Despite the nearly 80 degree temperature today, I felt a little like Santa. Today I dropped off my charity gifts! I've always wanted to adopt a family, but even for a single mom and a child you have to have a decent budget to really do it 'right'. I was really excited this year when I found out that one of the domestic violence shelters locally has not only families but also single women from their shelters with no other family. My budget could handle a single person. I had a great time shopping for my adoptee. She was a 50 year old lady. .. her wish list was mostly things for a house rather than herself. I was able to get her an outfit that I think was super cute and a CD player/radio for her, I didn't just want to get 'needs' and wanted some fun stuff. I got some house stuff, too. . .. yay for Macy's having a great sale so my budget went pretty far. I do tend to get sappy at the Holiday's and sort of get back to remembering how lucky I am to have my education and my job and Jake. . . . so I really liked being able to 'pay it forward' to someone who found herself in a pretty bad situation but had the courage to leave and start over.
So if you read this, maybe just think about being able to give to a local charity, or Toys for Tots or whatever you can. There is always someone who will be grateful for you caring.