Saturday, November 13, 2010

A Clean Pantry and Charity

This has been another busy week...will it ever stop???  However I did manage to clean out my pantry. It was past time. When you are afraid to open your pantry door, for fear of being beaned by a box of crackers, it's time!

Not only do I now have a neat, organized pantry, but I was able to put together two bags of groceries to donate to a local food pantry. I use coupons in conjunction with sales, and sometimes register rebates (at Walgreens) to get really good deals on lots of things. When I can combine deals like this and get a rock bottom price, I stock up. So I was able to give out of this stock.

I also put together a bag of toiletries to take to the homeless shelter. That, along with 3 more bags of clothes for the family we are helping, and things donated to St. Vincent's (similar to Salvation Army), constituted my tangible giving for this week.

Today I spent several hours helping a dear friend and her dear daughter, take pictures and list a vintage Louis Vuitton Suitcase on eBay.  Those things are going for unbelievable prices!  The daughter found it at St. Vincents.  So I gave of my time.  Our husbands gave their morning to work at the church cleaning up outside.  Then they came back here, where I had prepared lunch for all of us.

Once again, in giving, I am blessed.  I got to spend a wonderful day with my friend and her family.  We are both so busy, and live about half an hour apart, so that we usually only see each other on Sundays. 

If you are new to my blog, or haven't been able to keep up lately, I am participating in the 30 giving challenge. It's about being purposeful in giving of your time, talent, or resources.  In this economy, and with my husband rotating in and out of layoff, we can't give financially at this time.  But there are so many other ways to give. 

30-Day Giving Challenge

These are hard times for so many.  But if you can find ways to give, be prepared, because God is going to bless your socks off!


  1. Good for you. It looks fabulous and it's so nice to know where everything is. Hugs, marty

  2. You are such an inspiration to me. Many times people believe that the only way to give is to give money.

  3. You are a great inspiration! My pantry is on my to do list. Its sort of cave like.:)

  4. Loved your post tonight! A reminder that giving is truly a gift! Think of all the folks that were blessed today by your gifts!!!

    Truly wonderful!!!


  5. Isn't cleaning out cupboards a rewarding job. I always feel so pleased with myself when I've done ours.

    You're so lovely and kind to gave away what was left.


  6. I've been really inspired by your 30 day giving challenge. It has made me look at what I can do to help others too! Thanks.

  7. I am cleaning out the cabinets while I am making over the kitchen and have many things to give away. Definitely will check out the pantry to goodies we don't seem to use! Feels good to give and to have clean cabinets!!

  8. What a great way to give! Thanks for sharing and inspiring. :)

  9. What a wonderful concept to encourage others to give of whatever they have Love it!

  10. Hope all is well Deborah! And hope you have a Merry Christmas!!

    Creative Ambitions

  11. Are you okay? I just thought that I hadn't heard from you or seen any posts from you for a while so I popped over to see what I was missing out on.....but you haven't posted in aaaaages. Does that mean you're still tifying your pantry?!!

    Hope you're okay.

    Missing you,


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