The Basket Lady
Let’s start off the day with a reflection thought: Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
Author: Melody Beattie.
And since we do celebrate giving thanks in November, Basket Lady would like to express her gratitude to the following angels in training for a kindness shown and for a job well-done:
Pam Kaubris, Barbara Morse, Valerie Jacobs, Lori Grassette, Betty L’Italien, Rhonda Ouellette, Michael Belskis, Linda French, Jennifer Kreckel, Dawn Canwell, Barbara “Jean” Smith, Ellen Snow, Sandra Fuller, Dot Benedix, Dr. Neil Duval and Shirley, Dr. Michael Parker and Candace; RCH third floor specialty clinics staff, Linwood Ronan and Lenny; Wayne Sevigny, director, the River Valley Recreation Center in Mexico.
In this month alone, the Basket Lady has received the following donations: backpacks, clothes, stuffed animals, a crib, end tables, lamps, toys, a girls bicycle, dishes, pots ‘n pans, sheets/pillow cases, lap throws and crocheted scarves.
New backpacks filled with towels, tooth brushes/toothpaste and informative books on nutrition/inner healing were donated by Valerie Jacobs and her friends at the Dixfield Seventh day Adventist Church.
The Dakota red truck made deliveries to Mexico, West Paris and Lewiston to the three families that suffered devastating losses due to house fires.
Barbara “Jean” Smith donated homemade hot plate holders, baby pillows, lap throws, seat cushions (for the Rumford Falls Auditorium chairs), for the baskets that will given out at Christmas and for the newborns at the Rumford Hospital’s birthplace.
Basket Lady referred several families in need to Pastor Thacker and his church friends on Congress Street in Rumford for thanksgiving baskets; and Ellen Snow donated ornaments for Christmas baskets.
Lori Grassette donated several large bags filled with various stuffed animals that will decorate quite a few baskets; and Barbara Morse donated her scrumptious homemade quick breads for Thanksgiving baskets.
All of the Basket Lady’s community service projects are possible due to the generous donations of others in the River Valley towns and beyond. It is an honor and a joy to be of service.
Friends, show someone a kindness today. Don’t delay. The world needs your kindness. We miss you every day, Dot Sanchas! Until then, smile and live in the present.