“Hi Thurman, this is Margo.”
“Hi, Thurman, this is Pieta.”.
I get these calls occasionlly…randomly. I never know when to expect them. They are always a wonderful surprise!
Margo called earlier this week with book bags for the pantry. Pieta calls with items of dignity: deodorant, women’s feminine products, bars of soap, razors.
In all cases, these gifts are distributed to people who simply do not have the funds to provide for themselves. Margo’s recent gifts of book bags came with pencils, crayons, spiral notebooks, composition books.
Think back to your own childhood. How difficult was it for your family to get you ready for school? Was there money for school supplies? Did you ever begin the school year unprepared with even the basic essentials needed? Were you ever embarrassed by this situation…either for yourself or for others?
In today’s Struggling Class, there is no money left over for things like school supplies, school lunches, new school clothes.
When Margo and Pieta drop items off for our pantry, they never ask or expect gratitude or even recognition. With Pieta, I just come home and find bags of these beautiful necessities waiting for distribution.
And, I know that pantries throughout Ulster County are receiving these wonderful items. Margo casually mentioned that the Ulster County Realtors Association purchased 500 book bags this year.
On behalf of pantry shoppers everywhere, I send gratitude. There are so many people in the Struggling Class these days.
The Ulster County Realtors Association is reflective of the attitude toward generosity in Woodstock. In Woodstock, people are comfortable just dropping off things that the Iess fortunate can use. No one seeks recognition. No one wants a thank you note. They just want the things to be used by people who need them.
You may feel that I have mistakenly posted this article in the wrong blog…that this article should have been sent to http://www.hungerisnotadisease.com. But, I intentionally posted it here at http://www.goodmorningwoodstock.com because Margo and Pieta and the Realtors completely personify the Woodstock attitude toward giving. Both as individuals and as a group, Woodstockers will give their last dollar, their only coat to someone, anyone who needs it.
I offer a salute of gratitude for the generosity.
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