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A Season Of Giving: How Do You Help Help Those Less Fortunate?

by Cricket
posted 11-30-2018 03:06 PM


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#1 posted 11-30-2018 03:15 PM

Cricket the easiest thing for the woodworkers here can do is donating projects to their local charities. This is what I do and it brings in a lot of money for them at their charity auctions.

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#2 posted 11-30-2018 03:29 PM

funny you mention this today as I have a box of toys to deliver tonight HO HO HO :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#3 posted 11-30-2018 03:40 PM

We do foster care and our agency does an angel tree every year for kids who’s families can’t afford to give them gifts, or worse in a lot of cases. We always try to get one boy and one girl and make sure they have a merry Christmas. Or at least that “Santa” brings everything on their list. Our tree always gets cleared out in our area. If there’s an angel tree where you live, and you are able, please make sure there are no names left on it when Christmas comes around.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#4 posted 11-30-2018 03:54 PM

Our local shelter is requesting socks for families. They didn’t ask the community for toys or gifts. How sad would it be to be homeless and not even have socks for your children? Breaks my heart. Just imagine if everyone in our town were to buy an extra package of socks this year to donate to them…

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#5 posted 11-30-2018 03:58 PM



Our local shelter is requesting socks for families. They didn t ask the community for toys or gifts. How sad would it be to be homeless and not even have socks for your children? Breaks my heart. Just imagine if everyone in our town were to buy an extra package of socks this year to donate to them…

- Cricket

Can you post information on where we could send socks Cricket? If not publicly, if you want to PM me instead, I’d like to pitch in. No one should be without socks in the winter for any reason. Ever.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#6 posted 11-30-2018 04:07 PM

Our local shelter is requesting socks for families. They didn’t ask the community for toys or gifts. How sad would it be to be homeless and not even have socks for your children? Breaks my heart. Just imagine if everyone in our town were to buy an extra package of socks this year to donate to them…

- Cricket

Can you post information on where we could send socks Cricket? If not publicly, if you want to PM me instead, I d like to pitch in. No one should be without socks in the winter for any reason. Ever.

- HokieKen

Unfortunately, I saw the request on Facebook and am unable to find it again.

Haven For Hope is an amazing program in San Antonio to help get homeless individuals and families back on their feet again.


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#7 posted 11-30-2018 04:49 PM

This is a great post-Cricket thanks for posting this, I have a relative that used this approach to help others.

Copy of a post she put on Facebook ยท
Today, I am grateful for my commute!

Many of you know that I have an awful commute. On good days it is an hour and a half each direction. Yesterday was the most amazing day! It took me 2 and a half hours!!!

I loved every second of that ride home and here is why.

I had a meeting at work – nothing new there. They fed us an amazing lunch – also standard.
Yesterday I claimed the leftovers – 3 full trays of sandwiches, a tray of cookies, and one of chips.

I took the long way home and passed out all of that beautifully catered food to the homeless people that I usually drive by on my way home.

I stopped men and women pushing shopping carts, I knocked on tents pitched in the park, a tapped the shoulders of people sleeping on benches and on the sidewalk.

The gratitude expressed to me makes me tear up even now.

The truth is, I got much more from them than they got from me. Then it got even better when I shared my adventure with my kids. Next time – and there will be a next time- I think I will go home and pick the kids up first so that we can do it together.

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#8 posted 11-30-2018 06:22 PM

Wonderful, AJ, Tony and Kenny!
Cricket, can you message them for info? Or Kenny, if they need socks in Texas they probably need them locally as well.
a1Jim, that is an awesome story!
The small hospital (15 inpatient beds), where I work, had a food drive for Thanksgiving. Collected 2700 pounds of food for needy families!

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 11-30-2018 06:33 PM

Good point Candy. I haven’t seen any specific requests for socks but it’s a huckuva lot colder here than it is in TX so I would imagine the need is there.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#10 posted 11-30-2018 07:01 PM



Wonderful, AJ, Tony and Kenny!
Cricket, can you message them for info? Or Kenny, if they need socks in Texas they probably need them locally as well.
a1Jim, that is an awesome story!
The small hospital (15 inpatient beds), where I work, had a food drive for Thanksgiving. Collected 2700 pounds of food for needy families!

- CFrye

I have a feeling every local homeless shelter has special needs.

My plan today is to find out the specific needs of a local Domestic Violence Shelter. Often there are children there for the holidays.

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#11 posted 12-06-2018 01:30 PM

Bumping this. Too soon to let this thread die in this season ;-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#12 posted 12-06-2018 02:08 PM

I’ve mostly lived/worked in major cities and have become mostly immune to the folks sitting on the corners shaking cups at me but lately, there are more and more showing up at the large intersections of the suburban area I live in about 30 miles from DC.

My instincts are, “get a JOB ya lazy bum”, and then my wife will say, “what if that was Jesus”... she always wins… so once a month our parish takes over a kitchen at another church that has a “Help Others” night (lots of other churches do the other nights), and we do a simple meal. I travel a lot for work, and all the little bottles of soap, lotion, shampoo etc, that I don’t open I bring home and they get packed into small toiletry bags for the folks that come in for a hot meal and browse through the 2nd hand clothing.

I haven’t become a “giving tree” putting cash into all of the shaken cups, but for those that are in the unfortunate circumstance of needing help and doing all they can to make it better for themselves… I’m all in. My wife reminds me that it used to be that communities and the churches were the core of caring for those in need before the government started handing out benefits. I do feel better knowing my work and effort goes straight to those that can benefit rather than having charity managed by the Fed….

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#13 posted 12-06-2018 02:29 PM

I have a buddy who anytime a homeless person asks for $ gives it to them. And he’s a young married college student who works full time and owns a house. So, it ain’t because he has cash to burn. So we’re leaving a restaurant one night and a woman walks up obviously tweaking and starts a story about her car ran out of gas and she just needs to raise some cash for a tank of gas to get the rest of the way home, etc. etc.

So I immediately say “sorry, I don’t have any cash” (which was the truth for the record) but my buddy gives the girl the last $5 in his wallet and asks his wife if she has a five which he handed her as well.

So I said, “you know that is going to buy meth, not gas, right?”

He replied “most likely but I did what I could do and shared what I’ve been blessed with. My part is done now. What she uses the money for is her responsibility, not mine”

That kinda stuck with me. I find myself often “evaluating” whether or not someone asking for money is deserving of my cash or whether it would be better used in the hands of the next person to ask for it. But, his simple outlook takes the pressure off. Now I try to just give what I can whenever I’m asked and not worry about whether it’s spent on diapers or at the liquor store. That part ain’t my responsibility.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#14 posted 12-06-2018 09:45 PM

We can spread kindness every day of the year.

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#15 posted 12-06-2018 10:51 PM

My wife and I take all the toys we can afford to buy to the County Children’s Advocacy Center. We’ve done this every year for as long as I can remember. I had my first Christmas when I was nineteen. I know how it feels to wonder why Santa didn’t show up.

-- AP--I thought growing old would take longer.

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#16 posted 12-20-2018 02:01 AM

We (my wife and I) do the cooking and serving thing at church and LOVE IT! We get SO MUCH out of it that it seems more in our favor. I also do free woodworking for churches and battered / abused centers. The emotional rewards FAR OUTWEIGH any payment.

-- Life without labor is guilt. Labor without art is brutality.

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#17 posted 12-20-2018 04:23 AM

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-- My grandfather always said that when one door closes, another one opens. He was a wonderful man, but a lousy cabinet maker

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#18 posted 01-01-2019 03:53 AM

Not only do I help other disabled vets like me to learn wood turning and using hand tools we have done Beads of Courage boxes and donated them to the children’s hospital.

I also donate about 2/3’s of my turnings to be auctioned off at charities and my wife and I get toys for tots every years and help other families in the church with Wal-Mart cards to get food or clothing they need.

For us helping is a weekly thing and just not a once a year thing.

Why? It is just the right thing to do.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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