I’ve had a terrible feeling all day. You know, that deep, uneasy feeling in your gut that just WONT go away? Well when my housekeeper called me a bit earlier, in tears, to tell me she wouldn’t be able to come into work on Friday because her house had burnt down, my heart just broke for her. I finally knew what that uneasy feeling was about.
And then I felt even worse, when I started thinking about her family. She has a husband and two boys, one is a teenager and the other is about six months younger than my own boy. I know she’s the only breadwinner in her family. I know she travels three hours a day, by bus to work for me. She’s lovely. She looks after my son when he’s ill, she’s always singing, always cheerful and always so extremely pleasant.
I hate to think of her and her family, with nothing, as winter approaches. Once I’ve finished this blog post I am headed downstairs to have a rummage through my cupboards and in my garage. Off the top of my head I know I have a spare blanket, spare duvet cover and spare pillows. I know I have loads of baby clothes and toys that my Kid doesnt play with, that I can give her. One of my friends/readers has offered her spare couches. Another friend has offered to spring clean her house and bring over any spare warm blankets and household stuff. Yet another friend has offered old clothes and tinned food.
I am immensely overwhelmed by how helpful and generous my friends are. I absolutely cannot believe it. But then I should have known better. I’ve never known a more supportive, more willing-t0-lend-a-hand bunch of people than my in-the-computer friends.
So I ask you to think of this woman. This woman who cares for me and my family, like they were her own. Have a look in your cupboards and in your garages and in the garden shed. If you have something you no longer need, pleasepleaseplease. Pass it on. Anything will help. ANYTHING. She’s the kind of woman who would never ask for help, which is exactly why I feel the need to help her. And I can’t do it alone.
So I’m asking nicely. Please donate anything you no longer need/have use for. I’m thinking of organising a drop-off point or a central meeting place, so you can offload your unwanted (but desperately needed) goods with me. If you have anything you’d like to part with….please let me know…leave me a comment or email me: expensivemistakescheapthrills (at) gmail (dot) com.
Update: please share this in google reader/email/tweets. You never know who it might get to, and how they might be able to help. So if you’re not in jozi, do me a favour and help increase the chances of this post being read by someone who *could* help. That would be awesome, too.