Today was one of those crazy days where as soon as I have a second to sit down, something else happens.
On my way home tonight I realized I hadnt done a RAOK yet.
I stopped at the pet store... they had some toys on clearance, so I spent a whopping $3 and asked the cashier to donate them to the pets waiting to be adopted in the back. They were all sleeping when I went to look at them... but it still made me sad. So hopefully some toys will cheer them up!
I have always wanted to do a RAOK for a police department... You all know by now, most likely, my love for policemen, LOL
I have been told though, they (understandably) dont take well to things like baskets being delivered like I have done for the fire department. And honestly, I get it.
I have bought lunch for an officer in line behind me before... but yesterday I realized, hey, I can give them a Starbucks gift card with a thank you. And that is what I did.
In Rancho Santa Margarita, there is a small subdivision of Orange County Sheriffs Department, by City Hall. What I didnt realize, was they close at 5pm. (The office, not the deputies on duty)
I got there at almost 5:30, and crossed my fingers there would be a deputy outside. And... there was. (Its my lucky week for that, since it happened at the fire station, too!)
So I gave him this, and said, "Since I think the office is closed, I would like to just give you this and to say thank you..." and he said I just missed it by 2 minutes... looked at me funny, and then read it and said, "Oh... thank you ma'am" and I said, "Thank You" and I went on my way.
First, at the Fullerton Arboretum, I left three bottles of bubbles in random places for kids to find.
Second, I left a basket of items in a restaurant restroom for any emergencies that may come up on the changing table.
It included powder, wipes, pacifiers, stuffed animals, baby lotion, etc.
Third, at Starbucks, I needed a gift card for my final RAOK of the day, and Melissa bought some coffee to donate to the troops.
Fourth and final RAOK today...
I had a red bucket of candy (Cinnamon bears, Hot Tamales, Cinnamon gum, Red Hots, Etc) and a $25 gift card to Starbucks with a note thanking firefighters for what they do. We went to one firehouse that I think was abandoned. Then, the went to the Trabuco Canyon Fire Station. I prefer to do these when the firefighters are outside, so I dont have to ring the bell and disturb them. This is a HUGE fire house, and there were guys outside, so I get out of the car and walk over. There were about 40 firefighters outside, and I seriously thought I was going to throw up, I got so nervous. HA HA! I handed one guy the bucket, and said I just wanted to say thank you for what you do, started rambling, then walked away! HA! I cant believe there were SO many people there.
(So bummed I never got a picture of the actual contents of the bucket. BOO! I thought I had one. Oh well.)