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Ready for the ragbag ...
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

October 25. 2013 9:47AM
There are a variety of things that are clear indications my mother and I are from two different generations.

And then there are occasions when I clearly hear myself sounding just like her.

Take for instance the Lynx cheer and dance invite a few weeks back. As I entered the gym, the music was blaring so loud from the speakers, which prompted a few of “mom’s” words to spill out of my mouth.

“Can you hear it?” I sarcastically asked Jim Schobert, a dad to one of our Brandon Valley dance team members, once the music subsided.

“Geez, I sound like my mother,” I thought to myself as I walked away.

On a visit to my mom’s over the weekend, I discovered there’s one thing that my mom and I have differing opinions on: when a towel or washcloth is ready to go to the ragbag.

Earlier in my weekend visit, mom had told me how my favorite sister-in-law, Chris (OK, she’s my only sister-in-law, but nonetheless still my favorite) – had helped her with washing the windows on her home. The rags, she said, constituted an extra load of laundry that week.

For whatever reason, that extra load of laundry story stayed with me all the way to my Saturday morning shower. Like always, I grabbed a couple of towels and a washcloth from her bathroom closet. And like always, I applied my face scrub to be followed up with by the washcloth. Imagine my surprise when the washcloth in hand was so thin you could practically see through it. Well, actually you could see through it – it featured a hole, too.

“Mom, must’ve put it on the wrong pile when she folded it up,” I thought to myself.

On our drive to a birthday party for great-nephews Connor and Cameron, I shared the washcloth story with mom and my theory that she’d likely placed it on the wrong pile.

Turns out, it wasn’t an error, and in fact the washcloth is “one of her favorites” to use.

“I can get it in my ears to wash … ,” she pointed out.

I rolled my eyes.

I’m not sure that our conversation completely convinced mom that the washcloth was ready for the ragbag. But come Christmas, you can bet a package containing some new washcloths will be under the tree … and maybe a new ragbag to boot, too.
Community organization needs
There’s still a need for kid-friendly items this month at the Brandon Area Food Pantry. Those needs include personal hygiene items (i.e. deodorant, bar soap, women’s feminine products, shampoo, crème rinse), bottled juices, peanut butter, jelly, hot chocolate mix, fruit snacks, saltine crackers and Kleenex.

While always appreciated, the Pantry has a large supply of canned goods on hand. Monetary donations are always appreciated.

Before donating, please check the expiration date, as expired food items cannot be distributed.

The BAFP is located at 406 Main Ave., and is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. To donate to the food pantry or for more information, call 582-7001.

The Brandon Lions Club also wants your aluminum cans. Proceeds from the sale of aluminum funds requests to the Club for vision and hearing impairment needs.

The Lions Club collection shed is located in the Sunshine Foods parking lot.

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