God seems to have a master plan to balance out the good people and the bad people in every family. As I am civilly committed for life to the Missouri Department of Mental Health, I am the stereotypical “bad people” of my family. To balance out all the sins I have committed over the past 70-plus years, God added my granddaughter Andrea to the family tree.
Andrea, just a teenager, has dedicated her life to helping others, especially the poor and homeless where she resides in North Carolina. When asked what she wanted for Christmas this year, she quickly asked for toothbrushes to distribute to the homeless—not video games, not the latest sneakers, not jewelry, but toothbrushes. Andrea is a young Mother Theresa with a thick southern drawl, sort of a Carolina version of Greta Thunberg, the widely known climate change teen traveling the world.
When she asked if I had any clothing I wanted to donate, I agreed to put about everything I wasn’t wearing on a regular basis into a box to send her way. That conversation was around Thanksgiving. What I failed to take into consideration was that the facility in which I reside, SORTS in Farmington, couldn’t care less for the homeless here, much less in North Carolina.
I followed the proper procedure, I filled out the proper forms. Then about a month later, I was finally “permitted” to assemble the items and place them in a box. Done deal, right? Not so fast, my friend.
The SORTS property folks let the box sit for weeks and refused to weigh it so I could arrange for a prepaid shipping label. Then to make matters even worse, they took the yet-to-be-weighed box to the facility warehouse. The SORTS property folks told me that the box would be weighed there in short order.
Weeks later a staff member phoned the warehouse folks who stated that they didn’t weigh boxes, so it would sit until someone else weighed it.
Now, nearly two months after the call, I have not a clue who has the box of clothing, nor do I know who and when the box will finally be weighed.
Why wouldn’t those in a position of authority want to quickly facilitate a shipment of clothing to those in need?
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