I will assume that many companies are alike this time of year. With the holidays upon us, they reflect and become appreciative of all that has happened over the past year. In doing so, they look to give back to the community. Find ways to help those that are less fortunate.
Our company is in the process of getting gifts for both children and adults. One can choose a card off the Christmas tree and buy one of the items listed. Lots of gift cards being asked for. You can see how tough it has been for some when kids are asking for clothes and gift cards to food stores.
Beyond the gifts is the food drive. This may be the umpteenth food drive we have had this year. I must admit the food drive is my favorite part. I have written about it in the past because it is such a great view into how people think and act.
For some, it is a way to give and make sure people eat. They drop off the bundled box of vegetables bought in bulk or the bag full of dried goods like macaroni and rice. Others bring in bags of soups and other canned goods. It costs them roughly $4 to bring in 10 cans of veggies but the feeling they get from helping someone else is worth much more.
For others, it is a way to clean out their cupboards. Bring in the stuff that no one has touched for months. I won’t denigrate these people. Their intention is good. Sometimes I do it myself because it is easier to bring it from home that remember to grab some at the store on the next visit. I will probably do this tomorrow. I have several cans of veggies recently bought that I can give. With a trip on the horizon I won’t be going to the store until next week, days after the drive ends.
Who I will make fun of is the person who brings in the one can and sets it on the table. This is the worst of the cupboard cleaners. They only look to get rid of what they regret buying. Canned yams from an inexpensive label, lima beans, waxed beans, water chestnuts. You know the type.
It was with amusement that I noticed what one of these one-canners brought in this morning. At first glance I thought it was good. I saw the Chef Boyardee logo and thought some lucky kid was going to get his sketti Os (translation: spaghetti Os). Close. But these were whole wheat, low fat sketti Os. It looked like dog food on the label. Certainly not appetizing. But it had meatballs! Not sure that is a good thing.
I feel sorry for the kid that gets served thisI always thought spaghetti Os smelled like puke.