Maria Robledo and Cindy de la Torre had realized that many women were in need of positivity, creativity, and happiness. We’ve all been stressed to the max, and many have been lonely. Women are nurturers by nature. We need to give; it’s like breathing. They saw that there was a similar USA group and a 530 group. They decided we needed something local. Something just for Colusa County.
On Wednesday night, May 6, they started this FB page. Rules: be positive, supportive and post a bio. Tell what you like to drink, your favorite snacks and hobbies. You can post your address or Private Messenger that information to Maria or Cindy. Scroll through the list and choose someone to gift a basket, or have names drawn randomly. You can keep it anonymous or write a note and reveal who you are. Make your purchases and deliver a basket to her front door.
When I saw it on Thursday morning there were already 65 people joined. Now, as of Monday, May 11, there are 653 members. This thing has exploded!!! 220 have submitted their short bios and about half of those have already received baskets.
What I love is that everyone is welcome. There are those who drink and those who don’t, and that’s OK. Post what your favorite beverage is like sodas, water, coffee drinks, juice. The ages range from 21 to 70. Some work, some are sheltered in place. Mothers, grandmothers, moms to Fur Babies. Some like puzzles and others like hunting and fishing. It’s all OK. All are so excited to give.
One mentioned how her Mother-in-law was lonely and needed “a pick-me-up.” Another saw the post and knew who she was and immediately went into action and delivered a basket. The sweet MIL broke into tears at the kindness. This is what it’s all about, giving and encouraging.
One mentioned how she doesn’t drink any more. She’s been sober for a number of years. Another immediately posted that she too has sobriety and to feel free to reach out to her if she needed to talk. Women helping women; all made to feel comfortable with who they are.
A number of women commented having hard days and long hours at work, or a rough day with the three-year-old and suddenly a basket arrived and, “this totally made my day.”
Three or four had just recently moved to the area and looked forward to making friends. Others have grown up in the County and been friends for years. No cliques, no judgments, just positivity and encouragement.