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Old 01-06-2015, 05:34 PM   #21 (permalink)
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This is not charitable toward humans, but toward animals. My wife, after watching one of the ASPCA commercials, decided we needed to adopt ANOTHER dog. We already had rescued two cats from the dumpsters and one dog from the streets, but she decided to help out the local Friends of the Animals pet adoption agency. I have always loved big dogs, but was reluctant to shelter a pit bull due to their reputation. She insisted we go meet "Cooper". He had another name then (Truffles for some reason), but that is his name now. Cooper was about a year old but seemed very friendly. After my wife told them yes, they let the other shoe drop. Cooper was heartworm positive and would require heartworm treatment. Long story short, seven months later Cooper is no longer heartworm positive and is a VERY active member of the family. Everyone in the family loves him, except the older male cat who won't have anything to do with him. The reputation I had always heard of pit bulls was not true, at least in this case. I don't leave him unattended with my children out of an abundance of caution, but he has not shown any aggression toward any of us. He is just a big lap dog.

As an aside, if you don't have any experience with large breed dogs, especially bull breeds, rottweilers, Dobermans, etc., you really should do your research before adopting one. They do require lots of attention and can NEVER be allowed to believe they are the ALPHA animal in the home. Tug of war is a no, no and obedience training is a MUST.
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I found out that often the Salvation Army bell ringers are hired temps as they can't get enough volunteers. My wife and I only signed up for one time slot this season, but I'm expecting this to be a regular for us in the years to come.
Nice to hear of someone with a good soul. This past Christmas, in Houston, TX, I was sitting in the car waiting for my wife to grab something at the local drugstore. The Salvation Army bell ringer stopped what he was doing, reached into the pot, pulled out some cash, went inside the store, then came out with a pack of smokes and proceeded to light up right around the corner, keeping his eye on "his" money I'm sure. A few days later I happened to come across a Salvation Army bus full of volunteers at another Walgreens, and I told the group leader about what I saw. He acted surprised and said he would take action. Who knows if he did or not.

So, I suppose you could call this a charitable act on my part, or maybe just busting a criminal, but I know people put their hard earned money in those Salvation Army buckets, and it really ticked me off to see that guy take advantage of their generosity.
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This is not charitable toward humans, but toward animals. My wife, after watching one of the ASPCA commercials, decided we needed to adopt ANOTHER dog. We already had rescued two cats from the dumpsters and one dog from the streets, but she decided to help out the local Friends of the Animals pet adoption agency. I have always loved big dogs, but was reluctant to shelter a pit bull due to their reputation. She insisted we go meet "Cooper". He had another name then (Truffles for some reason), but that is his name now. Cooper was about a year old but seemed very friendly. After my wife told them yes, they let the other shoe drop. Cooper was heartworm positive and would require heartworm treatment. Long story short, seven months later Cooper is no longer heartworm positive and is a VERY active member of the family. Everyone in the family loves him, except the older male cat who won't have anything to do with him. The reputation I had always heard of pit bulls was not true, at least in this case. I don't leave him unattended with my children out of an abundance of caution, but he has not shown any aggression toward any of us. He is just a big lap dog.

As an aside, if you don't have any experience with large breed dogs, especially bull breeds, rottweilers, Dobermans, etc., you really should do your research before adopting one. They do require lots of attention and can NEVER be allowed to believe they are the ALPHA animal in the home. Tug of war is a no, no and obedience training is a MUST.
She and me always pick rescues, usually the most difficult ones. We have three at the moment:
Two German Shepherds and a Border Collie.
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Been under the weather for the past few days and semi confined to being horizontal.
This is really a great thing. When I joined WF last year, I knew that there was a group of very special folks here.
Proud to say I am a member.
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i lost alot of weight this yr over 50 lbs was forced to due to health issues , so had like 4 extra warm coats , and sweat shirts jeans etc ,rather than donate to goodwill i had like 2 huge garbage bags full plus so made a few bags being in Oklahoma we have so many homeless almost at every corner.and bought some toiletries at the dollar store , and handed out almost 20 bags over past 2 days. and still have more clothes that dont fit lol.just a way i could give back a few yrs ago i was in wallmart new the hollidays buying food only had so much i could spend so watched the cash register amt was going to just put a bunch of things back. a lady and her daughter came over paid my bill and told me to asdd the stuff i was putting back. if i would paid the bill would had like $6 left till my ssi check in 2 weeks .when i was leaving i thanked them again . and told them how much there kindness meant to me .i was going out to my car they handed me like $40.00 in cash . driving home i was in tears. i've been really blessed .A little over a year i moved to Oklahoma and found out just 2 months before that my immune system was messed up and found a dr. here they charge over 5 grand a month for the infusion my insurance pays them like 4 grand takes like 5-6 hours every month., they told me it would be a $800 co pay . i told them i couldn't afford it. they told me not to worry about it . cause i told them i just wont do it , not that they will really loose money , they just wont make as much lol.really don't have extra cash for his follow up visits for a specialist ,he is such a great dr he says don't worry about his copay.there are good people in this world.there are alot of good and kind people that are watch geeks i am proud to be a member.
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Old 01-09-2015, 11:43 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I delivered Thanksgiving meals to needy folks in our community through our church, the weekend before Thanksgiving.

I was feeling OK about it, but wasn't really thinking about it from the perspective of those on the other end. Then I delivered the boxes to this old lady in one of those affordable housing apartment complexes. She started crying, said, "Thank you," and gave me the biggest hug.

Even the smallest acts of kindness we do for others can have a big impact for them.
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Awesome program Secret Angel. Thanks for inspiring others to help those in need. No need to enter me in the contest.
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My wife and I donated a bunch of clothes to a local place for people that need them. Hope that people can stay warm for the winter..

Thanks for a great giveaway.

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Old 01-12-2015, 09:49 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Mine is very simple.....I am serving on the local school Board to make sure that that today's children can get the best education possible.
This means all children....honors level...CP (college prep) and special need children.....all deserve the Best!
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Old 01-15-2015, 12:55 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Interesting thread! The stories posted here highlight just how important it is to do good deeds for others. The forum member’s generosity is abundant and a pleasure to read about.

We are currently committed to a five-year giving pledge to “The Women’s Fund”, a sub-charity of the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Local girls in foster care and mothers in crisis receive various help and funding from that fund. Other charitable acts (but more than 6 months ago) have been contributions to the American Cancer Society via monetary donation, and Coastal Hospice via thrift store donations.

As I type this, I am reminded of an event which happened this past fall, just as the evenings were getting chilly. I take the same route home every day and pass through a stop-light intersection where occasionally a man has appeared, holding a sign. He’s not there too often but when he is, he’s always next to the first car in the left-turn lane. Admittedly I had been repeatedly relieved to avoid an uncomfortable situation as I’m always several cars back in line and can easily avoid “doing something” for him. That sounds pretty poor when it’s written in black and white but money is never on my person since I use credit cards for everything. One October evening I had stopped on the way home to buy a simple dinner of cheesesteak subs for my wife and myself. That evening I was first in line at the stop light and the gentleman was there, his head down offering no eye contact, holding his sign, cars lining up behind me. His sign read “Hungry” in shaky handwriting. I immediately opened the window, called to him, and offered him my dinner. He accepted, with a huge smile and a “God bless you”. What I didn’t expect is that the look in his eyes was of true bewilderment. It was just a moment in time… the light turned green and I drove on. Could it be that so few people actually offered to help him that when help does come, it’s shocking? I haven’t seen him since that evening and hadn’t thought about it again until now.

Thanks to the watchfreeks forum today for causing me to stop a bit and consider that the “uncomfortable” interaction with that man which I had been relieved to avoid several times turned out to be not uncomfortable at all. It was just the opposite. Even though it was such a small gesture, giving my dinner to him was more rewarding to me than the “donations” to charity organizations because it was more personal. I’ve decided to keep some cash in the car for when I see him, or others like him, again.

Sorry for the rambling…
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I would also like to say how awesome this is, and to thank the donor for doing this. After reading these stories, I've realized how much more I could be doing. I like to think I am a good person. I donate to Goodwill/Salvation army regularly, and have given food to those living on the street, but there is more I could do... Thanks again for doing this.

Edited in case I needed to post something more specific. The last thing I recall doing was a few weeks ago. My girlfriend and I were walking from the car to our apartment building after dark and heard a cat. After looking around and making awful cat meow impressions, he came up to us. Completely black, and skin and bones; thinnest cat I have ever seen and no collar. Extremely friendly, and vocal. I went up to the apartment to try and find something I thought he would eat. Brought down a can of tuna, and he took the entire can out of my hand before I could set it down, and began devouring it. We hung out and waited for him to finish. Once he was done, I have never seen an animal more grateful. He was purring and meowing like crazy while brushing against both our pants legs as much as possible. He eventually decided to go off into the wooded area. Kept an eye out ever since for him around the same time. Haven't seen him since unfortunately. Hope he is doing OK.

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Great posts so far. Contest ends tonight. Thanks everyone.
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Several months ago we moved next door to an older woman and introduced ourselves. We got along, but sometimes she could be short to people. Despite this, we just loved her and helped out with snow shoveling and errands. We found out recently that right before we moved in, she had found out that she was terminally ill and had a daughter who also had an inoperable brain tumor. We were honored to help her in her last days and she died peacefully. I think this lesson of giving for our children was that one never knows what is happening to other people or what they are going through. We just need to love people and have a servant heart because we never know the circumstances of others.
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