Americans have been facing hard times (in relative terms) for a while now. My family has been no acception. My husband lost his job over a year ago and though he has searched high and low, he can't find work. We live in an area where a car is an absolute must. Everything is far away and it gets so cold it isn't safe to walk to the next block, let alone two miles to the nearest grocery.
My car has been broken down for a while now because we can't afford to fix it. My husband's car runs, but has an exhaust problem so we have to drive with the windows down, the transmission is slipping, and you have to trip to fuel pump to shut the car off because the ignition is broken. While doing volunteer work for the church and the Catholic school my children attend, my husband met a very generous man. This man helped my husband attempt to fix his car. When that didn't work, this man and his family GAVE us a car. It's an older car, but it has been well maintained and runs well. This family could have sold their used car. They could have even offered to sell it to us. They didn't, though. They just signed the title over and even paid for that, not asking for anything in return.
I have given often. I give clothes to those who need them for their children. I've donated car seats. I've bought groceries for friends who needed it and were too proud to ask. I always put money in the Salvation Army bucket. I always give change and pop cans to those boys from down the street who collect them to pay for church camp every summer. I donate to the fod pantry and always manage to find something for my daughters to take to school for food and clothes drives. I believe, very strongly, in giving to those who have needs, even if I don't have a lot to give. I have always told my children to be generous because it is right and good to give to those whose needs are greater. The generous hearts of the friends I've made lately have astounded me and have challenged me to be a better person.
So, in the spirit of community, if you or anyone you know has a need in these hard times, post it here and we'll see if we can't help. Alternately, if you have something to give or trade, post it here. I'm sure someone could use the help.
I have TONS of baby clothes. My boys are 5 and 7 now, but I have saved all of their baby clothes because I was sure I would find someone who would need them. Unfortunately, everyone I have encountered is having a girl. I have coats that are practically brand new because my children have grandparents who buy them a new coat every year. If you have little boys, email me with their sizes and I will see what I have to fit them.