The Basket Lady
On this beautiful morning, it’s Flag Day and the Army’s birthday (1775), over 200 years of serving and defending our nation so, today, fly your flags high and wish the Army a very “Happy Birthday.”
Basket Lady has been approached by quite a few folks in our town concerned about having enough money to make-do from month to month as they struggle to pay their bills while grappling with feelings of helplessness, too.
My heart goes out to each and every one of them and I can just imagine what our dear Dot Sanchas would say and do for those in despair -- she’d get busy finding a way to nourish their hungry bellies by filling up baskets with food and bread; rounding up a flock of friends to hand out the food baskets and if all else failed, she’d cook all day until everyone was fed, and by her service, led them to love.
There’s folks in Rumford and in the River Valley committed to being of service to others by showing a kindness in word or by deed at the time when folks need kindness the most, for example, Rumford Hospital has a group of 25 volunteers (mostly employees), who crochet lap throws and fleece comforters for the in-patients as a way of bringing care and comfort to each patient. Their work is impeccable and the patients brighten up when they are given one to cuddle with.
Brenda Swan and a small group of volunteers at the Sheltering Wing (located at the old Peru School), assist families in need with basic necessities and with diapers-this difficult task is carried forth with great love and dedication as there’s an endless need for baby supplies. Please kindly consider donating a package of diapers to the sheltering Wing.
Friends, don’t let what you believe you don’t have to diminish the gifts and things that you do have right now. In fact, we are all richer today than we were yesterday…if you laughed, gave something to someone, forgave someone, made someone smile today, showed a kindness, made a friend today or thought more about others than yourself; or if you succeeded in being cheerful when you were weary; or if you have learned to count out things that really do not count, You are richer if a little child smiled at you, or if a dog licked your hand, or if you saw the best in others, and have given others the best in you… You are rich!
Every day kindness earthly angels are in our town, take heart! They’re here, waiting to be of service at any time.
We miss your kindness every day, Dot Sanchas! Until then, smile and live in the present.