This means Christmas is going to be a struggle. Family, I believe we can cover, if I can cut a few corners. Friends? Well, that's the problem.
Now, I have no idea who, if anyone, was planning on getting me anything on LJ. I know in years past, I've gotten gifts and given them too, with some folks. But, this year, I'd like to do something "weird."
If you were planning on getting me a gift, or, if you think this is a great idea and worth your time to leave a comment to this entry, what I'd like to do instead, is have you let me, donate a can of catfood to the local no kill cat shelter. The last time I checked, they did accept donations of both dry and canned Frisky's catfood, and both are on sale at the local Stop and Shop. I can't afford to get "real" gifts for people, but I can scrape up 20 cents per most everyone on my friends list and buy a can of catfood, which will feed some poor cat for a day.
It works on a two way street. You give me "permission" to buy one can of catfood. I "give" the can of catfood in lieu of getting you a real present. This way you gave me something... you gave me the chance to spend money on something I feel is worthwhile, but also manages to fit my budget. You're giving me a moment of your time to hit the comment button and write, "Yes, donate a can of catfood!" I, in turn, give something. I donate a can of catfood "in your name." (I'm debating if I could get away with writing the names of people who agree, on the cans... not that the cats will read them, but it's something that marks the giving.)
And, if you feel that you really must spend money on me, here's what you can do, that will make me happy; buy a can of catfood and donate it to a local shelter. Or, if you aren't a huge cat lover, and would rather donate for a more human purpose, donate a can of food to a local food pantry. If your area is anything like mine, there should be areas set up in grocery stores, restaurants, and even supermarkets, where you can leave the food. And then, you can let me know you gave it. Tust me, thinking that a cat or a human being who needs it will have food for at least a day, is the best gift in the world to me.
Money is tight for us this year, as it is for most people, but Todd and I are still damned lucky. We're not hungry. We're not cold. We're both healthy and we have a roof over our heads. Our cats are well fed and healthy. (Goten is getting a little too healthy... if you get my drift..) Other people and other animals aren't so lucky.
So, what do you think? No, you won't get a nice "Thank you for your donation!" card... I don't think the catshelter gives out thank you cards, and I can almost garentee that even if they do, they won't give me one for every person on my friends list, but you'll have the knowlege that one cat, somewhere, got to eat for another day. A day where the right person may come in and give them a proper home.