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Comment from: Jodie  

I too am one of those, "Oh that's right you don't shop at WalMart people"!??!!?? And I try to make conscious decisions about all my purchases. One of my favorite shopping places is Ten Thousand Villages, and I know it is, indeed, a small contribution, but I try to make a difference to those people around the world who don't have enough to eat. And it makes my heart happy that the decision was unanimous that our gift giving for our Ladies Gathering should support folks in need. As Margaret Mead said,“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever does”

11/23/11 @ 09:20
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Jodie: It's always good to read about a happy heart...and thanks for the great quote.

And to clarify for everyone ... Jodie and I are part of group of ladies who have gathered together to celebrate the holidays at different hostess's homes for the past few years. Last year, the group exchanged handmade-only gifts, and it was meaningful to see what everyone came up with. This year, the hostess has decided we'd make a group contribution to a still-to-be-determined charity.

11/23/11 @ 09:37
Comment from: Joy  

First about patience: I'm reading Billy Grahams "Nearing Home" and he relates that his wife in a traffic jam, following detour mile by mile signs finally came to the last one and there was a sign; END OF CONSTRUCTION. THANK YOU FOR THE PATIENCE. Ruth Graham had that engraved on her tombstone.
Need to read more on the movement! My husband & I always believed in supporting the locals, as we call them. However we live in the mountains and have no choice but to use Walmart for prescriptions, etc. Unfortunately the price of gas, 12 miles one way, is costly and at an age where we haven't the endurance to go further.
Awareness is primary to be sure and there is more we all can do. Promise to dig deeper. Thanks Joy

11/24/11 @ 05:27
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Joy: Thank you for raising a good point. Even though my area is not exactly rural, distance is an issue the population faces in our area too. Fortunately, a non profit organization has started a "Community Coaster" which is simply a large van that runs on a limited schedule to provide inexpensive transportation for residents to get to the commercial areas. Still, it's important to note that the choices we each make are individual -- to our personalities AND our location -- and you've picked up on the main theme: awareness. A little can go a long way. Meanwhile, we do have to be patient with ourselves as we enter this "construction zone."

11/25/11 @ 07:25
Comment from: Gwyn

Well done from another no walmart shopper. I am like you doing my best to keep my money out of the hands of big business.
I hear people say they can't shop responsibly because it costs more. I thought so to once. I have found that when I buy the more expensive local, or green products, AND only but what I really need, I actually spend less. I definitely waste less.
Small gestures by many matter!

11/26/11 @ 07:57