Way back in the 1940s, there used to be an old radio program called Fibber McGee and Molly. Eventually it became a movie and then, for a while, a weekly television show. Fibber and Molly had a closet that was so full, every time they opened the door, the loud crash of the closet contents falling out would fill the airwaves. The show was well ahead of my time, but I do remember in my childhood home, we had a McGee Closet – the catch-all closet for the family.
Not everyone has closets that are overflowing. In fact, there are far too many individuals and families in the Alberta Capital Region who don’t have enough of the basic daily items we all need. Everyone should have warm clothing for winter, household goods, furniture, bedding and toiletries and yes – something none of us can live without, food.
So what can we do about this? We can open our hearts – and our McGee closets - and clear our lives of some clutter. What is excess in our lives, is much needed in someone else’s life. I have some, and I bet you do, too.
Consider what you have that you might be more than happy to part with. Throw open that coat closet! Do you see gently worn winter clothing that no longer fits, or you just don’t wear anymore? Why not free up some of that space and fill someone else’s life with your generosity? Guaranteed you’ll both feel warmer this winter. You can donate those gently used warm coats to United Way’s Coats for Kids and Families, it kicks off in early October and donations can be made at any Page the Cleaner in Edmonton and surrounding areas.
Household goods, bedding, or anything else you think could be useful to someone else - you have lots of options where your generosity will be most welcome. Here are just a few suggestions for you to consider:
Youth Emergency Shelter Society (YESS)
Boyle Street Community Services
These are just a few of the agencies in our area that would be happy to receive your donation. Have a peek in the short clip below at the closet belonging to Fibber McGee and Molly. And, just think of how much safer it will be to open the closet doors at your house if you pass along some of your ‘stuff’.