As most of you know, Iowa has had a ROUGH August. August 10th will be one of those days that will live in infamy as 130 mph winds wiped out millions of acres of crops and leaving thousands without power in central Iowa. One of the main affected and densely populated towns was Cedar Rapids.
My uncle just got power back late on Tuesday night, there was a scramble for generators, gas stations in a 50 mile radius were jam packed and out of gas as there was no power in town. It was a mess and many are still without power even today. President Trump made a visit to Iowa to declare an emergency and FEMA is now assisting in the recovery.
Entire apartment buildings are still without power even now. So many are struggling financially because of COVID, this is just a cherry on the shit storm that is 2020.
I saw this and while I’m not good with a chainsaw and my schedule doesn’t really allow me to be a helper with the cleanup, I decided to organize a donation drive to replenish the emergency shelter in Cedar Rapids called the Willis Dady Emergency Shelter.
Many of my readers, friends, and coworkers gladly pitched in and we raised $575 to go towards supplies! I had so much fun shopping! They had a most needed list that I followed when making the purchase. I picked up a few donations from some local friends and My sister Kelli had a trunk full, my mom donated a whopping 50+ charity quilts! Check it out!
It was an EPIC success and they were so grateful.
I know I have a lot of readers that are also my moms readers – if you’ve ever donated any quilt tops or fabric you were also a part of this epic donation! Mom also gets people who make monetary donations to help her cover postage to get the quilts shipped where they were needed. I know how much I cherish each quilt I have and now to be able to provide that to those who are less fortunate – especially with the winter months coming- is just so special. Thank you!
Thank you also to the readers who donated! You guys are the best!
This was so much fun and has now inspired me to look into our own local and community needs to focus on giving back to our friends and neighbors who are hurting.
One thing I’ve learned through this is that Wal Mart only allows one bottle of hand sanitizer per customer – this includes teachers buying for their classroom and even people who are donating to homeless shelters. So if you see hand sanitizer, buy it and send it with your kids or grandkids to school or make a stockpile to donate to your own shelter or church. Food for thought!
Before you go, I have one request:
Help me out friends!
What makes a good nurse a good nurse?
I remember when I was just starting out, I was so desperate for any sign or validation that I was doing a good job. Recalling those anxious early days, it’s got me thinking.
Through your experience as a patient or as a nurse working with other nurses, what makes a good nurse a good nurse? Leave a comment below! I’m compiling answers for a new blog post!