Two weeks or more ago I was in Lowe’s and could have sworn that I heard:  “Sleigh Bells Ring, Are You Listening?”  It wasn’t even Halloween so I decided it was my imagination.  Besides, I am a traditionalist and don’t think Christmas begins until after the 4 weeks of Advent.  WRONG, at least not in our secular world where people plan for Christmas all year long and even I did a little Christmas shopping in Old Town Alexandria, VA  six or seven weeks ago.

Then the catalogues began to arrive ~ fat and thick with pretty things to want!  And just last week as I walked out of Harris Teeter (my grocery store) I stopped dead in my tracks as a huge decorated Christmas Tree stood directly before me where the carts are usually kept.  Now huge bins of pumpkins were outside still anticipating Halloween.  But, as the saying goes, “if you can’t lick them, join them.”

If you have gifts to buy for grandchildren, children, friends ~ all of whom neither need  nor want anything, Karimu is again offering you an opportunity to participate in alternative giving.  We have pretty little cards that you can send to your recipient which says that a gift has been given to Karimu in their name by_____________ and that for this season the gifts will go for: taking a child  to the doctor ($5.00), a solar light for a child to do his/her homework ($20.00), a school uniform for a needy child $60.00).  These cards will be at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, but for others, you can mail your donation to me:  Tally Bandy, 22 Bogie Drive, Whispering Pines, NC  28327 and I will send you the card to mail.  Any donation makes a huge difference in the lives of unbelievably poor children and we would be very grateful.

Many have asked if Ebola is a danger in Tanzania.   No.  Remember, Africa is a very large continent and East Africa is a long way away.

If  you have any questions about donations please don’t hesitate to call me ~ 910-949-2992.

Happy Autumn and Happy Thanksgiving.  Love from Tally and Jessie