I traded stuff for hugs
My mom just moved and I also had a few items to donate so I made a stop to MORE on Wheelock Parkway in St. Paul. Every Saturday, they have a free 'garage sale' (in their garage) for the refugees they serve. The garage was closed but I quickly realized there was a warmth of activity inside. Everyone looked at me and smiled at me as I sheepishly opened the back door and many said hello. There were about 15 people there looking through the donated goods set out on tables there to find the basic items they need to start a household from scratch. The volunteer in charge was called over and she warmly shook my hand. We went to my car and I asked her what they could use (I hate dropping junk off that becomes a burden, but also have learned that I can't assume I know what is needed - it's always best to ask) I brought out a bag of new sponges and cleaning supplies, a perfect but extra crock pot and some solid pots and pans, a warm sweater that is too small for me, and a bunch of other things. Each time, she smiled at me and said 'yes' they need that (except for a tattered blanket I have for the Humane Society). As conscripts from the group carried things from my car to the garage, I noticed those things were immediately picked up and walked back out in the hands of someone with a smiling face. You don't often get the chance to witness your donations bring joy to someone else. It was incredibly gratifying. The kind volunteer thanked me and hugged me at least three times as we parted. I feel confident that I drove away from that garage with more joy than anyone else there.
This is exactly what I created Hero Search to do - to individuals to connect to others in the community and to feel the joy of knowing you made a difference to someone.
Share the love!! ....and your stuff ;)
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