Well, back home from Seaside. Sorry, no pictures, we were there for a much shorter time, and I kept forgetting to get my camera out. Besides, it was HOT, even at the coast (which is unusual), and the beach-people. The stores-people. Lewis and Clark-more people! I don't know if I could have taken a picture without it looking as if they were in a flash mob! Yoiks and a half!
So, the charity part? I have been reading through the journals of Lewis and Clark, and there was a part where they talk about Christmas gifts. (In fact, it's where I got the idea of socks to show by the statue, they commented about giving socks as presents.) Well, my inner Nerd started going into overdrive. So, how many actually were there... I first thought it was 59, (60 if you count the dog), but the folks that actually came to the ocean (O, the joy!), were 32 or so, if I read correctly.
I like to do something charitable for Christmas, and this just made me think. I should do a present for each member of the crew. NOT handmade, necessarily, but I was thinking, something... Oh, like, if one was a hunter, a warm hat. One did scouting, socks. Then we have the baby, I will have to see how old he was during the winter at the coast, but a coat or bunting. A nice scarf for York. A blanket, or shawl for Sacagawea. And, for the pup, some dog food?
So, after putting this all together, then what? Well, a donation, or maybe more than one. I know that there are several local charities that could use these kind of donations, even my local vet accepts dog food, for low income folks that have pets.
Therefore, I think I will put up a Corps of Charity widget on the side of my blog, and see if I can fill it by Christmas. Or even before. But, it will be kind of neat to read up on some of the folks. I've trod in some of the same places they have, and now I can see if I can repay them, in a manner of speaking, for opening history to me.
(But, reality is reality, not all the Corps are getting hand made goodies... A few, but not all. All will get gifts, however. More in future blogs. Yes, I am crazy, why do you keep asking that?)