Giving This Old Box New Purpose

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Anyone who knows my dad, knows he’s somewhat of what I would call a “pack rat.”

Although, according to him, it’s great stuff with tons of value!

Sure enough though, any time I’ve ever needed something he pulls out a useful gadget.

Case in point. A while back the tools and miscellaneous stuff in our garage began taking over. We shifted the “stuff” from one shelf to another. We added extra toolboxes. I even purchased plastic containers to organize the “stuff.” However, it was still visible and clutter.

Then we contemplated a professional tool organizer. But have you seen the prices on those things lately? There had to be another option.

Then I had a conversation with dad. “I think I might have something that works for you,” he says.

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I wondered what he would pull from the shelves of the shop. Would it be full of cobwebs and spiders? Would it be useful?

He texted me the measurements and sent me a photo. It wasn’t much to look at it, but it had A LOT of space! As for the rusty exterior, it was nothing a can of paint couldn’t fix.

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I cleaned it up, dusted off the cobwebs and began with one can of red paint. Then another. By the end, 13 cans sat empty on my driveway.

But what resulted was a pretty cool toolbox for us. At one time it was destined for the trash pile, but has now been given new life.

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Why Do I Relay?

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This weekend I will walk with more than 300 people throughout the night at our local Relay for Life event to raise money and awareness for cancer research. From the opening ceremony at 5 p.m. on Saturday until our last lap at 6 a.m. on Sunday morning, we all come together for the same mission – to rid our world of cancer. It’s an event that pulls at my heart strings as cancer has affected me in so many ways. But why do I stay up all night and walk around the park? It’s to show that cancer never ends and we all need to do our part to bring awareness and help find a cure.

For me personally, I Relay for:

  • In memory of my grandmother who died much too young from colon cancer. Grandma Feeney – as we called her – bought me my piano when I was in second grade because she knew I had a desire to play. I took lessons for 10 years and even became a teacher of young pianists. That piano still sits in my house and I can’t help but think of her every time I play. Grandma also wasn’t a huge proponent of sweets, but I do remember the small glass elephant that sat high in her kitchen full of colorful jelly beans. It was always a special treat to select a few!
  • In memory of my grandpa who battled and survived skin and pancreatic cancer before finally leaving our beautiful earth due to diabetes.
  • In honor of my mother-in-law who has continued to show strength throughout her life after beating lung cancer and a brain tumor. She continues to be a role model in my life.
  • In honor of my aunt who is a breast cancer survivor, and going through another round of treatments.
  • In honor of my husband’s cousin who is a breast cancer survivor.
  • In honor of my husband’s aunt who is battling breast cancer survivor.
  • In memory of my husband’s uncle who we lost too early.
  • In honor of my dear friend who is still to date my best boss ever!

After relaying in Wyoming for several years, joining the Carbon Valley Relay for Life has been such a rewarding action for the past several years. This year I’ve continued to be a part of the event committee helping to make this event a success.

This year I’ve already raised more than $1200 for the American Cancer Society, but I want that money to keep coming. Please make a donation on my online page at http://main.acsevents.org/goto/KristiRitter.

Together we will inspire hope.

UPDATE – I finished this year raising $1,345 to help fight cancer! Thank you so much to all of my donors. And congrats to my co-worker Paul who won the quilt my mom made.

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