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Amy Poehler and “Asking for what you want”

April 3, 2018 | Sue Miyamoto

Amy Poehler

According to actress, comedian, director and writer Amy Poehler, “It’s never overreacting to ask for what you want and need.”

This is true of any relationship. Aunt Dot’s Place is a food shelf in relationship with people in need, but also in relationship with the larger community of Essex, Essex Junction, and Westford. 

So taking Amy Poehler’s sage advice, I am asking for what Aunt Dot’s Place currently needs.

We need: 

  • Stores and farms that will share their bounty with us
  • Disposable diapers – Do you know how expensive they are? Do you realize how many diapers babies need? The short answer is “a lot”. Please help. 
  • Cereal–We are quite low on cereal. 
  • Ketchup
  • Hamburger Helper and packaged side dishes
  • Popcorn and microwave popcorn
  • Oatmeal
  • Paper products-paper towels, toilet paper
  • Canned fruit
  • Dish detergent
  • Family size toothpaste
  • Dog food and cat food

 Here’s an idea – when you are shopping, it is so easy to buy an extra item or two. Watch for sales, and stock up for your family and your community. Keep a box handy at home for items for the food shelf. Come with your kids and drop it off whenever Aunt Dot’s is open.

Eighty percent of kids in a study done by Harvard researchers said their parents are more concerned with their achievement or happiness, then whether they are caring. The interesting thing is that when we balance focus on our needs with caring for others, we have more happiness. When kids see others in need, they may be more grateful for what they take for granted.