Friday, August 15, 2008

Planning for the winter

Knitting by Anthony Watkins

She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. Proverbs 31:21
The family has plenty to keep them warm in the winter, there is no need to fear the cold when one prepares in advance. Frugal planning can keep your family warm for many winters to come....and it will be here before we know it.

We live in a part of the country where winter can get mighty cold. Even if you do have the latest fashion available to wear, it will be buried under many layers of outer wear. There are many clothes closet oraginzation in our town where you can bring in used coats that don't fit anymore and they will have them dry cleaned, and you can pick a new sized coat for your little one.

If an organization like this is not available in your area, why not do a little leg work and help yourself as well as your church body or school and collect gently used coats and ask a local dry cleaner to or two to donate some cleaning for a little word of mouth advertising and tax deductions or just plain good old fashioned kindness. Perhaps your church has an empty room or two to store the coats to help those in need, or just families with in the body of believers that are willing to swap coats for the little ones to ensure they are all warm in the winter months.
Or perhaps you can do things right out of your own garage to help families in the neighborhood.

If the winters are cold in your area you might even try a boot swap, or getting together with some ladies to crochet some hats and scarves for your own kids as well and perhaps donate some to the local prisons for the children of prisoners, or to a local orphanage. Learn to knit and or crochet or sew and teach your children and have them help as well. Make it a family project.

There are many books in the ocal Library that can be check out for FREE (Nice bargain these days) to teach yourself many of these skills. While your at it check out their DVD and video collections, you might find a how to video or two there as well.

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