The Fortitude Valley Red Cross is having a Mad Hatter's Tea Party this Thursday, June 7th. Please take a bag or two of donations to their retail store in Fortitude Valley, or to one near you.
I found a voucher at the Fortitude Valley Red Cross that says take 20% off your next purchase at that store and receive a 30% discount if you bring in a bag of quality donations. Offer is only valid with full priced items, not sale items, and valid from 12pm to 2 pm on June 7th at the Fortitude Valle retail store.
There is something very satisfying about going through your house and clearing out all those objects you don't need or haven't used in over a year. Unused objects take up space, clutter your closet, bog you down, may even make you feel guilty Others can benefit from your donations, so why not do a little fall cleaning and donate your excess or useful but no longer needed items. Without much effort, you can help a great organization that helps those in need.
The truth is, you never know when you may be a recipient of Red Cross help.
My family once ended up being helped by the Red Cross in a way we could never have foreseen. On holiday, we travelled through Wyoming, USA. Our trip was cut short quite suddenly as the weather became a freezing, icy, snow storm. We barely managed to slide into Rawlins, WY, along with thousands of other stranded travelers. Our situation wasn't dire, but there were no hotel rooms left so the town opened up schools and a recreation centre for us to sleep in. It turned into a 3 day ordeal because highways were closed down, even semi trucks were parked two miles out on either side of the town.
The Red Cross volunteers stepped into action. At our shelter, it turned out a group of lovely ladies who were professional clowns on their way to a clown convention, also happened to be Red Cross volunteers. They were in touch with the Red Cross and the next thing we knew, they were serving up food and drinks for everyone in our shelter, about 100-150 people.
There was no kitchen, but they managed to come up with some electric heating elements and people in town donated large pots filled with soup. Restaurants donated doughnuts, pizza, sandwiches and beverages. Even the local prison kitchen brought large pots of delicious soup over for us. The Red Cross also made sure everyone had something to cover themselves with at night to stay warm. A group of elderly tourists were taken to the homes of local residents throughout the city so they wouldn't have to sleep on the hard gym floor. While it was a miserable situation, and we would have survived without help, it was nice to know we were being taken care of by the Red Cross and local residents. It took a bit of the edge off the stress level we felt since we had three young children with us.
There are so many ways you can help the Red Cross besides your bags of donations. You can take a first aid course, donate blood, and volunteer your time to help a worthy organisation that helps in humanitarian efforts at home and abroad.