You know what? The economy hoovers, regardless of the lowered gas prices. I belong to both Freecycle and the newer group Cheapcycle thru yahoo. I've never seen so much activity on either of them! DHL in a town nearby is shutting down and laying everyone off. Thousands have already lost their jobs, and more to get axed. Nichole's boyfriend only has about a week or so to go himself. I watch freecycle incase I can help someone. I mean, I have a whole garage sale sitting in my rec room I'd be willing to part with if someone needs it. lol But man! You can see the effect of 2 major factories and DHL closing down in this area alone. Cheapcycle you know who's having it rough because we have 3 families piece mailing their luxury items out for dirt cheap one by one. Weeks and weeks this has been going on. Freecycle has families trying to clothe their kids, hopefully get something for them for xmas....and one poor pregnant mother of 4 who got put on bedrest and now her kids are going hungry because all our county services are overwhelmed. She asked if people would please look in their cubboards and see if they have anything to spare because she can't stand to see her kids go hungry. Little kids. Husband is working hard but making too much for foodstamps. On and on. Some have gotten creative and are offering gift wrapping in your home for cheap, baking for holidays for cheap, ect. So sad to see when I open my email. But I read all the Freecycle ones because there may be a person I can help. Like one lady had lost her job, but has just landed a new one (guess she's one of the lucky ones) but she needs scrubs and doesn't have any money to buy any. I'm going to ask if easy child had any of hers left over for the woman. Hard to see so many hurting. Most especially at this time of year I guess. I know it's not just here. I'm going to ask mother in law if she'd like the gift wrapper checked out for her, gift wrapping is such a chore for her. Anyone else seeing this?