I volunteer at a food bank and we do give out other things also to those that can use it. About a month ago someone donated a raggedy looking doll and I thought I could do something with her so she could be given away. Cleaned up and with newly sewn clothes the ladies could hardly believe it was the same doll.
With Christmas approaching I asked if anyone had any more dolls would they consider bringing them in and I would do the work. Myrna brought me in 6 dolls and I spent a considerable amount of time and some expense on them. Each doll had two outfits, complete with hats and undies. The clothes were beautiful, ribbons and lace galore and I knew that little girls would love to find them from Santa.
I had wrongly assumed I guess that when Myrna gave me the dolls that they were intended for our food bank. She had gotten the dolls for free from another charity. I had bought quality fabric and trim. Long story short, I had laid the dolls down on a table, and then noticed they were gone. Someone had seen Myrna put them under her coat. I approached her and she told me that she was bringing them to another charity. The charity that she was bringing them to does not "screen for need" they put stuff out for anyone to take.
She said that since she had brought in the dolls they were hers to do with as she wished. I was not happy, told her so and went to the heads of our organization to whine about it. The three of us agreed that we should just let it go, let her take the dolls, but that any future dolls would stay with us.
I scouted the local thrift shops, some of the ladies also brought in dolls so I was once again back at the sewing machine. And just a tip here, fabric softener works wonders on unruly doll's hair
The next week I had completed more dolls, brought them in and put Sharon in charge. Sharon is a no nonsense lady that knows who deserves and I knew she would make sure of the dolls going to those that should get them. Myrna saw this and I refused to make eye contact. Myrna did not stick around, she hung up a few clothes and left abruptly.
Yesterday we got a message. Myrna is not coming back, she is saying that her health will not allow it. But we know the real reason.
I wonder if I should call her and attempt to get her to come back. She does have a good heart and it is usually in the right place.
Your thoughts please....lee