Recently I took a job with one of those big chain book stores we all know and love/hate. All in all the job has been pretty horrid given it is retail and my employer picked up the same post-2008 crash playbook as every other major retail. Many of you have probably experienced it, that is getting paid minimum wage for maximum labor all while working under constant pressure to perform by your 4-5 managers : P Safe to say it sucks and I can't wait to get a less stressful job!
In any case, during the holidays my store does the usual donation drive for any number of charities. Well, every year they do one for children and usually end up doing a drive for the local Children's Medical Center (a worthy cause). However, I persuaded my managers to take gift donations for a local charity house that helps abused and neglected children with their psychological, medical, and legal issues. I had visited the center before during their open house and found their operation to be quite impressive.
In any case, the donation drive will continue on through Christmas and we are already on track to bring in thousands of dollars in books and toys for the children! I was able to put together a list of relevant materials such as "A Terrible Thing Happened" and "I Said No!" that will hopefully serve to help out some kid in need but also plenty of toys as well. In essence, WE can make a difference for all survivors in our communities. All it took for me was a quick conversation about the benefits of the cause and they were on board. Best of all, it is incredibly heartening to see how many people believe in our cause when it is brought to their attention. We have lots of friends out there : )
"Life is like this dark tunnel. You may not always see the light at the end of the tunnel, but if you keep moving, you will come to a better place." ~ General Iroh