Friday, July 29, 2016
Hauling and Hand-Offs
A few decades ago I threatened the next time I had to complete a form and list my occupation I was going to write "picking up". All I did was pick up kids, pick up toys, pick up my husband.
Fast forward to these retirement days and I think I'd now list my occupation as "hauling". I move things around from place to place and hand them off from person to person.
Today, for example, I loaded the car with 31 bags of stuffed animals and a mix of assorted cartons of clothing and shoebox filler items. After doing some Operation Christmas Child team paper work and sending off a few emails, I spent time gathering and packing items for an OCC display table at an event on Sunday.
Then I headed to Christine's house. Bless her heart--she and her family have graciously become the repository for stuffed animals. I handed off the 31 bags of animals and the bags of supplies for the event table. The back of the van wasn't clear for more than a few minutes. Then she handed-off to me the leftover boxes and items from a small shoebox packing event she spearheaded at a local Christian camp this week.
Next I headed for the storage container. Upon opening it I found a lovely little pile of crushed soap boxes that had toppled over, got them restacked, and starting hauling the rest of the cartons from the car.
What a blessing when several people arrived in answer to my Facebook plea to take cartons of soap home to bag...and not 1 or 2 each, mind you. One saint alone took 23 cartons of 116 bars each. Another took 15 and another 14. We had to calculate the number of bags to give each person and do a quick instruction on how to stack the bagged soap so it will all fit back into the cartons for easier storage.
I also loaded five cases of crayons for another faithful 'bagger'.
Finally I stashed another 20 cartons of soap in my car so I wouldn't have to drive all the way to the container the next time someone wants it. (by the way, there are still 160 cartons left to be bagged--hint, hint)
Moving 72 cartons of soap (total of 8,352 bars) and 31 bags of stuffies (total of 1,675 animals) filled out my hand-off and hauling quota for the day.
Really glad we decided to stick with the minivan.
Posted by Kathy Schriefer at 3:06 PM