My grandson will be getting married soon and my new granddaughter-to-be stopped by to pick up a TV that I was giving to a cousin.
The other day, my husband and I found out that his co-worker's house caught on fire and suffered major damages.
We wanted to reach out and support their family, but debated whether or not we could afford to donate to the collection.
Then it occurred to me that, even though I don't have enough to pay our bills this week, these people don't have clothes to send their daughter to school the next day!!
With gratitude for all that we have, we donated $50 to the family, and will find a way to make due for the coming week.
I know my daughter loves the fresh veggies from her garden but often her garden becomes overgrown with weeds because she doesn't have time to tend to it. I have made a habit of caring for her garden and love to see how happy she is when she notices the freshly turned soil, all weed-free and watered. I can't always do this because it depends on how much my arthritis is acting up, but it's such a joy to do it when I can.
After spending much time at the hospital with my 90 yr. old mother-in-law who fell and fractured her hip yesterday, we went out to finally have something to eat at 9:30 pm. The server was very busy all by himself and preparing to close but was kind and served us well without knowing our circumstance for such a late dinner. Before we left, I went up and gave him a generous tip even though this restaurant requires no tipping. At first he refused but I insisted and he was very appreciative. It made us both very happy to end our day with smiles.
I mailed SmileCards for KindSpring. :) I LOVE doing this, and appreciate the gentle reminder with offer of help when I get too busy and forget to check for who wants cards. This is the greatest group with which to volunteer!
I went shopping for the single purpose of buying items to donate to the food pantry. In the past, I have only donated from my cupboard... basically unwanted or unneeded items. This is the first time I have shop specifically to donate and it felt SO GOOD!
I have created and printed what I call my "Hero Cards" and give them out to veterans that I see in public places, thanking them for their service to our country, or I place them on the driver's side window of cars with veterans plates. I don't usually see the drivers find them but on occasion I do, and love the expressions on their faces. My cards read "My Heartfelt Thanks to You, Veteran. In a world where there seems to be fewer heroes please know that you will always be one in my eyes. From a Fellow American."
I read that somebody needed minor help to get her heating furnace running. She lived in a poorer section of the town in a mobile home park.
In order to help her, I asked my husband if he could do the repair. I knew he had done this in the past for our furnace. He accepted and went to the next town over, fixed the furnace and took no money for doing so.
She had been without heat for two days in a below freezing weather! I was very happy that I read her message and could arrange for my husband to help her out.
I saw an elderly man and his wife eating lunch. He was wearing a Korean War Veteran cap. I secretly gave the waitress a card I had made up that says: My heartfelt thanks to you, Veteran. In a world where there seems to be fewer heroes, please know that you will always be one in my eyes. From a Fellow American. I also gave her money to pay for their meal.
I overheard them say, "This made our day!" and that was all I needed to make make MY day!
I had three employees comment to me that they thought that was so nice. I hope I made enough impression so maybe they would do something similar one day.
With the help of others, I organized a collection of school supplies. Forty backpacks filled with school supplies were donated to needy children, along with two boxes of school supplies for teachers with a total value of approximately $1,100. It's amazing what we can accomplish when we work together!
I am currently collecting and making afghans and shawls and collecting toiletries for our veterans in a nursing home. So far, I have 35 afghans and 10 shawls as well as various other items. These will be used as Christmas gifts for the veterans. I put out the word to let others know I'm collecting so hope to have many more by the end of November.