Helping Out, Clearing Out, Thinning Out
My mother is an incredibly sweet, loving little old lady of 92.
When I was a kid growing up in my parent's home, Mama had one very serious addiction:
She was a clothes hoarder. She hated to get rid of hers or anyone in the family's clothes. She bought clothes at resale shops and Goodwill and stashed those away, too.
We had a large, four bedroom house with plenty of closet space. Every closet was cram packed with barrels of clothes, double rods of hanging clothes, dressers full of clothes and- well, you get the picture.
Being short on clients this year due to the increasingly fucked-up economy, I've been trying to figure out how I can help with disaster relief without donating money. I just can't afford charitable cash contributions at this time.
It was then I inventoried my own collection of hoarded clothes and shoes and realized...
I have become my mother.
I have been a clothes hoarder for years now.
I don't buy and hoard used clothes like Mama did, but even worse, I am also a shoe whore with closets full of shoes the 90's want back.
So, I decided to go through my closets, dressers and shoe collection and pack up everything I haven't worn in two years or more.
I packed three giant boxes containing at least 50 polo shirts, T-shirts, tanks and shorts, a pile of sweats, sweaters, hoodies, jeans, several pairs of pants and at least 12 pairs of shoes.
Just a few miles away is a shopping mall with tents set up to collect clothing for survivors of the Gulf Coast disaster. I am taking all my boxes there after I post this, and delivering them with a prayer that the people who choose them like them a lot.
Please folks, if you have excess clothing and/or shoes to donate, consider clearing out your closets and donating them directly to the hurricane victims, if your area supports collection points for them.
To you it might be your favorite old Levis you've outgrown, or a genuine Ralph Lauren Polo shirt you paid $40 for back in 1985- but to a survivor crammed into an arena like the Astrodome with nothing but the clothes on his or her back, those old threads might be the best thing that happen to them all month.
And please, share in my comments box other ideas on how we can all help.