels. I packed up 7 big fluffy white towels for her.
This is Amanda, who is amazing and has 4 daughters. They now are the owners of a fancy schmancy tea set. When I dropped off the eye pillow for the contest winner I threw in a few extra items for her. I packed my car with 11 coats and took them to the Matthews Help Center.
But this… This makes me really sick. Seriously I wanted to throw up when I took this picture. Below are 7 pairs of shoes. SEVEN! Where did they come from? Oh yeah. I bought them. The sickening cycle of consumerism.
I found an amazing company that takes these shoes and gives them to people who can use them! It is called Donate Your Old Shoes. (I love the name–straight forward as you can get!) The Cleary’s own this family business and have shipped over 100,000 shoes in the past 5 years. They do not make a dime off of this. They started the company as a way to give back after seeing how people lived overseas.
Think about boxing up some of your shoes and mailing it out to them! I bet you won’t even miss them.
(I do wonder who will end up with those black sequin heels. Not practical, but I can’t help thinking some lady will be very happy!)
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, were moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
-Matthew 6: 19-21