In a Field of Crappy News, Some Joy

It’s true the news is kind of ugly out there. But here’s something that might make you cry for different reasons:

My town has a Facebook page. OK, it has a few: “parents,” “everything is free,” “online yard sale,” and the basic town list.

Someone posted to the regular town list that her adult disabled stepdaughter (age 35, spina bifada) was finally getting her own apartment and needed pretty much everyone one would need to furnish an apartment, so if anyone had anything to donate, that would be great.

A-listers, my adult disabled stepdaughter is finally getting an apartment on her own.
She is going to need everything that you can imagine to get her apartment set up.
If you have things that you are no longer using and would like to put them to great purpose I would be so grateful.
Really she needs pretty much everything.
Thank you!

Well. The outpouring was tremendous. So the woman posted a list of specifics.

A- listers, you have overwhelmed me with kindness for help getting my step daughter, Christine’s apartment set up under way. Many have asked for the whole list. It’s big! One of our nice neighbors has offered to set up a google list so we can all see what is filled and what needs she still has. Here goes!
Christine’s new apartment wish list:

Christine has spina bifida so she is a petit gal. Things that are lighter in nature will be more helpful to her.

Kitchen:
Dishes- lightweight or corelle style
Cutlery
Non stick cooking pans
Dish rack
Tea kettle
Drinking glasses
Cooking knives
Glass blender
Glass baking pans
Brita or similar
Swiffer/brooms etc
Cheese grater
Pizza cutter
Pizza pan
Rolling pin
Soap dispenser
Large kitchen bowl
Salad spinner
Crockpot
Food Processor
Kitchen utensils- spatulas, spoons, whisks, ladles etc.
Cutting board
Oven mitts
Automatic can opener
Lightweight step ladder

Furniture:
Table lamps
Area rugs
Sleeper sofa
Side tables
Desk or swivel chair
Coffee table
2 floor lamps
Flashlights
Full size bed frame
Bureau
Nightlights
Storage ottoman
Grabber for high things
Non slip bath mat
Large storage bin
Shower curtain rings
Lightweight snow shovel
Basic household tools
First aid kit
Book shelf

I mean, she obviously needs EVERYTHING.

A few days later:

I wanted to post an updated Google doc with Christine’s evolving list for her apt (many have asked for an update) I hope to be able to pick up all of your nice items next week.

The Google doc, edited for anonymity:

Christine’s new apartment wish list: Updated 1/7/17

Wow we are closing in!!!

 

Kitchen:

Swiffer/brooms etc

Pizza pan

Rolling pin

Soap dispenser

Automatic can opener

Lightweight step ladder

Bureau

Nightlights

Grabber for high things

Non slip bath mat

Lightweight snow shovel

Basic household tools

First aid kit

Flashlights

Oven mitts- have

Storage bin- E—– pu tues or weds

Cutting board- R— pick up weds

Dishes- lightweight or corelle style- E—  to drop off

Cutlery- 4 flatware M—-  pick up Tues am, also C—

Non stick cooking pans-2 ready to pick up at D—- Tues (Bel)

Dish rack

Drinking glasses- I believe we have plastic ones offered

Plastic reusable cups- pick up T— Picking up Tues

Cooking knives- S—

Glass blender- J— to drop off Sunday

Glass baking pan- M— will let me know

Brita or similar- S—

Salad spinner- Someone  is including this I believe

Crockpot- L— pick up on Tues

Food Processor- pick up at S—- Tues

Kitchen utensils- spatulas, spoons, whisks, ladles etc.

Mixing bowls and platters- Z—- dropping off, mix bowl C—

Dishtowels etc.  R— to drop off

Pasta strainer L—- will drop off

Check it out. How much stuff people are donating. How many are dropping it off so the stepmom doesn’t have to pick it up.

I didn’t have much to donate; I shed extras pretty hard when I moved in August. We’re actually a little tight when it comes to dishes and seating, in fact. But so many had so much to give.

A mere week after the very first post, the stepmother posted this:

Seriously fantastic neighbors,
In just one week you have rallied together to help my disabled step daughter get set up in her first apartment at 35. My jaw dropped at the initial outpouring of offers to help. But the fact that virtually ALL of you who replied with offers came through, was astounding.
Each reply, each messenger response and each warm wish made we want to burst into tears. Christine is one lucky gal to have the fortune of your generosity.
The massive list I posted just days ago, has been whittled down to a short list.
A huge hug to all of you, and I will be posting some move in pics of Christine and the new apartment soon!

Thank you!

Today, she posted pics of her stepdaughter in the new apartment…with rugs, furniture, lamps, everything.

Christine’s apartment adventure update:
Today was the big move day. She had not seen one thing that you all donated to her (as it’s all been in my house for the past week)
Let me just say she was thrilled when we started unpacking. She couldn’t believe how nice the things you donated were, and she was overwhelmed with the idea that people in A—- rallied on behalf of a total stranger.

She feels a bit uncomfortable about accepting help for her disability. But honestly, this is about so much more than that (as I explained to her) this is about freaking great neighbors who care about each other.
I have never been prouder of our town.
Thank you all so very much!

I can’t (and won’t) post the pics here, because they’re on the town list, but trust me: one very happy woman has moved into her very first independent living situation thanks in great part to the kindness of strangers.

This town — and most humans in general — are great. Let us remember that. Let’s keep this kind of decency and kindness in mind as we move forward.

And Christine, congratulations! Enjoy your apartment and new life.

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