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Old 01-03-2015, 06:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello Freeks and Happy New Year;
If you have been around Watch Freeks for the past few years you know about our special Secret Angel program. You can read more about the wonderful Secret Angel in the other threads in this section of the forum.

The Watch Freeks Secret Angel could be any (or many) of the members. The Secret Angel enjoys this site and the positive energy and environment that has always been part of the community on Watch Freeks. You will never know who the Secret Angel is and that is how they want it.

The Secret Angel also likes to share with the other WF members .....

The Watch Freeks Secret Angel has a special giveaway on the site for everyone to kick of 2015. The SA has graciously donated 3 nice watches to anonymously be given away. You can see pictures of them below.

Here is how you can enter to win one of these watches.
Post below in this thread about something charitable you have done in the past 6 months, OR about something/anything nice you have done for someone else. It could be as simple as making a donation to a charity, or helping someone carry in their groceries, or ?????. If it was a nice thing for someone else post about it.

You do not have to list specific names if it was a private family issue but talk about what you did in general.

The point of this thread is GOOD WILL we do for others.


The Secret Angel will pick 1-2 random winners and 1 winner that story moves them. they might have a few additional questions about what you post below and will inquire in private.

Contest Ends Sunday 1/18/15 at 11:59pm EST
Winners will be contacted in private the next days.

We look forward to reading all of the positive stories in this thread. Happy New Year everyone!

The 3 watches that will be given away by the Watch Freeks Secret Angel are the following:

1) A Invicta is a Invicta Men's 8926C Pro Diver Collection Coin-Edge Automatic. This watch is brand new with all the protective film still on it.
2) A Trintec Zulu 05 GMT . This gently worn watch is in "like new" condition and will come with the original strap on it that was never used.
3) A Trintec Nav-01 that is also gently used and in "like new" condition. It will come on an aftermarket black strap

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My wife and I were coming home from the pool store to pick up a few things. A older guy came up to us and explained (in sufficient detail) the financial shipwreck he was in and that he hadn't had money to buy food for the last few days and was really hungry after walking from the next town over, probably 15 miles or so.
We told him a of a few local (within a considerable walking distance, unfortunately) places that may be able to help him longer term, but to wait right there while we went to get him something to eat. (We asked if he had any preferences to which he just wanted food)

We ran over to the local Walmart and as quickly as we could bought him a McDonalds Big Mac meal (for his immediate hunger), some a couple bottles of Gatorade, apples, peanut butter, some chocolate, etc. we got him a backpack to put it all in (since he was to travel some distance and could carry the food or whatnot) along with a big beach towel since -as he was newly homeless- might need something to keep him warm during the cool summer nights and (if I remember correctly) $20 or so.

We came back and found him. He cried when we delivered the food. He cried more when we gave him the backpack with the extra provisions and stuff.

I don't know what happened to him as we never saw him again. I hope he found the help he needed.
I often wonder how he's doing and if he found the help he needed. I hope he has.


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Over the years I've donated money and time to Goodwill and the Salvation Army. Donating money was the easy part...donating time requires a long term commitment. It was truly my pleasure working with people who were in it for the long haul. Giving back to one's community is an honor and a privilege!
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This probably doesn't count as a charitable act, but as I sat here thinking, the situation suddenly popped into my mind, so I thought I'd share the story.

It happened about 16 years ago. I had been out of the university for about 3 years, but I had a friend who was sort of a "career student" who was still at my old school. He just couldn't let go of the lifestyle, his fraternity, etc., so he kept extending his stay.

So anyway, I was back in town after being away for several months, and my friend asked if I'd like to go with him to a party at the house of one of his frat brothers. I hesitated, because I was sure I'd look like an "old guy" there, plus I didn't want to get mixed up with underaged drinkers. He insisted that the guys who lived there were only allowing certain people in. It wouldn't be the typical house party, and everyone would be of age.

So we went to the party, and after a couple of hours, 3 new girls walked in. As you would expect, the eyes of most of the guys at the party took a peek to check them out, and I was no different. One of them was terribly scarred from what must've been severe burns she'd suffered many years before. She had lost one of her arms below the elbow, but her other arm was slim and perfect. Her face was hard to describe. You got the impression that she was wearing a discolored rubber mask. Her nose and mouth were misshapen, and she was wearing very heavy eyeliner around beautiful brown eyes.

Naturally, I think everyone who saw the girls come in were taken by surprise, but then they quickly suppressed that and just acted normal. My friend, however, acted like a real jerk. He turned away with this shocked look on his face and pretended to gag. I shot him a dirty look and told him to control himself.

So the partygoers went on with their drinking, listening to the music, and socializing. The 3 girls stayed together in their own little group. This ate at me until, after maybe 20 minutes or so, I walked over to to introduce myself. Fortunately, they were very friendly and welcoming to me, the "old guy."

I ended up talking to that girl for quite a while, and my conversation with her was one of those experiences where you have a sort of epiphany: in a flash, I realized I was being just as condescending and judgmental and superior as my friend had been earlier. Except my arrogance showed itself with a smiling face as I "blessed" that girl with my attention. Up until about 15 minutes into our chat, my vision hadn't penetrated any further beyond the surface of her skin than my friend's vision had.

But in the end, I like to think she saw me for who I truly was deep down, not just another self-righteous, charitable do-gooder. And I hope she gave me a glimpse of the special person behind those brown eyes. We just talked about normal stuff, normal life, and the normal stresses that college kids feel. Just like any other university girl, while she wasn't going to classes and doing homework, she wanted to have fun, dance, drink a little, and meet some boys, too. And she didn't let anything hold her back. She set the example for what true courage and strength are.

So if anyone deserves a reward, it's that girl for putting up with me and showing me how shallow and clueless I truly am!

So anyway, for what it's worth, that's my story.
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I gotta thank our anonymous donor for doing this. That's really awesome of you and I love that you're doing it without letting us know who you are.
I couldn't post about any of my charitable efforts, for personal gain or to look good in the eyes of others because of what I've learned from the bible; 1 Corinthians 13:4 KJV
So I really just wanna thank our outstanding freek giving these away. I hope they are appreciated by their new owners.
If this comment is selected randomly, I would like my father or mother to enjoy the watch. Invicta for my mother cus I gifted my dad a similar pro diver with same color combo so they could match or any of the other two for my dad. My parents just left earlier this morning back to Oregon after staying in my house for 2 weeks to be with their only grandchild, only son and only daughter-in-law.
Those two make every set of parents I've ever met look subpar. Maybe cus I gave them so many headaches before turning my life around and think that what they did with me was completely undeserving and they went way beyond the extra mile and call of duty. I could go on and on about all the things my parents did for me that they didn't have to but still did, even when many other people would've given up a long time before. They never gave up on me and now they can't believe how much God has changed me and continue to do every day.

I'll never be able to repay what they did for me and I'm blessed to have them as role models that for the first time in their lives, they told me they are proud of me. I'll be 36 years old next month and lived with them for at least 30 of them on and off and on and off again. They could've kicked me out when I turned 18 or started messing up but they stood by me and always supported me through thick and thin.

My charitable efforts upto this day, could not come close to what my parents have done and still do. They help and impact teenagers every day as bilingual counselors in a High School in Hillsboro. My mom retired last year and my dad will retire in a few months. My parents don't brag about it because they genuinely do it for the love but I can brag about them cus I'm really proud to know that they helped so many teenagers stay in school, so many kids stayed away from drugs cus of them, so many of them got scholarships with my parents helping them apply and weitting letters of recommendations, taking them to college campus tours, etc. So many kids send them wedding invitations and college graduation invites and in any important personal day or holiday, they always get invited. So many kids and parents hug them when they see them and have sent them thank you cards and beautiful pictures and messages that were bitter sweet like "I wish you were my dad", "you're like the mother I never had", "the world is a better place because you're in it", "I graduated because of you" and the list goes on and on. Taking them here and there on their own dime and time and money so that these kids could prosper. Visiting them at home when they deemed it appropriate due to absence or hearing horrible stories about neglective parents. Some parents actually take their kids out of school so they can work and feed all their siblings while parents get drunk and forget what a mother and father is supposed to be. My parents helping them with homework off the clock, essays, college applications, scholarships, etc even if many of them do not want to learn or be helped.
I'm gonna quit it now as I could really go on and on about my parents and how I'd love to win a watch for him. Can't believe they worked together in same dept in same school for so long. My dad was hired there first and then he brought in my mother to tag team the students with their love.
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Truly amazing and very, very generous. This site, through its wonderful members, is getting better and better! Generosity is present in all, so is compassion. It starts with greeting your neighbours, especially pensioners who tend to react plessantly surprised. Because of very personal reasons I'll only divulge that I make a substantial contribution every year to KWF (Queen Wilhelmina Fund), this Dutch charitable organisation makes scientific cancer research possible and does not receive any governmental support.

This Secret Angel gesture makes me contemplate my own position on this again, very humbling indeed.
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Just wanted to say that this is awesome. I don't wish to be "entered" I just like the pay it forward gesture here. Pretty amazing.
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Just wanted to say that this is awesome. I don't wish to be "entered" I just like the pay it forward gesture here. Pretty amazing.
Likewise my friend. Just chiming in to convey my admiration over this gesture.
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I think it's nice for someone to donate some watches for the group. I do not want to be included in the give a way either, Stacy and I do what we do for others.

My GF and I do many things for the underprivileged all thru the year especially her she has a lot more time to donate. I more of how much do you need person! LOL This year we did much more than previous years because we decided to put a limit on what we were going to spend on one and other. Even though it doesn't look like it from my Christmas haul post we did keep to our limit give or take a couple bucks. We used the money to do many things from local to national charities, mostly local. I won't get into details on what we did most of it was anonymous and we like it that way.
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This site has given me plenty already. I just want to chime in and say this is a truly awesome thing that Watch Freeks is doing with the WF secret Angel.
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I don't know if its really "charity" ...
But there is nice old man and a woman at the end of our road. We are VERY rural here, and this older couple have no one near by them that they can count on. They are as poor as the proverbial church mice, and their children visit maybe once a month.
And it is sad to see them need things that they can't do, or can't afford.
I am not well to do myself, but I can give them a hand when I can. When it snows here, I make sure their walks and driveway are cleared and salted. When their riding lawnmower stops working, I fix it. Sometimes they need food, or a buck or 2. Or I bring them firewood, and pile it in ranks by their front door.
They needed help, they didn't ask for it. But I helped because I know how I would feel if I were 80, and couldn't clear the walk or driveway to drive my wife to the doctor when she needed to go.
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I don't know if its really "charity" ...
But there is nice old man and a woman at the end of our road. We are VERY rural here, and this older couple have no one near by them that they can count on. They are as poor as the proverbial church mice, and their children visit maybe once a month.
And it is sad to see them need things that they can't do, or can't afford.
I am not well to do myself, but I can give them a hand when I can. When it snows here, I make sure their walks and driveway are cleared and salted. When their riding lawnmower stops working, I fix it. Sometimes they need food, or a buck or 2. Or I bring them firewood, and pile it in ranks by their front door.
They needed help, they didn't ask for it. But I helped because I know how I would feel if I were 80, and couldn't clear the walk or driveway to drive my wife to the doctor when she needed to go.
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Well in my book you deserve a watch. That is human generosity at its most basic and therefore most important level.

I do not want to volunteer myself, besides although the it says it counts most of my effort lately has revolved around an issue posted elsewhere. That issue is family and family is not charity, it's just what families do.

Well done to WF and the Secret Angel for recognising the selflessness of others.
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Last year in September, we wanted to help a boy from a poor family, and buy for him the materials for beginning the school.
I learned the story from some friends, (we are are all involved in a charity organization). For example 2 years ago, the family had no money to buy school supplies in September (when school begin) for their 10 years old son, Alex. To be able to buy books, notebooks for literature and mathematics, school supplies, pens and pencils, a backpack bag, the boy collected scrap (old iron parts) and sold them to a collection center, in order to be able to buy school supplies by himself. I was impressed by his story and their family who lives in a village 15 km away from our city.
So we bought everything necessary for starting school, a backpack bag, school supplies, books, notebooks for literature and mathematics, paper sheets for drawing, pens and pencils and put them all in a bag. I was greatly moved by the boy's reaction, because we bought him some toys (car models), but he was not attracted to them, but the set of school supplies. Perhaps other children from families who do not have financial problems were attracted to toys and would not be looking at all the school supplies in exchange Alex was impressed by the backpack with school supplies. The family lives in rural areas, produce their own food in the household, but do not have money for other expenses.
We decided to offer family support with other occasions, and we left them our mobile numbers to notify us if they have some emergencies.
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Despite that fact that my wife doesnt work due to a disability(im the soul bread winner in the family)every year we donate lots of food to food pantries and my daughter donates time at homeless shelters and senior homes.
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GREAT posts so far. Please keep them coming. Great way to start the year with all the wonderful stories about the good will being shown by all.
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Actually I thought about what I said before and I stand by it. What I did think though is its a shame it's members only and none of the watches are ladies, otherwise I would get my missus to sign up.

Earlier in the year when my shoulder op went wrong and I nearly died, she fought my case with the doctors to get me fixed. She then nursed me tirelessly for about 6 weeks until I could use my arm and return to work.

She then supported me when my employer tried to stitch me up, but I quit returning to self employment with her complete agreement. She did all of this whilst in immense pain herself from a faulty hip replacement, which we are now on the surgeons list for a revision, soon we hope.

All the while lately both she and I have been sorting out another family issue.

So although not a member she helped one and and I feel she deserves a honourable mention for support, above and beyond the call of duty, well love.

Don't worry the only reason she didn't get a watch for Christmas was I bought her one last year and, she doesn't see the need for to many. Now shoes God forbid.

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Kind of hate posting this but if it gives anyone else some ideas I'm all for it.

I rent a house I own to a family friend and her young son. The rent does not cover my mortgage but it helps and the lady I rent to has done some nice things to the house so its a decent situation for both parties. She is currently trying to get financing to buy the house and I hoping to hold onto it until she is able to purchase from me.

Anyway..... As I said my renter is a good family friend so we normally send cards and small presents yearly. Well this year I decided to go a different direction and around 11/15 emailed to inform her I only expected her to pay half the rent for December and to have a Merry Christmas. Now to be fair I thought it was a nice gesture and I was happy to make it but did not think too much more about it. It just so happened my parents were having dinner with them the night I did this and come to find out my renter was not sure how she was going to buy presents for her son this year due to some unforeseen bills that had cropped up and the rent she was not paying was going provide her son gifts. My parents felt so bad they agreed on the spot to pay the other half of the rent that month so she would not have to worry about anything. I felt bad that my parents paid me the remaining balance but they would not take no for an answer. I will use it to do something nice for them as soon as I figure out something creative. This whole event just reinforced to me how a small step can make a real difference for someone else. Sometimes I forget that the little things can add up in a big way.

Anyway hope you all had a Merry Christmas and a Happy new year.
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Well I like to tell you about my daughter.She made me a better person, since she been born.I was young ( 18 ) when she was born.My girlfriend at the time was younger and was thinking of not having a baby but I begged her that I would always be there for her and the baby.I would admit I wasn't the greatest person to be around but my life changed when she was born.As my daughter grow she was the most caring person and always wanted to help people she just had the biggest heart.When she was turning 13, I bought her a new bike and the first thing she said was " Dad can I give my old bike to the girl that lives down the street,she don't have one and I think she would really like it",right away she was thinking of someone else.Well as some know here i'm not that smart, street smart yes ,book smart,hell no.
only went to 10th grade but even that really wasn't 10th cause the schools here were a joke and pass you no matter how bad you were.but my daughter went to local collage for nursing and a local hospital takes 33 students to do hands on training and she finished top 3 in the class and they only took 6 of the 33 and gave them a job at the hospital,which she did for a year but wanted to be a school nurse was her dream,she worked hard and now is a full time school nurse..OK well she makes good money and 27 now and my grand daughter is 4 one of her cousin was on drugs and had a baby which the state took from her,My daughter went to see if she can foster home the baby she went and got her as a newborn,she is now 2 and a little cutie and now she is my grand daughter cause the ADOPTION just happened and she is all ours now.She was born on 7-11-12 she got her on 9-11-12 and became forever hers on 11-12-14. My daughter made a sign for when they left the courts they can take some pics and for when she gets older she'll have something to remember that day,the sign read " I didn't give you life but in my heart I know the love I feel is deep and real as if it had been, so for us to have each other is like a dream come true! no I didn't give you the gift of life,you gave me the gift of you." I'm so proud of her I didn't do much with my life but now that I think about it,I did alot I made her and she made me.You always want the best for your kids and to have a better life than you did,and she is a true gift of life. Writing this it may not make any sense,cause it is hard to tell you about a true Angel in a short story. I love you babygirl .. So it's hard for me to say what I do means anything but I try to be a better person everyday and Thank a vet.
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My encouragement to everyone is just do something. It does not have to be big or painful, just reach out to others and care.

Last month I learned something new for me. 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. We had a great time wishing happy holidays to all who walked by at our local Fred Meyer.
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I came across this organization called Watsi a few years ago, and since then my family is supporting people around the world (mostly children) that are in need of medical treatments, but with limited or no access to health services.

I'd like to use this opportunity to share the info about Watsi with you guys, but definitely not to brag about being semi-secret angels to somebody in need.
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