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A friend with kids told me about the Cambridge Clothing Exchange on Evertizi Way (off of Cambridge street, near Inman Square).  Here's their link:  http://www.solutionsatwork.org/Services/ChildrensClothing.html

Even at a used-clothing outlet, the cost of clothing a family of four can be devastating for transitioning families. And the vast majority of homeless families are single-parent families — primarily mothers with small or grade-school children.

At the Children's Clothing Exchange, they trade for what they need — an eight-year old's winter coat for a ten-year old's summer outfit. Good quality for good quality. We take toys, too.

People can register with them so that when they drop clothes etc. off, the number of bags are logged on their sheet.  They then can take bags of clothes, etc. for their kids.  They have tons of baby gear (for free), tons of toys/books/videos (for free), shoes and clothes for kids (exchange rate of one bag donated, one bag to take), infant cloth diapers and supplies, and mom stuff.

Of course you can drop stuff off there and not take anything in return as well.
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I can create a poll, but now you have to read ads

Poll #999218 I can create a poll

I signed up for the Basic Plus so I could create polls. Since I am too cheap to pay for LJ, I now will have advertisements on my blog. What do you think of this?

You Sold out to the "Man" man!
Seriously, why do you want to write polls anyway?
What next? Will you be walking around with Sandwich Board Advertisements?
You don't even have any friends, so do you really expect anyone to take your poll anyway?
I love your new ad driven blog space.
You shouldn't have bothered if this is going to be the quality of the polls you write.
Get rid of these ads. I don't want to take your stupid poll anyway.
Hey, LJ needs to make some money off of you somehow. There's no such thing as a free lunch, or apparently a free blog either.

What did you mean by "Other"?

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Sheets are not always just fabric to cover your mattress with

Many years ago for Christmas my mother bought me a set of bed sheets.  This must have been SO many years ago, like well over 8 years ago because for many of her last years I did all of her shopping, even for Christmas presents.
I always want to have sheets with a print on them, preferably a floral print.  They are rather hard to find!  I had even asked for sheets that year.
So this set has a floral print with yellow, blue and pink flowers.  Sounds perfect for me.  Just what I say I want in a sheet. 
But for some reason I Never opened this set to use it because looking at it through the clear packaging, it just looked off to me somehow.  The colors were yellow, blue and pink, but they looked like the wrong shades of yellow, blue and pink.  It seemed a very busy pattern and I just thought I didn't like this sheet pattern at all.  It didn't appeal to me as being pretty.  I kept the sheets in the package, intending to donate it to charity perhaps.  Of course I never got around to donating it.  It sat in the back of my sheet drawer just waiting for something to happen to it sort of like an albatross around my neck.  Long long ago, I think I even brought it to a store to exchange it but didn't find anything I liked to replace it so the set came home again and back into the sheet drawer.
So last night I was going to change my sheets and didn't have much to choose from because of laundry issues.  So I decided I might as well open this set of sheets that has been hanging around for 8+ years.  I took out the sheets and put them on the bed and guess what happened?  I like them.  I really like them.  I think they are pretty and just what I wanted.
I've always had pangs of guilt about these particular sheets.  First when I received them I wasn't that enthusiastic about them and I felt bad about that because my mother had picked them out.  Then because they were sitting around for years taking up space, not being used and not being donated.  That felt wasteful.  And now I am using the sheets and I suddenly really love the pattern and the colors and I think of all those many years that they have been waiting around patiently in my drawer.  I wish I could tell my mother that she was right and she picked out a very very pretty set of sheets for me.  In some ways it makes me feel sad that I can't tell her and in some ways it makes me feel happy that I am now finally using her present.  Sheets seem like a simple everyday thing, but today it feels like I received a present from her years after she was gone.
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Maybe...maybe not.

You scored as Spiritual Atheist, Ah! Some of the coolest people in the world are Spiritual Atheists. Most of them weren't brought up in an organized religion and have very little baggage. They concentrate on making the world a better place and know that death is just another part of life. What comes after, comes after.


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On the twelfth day of Christmas, lena_a_mermaid sent to me...
Twelve lain_macs drumming
Eleven marylus piping
Ten mdyesowitchs a-leaping
Nine blinkymadisons dancing
Eight sothes a-milking
Seven cos a-swimming
Six solies a-swimming
Five agno-o-o-osticoracles
Four abilouises
Three faeries
Two mermaids
...and a LiveJournal meme in a pear tree.
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