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Old 01-24-2013, 03:52 PM   #1
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Who have you helped today?

New thread. Who have you helped today? The help can be as simple as opening the door for someone, or giving a good recipe to a stranger, or teaching a child how to make their very own first batch of cookies. It can be donating time to a soup kitchen, or assisting a freind moving furniture. The only thing is that it needs to be motivated simply by wanting to help someone, no reward or compensation required.

I'm hoping this will give us all a reason to step up in whatever way we can, to make the world a little better place.

Me, I picked up a check for a friend who is out of town, and has had surgery, and delivered it to the bank for her, so she can pay her rent.

If you don't want to participate in this thread, that's ok. And if you have any ideas for unique ways we can help others, even if we're financially strapped, or don't have the muscles to help move furniture, speak up.

And again, this thread isn't to toot our own horns, but rather to inspire each other to make the world better through action.

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Old 01-24-2013, 06:42 PM   #2
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Super timing on this thread !

DH had one of his Dr appointments this morning. As we were leaving there was an elderly gentleman trying to get to his car. He was using a walker and the parking lot was snowy and icy. Poor guy was so cold as the wind was blowing and the temp was only 7F. We walked up beside him and offered to help him. We each took an arm and helped him get to his car much quicker. Then I started his car for him and turned on the heater. He was so sweet and thankful. He said he is all alone with no family and coming to the Dr is all he has.

This place is for military veterans and so I have the highest respect for each and every person who goes there. This man looked to be near 90 years old .. reminded me of my Grandpa.

Anyway .. we got him into his car and he wanted to pay us for helping .. we declined of course and thanked him for what he had done for our country.

He wanted to know when we were coming next as he wanted to see us again.

Turns out he lives in our town so we will be meeting up with him periodically to check on him.

We felt so good about helping him .. not only physically helping him today but we think we saw a sparkle in his eye knowing that he had a couple of new friends.

I tell you .. nothing can beat the feeling of helping another person .. it's the best !!
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:06 PM   #3
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What a sweet story, MrsLMB! Love it!
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:39 PM   #4
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Mrs. LMB, every story like that is an example, and inspires all of us to want to do the same. Thanks.

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Old 01-25-2013, 03:07 AM   #5
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That certainly is such a nice story Mrs L
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a younger coworker that's scheduled to work the overnight shift asked me to cover for him so he could get out early tonight. he's going camping (car camping, really) this weekend and has to get to a meeting with his friends to go over logistics.

besides letting him go early, i also told him as much as i could about how to survive a camping trip when it's going to be in the single digits out most of the day, and around zero or below at night. where to pitch his tent on a ridge, how to create a wind break, how to collect and cut firewood, how to dress during the day and just before hitting the sleeping bag at night, not to bring beer (lol) as it'll freeze solid, and even wine needs to be kept near the fire when it's that cold out, and so on.

hopefully he'll survive as he's a good guy.
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hopefully he'll survive as he's a good guy.
You're a good guy, too, bt. All that scout-mastering is paying off
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thanks very much, gg.

i can't wait to take my son out on winter trips. teach him how to make snow shoes out of pine branches, start a fire with a shoelace, how to find the north star (google skymaps, lol)...
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A lady we know needed a place to temporarily park her mini-fan and asked if she could use our side yard. I said I'd get the 3 foot of snow cleaned off of it and she could park there. I called the neighbor with the big snow-blower, you know, the kind that are taller than you, have a cab, and a diesel engine to power it. I gave him 10 bucks for gas and time. He dug a bit to deep and clogged the throwing shoot with snow and sand. It froze in there. It took me, and another neighbor with a crow bar, about 3 hours to clear the chute, and I had to finish shoveling by hand. About 4 hours work was done, total. I hope she appreciates it. That's all I need, a bit of appreciation.

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Great advice to share buckytom .. hope he has great stories to share when he returns !!

Chief .. that's a lot of work you did there .. most would have given up .. nice job !!
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