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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Our storage room looks like a appliance outlet.

About six months ago, all of our washers and dryers broke. Well, not all of them. But almost all of them. One by one. Over the course of about 3 weeks. It may not seem like a big deal, but since we have commerical washers in both shelters and residential washers and dryers in all three clinics (and two at our Spay Neuter Center in Oakland), it was a very big deal. The build up of dirty towels and blankets was out of control.

And of course, we don't have the funds to buy new washers and dryers...or even used washers and dryers, so we had to get creative.

I posted a message on Berkeley Parents Network, an on-line community for all things child related in the East Bay, asking for donations of washers and dryers. And boy, did those parents come through. Not only did we get enough to replace the broken ones, we have several washers and dryers in reserve just waiting for the next one to break. It's great. Our storage room looks like an appliance outlet.

This is America. Everyone has a surplus. Anyone over 35 has Too Much Stuff. Anytime the shelter says they need some goodie (or I decide the shelter needs some goodie), I send email to my officemates (there are a few hundred in Alameda alone) and they come through. The funniest ones were the "don't ask, don't tell" white towels and the "my mom is a packrat" bag of tennis balls (there must have been 100 of them - what is a Chinese grandmother doing with 100 tennis balls?).

Sending a note to the Berkeley Parents' Network was a great idea! I hope you post a photo of the Animal Applicance Warehouse. It'd be good for a laugh.

 

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