Sister Edith Myflesh
10 June 2002
Penny Drive: Dispensing doughnuts and dough
Despite the number of times that it happens, I always am amazed at the transformation that occurs when I am getting ready for an event. Regardless of how tired or cranky or down I feel, once I start putting on the makeup, it all changes.

Yesterday was the monthly Penny Drive. This Penny Drive was unique in that it was scheduled to last from 9am until about 5pm: a Penny Drive marathon, if you will. Like so many other public service groups, the AIDS Emergency Fund — the charity we collect the money for — has recently taken a hit in the latest round of budget cuts. They have much less money to give to the people who need it.

I was up around 10 am, tired and certainly not ready to go out and be Sisterly. However, once I got out of the shower and started applying foundation, I found my spirits lifted and I was full of energy.

The cab dropped me off at 18th and Castro where I met Sisters Penny and Saki, their dog Savannah, fellow Postulant Cindy Vine and a whole lot of Krispy Kream doughnuts. In addition to asking for donations, we were also selling the doughnuts, one for a dollar, a dozen for ten bucks.

Sister Saki and I took one corner and Sister Penny and Cindy took another. I always enjoy working with Sister Saki; her joyous spirit and energy are contagious and she never fails to make people happy, if not donate. Even after standing in the hot June sun all day, she was full of energy and enthusiasm. Referring to the collection jars we were using, Sister Saki would shout, "Stick your finger in a nun's hole and make her happy." or "Stick your finger in a nun's hole and get that warm, fuzzy feeling."

We worked the crowds passing up and down Castro street, we got our fill of eye candy and we managed to raise a fair amount of pennies. Sister Lola joined us later in the day — out of face, but still as Sisterly as always — helping us to bring in the donations. After the doughnuts were gone, we made a quick trip to the Castro bars, combining a little bar ministry with our collections and getting the people we may have missed at the corner.

Getting into the cab that was going to whisk me home, I was tired. But it was a good kind of tired.
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