At this time of the year joining the Friends is like giving yourself a big gift and not feeling guilty about it. It is easy to do online and I would suggest having your membership charged to your credit card automatically each month. Here is that link.
This past week I received a call from a nurse I knew at Johns Hopkins Hospital about a Baltimore grandparent who was parenting five of her grandchildren. I used to coordinate a program for grandparents raising grandchildren in Baltimore and the nurse had referred grandparents to me before. This grandparent was back in hospital and unsure how she was going to do Christmas this year for her grandchildren with her medical bills. I told the nurse I would see what I could do but that I didn't have access to toys from Toys for Tots any longer. I decided to order some of the items that had been on the grandmother's Christmas shopping list. If anyone is interested helping to play Santa Claus for this family send me an email at the address at the top of the blog and I can share the Christmas list with you.
The Shameful 38.