When your life has taken an unfortunate turn, and circumstances conspire to beat you down, you hope, hope, hope for a safe place where you can get your feet back under you. Luckily, my local area has had just such a place since 1987. The Thurman Brisben Center provides services to all individuals and families in the district who are, or are at imminent risk of becoming, homeless. According to its website, “The Center has evolved into a respected and quality program that offers numerous ways of helping people regain self-sufficiency” and “has been blessed by hundreds of dedicated and loyal volunteers.”
At some point in the future, I’d like to volunteer some time to help residents with their online job searches (having recently undertaken this process myself, I feel well-qualified to help others). But since “job search assistance” doesn’t start with Z, I turned instead to the center’s donation wish list, where I found a request for Ziploc® sandwich bags. I grabbed the baggies and a couple packs of brown lunch bags (also on the list) while I was shopping, and will take the whole lot down to the center next week.
In an attempt to overwrite all the negative feelings I have about April I have made a pledge to complete 26 random acts of kindness this month. Reporting on these acts is the theme of my participation in this year’s April A to Z Challenge. If what you read here inspires you to commit your own RAoKs this month, please share what you’ve done in the comments. Together, we can rewrite April’s legacy!
If you’d like to check out how some other bloggers are responding to the A to Z Challenge, click here. Beware, there are 2017 participants at the time of this posting…I accept no responsibility for the hours you are likely to lose once you start browsing! 🙂