We met a young woman named Brenda, goes by Bree. She asked us for money to buy crayons and coloring books that she'd promised some kids. Apparently, there's a homeless shelter nearby.
The last couple of months, I've been tripping over coloring books that the Oklahoma SWE section had made as outreach activities. Years ago, my friend Cathy at the time working for HR at Oracle, had copied them for our section to use. We probably used half of them. Did I mention I've been tripping over them.
I said "I have some engineering focused coloring books." Bree got quite excited. She walked back to our house with us - yes, I know, there's a risk but she got so excited about coloring books. I did nicely ask her to wait outside since we didn't know her and she was sweet about that. We threw in a couple of boxes of crayons that Nick used to use for orienteering controls and other Girl Scout activities.
Oh, and yesterday, I'd opened the last box of Thin Mints in the freezer. We gave her the unopened slug [that's a technical term for the sealed roll] put it all in a GS tote bag. She hugged us and went off talking about how God was making this a great Valentine's day.
So, right thing? Wrong thing? Felt right to me.
Happy Valentine's Day!
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