Green is where the Heart Is for May 17th, 2017

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 17 May 2017 04:00

“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.”
~ Hélder Câmara, Dom Helder Camara: Essential Writings

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

There are people on this island who are hungry.  Families with children living with little food to survive, and they are right here on our island.  It is mind boggling to me.  I don’t care who’s fault it is that they are in this situation, unless I could eliminate that pattern, which I cannot.  
Others in our community have seen this need and address it.  Island Women.  Island Men.  Nourish NC.  Heart of Hope.  The Help Center.  Laurie at the Island Cottage has fed thousands of hungry people over the years. Her compassion has clothed them, provided household needs including a weekly towel which one man uses and discards at the end of the week since he has no way to wash it.  If you are decluttering your home, donate to the Island Cottage on Bridge Barrier Road by the Carolina Beach Post Office.  
Jay Muxworthy of Flaming Amy’s FAMOUS Burritos had a good idea.  Provide food for island folk in an easy to get-to location. The Good Karma Food Bank (set up like a Little Free Library) was born.  Located in a parking lot off of Cape Fear and kind of behind the old library in Carolina Beach (that’s how you know you have been here for a while, when you direct people by what used to be there) you will see the structure which looks like a little house on stilts.  Open the door and place food and toiletries inside.  It will disappear quickly.  The rules of the Good Karma Community Free Pantry are simple.
Take when you need. Give when you can. Check them out on Facebook.  
During a conversation with my daughter, she questioned ‘if these people are homeless, do they even have a can opener to open these cans?’  Good question.  I decided to donate only cans with pop-top lids. Single serving trail mix and bars which are nutritional are good.  Baby food and formula, shampoos from hotels and other single use products work. Soaps. Toothpaste.  Toothbrushes.
I have never felt destitution. I do not know how these neighbors of mine must feel.  When you are spending most of your time in survival mode, how can you even imagine what else is attainable in this world?  I am thinking of how it must be for a mother seeing her children hungry.  It pains me. How can I help?
I am asking all clients who would like to participate to donate food and receive 20% off of all fabric ordered through me.  There is no minimum. Last week I was blown away by the generosity of one client.  She texted me, “I’m almost there, with groceries.”  Yes, she walked into my studio with 6 bags for the needy.  Soups, fruits in cans (with pop-top lids,) cereals, cookies, Spaghettio’s with meatballs, toothbrushes and toothpaste….like I said ….I was blown away.  She must have spent almost as much as she saved with me but for her it was about much more that a dollar savings.  It was about helping a neighbor in need.  
Spruce up your space and feel good about donating to your hungry neighbors.  We are not communists or saints.  We are just a community with compassion who wants to do the right thing for each other.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Master FSIA, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in Carolina Beach Furniture, 1021 N. Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 25 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success. To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile.


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