Here's just one sample of the many bags of items I selected, sorted, categorized, listed on freecycle, and with rapid exchanges of emails arranged to pass on to freecyclers who were delighted to receive them. There's a lot of admin. work behind freecycling, a little realized fact.
Tired from all the work, back a bit achy today, but it does feel better to be doing helpful things. Many of the items are going, via a saintly freecycler, to a very struggling Hispanic church group whose members can barely provide for their own basics despite working, so Karen would have been very much in favor of that gift, to give them high quality items, shoes and clothing, blankets, they can use right away. And some very good toys for their kids, too. She had nephews and nieces, and kept her house stocked with toys for their visits, so they're now in new little hands.
And I rescued a couple of struggling houseplants from her house and they're on my patio in intensive care right now.
Bittersweet. It's all bittersweet.