Today was one of those days when a 5 minute experience before noon can change your entire perspective on the rest of your day.
Sun's Women in the Boston area wrapped up our 'toiletry drive' for Rosies Place in Boston and Bridges-NH in Nashua, NH. Both of these organizations provide a sanctuary for women who need help (whether it is to get out of an abusive situation, have a hot lunch, etc.)
This morning, Colleen and I went to Burlington to empty and sort the collection bins -- Miriam, Margaret and Heidi helped as you can see from this photo:
We collected, between both Sun locations, over 1100 toiletry items during our Women's History Month Drive!
Lots of travel sized soaps, shampoos, etc from luxurious (and not so luxurious) hotels that Sun employees and their families stay when they travel for business and pleasure -- There were also lots of purchased items, like razors, toothbrushes, etc.
With 5 people sorting, it took less than an hour to sort, pack and for Colleen and I to be on our way to Rosie's Place in Boston.
It only took 5 minutes to carry the items into the Boston shelter.
Rosie's was preparing for their lunch time and we met a volunteer in tiny parking lot who helped us to carry things into the lobby.
The eyes of the women who were waiting in line for lunch opened wide when they saw all the new toiletry items that we delivered. Many of them smiled, too. It was like we were delivering priceless gifts to them.
Those 5 minutes made me stop and realize just how lucky I am.
It also made me realize that Sun employees always go all out to support community efforts that their co-workers lead. Over a thousand toiletry items are going to make a lot of struggling women and their families very happy this weekend!
I'll never look at those travel sized items on the hotel sink the same way again! What may be useless to some people is often priceless to others.