May 19, 2010

As Sally asked Santa Claus...

As Sally asked Santa Claus in A Charlie Brown Christmas, I'm asking friends for something similar. But instead of for Christmas, it's for my birthday, May 25th. And instead of toys, I need basic necessities, such as shampoo, tissues, toilet paper, tampons, cat food, cat litter, etc.

So, if you were thinking of getting me something for my birthday, the one and only thing that is truly needed is money, even a few dollars. My unemployment ran out this month. I have no idea what my future holds. I got food stamps today, so I will have food. But that doesn't cover non-food items that women and cats need.

Some items I need are:
Shampoo: I usually get something cheap from the drugstore, about $3 a bottle.
Tampons: I get basic Tampax tampons or Walgreen's brand. A box of 40 p/month. $5.00-$6.00 a box.
Cat food: My 2 cats eat a 3.5lb bag of Purina Cat Chow every two weeks. $5.50
Litter: I go through 2 containers of scoopable litter every two weeks. $5.50-7.00 each
Toilet Paper: I spend about $2.50 a week on generic Walgreen's brand.
Tissues: $2.50 a box every 2-3 weeks.
Bus Pass for transportation: which I found I can get a discounted rate under my circumstances: $30 a month.

These are just the bare necessities.  I'm not sure where rent is going to come from or where I will be in a month.  I've been trying to get temp work, as well as applying at countless places, but haven't heard back on any yet.  I'm doing my best. 

I know many of you are struggling as well. Believe me, I'm not asking this lightly. It's a last resort. If there is anything you can spare as a gift, I would greatly appreciate it. If you cannot spare it, I understand and will not take it personally. Please see my Donate Button to the right.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Please hold good thoughts for me.


A Charlie Brown Christmas

Sally: I've been looking for you, big brother. Will you please write a letter to Santa Claus for me?
Charlie Brown: Well, I don't have much time. I'm supposed to get down to the school auditorium to direct a Christmas play.
Sally: [hands a clipboard and pen to Charlie Brown] You write it and I'll tell you what I want to say.
Charlie Brown: [sticks pen in his mouth] Okay, shoot.
Sally: [dictating her letter to Santa Claus as Charlie Brown writes it for her] Dear Santa Claus, How have you been? Did you have a nice summer?
[Charlie Brown looks at her]
Sally: How is your wife? I have been extra good this year, so I have a long list of presents that I want.
Charlie Brown: Oh brother.
Sally: Please note the size and color of each item, and send as many as possible. If it seems too complicated, make it easy on yourself: just send money. How about tens and twenties?

I try to match songs to the posts I write.  The song I have accompanying this post at the time of publishing is Coldplay's Viva La Vida.  The Mexican artist Frida Kahlo painted "Sandías con leyenda: Viva la vida".  "Viva la Vida" - meaning "long live life" or more literally, "the life lives"

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