Giving Stuff Away…
February 28, 2007
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Our move to a smaller place is about 11 months away. We are now unearthing and divesting ourselves of a 20 years accumulation of various treasures, stuff … and mysteries (what in the world is that?).
For the most part it is hard work. In some cases it is a joy. And every once in awhile it is painful. (For instance, I have some very nice fishing gear that I would like to share with someone who both needs it and will love it. I don’t want to sell it. What to do with that?)
But we have turned our backs on the yard sale thing. Surely we would like and could put to good use the money, but for whatever reason, we weren’t cut out for that. We are discovering an unexpected joy in giving stuff away to organizations that share it with the homeless, the poor, the needy, the defeated. A good, dependable charity will dispose of our things at a reasonable price, then channel the funds to help folks who need help. Or even better, share warm sweaters, blankets and other blessings with those who desperately need them.
The things go from our house with our silent prayers and best wishes. Some of them will even carry with them, completely without pretense, special memories.