Friday, September 10, 2010

Socks in Stock - Quest also has many household items

Sometimes we are blessed to find a bit of warmth in this rainy wet city.

I have to admit that things I need for myself are low on the list of priorities when bills and food take so much of the monthly budget. Last fall when Quest a shipment of socks, I spent ten dollars and got enough socks for three weeks. While doing my shopping recently, I noticed we had more socks in the store again. This is just one example of some of the non food items that Quest offers

I cannot stress the importance of these items at Quest. These are the kind of things that the food bank doesn't have access to, in fact it seems that no other place is able to assist with such things.

I see small kitchen appliances, vacuums, brooms, mops, cleaning supplies, some clothing and various other sundries that are essential to day to day living. Also, a few things that are not so necessary but make life fun: toys, colouring, craft and party supplies.

The hard reality is that if something breaks down or gives out it must be replaced, sometimes that means taking money from the food budget to do so. I would rather skip a few meals than loose the lights or be late on the rent.

I have a great love of cooking and own a fantastic gas stove to cook with, circa 1940. I have been able to replace most of my pots and pans at Quest. I have been able to take up some creative crafty hobbies again. I don't have to be anxious about where the money is coming from since the prices of the house wares at Quest are also priced to be within my budget.

Written by Starla, a Quest Volunteer and Client

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