We had heard that after a severe storm, there was often more seaglass on the beach. We were not disappointed In addition to the treasures I spoke about yesterday, We found quite a bit of quality seaglass.
Cindy picked out some of the nicer pieces to use for pendants. We did not have much wire on hand so we found a craft store where we got silver wire and black hemp to assemble our treasures. We decided it would be nice to hand out souvenirs to the volunteers and to the victims who came to our camp regularly. I picked out a cardboard box and assembled a makeshift jewellery display unit to show off our pieces.
We made 3 dozen pendants and invited people to pick one out for a souvenir. Some offered to pay us but we had no intention of profiting from other people’s misfortune. One person insisted on making a donation that we immediately turned into the kitchen fund. After a day and a half, the three dozen were gone. Cindy made another couple of dozen that we turned into pendants with fishing line.
One day, one of our regular couples was looking at my pendant. “Amulet” she said in broken English. I said yes. Here, take it, it will bring you good luck. A few minutes later I saw them again in the food line and asked how things were going. “we got electricity back yesterday but still no heat.” “Wait a minute,” I said. I knew we had two electric space heaters in the supply tent. I spoke to the organizers and we arranged to give them a heater – at least you can keep one room warmer.
She touched her amulet and said “Brings good luck.” That was the highlight of my day.