Dignity Duffels

“Give, give, give. This is the secret of abundance. Develop a magnanimous heart… You must have a heart that melts at the sufferings of others. Your heart must be so soft as butter. Then alone will you get Advaitic realisation of Oneness or Unity of Self. Then alone can you become one with all. You must share what you have with others — material, intellectual and spiritual wealth. Such a heart you should have.”
~Swami Sivananda

Michael and I have had the wonderful privilege this year of starting a new “dream board” for our lives, and much to our pleasant surprise our new dream board involves a lot of what we want to do to serve God in others.

After some personal reflection and seeing life and people with new eyes I have been more and more aware of the needs of others; not cars, or houses or even food, just basic necessities; those daily items I have sometimes taken for granted. For instance, being able to floss and brush my teeth with a toothbrush and my favorite toothpaste, washing my face with a clean washcloth and putting on my Oil of Olay every morning, having deodorant in my cabinet, being able to use my tweezers every day and having a large hand lotion I can use at any time.  I have become so grateful for these little things each day.  This gratitude is inspiring me to have a new kind of drive – A Dignity Duffel Drive!

What is a Dignity Duffel you ask???

Dignity Duffel is a duffel bag filled with all of the toiletries and self-care items you use to help you feel like you have dignity and self-worth.

I have partnered again with the St. Vincent DePaul Shelter in Middletown.  Thank you Ron Krom for always supporting and encouraging my crazy, hair-brained ideas and my need for contribution to others! The St. Vincent DePaul Center, whose motto is Meeting Needs and Offering Hope, has identified a community with the need forDignity Duffels which matches my need to contribute to others’ dignity!! PERFECT!


I now invite you and your family, friends, youth groups, neighbors and co-workers to add a person with Dignity to this years holiday gift giving list. Let’s call them Dignity Darla and Dignity Dave.

Please purchase a new, sturdy duffel bag and fill it with the items suggested below.  If you think of something which we have not listed , but it brings you joy to put it in, by all means add it!

And most importantly, fill it with a vision of dignity.

Dignity Duffle
Our Dignity Duffel. We purchased the bag and all the contents at KMart in Cromwell.  It cost $65.41 and we purchased name brands (my favorites).  Feel free to accomodate your budget.

  I will be collecting your stuffed and zipped Dignity Duffels on Saturday December 14th from 1:00 – 2:30 pm at the St. Vincent dePaul Soup Kitchen 617 Main Street, Middletown (next door to The Buttonwood Tree). Volunteers will be on the sidewalk able to collect your offering if you don’t have time to park. Additionally you can bring it to me any Wednesday at the Connecticut Yoga Center and stay for a free yoga class with me (thanks Erika!) I teach from 6:30-8:00pm every week.  Or email me and we can make other arrangements.

If you are one of our friends from afar I encourage you to start aDignity Duffel Drive right in your own community! Or at least create aDignity Duffel and drop it off at your nearest community shelter. Trust me, it will go to someone in need.

Truly friends, the God in me honors and loves the God in you, and in all of our brothers and sisters in need.


Toothbrush and plastic toothbrush holder


Dental floss

Bar soap in plastic soap holder

Container of “Fresh Wipes”

Winter strength hand lotion


Oil of Olay

Finger nail clippers


Hair ties





Baby powder


Hand sanitizer

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