Helping a Neighbor Down on his Luck
--by MakeSomeoneSmile, posted Apr 7, 2007
We had a community garage sale this weekend. Early that morning a man who was staying down the street with his mother stopped by. He is a cabinet maker but there has not been much work for him lately. He has been doing lawn jobs and clean up to make extra money to keep going. He stopped by to ask us if we had any lawn equipment for sale. We didn't but upon hearing his struggles I pulled an extra yard blower/vac out of our cabinet and gave it to him. When he asked how much it was, I just told him he could have it and wished him the best of luck.
2 hours later he came back. He had gone home and tried it out and was happy that it worked great for him! He thanked us again and asked if he could clean up our yard to show his appreciation. We said no that was not necessary but he insisted he wanted to do something to thank us. Hesitantly we let him clean up some leaves. He smiled and was very happy as he did, bagged everything up and then went on his way.
It is never easy when things are tough. I don't know anyone who would have come back and did what he did. And I felt great knowing that it really mattered to him. I wish him the best of luck and was glad to make a difference for him for at least one day.
There are many people on our way in life who just would take that extra step to thank us for what we have done to them. it is indeed a great feeling to be with people like them isn't it.
let's do our best to all around us.
That was a really nice gesture you did for your neighbour, it will certainly
go towards creating a good community spirit.