Few weeks ago whilst in a store buying some groceries,dressed in some old gear only fit for doing nothing in, plus, no makeup, I got chatting to a youngish woman, mostly about prices of food...when I came to pay the cashier the gal wouldnt let me she said to the cashier,'please put that on my check' I tried to argue her out of it, but she won .well I am not that poor yet ...so the next time I went into a store I did something similar ...a mom who did look harrassed and weary buying basic food like milk.I also have fed regularly an old boy who passes by ..just a sandwich and a coffee...something not approved by my dh ...
I was going to a Carl's Jr near my school campus and there was a homeless man that was sitting by the side of the building. I had never seen him before and he looked tired and hungry, so I asked him if I could buy him something to eat. He gratefully accepted and I bought him a meal to eat. I ended up eating lunch with him there instead of taking my food to go and heard a number of interesting stories about his life when he was in the military. I think I got more out of that evening than he did and I'm glad I came across him.
Gosh sweetpea isnt that great ,I know that other folks have some great stories to tell, it must have meant so much to him ...after watching that wonderful happy event this morning the Royal Wedding I found myself smiling at everyone in the store and I guess they all felt the same as they smiled back ...
I have to tell you this one has happened to me today ,this is wonderful..I have one cat called Tweety , I adore her , she was a stray who found me ,recently another came into my life, a little black young cat, I thought was female turns out to be a male ..we tried to get a home for the last few weeks for him, no luck,so we thought to keep him and let him in, he started to get aggressive with my cat, I assume because he is male and wanted to control..humm that sounds familiar in my house .well I put an ad in the local paper, also asked around about no kill shelters, no luck Till. yesterday a lovely woman contacted me , said she was moving to a ranch and really wanted a cat to catch the nasties hanging out there ,in her barn.. This woman put herself out for me ,giving a great cat what is going to be a a great home .I consider for me that this was a big act of kindness.,so many times animals are abused and neglected this was an act of kindness indeed.
What a great topic! I usually never get to share these moments with others.
One Christmas I went to buy my husband's grandmother an Elvis tie that I found at a local store. I got to the checkout and the cashier was an older woman that just absolutely fell in love with the tie. I told her if you can there is only one other tie left, maybe on your break you can go get it. She was just thrilled at the idea of doing this. Her manager came by and she asked him if it would be ok to go get it, and buy it. He was a younger guy and actually responded to her very rudely right in front of me and told her she couldn't do that.
So after I made my purchase and my mother-in-law was in line still, I ran to the back and got the last tie. I went right into her checkout line again, bought it, and then handed it to her. I didn't even have the cash on me, so had to charge it on my credit card. But it was worth it, the look in her eyes was worth it all.
She was so excited she almost started crying, the manager couldn't say anything to her because I bought it not her. Kindness can go a long way, it really does something for both people involved. I love that feeling :D
I will share this real quick something we do all the time when we move or just clear everything out of our house is put things outside with a big FREE sign on them. We have a policy, if we do not use it in a year then we don't need it. I don't have the patience to sit out on a yard sale and usually we don't have time to do that either. If we don't do that we might see someone that needs something and ask them if they want it.
One example, is there was a mom with several children and she didn't have a stroller. Our son out grew the one stroller we had so we bought a new one. Day in and day out we would watch her with all these kids walk up the street. So the one day my husband and I went outside and asked them if they would like a stroller. The children were so excited they almost started crying.
thats really great because it helping you with something you don't need and giving her something she did need ..hey you recycled ...Yard sales are great in this country..like you I have only done the odd one , but I do like to go by them if they look as if they have something I can use, mainly for my garden , one can get wonderful plants/pots that way ..Nowadays I have noticed the same folks do it regularly and they look as if they don't have a bean to live on , so its always great to see folks stopping just to have a lemonade made by the kids ..and contributing in some way .
I love thrift stores and I love yard sales and maybe one of the reasons why is that we do give away a lot of things when we are done using them. You just never know what you are going to find.
Before Christmas and before the kids get their gifts, we have them go through all of their old toys and decide what they don't like anymore or don't use. The past year that we did this, I had asked a single mom that I had met at the local store if she would be interested in going through some toys that we are giving away. I had no idea what financial burden she was under. But our boys were fully aware that they were donating some things to a family. We gave them to her and here come to find out, she was not going to have enough money this year to buy her kids gifts. So they were literally ecstatic when they got the toys. I saw her about a month later or so and she ran up to me and gave our boys a note from her boys that said "thank you." She said they were just so excited.
We are by no means rich with money, but rich with gratitude and love to help out when we can or have the opportunity to.
I only just spotted this ..that was so nice for that single struggling mom to get those toys from you and so kind of you to give them..I think this coming Christmas is going to be tight for many folks ,with prices rocketing ..
We just recently did another round up of toys about a month or so ago and of clothes. We give the clothes to the Mennonite families that distribute them to those in need. And we donated garbage bags full of toys to a group that distributes them to the country based living children that have less access. I would rather know that people are getting them for free v/s having to buy them again. Money is money and anything small that each of us can do helps.
You are so right ..I really feel for those poor families in Somalia ..I doubt the children get any toys on any holiday they have... they barely eat ...Toys are just great to recycle aren't they our kids here get so many, which I love, but its so great to pass them on..well done
I recently watched a young girl donate some of her toys at a hospital near my house and she was so happy to give them to the sick kids that were patients there. It was amazing to see how she hugged her bear one last time and then gave it to one of the nurses. She didn't look like she was upset to give them away. She was just happy to help and she would look up at her mom for a reassuring look, like "did I do good?". It was so adorable and she was so young. It was nice to see someone so giving at that age, when many want things for themselves and think the world revolves around them.
Have you noticed its always children that want to pas their stuff' on even after that sharing nonsense they go through..I think that the idea of allowing other children to have their things and enjoy them makes them happy..
What a great story sweetpea03, I try to have our children involved with the giving their toys away process too. I ask them if they use it anymore and then if they both agree they don't then we donate it. I always explain to them where it is going too and that helps.
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