I am back with a post (after err..3 weeks?). I have not read any of the blogs. I have to catch up on other blogs too. There was a time when I had nothing much to do and now I am suddenly getting boggled with work. I was stuck in a training and as soon as I am back, I have hell lot of work to finish 😦
We had a session where we were supposed to write the activities that we like doing the most and using them find a dream job. Funnily, I just had eat, sleep, watch TV, movies etc on my list. I felt the best job which will allow me to do these activities would be that of a housewife. Later on, I found out that all the other girls had the same ‘dream job’ too. 🙂 Only one girl had the dream of winning a beauty pageant. There was a time when I wanted to do this and that but now I guess I am tired of all the running. Hopefully will get out of this phase soon.
One good thing that I did in these days is something that I wanted to do from a very long time. Our group went to a community service center in the town and we did some voluntary social service. It was quite tiring but I really had such a great feeling later on. I felt like I did something to the society. Earlier I had donated all my old clothes to such a center when I changed my city, but this time I was working there as a volunteer.
This center provides food, clothing and other basic stuff to the homeless and other economically backward people. Some of us worked at the clothing section and the rest of us were at the food section. My job was at the clothing section. I had to hang clothes to the hangers and pick up any clothes lying on the floor. I also had to remove empty hangers lying around. The clothes section was open for the needy people. These poor families could take any clothes they liked. Almost everyone of them spoke Spanish and they tried speaking to me in Spanish. I could not understand and just shook my head in reply. Some people even helped me pick up empty hangers, which was a very sweet act from their side. But my legs started paining and I realized the fate of salespeople in malls, where I mercilessly throw clothes around after trying. It is kinda painful to put clothes onto the hanger, since it is an endless job 🙂 You keep folding some of them but many more keep getting unfolded. Finally, we were done!
They usually donate clothes twice a year, once in Jan and once some time later. Hence there were too many people standing in line to enter the clothing section. They also provide free education to the poor. I could see computer classes going on in various rooms. I also heard that almost 2000 families turned towards the center for help in just nov-dec time-frame, which means that 2000 families who were able to feed themselves, needed help now. This recession can have such a bad effect on the society 😦 I felt bad seeing people standing in line for food and clothing. What was worse was to see very small kids starving and wearing ragged clothes. The food was left-overs which the restaurants/shops donate. Most of the food was already expired, some of them even 2 months back. I made a decision to donate anything that I do not need to this organization. I will never throw anything, instead will try to donate it to such people in need. I cant wait to get back to this center again and do whatever I can for the poor.
Donate anything and everything that can be donated. Please do not throw your old clothes and shoes!!!