The Friday Catchall:
• GOOD GIVING! – Her name is “Glenda, like the witch,” she said quickly. Her legs were tired from walking the grocery store aisles and standing in the checkout line when I saw her this week.
I offered to let her go ahead of me, but she replied, “Honey, you only have two items … I have this whole cart.”
While waiting she told me who her haul was for: “It goes straight to the food bank. My husband and I couldn’t eat all of this in a month.”
She does it every Thanksgiving and Christmas – giving back to the quad-city community and “people who need it more than I do. I don’t ever want to see a child here go hungry … they don’t truly need the latest toy if their stomach is empty.”
Glenda does struggle with paying her bills, she said, choosing between electricity and water, medication and household needs, and the extras – “the stupid tube (TV) is the bane of our existence,” she whispers, leaning closer to me. “I wish I could do without it, but it’s also our only entertainment.”
I asked her if she is staying warm and healthy, hoping she and her husband are taking care of themselves (and not skipping pills or owing utilities). “Oh, no, sweetie, you have to know how to pay the bills. Each round of (Social Security) checks pays the bills, and (her husband’s) pension check covers pretty much everything else. You have to pay attention to the due dates,” she said, leaning in again to add that they own their house “totally free.”
“Which food bank do you donate to?”
“I like to change from one to another, spreading my wealth,” she said with a mischievous smile.
We parted ways with me giving her a wave. “That won’t do, I want a hug,” she demanded, motioning me to return. (She smelled of cookies fresh from the oven.)
I whispered in her ear, “Glenda … the good witch.”
That 4-foot-nothing lady smiled and winked at me.
Let’s all follow her example this Christmas, please.
(Prescott-area food banks include: Yavapai Food Bank, 8866 E. Long Mesa Drive, Prescott Valley, 928-775-5255; Prescott Community Cupboard, 434 W. Gurley St., Prescott, 928-778-4622; and Chino Valley Food Bank, 840 W. Palomino Road, Chino Valley, 928-636-8478.)
• QUOTE – “Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.” – Thomas S. Monson (American clergyman)
• PIRATES – The Daily Courier featured a growing trend recently: “Porch Pirates,” or people who steal Christmas deliveries from you after the package is delivered.
In response, Jim and Barb – from the Mountain Club – reported “the package that was thought to probably have been stolen from a member was delivered on Monday, a couple of days later than reported as delivered.”
Thankfully, their neighborhood has suffered “no known instances” this year of “Porch Piracy” theft. “Of course, the Christmas present shipping season still provides ample opportunity for quick, simple, relatively low-risk petty theft, so any steps we can take to reduce that risk are certainly worthwhile.”
This is where Block Watch efforts come in, and having deliveries go somewhere safe (like work or a neighbor who is home and diligent).
Remember, crime is often opportunity driven.
Think about it.
• PICKS OF THE WEEK – (Proving there’s always something good to do in the Prescott area that’s cheap or free): Two this week – the Last-Minute Non-Profit Stocking-Stuffer Bazaar, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Prescott Activity Center, 824 E. Gurley St., AND the YPIT Holiday Native Art Market 2017, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe Gathering Center, 530 E. Merritt St. Both are Saturday, Dec. 16.