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Old 02-04-2015, 10:14 AM   #13431
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I had my youngest son shovel next door one year. It was a elderly couple. That was all it took. He made sure after that one time, that he got up on his own each time it snowed so he could get out there early and start shoveling. He didn't want them to know who was doing it for them. Volunteering never hurts. And when it goes un-noticed, it tastes even better. A lesson he learned on his own.
Thats great when you see your child take initiative to help someone else. I have 2 sons close in age so they always have a helper, our neighbors are all pretty self sufficient and far away from us, its a walk just to get to the neighbors house, lol.

We do a lot of houses outside the neighborhood, we do our church {that takes the longest} and most of the houses we do with the exception of maybe 3 that are a lot of work {long driveways, walkways, and sidewalks} are pretty easy. We have it down to a science, I plow in the driveway, they hop out, grab the shovels, and start shoveling to the door, then if they have oil or propane heat they shovel a path to the fuel fills, by then I usually have the driveway all plowed and cleaned, so I hop out grab my shovel and do the mail box while they are either warming up in the truck or starting on the sidewalk, if their is a sidewalk I help them finish it off then we leave and go to the next house on the list...

Its more than just helping people, I get to spend time with them with no tv or video game distractions, we goof around all day, throwing snowballs and tackling each other into snow piles, I know the older people get a kick out of watching the kids play while working.
One women was snapping pictures from inside her house and then my wife seen pics of our kids making snow angels in a strangers yard on facebook, it said something like "my shoveling angels"...

We have one women who is in her late 70's that has my sons come and do her yard work, my wife drops them off in the morning and she has all the tools in her shed, she pays them once the first time they go there, she gives them $1000 in cash each and they go back there every single week all summer and landscape her yard. I have to say they do a great job, better than at my house, they sweep her porches, my oldest cleaned her gutters this year, my wife asked him where he learned how to clean gutters and he said "I'm self taught, its not as hard as it looks"...
Anyway I told her that she could hire a professional to landscape her yard for that much money and she said she enjoys having them around and watching them play while they work so much she doesn't care what it costs, and she wanted to give them more, lol.. She even makes them lunch and drinks while they are there! She is also very well off her late husband and her did very very well and they have no children...
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Old 02-04-2015, 11:06 AM   #13432
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After that first time, I really expected to hear, "Great, no snow. No School!" That child really surprised me.

I did send the story on to my grandson's wife. He is the firefighter in the family. He was supposed to take his kids in town today to see the parade. But decided to go shovel for some elderly neighbors instead. Kids do learn by the examples their parents and the rest of their family sets.

I am going shopping at the end of this week. I buy two boxes of cereal and a jar of peanut butter and marshmallow fluff for the church pantry every month. I think I will add a large loaf of bread with that. I simply can't stand the thought of any child going hungry. I finally managed to convince a few of the other residents in this building to contribute to the church. Even if it is just a loaf of bread. One of my neighbors has her grandchildren bring her donation to my door so they can see what it is all about. Spike takes it to the hallway of the woman's home that runs the pantry.
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Old 02-04-2015, 11:19 AM   #13433
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After that first time, I really expected to hear, "Great, no snow. No School!" That child really surprised me.

I did send the story on to my grandson's wife. He is the firefighter in the family. He was supposed to take his kids in town today to see the parade. But decided to go shovel for some elderly neighbors instead. Kids do learn by the examples their parents and the rest of their family sets.

I am going shopping at the end of this week. I buy two boxes of cereal and a jar of peanut butter and marshmallow fluff for the church pantry every month. I think I will add a large loaf of bread with that. I simply can't stand the thought of any child going hungry. I finally managed to convince a few of the other residents in this building to contribute to the church. Even if it is just a loaf of bread. One of my neighbors has her grandchildren bring her donation to my door so they can see what it is all about. Spike takes it to the hallway of the woman's home that runs the pantry.
I'll never forget my mother taking us to church to pick up food when we were kids, my father was out of work {the political issues that came with being a truck driver back then} and she was pregnant with my brothers {twins}, we wouldn't probably wouldn't have starved with out that food but we definitely would have been hungry, so I know both sides of the tracks and now that I am on this side I help when I can which luckily is often.

We try to tech the kids the best we can on how to be giving, I do the snow removal thing, my wife loves to crochet so makes hats, scarves, and gloves to donate. Thanksgiving we always donate turkeys, xmas, toys, easter we do a egg hunt raffle that raises money for breast cancer {sadly didn't happen last year and probably not this year again}, but when others see you or hear about you doing your part it seems to get them in the mood to do theirs...

That loaf of bread you donate may be the difference between a growing 9 year old boy going to be with a full stomach or going to bed and tossing and turning to a grumbling stomach, good for you...
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Old 02-04-2015, 11:44 AM   #13434
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There is a church member who is at the Food Pantry every Saturday. She is on both sides of that coin. Every year she gives her three boys coats to the coat collection. She claims that the church is giving out atomic food. Each year her three boys have outgrown last years coat.
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Old 02-04-2015, 12:49 PM   #13435
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54F and sunny now at almost 10, supposed to get to a high of 76F today.
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Old 02-04-2015, 01:00 PM   #13436
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I think we have reached our peak temp for the day. 30F.
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Old 02-08-2015, 06:03 PM   #13437
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We were suppose to get freezing rain this morning, it missed us, thank goodness.
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Old 02-08-2015, 08:29 PM   #13438
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I just love to punish myself. I just listened to out latest weather report. They are predicting up to 15" of snow tomorrow. I could have done without that. It is snowing right now and it isn't even tomorrow yet. Temp is 12F. And we are only in February.
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We got up to 50F yesterday, 40 today and cloudy.
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Up to 65 today...where did my winter go??????
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