December 1, 2015, Chino Valley- I received exactly 156 requests for money today. Mot of them were online. I gave modest amounts to three charities. That the Solicitation Industry is alive and well is more than a cliche. Need is great, and I have to figure out a meaningful way to help some destitute friends, yet, before the month gets too old. Said friends are across the country, and anything I do for them will only be a token, but so be it.
There have been times when I looked homelessness and extreme cold in the face, and got through it, with help from both stranger and friend, as well as through my own resources. Institutionalized help does do a lot of good, but there is always the Administrative factor, which includes salaries for the staff. I would strongly advise http://www.charitynavigator.org, in that regard.
It has been quite cold here, the past three days, and my Nissan complained mightily this evening, before starting up and getting me to a friend’s house, for a short visit. Yes, my car could take a considerable chunk of my resources, yet. That is something we all have faced, from time to time. I may have to get an old blanket to put over the engine at night, on days to come, just as my father did a few times, in the New England Decembers and Januaries of old.
Thus has the final month of 2015, and my first full month of 65, begun.