Hi Everybody-Another year has come to a close. 2009 was quite a year. I had my share of challenges just like everyone did but we survived and tomorrow is a whole New Year. Time to set goals for the New Year and reflect on all the blessings in your life despite the challenges. I have many things to be thankful this Thursday and New Years Eve 2009. Here is a recap of this years blessings.
I have met a lot of wonderful folks here on Active Rain who have welcomed me, made me smile, laugh and supported me this past year of posting and even worried about my physical challenges. That meant the world to me. When I had a birthday they gave me a virtual cake and flowers and wished me a very happy birthday. I have read many wonderful blogs and seen some incredible pictures from talented folks. I feel very blessed to be a part of this online community where people share their wisdom, their trials and tribulations but most of all they share their heart.
I have been blessed these last 3.5 years to work for the best realtor in the world in my eyes. Now that doesn't mean all my realtor friends here aren't super and awesome. I just happen to be a little LOT biased and know I am blessed to not only work for this lady but also have her as a friend. She has brought so much to my life and I will be ever grateful that she gave me an opportunity at a better life. She is truly one of my special angels here on earth.
Now on the last day of 2009 there is another reason I am SO very thankful for. In latter part of July or early August I received a e-mail from my church that an non-profit organization that the church is affiliated with needed help with sneakers. Little did I know that answering that e-mail would literally change my life again like it had in 2006 when I met the woman I call friend and boss.
I absolutely loved what I was doing with this new volunteer experience. It opened up a whole new world and awareness of things and people that we often don't think about. When I went in the morning of September 14th I never dreamed what was about to take place. All I can say it is and was an incredible blessing that touched my life and heart in a way that nothing else ever has. The volunteer coordinator Mandy knew I loved it there so she spoke to the VP of operations Jeane. They were looking to hire a temp in the warehouse and told me it would last a week possibly more. Well all I can say is that has been the longest week in history. <SMILE>
I have learned so much and love the people as they are warm and friendly. I got to build specialized pallets for homeless vets, missionaries etc. as well as sorting, inventorying and boxing up everything from teddy bears to shoes to medical supplies. The last project was for local vets, the salvation army, a soup kitchen and a home for men who had substance abuse issues. Below are some of the pics from that last project. We delivered it all on the Weds before Christmas. That was so awesome.
Wrapped boxes with supplies
Goodies for the vets and organizations
Cosmetic bags with personal care items/candy
Assortment of necessities
Now one of the other projects we did was heartwrenching to think about, but this simple disposable mattress pad(pic below) that is used to protect a bed from urine serves as a VERY different but critical purpose. The mattress pad that were what they called rejects are bailed and sent to the recycling plant where they would be destroyed. Instead we ship them to places like Hondoras and Jamaica as well as a couple other places.
Now these rejects are then used in these poor areas of these countries as diapers for children that don't have any diapers at all. They are cut into 4 pieces and taped to hold them on. Imagine a baby that doesn't have a diaper but still has to go to the bathroom just like our children. The mess is bad enough but these poor babies had diaper rash from head to toe. We take so much for granted in this country.
So even though yesterday was my last official day as a paid employee I will continue on as a volunteer. As a matter of fact Monday the 4th I will be helping to pack a years supply(365) of vitamins for our troops who are leaving for Iraq. If the time comes again that they need my paid help then I will be ready, willing and able. So on the 31st of December 2009 I am very thankful to have had this 3.5 month paid opportunity and for all the blessings God has brought my way in 2009.
P.S. January 1 also marks a milestone for me on Active Rain. Instead of writing a separate post tomorrow I am just adding it here. January 1 2010 marks my ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY here on Active Rain. Another blessing indeed. Thank you ALL from the bottom of my heart for making this year so wonderful.