“Do not let what you CANNOT do interfere with what you CAN do.”

Sigh.  If you haven’t heard (or read) by now, I totally disappointed myself for my June charity.

(This is probably a friend of Mary Tyler Mom's...)

(This is probably a friend of Mary Tyler Mom’s…)

It’s all laid out in black and white in the post below this one.  As of this second, I still have not been able to find an Emergency Preparedness Class offered within 50 miles of my home.  I did find a class available where I can become certified in Adult and Pediatric CPR; however, it’s $90 (NINETY FARKLE DARKIN DOLLARS!) a course.  Working part time in the summer does not give me the means to take a course that costs that much at the moment.  At the moment.  When school starts up again in the fall for my daughter and full-time checks are being deposited in my bank account, I will be signing up as a member of this class 😉   I want to make sure that I can DO something in an emergency situation: fire, flood, tornado, explosion, gas leak, what have you.  I am an extremely anxious person by nature (and somewhat by nurture), and having a task or a situation to focus that nervous energy on keeps me from shaking and panicking and throwing up.

As far as raising the money in a matter of only six days…..WE DID IT. Talk about shaking and panicking and throwing up!! Phew!  I am so relieved.  I don’t believe that I deserved to have that kind of support and response in only 6 days, but I got it anyway.  And I am so grateful to the people that donated, because it’s not the Red Cross‘s fault that I slacked on my resolution, yet they are the ones that would have suffered.  Not only did we reach the $100 goal, we exceeded it by $20.  I am honored and humbled to know people as fantastic as all of you.  I only made a link and a $10 donation possible~you guys did all the rest.

So.  June is over.  I’m halfway done with my resolution.  I can’t even believe how fast time flies!  Would you like to see how you guys have helped over the past six months?!  It’s mind blowing, really.  To tally everything up like this really puts it into perspective:

125.00  (God’s Kitchen/Gallery 303~January)
(Best Friends Animal Society~February)
(St. Baldrick’s Foundation~March)
(Kids Food Basket~April)
(Arbor Circle~May)
(American Red Cross~June)
$1,665.00 raised for charity so far!!!

And that is just the cash.  That is not including the buckets of clothes and diapers and kids toys and baby food that went to the pantry at God’s Kitchen for homeless and underprivileged youth or the bowls that my friends and I purchased and painted for the “Soup’s On For All” benefit in January or the tickets we bought to attend the event to support the Gallery 303 program.  That is not including bag after bag after bag of towels, blankets, chew toys, nail clippers, hair brushes, laundry detergent, paper towel, leashes, collars, treats, and pet food that got distributed to two local pet shelters in my area.  And it’s also not including the two trips I had to make to drop off sandwich baggies, pudding, cereal, peanut butter, juice boxes, applesauce, crackers and paper lunch sacks to Kids Food Basket.  There was a hair shaving event where I got to hang out with some of my most fave bloggers in the whole world.  There was a 1 year sobriety celebration for my super-mega-awesome-amazingly strong husband!!  There has been satisfaction from encouraging words and supportive friends, and there has also been disappointment and helplessness when I feel like I haven’t done enough.  I wishwishWISH I could get to so many more charities.  I get emails and private messages about people and places that have touched your life and need help.  Sometimes I can find a way to make that happen.  And sadly, sometimes I just cannot.

Overall, I am so pleased at where my journey has taken me so far.  I am far less bratty and selfish and absorbed, but there is still plenty of work to be done.  I hope that someone else who has never volunteered and rarely donated to charity has been inspired by this page.                                                                                                                                                                                                            You don’t have to be Joe Millionaire to make a difference.

Joe Millionaire

You just have to WANT to do good things.


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