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Topic: Helping others during this time of the year.

Forum: Coping with Holidays, Special Days and Anniversaries — Holidays and special days, like birthdays and anniversaries, can be filled with complex emotions. Are they a time to celebrate or are they extra difficult? Share your feelings and experiences here.

Posted on: Nov 21, 2016 06:40AM - edited Nov 23, 2016 04:54AM by goldie0827

goldie0827 wrote:

The Holiday seasons are upon us and there are always those out there that are less fortunate than myself. We all see those donation boxes for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Although we "NEED" 365 days a year. Below is a list of some "other" things that you can buy to drop into those donation boxes. If you have any other ideas, please add them.

And remember, always be kind to those around you.

1. Spices.

Think about it. People who rely on the food bank eat a lot of canned food, rice, oatmeal, white bread, etc. They love spices. Seasoned salt, cayenne pepper, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, oregano, basil and so on.

2. Feminine Products.

Can you imagine being worried about affording these? Pads, tampons, panty liners, etc. Recommended: Buy in bulk at Costco for donating.

3. Chocolate.

People don't need it, but think about being in their shoes and how nice it would be to be given a chocolate bar or brownie mix along with your essentials.

4. Toiletries.

Grocery stores are great about donating surplus or unsold food, but they have no reason to donate toilet paper, tooth paste, soap, deodorant, shampoo, etc. Food stamps often don't cover these.

5. Canned meats and jerky.

This isn't true of all food banks, but some struggle to give users enough protein.

6. Crackers and tortillas.

They don't spoil and everybody likes them.

7. Baby toiletries.

Diapers, baby wipes, baby formula, baby shampoo, baby soap, baby food, bottles, etc.

8. Soup packets.

Sometimes you look at rice, beans, instant potatoes, and cans of vegetable and think, "What do I make with this?" Hearty soup is a complete meal.

9. Socks.

From a former homeless person: "Socks mean the world to you. They keep you warm, make you feel like you have something new, and just comfort you."

10. Canned fruit other than pineapple.

Food banks get a lot of pineapple donated. Their clients love it when other kinds of fruit are available.


Might I also suggest that when you have holiday gatherings, consider asking guests to bring a few pairs of socks or canned goods. Or a toy for Toys for Tots is a good idea.

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Nov 22, 2016 06:26AM Moderators wrote:

This is a terrific thread. We really appreciate this. Sometimes helping others is exactly what helps ourselves as well!

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Nov 22, 2016 06:56AM mustlovepoodles wrote:

Great topic. Might I also suggest that when you have holiday gatherings, consider asking guests to bring a few pairs of socks or canned goods. Or a toy for Toys for Tots is a good idea.

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