As my computer woes continue, I am checking out the free wi-fi at McDonald’s (why there couldn’t be a sweet local coffee shop in Herkimer! But I’ll deal with the chain fast-food behemoth, because needs must). This really isn’t so bad. The dining room is practically empty and I’m drinking coffee. Anyways, I did not want to delay making this post.
Under the heading Christmas is for Giving, I went to Earthly Matters Crystals and Stones in Ilion, NY, today with a donation for the veterans. Toni Joy, the proprietor, is collecting toiletry and non-perishable food items to make up baskets for the veterans. I also brought some scarves I had lying around. Regular readers may remember (if they think about me at all, a scant possibility, I admit) that I know how to knit and crochet very few items. One of them is scarves, an excellent way to use up odds and ends of yarn. Unfortunately, my family and friends can only use so many scarves, so the extras pile up. I thought the veterans might like them.
Toni Joy was very happy with my donation. The scarves may go to the veterans or to the children. She was thinking of setting up a mitten tree for area children. My donation of scarves helped her decide to definitely do it. I said if anybody could use my scarves, yay!
I stuck around and shopped a little. I love looking at the stones, handmade jewelry and other items for sale. I made one purchase, but I shan’t tell you what it is, because it MIGHT be a Christmas present for… somebody. Somebody I like. Oh dear, I’ve said too much.
So the reason I did not want to delay this post is that I want to encourage any local readers to get over to Earthly Matters with a donation for the veterans or the children. I think Toni said she had some 60 baskets to make up. That’s a lot of food and toiletry items! I encourage everybody to donate to this or to the charity of his or her choice (I know there are a lot of them out there). I LOVE the season of giving!
Earthly Matters is located at 58 Otsego St., Ilion, NY, phone number 315-717-2687.