Between a rock and a hard place

So you are straight
January 31, 2009, 9:31 pm
Filed under: 2009, charity

Apparently I look gay. 


My now fiancee and the kids at the shelter, upon looking at me assumed I was gay. Um ok? Interesting? 


Cooking tonight went quite well I think, the woman who runs the shelter was one odd duck I can tell you that. She just sat there. I’m not there for her, I’m there for the kids, but, if you’re the one who is asking people to do this for you. You could at least acknowledge their existence or presence while they are there. Maybe a ‘hello’ or a ‘goodbye’? 


MoneyMateKate met Mr. Wonderful and I there, and we made a rousing rendition of shepherds’ pie, which seemed to go over well. One guy requested no meat since he was… um vegan? Homeless and vegan? Riiiiigggghhht. And one kid asked if next time we could make, of all things, stuffed cabbage. What?


Overall it was a good experience, and one that I will most definitely be repeating. Whose in?  And thank you Kate, its good to know that there are good people in the world. I can’t wait to do this again.


January 25, 2009, 7:21 pm
Filed under: 2009, charity, Cooking Adventures, Fear of Teenagers, Finance

In response to my last post about helping out the kids over at the Teen Shelter, I sucked it up and offered up my help to the woman that gave me the idea in the first place, MoneyMateKate since she was interested in cooking for the kids, but wasn’t comfortable with cooking for a lot of people at once. 


A little to my surprise ( I expected her to think I was daft really) she agreed, and the plan is for her and I to meet at the shelter one night and cook up some num nums for the kids. I. Can’t. Wait.


To those of you who responded to the post or the email I sent out looking for some help, once I figure out what the deal is, I’ll send another mass email out and we can figure out a date that works for people and head on down to 36th street. 


It feels good to be able to do something for the community other than just signing over a check. I like the getting my hands dirty behind this. 


Updates to follow

Hand over your time and/or groceries
January 24, 2009, 5:54 pm
Filed under: 15316699, 2009, charity, Fear of Teenagers, Finance, Plea for help

So there is this Homeless Teen Shelter in Manhattan. It helps out runaways or kids that have been kicked out, mainly LGBT teens.
I’ve been thinking about donating some time and/or groceries for awhile now, but frankly I’m a wimp and haven’t wanted to go it alone. They exist solely on donations from people and the food bank of New York, but lately the food bank has stopped handing out things like milk, eggs, produce, etc. Each week on their yahoo group page they post a list of items needed for the week, things like groceries, or socks, pillow cases, specific clothing items the kids need for job interviews, school supplies, money for a fee needed to get a birth certificate etc. 
A few weeks back they asked if people would be interested in coming in with groceries and maybe cooking dinner for the kids, which is really what I’d like to do, but referring back to my ridiculous “Oh my god the 15 year old might think I’m lame!!!” paranoia I’m looking for a little back up support on this one. I know money/time/love for me 🙂 is tight right now, so if you all think I’m out of my mind, I may in fact need to get over myself and go it alone. 
But if you think maybe you’d be interested in helping me and these kids out for a night then I’ll buy the groceries, and bring my cooking for the masses  know how and meet you there, and we’ll give them something other than rice and beans. I’d be interested in doing this more than once so lemme know!
Let me know if any of y’all are interested, think I suck, can’t be bothered, or would have a fear of 15 year olds yourself and would rather just hand over a box of pasta to help my quest. 
Thanks guys!