A Belated Day of Good Deeds

Today I will finally:

Drop off the diapers at the homeless shelter

Drop off the old cell phones at the Cellphones for Soldiers drop-off nearby

Drop off the dog beds we spent way too much on and go unused to the Women’s Humane Society

Pickup the last item for my care package for the Reddit Gifts for the Teachers event

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Being Woken Up by Pain

At some point in their lives, most people will wake up and realize, “Wow, I hurt”. They hurt because they exercised too hard, they injured themselves or they have an illness. I’ve done this plenty of times myself (usually after yard work).

But being woken up BY pain is a completely different animal. You’re laying there, sleeping comfortably when suddenly you realize you’re not asleep anymore. You’re not quite awake, but there’s one thing you’re sure of: you’re in pain. For me, it’s the all-too-familiar pain of a migraine.

In the past, I was only woken up by a migraine a few times a year. The past week and a half it’s happened half a dozen times. I take sumatriptan, so back to bed and hope the pain goes away. It usually does but then you have migraine hangover all day. (For the layman: migraine hangover is a feeling of being tired, achy, lethargic, and worst of all; on the verge of the migraine coming back at any time).

But you’re not actually in pain at that time. Except I unfortunately am in pain because I have developed a horrible neck issue over the past 2 weeks as well. I basically keep a heat wrap around my neck 24/7. My muscle relaxers don’t work and I can’t take narcotics when I have a toddler to watch.

It’s frustrating. I’m trying to be positive, but it’s difficult when the day starts this way.

Doc T may get some of my blood work back today and if the neck pain persists, we’re going to do an MRI. But still no answers and no relief.

And I have a job interview tomorrow. My head says we NEED the money, but my heart starts breaking at the thought of being away from Bella. We’ll see how the interview goes. I unfortunately think my reluctance to be away from Bella comes through somehow.

I hope everyone else has a wonderful day. I’m going to try to myself. I have Good Donor picking up a donation today, so that’s a good thing.

The Start of Something Good

R and I have been reorganizing our attic this summer. The justification was so that he could crawl around to install hardwired smoke/CO2 detectors. But once we had all our belongings in the basement and surveyed all that had been sitting and collecting dust, we decided we need to do a BIG sort.

I sorted my clothes quickly as well as some of our old bedding. I asked on FB what I should do with it, and the always awesome Stace said to contact Good Donor. I scheduled a pickup and the items were off to better homes. We have another pickup scheduled for next week now that R has finished sorting his clothes (he has more than I do, it’s kind of ridiculous).

Our other issue was old technology. We wanted to get rid of it and either make some money (funds are INCREDIBLY tight for us right now) or find a worthwhile cause. I think that I have found that cause in Cell Phones for Soldiers. I don’t like war. Not even a little bit. I especially don’t like the “conflicts” the U.S. has gotten into lately in areas of “interest” (Darfur does NOT fall under this category apparently). But I absolutely 100% support the men and women who are willing to sacrifice their lives for the freedoms I am able to enjoy. Cell Phones for Soldiers is just a small way to show a little appreciation.

Remember, there is ALWAYS someone less fortunate than you. If you would like to be added to this page, please send me a message.

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Cell Phones for Soldiers (CPFS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides cost-free communication services to active duty military members and veterans. The organization was founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old, with only $21. CPFS relies on generous donors for cash contributions and funds raised by the recycling of used cell phones.

Cell Phones for Soldiers Fast Facts

  • In 2011, Cell Phones for Soldiers shared 690,000 communication tools with military families, providing more than 41 million minutes of talk time.
  • The program collected and recycled 1.5 million phones in 2011.
  • Since 2004, Cell Phones for Soldiers has provided more than 150 million minutes of free talk time.
  • Since 2004, nearly 10 million cell phones have been recycled, reducing the impact on landfills.
  • Approximately 12,000 calling cards are mailed each week.
  • A $5 donation warrants 2.5 hours of talk time; a $100.00 donation gives 50 hours or 3,000 minutes of talk time.
  • There are approximately 15,000 collection points across the nation.

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Good Donor is the FIRST supply and donor management service. Specifically designed to be used by household goods donation programs, Good Donor helps lower solicitation costs while providing an easy to use donor management system. With Good Donor’s suite of tools, charities and thrift stores can easily manage donor and donation information, truck routing and marketing efforts.

Some of the benefits of using Good Donor include generating an increase in clothing and household goods donations, profitably providing household donation pickup and building loyal relationships with donors.