Pay It Forward--One Bag of Groceries and All My One Dollar Bills

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Charlemagne International Properties BRE# 01147470

During the month of December I decided to purchase a bag of groceries for the local food bank each time I shopped for myself, and stuff all my $1.00 bills in the Salvation Army kettle each time I passed a bell ringer.  I think I received more "God Bless You" blessings this month than I received all year.  I notice no difference in my bank account but my heart and spirit are overflowing.

 

People need food, clothes and shelter every month of the year, not just during the holiday season.  Tomorrow I'm cleaning my closet and making a donation to Goodwill.  My rule of thumb will be "If I did not wear it in 2010 someone else will wear it in 2011.

 

I donate to the Children's Miracle Network each time I close a transaction, but I can do more.  In 2011 I plan to keep my eyes and heart open to opportunities to change the world one life at a time.

 

It's a big world so choose your little corner and make a difference.

Norma Toering - REMAX Palos VerdesNorma Toering & Team RE/MAX Palos Verdes Realty
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Vickie Nagy
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I donate regualarly to the direct contribution charities that pick up in my area every couple of weeks. Many of them pass clothing and household items directly to the needy, rather than placing it in a store for resale.

January 01, 2011 01:19 PM #1
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Norma Toering
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Vickie - I like that.  It certainly makes donating easy doesn't it?

January 01, 2011 01:21 PM #2
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Joetta Fort
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Norma - I applaud your resolutions to help! I just want to mention one thing, in case you didn't realize. Food banks can often buy food FAR cheaper than we can get it. So if you give a food bank $10 instead of spending $10 at the store they might be able to get four or five times as much food.

I do understand that it's more satisfying to buy the food and deliver it and I don't want to spoil it for you. Please, do continue that if it's what your heart wants. I just wanted to put that out there.

January 01, 2011 01:24 PM #3
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Shawna Green
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I love the "If I didn't wear it in 2010, someone else will in 2011".  I have actually started something new this year, everytime something new comes in, something old has to go.  Of course, its easier said than done but I find it does keep me more focused on what I actually own and wear and need. 

I also donate my clothes to a woman's shelter.  Many times they don't have clothes that are nice enough to wear to a job but yet they cannot afford nice clothes until they have a job.

Keep up the great work..by helping others, we benefit as well!  May 2011 be great for you!

January 01, 2011 01:25 PM #4
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Lottie Kendall
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Norma, you did a great job in December. I especially liked the regularity with which you helped others. That's a habit I want to develop. Just like with business, fitness, or anything else, have a plan and stick with it.

January 01, 2011 01:43 PM #5
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Ralph Gorgoglione
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Norma,

I hope I get to meet you in person someday and thank you personally for all the wonderful things you've done.

 

January 01, 2011 02:14 PM #6
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Ken Barker Realtor® GRI, E-Pro Certified
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Norma - This is a very nice gesture. I gave a little bit last night at dinner. I had two gift certificates that I used for the bill and the left over was going to be for the waiter. Instead of the normal 20% tip it turned out to be 45%. The waiter said, "are you sure"? Yes, Happy holidays to you.

We also quarterly go thru our clothes and donate to the local charity.

January 01, 2011 04:04 PM #7
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Joetta - Henry's Market made it a no brainer to donate to the food banks during the busy holiday season.  I have in the past made cash donations to local food banks and any way you do it is always appreciaited.

January 01, 2011 07:27 PM #8
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Shawna - My closet really needs to be "thinned" and I'm certain once an item is donated I will not miss it.

January 01, 2011 07:28 PM #9
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Lottie -- Other than donating to the The Children's Miracle Network each time I close a transaction my giving is rather random--I need a regular plan too.

January 01, 2011 07:30 PM #10
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Norma Toering
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Ralph - Thank you for kind words and we really should meet in person--maybe the next LA Raincamp--I had a client in from China last time and could not attend.

January 01, 2011 07:32 PM #11
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Ken - I'm sure you made that server's night--Lovely gesture!

January 01, 2011 07:33 PM #12
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Wonderful post.  I spent yesterday compiling a large amount of things to give to those who can enjoy them more than I have put them to use this past year.  Out with the old - no use hoarding!  I try to teach my daughter the same patterns - if you haven't used it, worn it, listened to it, etc - let someone else enjoy it who will appreciate it more.

January 02, 2011 04:05 PM #13
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