Friday, May 06, 2011

Donation Etiquette

For the past week BirminghamMommy.com has been collecting items for the areas around town that were impacted by the tornadoes.

We've set up donation boxes all over town collecting things like diapers, wipes, food, formula, cleaning products, water, toiletries and more.

What I've learned from this experience is that you have to be incredibly detailed about the items that you will and will not take, some of the things I've seen come in have left me speechless.

For the record and for future reference let's just go over a little bit of Donation Etiquette, shall we?

1. The victims of the storm may be left with nothing, and grateful for anything they get but that doesn't mean you should give it to them. Have a filter. Used underwear should not be in your clothing pile.

2. Half used bottles of hairspray, lotion that is so old it's consistency is the same as water and sunscreen that is expired is also a no-no. This is not the time to clean out your medicine cabinet or bathroom closets.

3. Food that expired in 2009, really? They just lived through a horrific tornado, you are going to try to kill them with expired BBQ sauce?

4. KY Jelly.. WHUCK?

5. A 1/2 used bottle of Wild Sex Warming Massage Oil. Double WHUCK? Again, let's filter. I don't know if that was a hidden stash or someone thinking that they were actually doing a good deed, either way, let's just think about what we are donating, mmmkay?

Someone, somewhere right now is going "Oh Shit! I can't believe I dropped that in that box"

Monday, May 02, 2011

Where were you when....

There are certain events that happen in your life that are so significant to you or the world that they leave a lasting memory.. You may remember exactly where you were, how your heard the news, what you were wearing, or who you were with.

For past generations they remember things like the assassination of JFK, or when Elvis died..

For me it's things like:

Challenger Disaster: I was at home from school because I was sick, I saw it live.

Princess Diana Car Crash: Sitting in the living room of our very first apartment. The sofa was a comfy old hand me down.

9/11: Getting ready for work I heard it on the radio, turned on the television and saw the 2nd plane hit

I will of course remember the tornadoes from last week, but this one... the death of Bin Laden is the one that will be most memorable I'm sure...

I was watching Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live" so I could get the scoop on Alexis and her marriage troubles.. Andy Cohen broke the news to me.

Reality television is the new CNN.... For me.