A few dear friends of ours here at the store have sadly lost everything they have owned due to Hurricane Irene and have been displaced from their house ever since. I could never imagine the pain of raising a family and watching your kids grow up to start families of their own and then just one day having all of the memories literally washed away - not to mention the costs associated with starting over from nothing while you are supposed to be retiring.
I have tried to relate to their situation as much as I can and it's truly impossible.
Just from speaking to them over the past few weeks, the phrase "starting over from nothing" has really given itself a whole new meaning. My first thought was that they were going to have to replace all of their furniture, appliances, carpeting, sheet rock, etc. but it's all of the little things you don't even think about...socks and underwear, dish towels, pillows, a can opener, a potato peeler even just something as simple as Q-tips or a needle and thread!
My Mom has come up with a fantastic idea about how to help them get back on their feet. We have put a little twist on the typical holiday giving tree and we have asked them to register at Target and Bed Bath and Beyond. They have made a TargetList and a Bed Bath and Beyond registry under the name Growing Kids (when you go to look it up it's the first name Growing and last name Kids).
We have most of the items printed out on snowflakes inside the store, so if you would like to participate you may stop in and pick one up or simply stop into Target or Bed Bath and Beyond and look up their registry - this can also be done online through either website. Here is the direct link to their TargetList and here is Bed Bath and Beyond.
Please help us melt our snowflakes and warm their hearts, every little bit helps!
"You will find, as you look back on your life, that the moments that stand out are the moments when you have done things for others." - Henry Drummond