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Posted: 8 November 2017 - 07:58 PM                                    
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Giving to needy people has always been a debatable topic for me. Mainly because there is no way to ascertain whether they are really in need or just taking a chance. I see deceit in this area all the time, such as people acting like they are handicapped and when the day is over, they brisk-fully head home alas miracle cure.

If i can see someone is really struggling, they dont make it obvious or ask for change, or there is something about them that i feel needs assistance in some way, i will lend a hand.

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Posted: 8 November 2017 - 08:53 PM                                    
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Giving to needy people has always been a debatable topic for me. Mainly because there is no way to ascertain whether they are really in need or just taking a chance. I see deceit in this area all the time, such as people acting like they are handicapped and when the day is over, they brisk-fully head home alas miracle cure.

If i can see someone is really struggling, they dont make it obvious or ask for change, or there is something about them that i feel needs assistance in some way, i will lend a hand.

I felt good about the fact that I tried to make someones day a little better. It just would have been nice to get a "thank you" instead of an "is that all?".

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Posted: 8 November 2017 - 09:42 PM                                    
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I think if everyone tried to make someone smile everyday, the world would really be a better place. biggrin.gif

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Posted: 9 November 2017 - 12:13 AM                                    
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Hi Barry

Sometimes a 'Smile' is all it takes to make someone feel better. I am a regular 'Smile' giver and you can tell when it's worked because you often get a smile back. It is psychologically proved that smiling makes people feel better. It's what Mac did when he made the 'hanky doll' - it cost him very little and yet the smile he got made it all worthwhile. Sometimes it's attitude that makes the difference. Did you open the door for a struggling mum and a pushchair, did you move to one side when you saw someone with a white stick, did you smile at the lone senior citizen who thought they were out shopping, unacknowledged and lonel? As I am sure we all do (we are after all Mac fans), I do all of the above and I think what goes around, comes around.

I came home from the city last night on using the rail network with a very heavy case. I had a full 'up and over' bridge to negotiate at the last station and a great chap grabbed one side of the bag and helped me over. I gave him a huge thank you and made sure that he heard me tell my father that he'd helped me - mind you given the weight of the bag he might have regretted the decision, but it made my day and I hope he felt it worthwhile to have volunteered.

 
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Posted: 9 November 2017 - 04:11 AM                                    
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You guys should watch the movie Pay it Forward, in case you never saw it.
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"The bag's not for what I take, Colson - it's for what I find along the way."

 
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Posted: 9 November 2017 - 05:35 AM                                    
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I'm generally a friendly person, though I'll have days where I don't want to be bothered. I always try to be nice to people regardless. I've been used before (long story), so I'm very careful about my money. I don't usually have much to spare folks... if any.

Instead, I donate to charities. That way I know the money is being used properly. I'm very picky about who I support as well. Because of my job, I know the people that run the local community programs... likes food pantries. Because one of them is a co-worker, I can get information cards from him. So I carry those with me in case I run into a needy person. Instead of giving them cash, I give them a card and tell them... go here, they'll make sure you get food and/or a place to stay.

My co-worker actually runs three local programs. Bread for Life, a food pantry, Room in the Inn, for homeless and Celebrate Recovery, for addicts. He and his wife are actually really nice people. They've been through their own crap, and have since turned their lives around. Because of that, they try to help others and are sincere about it. It's nice to see that.

Because of my past experiences, I'm a bit on the jaded side.... so I'm very skeptical, even though I want to help. The information cards help because it takes the pressure off of me, and gives the person resources to get back on their feet. If they need the help, they'll get it.

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Posted: 9 November 2017 - 11:55 AM                                    
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Jedi, you've brought a million smiles here to us over the years! biggrin.gif biggrin.gif biggrin.gif

Barry

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Posted: 10 November 2017 - 09:55 AM                                    
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Yeah? That's great to hear!

I'll do my best to continue that. biggrin.gif

Thanks Barry! happy.gif

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