Sunday was "clean up day" for my husband. Among other things, he reinforced our pantry shelves to make them more secure (a gift for me). As he was putting things back into the pantry, I asked my husband if he would look for dried goods we could donate to a local food shelf. He found about 29 items.
I learned that the city-owned liquor store is offering free paper shredding and hosting a food drive this Saturday. The food drive will benefit Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP). VEAP is a non-profit agency serving low-income, senior and disabled people in our area. http://www.veapvolunteers.org/
My husband and I are calling this event a "twoofer" because we will be able to safely get rid of our outdated checks, and also donate food to a good cause. It's a great opportunity to give and receive at the same time.
Yesterday (Oct. 15) was Pregnancy and Infant Loss Rememberance Day (http://www.october15th.com/). All around the world, people lit candles at 7pm their time to honor the babies and their grieving families. After we lost our daughters, we purchased a pair of bird candleholders which we keep on our dining room table. We will never forget you, Eva and Camila.
I spent some time on my pregnancy boards searching out women who had recently miscarried. I sent my condolences and suggested they consider joining an infant loss support group at a local church or hospital. My husband and I found a support group that was very helpful after we lost our girls.
October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. If you have a friend or family member who has lost a baby, perhaps one of your gifts this month could be to reach out and let them know you're thinking about them.
Here's a picture of our dining room table: