Salina Shares

Yesterday, I got a message from my friend saying that her mom had found clothing on clearance at a local store for $1.00 each.  I decided to check another location and found that they had even more left!  I started filling my cart. With each item that I placed in the cart, I thought about the number of people we will bless this Christmas.

I remembered the money that had recently been given to me for the Easter Party we did in a local park. Everything I had needed had been donated so I set the money aside, and wondered what needs would arise that the money had been supplied for. When I found this clothing, I knew I had the freedom to use the donated money to purchase the clothing. What a blessing that was!

As I was ready to check out, I sent out a Facebook message.  I mentioned the great deal, said I had reached my financial limit, and welcomed any help.  Last night two women got in touch with me offering to contribute money toward more clothing.  Reinforced with that provision, I went back to the store this morning.  I loaded another cart and got to talking with the manager. She told me she actually has a lot more men’s clothing that needs to be put out but that there had been no room.  I joked with her about how helpful I had been by clearing her racks.  She loved what I was doing, took my phone number and told me she would give me a call when she had things to donate. {BONUS!}

One of those who had offered to contribute last night, brought a check by the office where I work.  When I told my boss what was going on, he contributed money too! So today at lunch I ventured out to the 3rd of 4 locations.  They had moved all of their $1.00 clothing outside so I started sifting through for children’s clothing first. As I was looking, a friend of mine walked by with her granddaughter. She had seen my facebook post the night before. She asked me (in essence) how I  budget for these things.  I told her I have just learned that God provides.  She handed me $20.00!

I decided I would restrain myself and just get 25 more items.  I had a coupon for $5.00 off a $25.00 purchase {yes, really!} and  paid with her $20.00.  As I was checking out, the clerk told me that a lady had been in just before me and bought “like 80 items!”  Not five minutes later I got a message from my friend that she had been at that same location and purchased 79 more items! We just had to laugh!

Between the 2 days,  3 of us shopping, and a multitude of givers, we probably have between 350 and 400 items!  I took a couple quick pictures of things that I sorted last night. {Now I just need to figure out where to put it all!}

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I am continually amazed at how quickly and easily God provides at times like this.  I am inspired by the plan that is bigger than we are – the perfect timing and divine appointments. I am always touched by how many people are willing to give to be the blessing.

For months I have been thinking about all this.  I have wanted a way to answer people when they ask who we are with when we embark on these joy-filled adventures.  I have come up with this answer…

Salina Shares 

I have found this to be true.  It is at the heart of what we do. I am blessed to have a variety of people in my life willing to share their time, their hearts, their resources, their paychecks – their lives with those throughout the community of Salina. We understand that we are all neighbors and our lives are enriched by spending time with one another.  In the meantime, if our excess can help meet another’s need, then that is all the sweeter!

Salina has a number of organizations that come alongside to help those in need. We also have wonderful churches that are active in our community and who share in different ways.

So with that in mind, I am in the process of setting up a separate Facebook page for Salina Shares.  I have taken the plunge into Twitter land @SalinaShares to help get information out that way as well.  I haven’t started using either one, but the goal is May 1.

These last two days have been the perfect illustration of what can happen when people come together with like vision, ready to do their part. To all of you who have contributed to this adventure and all the ones we’ve embarked on up to this point, thank you so much!

I Am Abundantly Grateful,

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About debbierivers

I love to share what I can whenever I can. My goal is to live simply and love lavishly. I enjoy inspiring others with my writing. I am married to Steve and am the mother to two beautiful daughters, Hannah and Jenna, and grandmother to Kinsley. My desire is to encourage and to bless others through my life and my words.
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2 Responses to Salina Shares

  1. Eileen says:

    What huge blessings! God is Good ALL the Time! ALL the Time, God is Good! What a blessing you are to so many! Thanks again for sharing Deb!

  2. Debbie M. says:

    I love the premise of your blog… to look closely for God’s provision and expect to be amazed by his abundance. So like our God!

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