Do you have something for… #SOL19

“Do you have something for a 3-year old girl and a 5-year old boy?” The look of sadness in the man’s eyes broke my heart. He was a client of our local food pantry where my husband and I were volunteering, and he had somehow missed the deadline for requesting sponsorship for Christmas gifts for his grandchildren. It was a quick turn around this year, with Thanksgiving and Christmas falling so close to one another, and distribution day just two days before the holiday.

“How about this sweet baby doll for the girl, and a new backpack filled with school supplies for the boy. And we have some lovely hand-knitted hat, glove, and scarf sets here from the church knitting group. Let’s find some nice colors for them, shall we?”

It was only 10:30 on the morning of December 23rd, but as far as I was concerned, that was Christmas right there.


Many thanks to the crew at Two Writing Teachers, and the extended SOL community, for giving us the time, space, and encouragement to live the writerly life here each Tuesday and every day in March. Won’t you join us?


4 thoughts on “Do you have something for… #SOL19

  1. I had a very similar experience here in my part of the world at our food pantry. Yet it was a young mother with 3 children. Even though we had given out the toys at a party for selected clients, we had some left. I was there thinking how sad, though, that she was not able to pick out her own gifts. We do what we can, but it never seems to be enough.


  2. Remembering those
    who need more than
    we can often give –

    the invisible, unseen

    this box, so many
    leave unopened
    all year long

    the ignored, in-between

    For a song, I’d sing
    to bring some peace
    and touch a bit of heart

    to those of us alone

    and each of us
    plays our part,
    the reaching out

    some memory of home

    (forgive me, but your post sparked a poem, and I not completely sure how yours words led to my words but I figured I would just write it as a way to remember that we all have an obligation to help others. We help with our homeless cot shelter, and with our church reaching out to families during the holidays, and with our schools helping families, too. We do what we can, and wish more would, too. — Kevin)


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