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Iowanian
12-07-2005, 10:18 AM
Its occured to me, that often this time of year, we, as individuals and families are wrapped up in things like football games, playoff hopes, hanging plastic on our windows, Christmas shopping and any plethora of Things in our daily grind. Most of them, are of little significance in the big picture.

I'm not exactly sure why I'm compelled to make this post, but I am.

This winter, as the temperature drops below zero outside my home, and as I celebrate a win over the hated Donkeys, some dose of reality is sinking in that needs to be said.

This Christmas season, there are alot of things we can do, as individuals just because they are "the right thing" to do.

This year I encourage those of you who can to find someone they can help. There are alot of kids without proper coats, shoes and clothes in poor condition. I wish I could direct you to specific places, but can't right now. If you have the time, the finances and the same kick in the craw that I do, please contact your local school, or a charity program, or a food bank, and see what you can do to help get a kid in a proper pair of shoes, a warm enough coat, and maybe some toys for Christmas.
I know that many churches, school nurses/administrators, as well as local govt programs will be able to give lists "boy, age 12, size 9 shoe, likes football" type lists.

For those without the financial availability to help someone in that capacity....there are Still alot of things you can do. Scoop the snow off the walk for that old widow across the street, take the son of a deployed, wounded or KIA soldier to the Y to play some ball...do something.

Another option, I'm going to quote from the Michael Yon website, because I think its very true, and something you, and your children can do for less than $.50. Write a letter, have your kid draw a picture...whatever. I know, that during the holidays, many of our deployed men and women are having a tough time.

"More than 150,000 troops are at war in Iraq, Afghanistan and stationed other places by land and sea. It's time to remember them, and at least send a letter. Care packages are great, but simple letters can be powerful. The Department of Defense has sorted through endless websites and charities, and does an excellent job organizing links to sites that allow people to help the troops. With a single click, people can donate books to troops, or computers, or frequent flier miles, or they can help wounded veterans or grieving families, or Iraqi children. There are so many options. http://www.americasupportsyou.mil/ "

As an individual, we can all make someone's holiday brighter with very little effort. As a Group of Chief fans, think of the combined good we can do, but each doing one small gesture, that is "the right thing".

Bob Dole
12-07-2005, 10:22 AM
Who hacked Iowanian's account?

Iowanian
12-07-2005, 10:22 AM
Guilt.

ct
12-07-2005, 10:23 AM
:clap:

Mr. Kotter
12-07-2005, 10:23 AM
Nice. Bravo. :clap: :clap: :clap:








Is this kinder and gentler Iowanian gonna last long? :hmmm:






Heh..."Incoming!!!"

NewChief
12-07-2005, 10:32 AM
Excellent.

kregger
12-07-2005, 10:34 AM
Nice.

Alton deFlat
12-07-2005, 10:35 AM
Well said!! It's easy to get wrapped up in things that seem important, at the time (i.e. football, shopping). There is so much more however. With the weather getting colder, there was a story on our local news last night about homeless shelters, and the fact that there are more places for women to take shelter, than places for men. I don't mean for anyone to "take in" these less fotunate people, but if you can afford it, donate to these shelters. A warm meal and a soft bed, which we take for granted, are hard to come by for some. Let's not forget to drop a little spare change in the "bell ringers" pot also.

Sully
12-07-2005, 10:35 AM
Happy Holidays.

KCTitus
12-07-2005, 10:42 AM
I think this deserves a 'sticky'...

ChiTown
12-07-2005, 10:44 AM
My wife and I sat this weekend to go over the X-Mas list of who "needs" what. We got half way through this thing and we just shook our heads. Theoretically, we'd spent a bunch of money on people that are going to love us whether they get a gift from us or not. Most of all, they really didn't "need" any of the crap we were going to be buying for them. In the mean time, my kids (7 & 4) are no closer to knowing what X-Mas should really be about.

We decided that we're going to focus on "giving" our time and money to folks that can really use the help and the cash. I can assure you that I feel infinitely better after I have helped someone with my time or money, vs. watching that gratuitous smile or thank you of a family member that just got another gift certificate to Captain D's. So, my youngest son and I are fixing up his old bike and will be donating that to a X-Mas fund for orphans. My oldest son and his Mother are going through old toys this week and will be fixing them up and dusting them off so we can take them to our Church for families that don't have the cash to buy gifts for their kids. We're also planning to spend some time preparing X-Mas meals for the homeless and having our kids with us to help hand them out.

I want my kids to understand how lucky they really are. I also want them to understand that X-Mas is as much about giving as it is receiving. Thanks for posting this, Roy. It really enforces how we're planning to utilize the Holiday's.

Cheers!

Mr. Kotter
12-07-2005, 10:50 AM
FWIW, I agree this deserves a "sticky"....

joesomebody
12-07-2005, 10:51 AM
Great post Iowanian... I always try to find one of those salvation army christmas trees that you take an ornament from and shop for the child listed on the ornament.

Also, the US Marines do a great job with Toys for Tots and take it very seriously, so that is definitly a charity that is reliable and will be carried out as intended.

jiveturkey
12-07-2005, 10:55 AM
Great post with great timing.

Iowanian
12-07-2005, 11:03 AM
I'm not really sure what "hit me"...but it did. I've been thinking about this stuff all weekend. Matter of fact, in my weakened state, I won a wager on donkeymange where a poster had to leave until Feb, and showed mercy.

Maybe its just this weekend, as I spent so many hours walking around in near zero temps, and had 3 pairs of boots to choose from, or last night sitting in the comfort of my home with the new furnace installed yesterday, or the emails I've gotten from iraq that shake my shit into reality of whats important...I don't know.

I don't know alot of things, but I know when I help someone out who needs it, or appreciates it, it feels good. I've been that kid with the duct taped shoe, when my dad worked 3 jobs to keep our farm floating, and know how hard he had to work to get anything under that tree. I remember the hard work to get to where we all are today, and its only right to share some of it. I've read the letters and emails from soldiers, stuck sludging through raw sewage for hours upon hours while I was stuffing my gullet with Pie.

I don't like talking about "my" charity stuff because it feels like I'm bragging or wanting a pat, which isn't the case.

I just know, there are kids at school today, embarrassed by the same shoes that froze their feet when they walked there. I know there are kids in every town without a coat that fits, or that is clean or new enough to let them hold their head up enough to look other kids in the eye. I know there are local food banks that are suffering because they're overshadowed by the Katrina et al relief efforts.

I know that if I can find 1 family through a church or school, or pull that tag off the "gift tree" at a local store, and spend less money than I'd spend on parking, food and beer at 1 Chiefs game....it'll make their day.....week.

Those who can't financially do anything, can still do something. It doesn't take much to write a letter to a soldier from your town/church/city/son of a coworker.....or have yoru kid draw them a snowman. It doesn't take much to spend an extra 20 minutes digging out someone who can't.

I do know this....its worth it. Last week, as i went to a local store to buy some slugs for the hunt I was getting ready to do, A 6'4 guy I didn't recognize called my name. I looked at him, and he said "you don't know me do you? I'm ___ -______, and you were my "big brother" through the Y a few years ago. Thanks for that"

Damn he grew and changed..both physically, and as a person. Good young man.

Little things. Playing catch with that kid once a week just might have been the thing that keeps him from turning into his father. Maybe a pair of shoes, coat and a board game can help do the same for another.?

ChiTown
12-07-2005, 11:08 AM
I'm not really sure what "hit me"...but it did.

You've got a child now. It changes everything, especially how you feel about the Holiday's.

chiefs4me
12-07-2005, 12:17 PM
Well after I picked myself off of the floor after reading your post......all I can say is......:thumb:



Every mall in the world has an angle tree this time of year, just pluck an angel off of the tree and buy whats on the list.....dear abby has an address in her column daily to send cards or whatever you want to our boys and girls overseas...call any school you want and they have a list of needy kids you can adopt for the holiday....if you want to help older people, call a nursing home and they will give you a person that has no family that you could buy for.....they are always needing items....



Merry Christmas to eveyone and god bless you all

Ari Chi3fs
12-07-2005, 12:26 PM
Good show, mr Iowanian... great idea, it truly is the Right thing to do, to help others.

This year, on Black Friday, we took 7 bags of warm clothes to the Salvation Army... we intend to do this each year, as sort of a counter balance to the most materialistic day of the year, and do a bit of giving.

My 4 year old really got enjoyment from giving some of his stuff... you can see where it might have an effect on him later in life.

Most importantly, this Christmas season... love yourself. Because you can't love anyone else, until you learn to love yourself. Sappy, but true. And by giving, and helping you learn to love a little bit more.

chiefs4me
12-07-2005, 12:28 PM
Ali do you still want those CR bags.......I have been collecting for you for over a year now.....

Dartgod
12-07-2005, 12:32 PM
Good post, Iowanian.

My wife and I try to help all we can every year. The company I work for sponsors children's "Operation Santa Claus" type thing. We always pick two children even though she doesn't work here. Her company also sponsors a needy family at Christmas, furnishing clothes, toys and other needed items for someone who can't help themselves.

If you will, allow me to plug a very worthwhile event:

If anyone is interested, there is a dart tournament at Premier Bowling Center in Raytown, the 12th Annual Woody Dart Tournament, benefitting Toys For Tots. A donation of a toy gets you a set of the old wooden darts that you can use throughout the day. There are blind draw, doubles and singles dart tournaments going all day long as well as a charity auction in the evening. It's a great time and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys playing darts. Entry to each tournament is an additional fee. Cash will be paid back to the top finishers in each event.

More details can be found at www.ramdarts.org (http://www.ramdarts.org)

http://www.dartboards.com/images/products/featured/WX002.jpg

journeyscarab
12-07-2005, 12:40 PM
Inspiring posts. Thanks for sharing and encouraging us.

bogie
12-07-2005, 01:10 PM
I don't have time for this, I'm trying to get a shed built!

just kidding. great thread Iowanian. If we all do a little, it will make a big difference.

Iowanian
12-07-2005, 04:05 PM
Maybe my goodwill project for the Christmas season will be to encourage my neighbor to get his proper building permit, by turning him in...

Coal in your stalking.

Precisely my point...If we all throw 1 bale of hay on this wagon, it'll fill up quickly without overworking any one of us.

bogie
12-07-2005, 04:43 PM
Maybe my goodwill project for the Christmas season will be to encourage my neighbor to get his proper building permit, by turning him in...

Coal in your stalking.

Precisely my point...If we all throw 1 bale of hay on this wagon, it'll fill up quickly without overworking any one of us.

My wife and I are involved in several real goodwill projects. My BS goodwill project is pulling permits for my building so my neighbor will have a happy holiday.

FloridaChief
12-07-2005, 05:21 PM
I'm waaaay ahead of you, Iowa-dude...

:clap:

DTLB58
12-07-2005, 05:31 PM
Great post :clap:

I was talking at work a couple of days ago of something my wife likes to do during the holiday season. Every once in a while on her way to work she will stop and get a breakfast sandwhich and coffee at a fast food place. When she pulls up to pay she ask how much is the person's order in the car behind me? And then she pays for their order and tells the person working the window to tell them Merry Christmas and breakfast is on me :)

One of the girls I work with said, but why would you do that? I said you don't get it do you? it's about GIVING!

Hoover
12-07-2005, 06:12 PM
Nice job Iowanian, or whoever you are.

My wife and I have decied to sponsor a child in Africa through World Vision. Its only 35 bucks a month.

Thanks for the great thread.

kcfanXIII
12-07-2005, 06:24 PM
i'm a bartender in a resturaunt, and don't make a lot. i have to work hard to earn enough extra money to do things like this. that having been said, i have no problem picking up a couple extra shifts to do it. for the past three years, i have begged my family to not exchange gifts, but instead, spoil my nephew, and adopt a family. i have everything i need, and although i appriciate the thought, and money spent on gifts bought for me, i would rather see a family from new orleans, have smile on their face. my family refuses the idea, and instead, i'm stuck worried if i'm spending enough, on them. so i am doing my part, i'm donating to the bell ringers at walmart. actually, the guy that got me started on this plays a sax, anyone heard him? he's in the kc area i saw him at the blue springs walmart. christmas carols have never sounded so sweet. i stopped to help someone who got stuck in the snow, and got stuck myself. instead of being upset, i laughed, put it in 4 low, and drove out of the ditch. thank god i don't drive a trans am, like the guy i helped. anyways, happy holidays, go chiefs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bob Dole
12-07-2005, 06:32 PM
Great post :clap:

I was talking at work a couple of days ago of something my wife likes to do during the holiday season. Every once in a while on her way to work she will stop and get a breakfast sandwhich and coffee at a fast food place. When she pulls up to pay she ask how much is the person's order in the car behind me? And then she pays for their order and tells the person working the window to tell them Merry Christmas and breakfast is on me :)

One of the girls I work with said, but why would you do that? I said you don't get it do you? it's about GIVING!

That's very cool. While people going through the drive-thru probably aren't the most needy, it sends the right message.

Bob Dole pledges that on every drive-thru trip between now and 12/25, he will buy the meal of the person(s) next in line and deliver the message, "Merry Christmas--pass it on!"

4th and Long
12-07-2005, 06:57 PM
For those without the financial availability to help someone in that capacity....there are Still alot of things you can do. Scoop the snow off the walk for that old widow across the street
I've been doing that for 24 years now. The woman who lived across the street from me has a degenerative spine condition that has been slowly fusing her spine together. She could barely, and I mean BARELY walk. She would fall all the time. Sometimes she would lay on the floor all night until one of us neighbors went to check on her. Thank God we did that every day.

I always shoveled her walk when it snowed and I always mowed her grass for her. When her adult children came to pay her a visit, they never lifted a finger to help her. Here I would be, hanging precariously from a ladder, cleaning out the poor woman's gutters and they would just look at me like I was insane and drive off.

I moved away from there after 24 years in Sept of 2004. To this day, I still drop by and see if she needs me to do anything for her. We always have the same conversation and goes a little something like this.

"Joyce, do you need me to clean out your gutters, pick up around the yard or anything else for that matter?"

"No, no, no! You do enough for me and you never let me pay you!"

"Honey, that's what neighbors are for. I don't mind. If I did, I would have never asked you about doing any of this all those years ago."

"No, no, no. I'm fine. I'm sure after you've worked all day you have better things to do that look after this old woman. I'm fine."

"Sweety, I can see leaves and twigs hanging from your gutter. I'm going to use your ladder and clean them out real quick and then I promise I'll get out of you hair."

"You let me pay you this time!"

"My fee hasn't changed and you and I both know you can't run me down and stuff money in my pocket. (said with a grin)"

"You know, I've told you this a (and yes she uses this word) umptyjillion times, but one day, God will reward you for this. I can't believe you do these things for me."

"I'm not here to impress God. If God is impressed, that's fine, but it's not why I do it. I'm here to look after you and make sure you're OK. Now, you go back in the house and I'll check on you when I'm finished."

"Well .... OK ... but I still wish you'd let me pay you." ROFL

Her and that pay me thing just cracks me up.

Anyway, the point is this. Try and do things like this all the time. Sure, the holiday season reminds us to be a little nicer to one another, a bit more kind and to get in that spirit of giving. However, we really don't need an excuse like the Holiday season to be good to one another. It's something we should practice often, year round. I'm not suggesting you make it a daily habit but I do encourage you to make a concerted effort to do something nice for at least one person, once a week.

It doesn't have to be much. It doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg. It doesn't have to involve back breaking labor. Just do the little things if need be. Last week, some guy I didn't know from Adam didn't have change for the pop machine at work so he and his wife could enjoy a soda. I just reached into my pocket, produced a handful of change and said, "Help yourself." The guy had a priceless look on his face, like he'd just been asked the hardest question in the world and had no answer. It may have also been the fact that a white guy like me was offering up money to a black guy he'd never met. Either way, the look I got was gold and along with a, "Thank You." he tossed in a, "God Bless You, My Brother." as well.

So come on boys and girls. Let's all pitch in and help out our fellow man. What goes around, comes around.

C-Mac
12-07-2005, 07:17 PM
Yes those in need of help, need help the other 11 months also.

tommykat
12-07-2005, 07:48 PM
Thank you for this post....I have been under mucho stress wondering how I could afford to buy what most take back or don't need. I've done this yearly, however this year might be the time to change and tell the family let's do this for others that can't afford anything instead of us doing for what no one needs...

shaneo69
12-07-2005, 08:10 PM
If everybody who had a cat could find it in their hearts to make the ultimate sacrifice this Christmas season, nobody would go hungry.

Sure-Oz
12-07-2005, 08:15 PM
at my work we got adopt a families ill be biuying some toys for a kid that he had listed, kinda cool.

chief118
12-07-2005, 08:49 PM
help can someone tell me how to write a new thread

4th and Long
12-07-2005, 08:51 PM
help can someone tell me how to write a new thread
I believe you need another 94 posts to unlock that ability.

- 4th
~ Good deed for the day. Mission accomplished. ~

Mosbonian
12-07-2005, 10:34 PM
Great post Iowanian!!!

I've always found that the most enjoyable Holiday seasons for me is when I am giving more than receiving.....

When my wife and I were first married, we would volunteer to work on Christmas day filling in for people who would normally have to work so that they could spend Christmas Day with their families.....

Until our kids were born there wasn't a Thanksgiving or Christmas that we didn't spend some part of the day, serving food at either a homeless shelter or battered womens center.....

One year we volunteered to assist at the local Ronald McDonald House serving the families staying there....

Every place I have worked since 1998 we have always adopted a family at Christmas time...but like others have indicated, "need has no season", so we have expanded it to include the whole school year.

It's been my good fortune to realize that for every 1 deed I have done, somehow I have gotten repaid 10 times over...with the smile on a child's face, the heartfelt "thank you" from one who can no longer do for themselves, or just the look in the eye of a greatful friend.

There have been many good ideas on this thread...some that I intend to start practicing myself.

And finally, may I say a very heartfelt "thank you" to all my friends here who said a kind thought, whispered a prayer, or sent their best to my family over the last couple of months. It has meant more than you know.

mmaddog
*******

Halfcan
12-07-2005, 11:11 PM
Damm Iowian-I wouldn't have believed my own eyes-you have a heart of gold. Did the ghost of X-mas past scare you or something.

Great post-it makes me want to kick your ass a little less-lol

Merry Christmas to ya!

Lurch
12-07-2005, 11:30 PM
Iowanian....this is SOOOOOO out-of-character, for you. But, I like it. Thanks for the reminder. :)

luv
12-08-2005, 01:12 AM
We have a gentleman where I work who attends church with a 90 year old "lil' ol' lady". She can't get out much, but he says that she has a heart of gold. For Thanksgiving, he gave me $20 from her and told me to give it to someone who wouldn't have much of a Thanksgiving. I gave it to a lady whose husband passed away last year, and she is supporting her daughter and her grandson. She was so appreciative. I wish that lil' ol' lady could have been the one receiving the hug!

For Christmas, he gave me $40 to give to someone. There is a girl who has no family in town, is very introverted, and has very little. Once again, hugs.

That lil' ol' lady definitely touched my heart by letting me be in the line of messengers helping someone out. A true inspiration helping people she doesn't know and will never meet.

greg63
12-08-2005, 01:22 AM
You have inspired me to go beyond what I normally do this time of year; to be apart of a greater whole, and will find a way somehow to do just that. Great thread! :thumb:

greg63
12-08-2005, 01:28 AM
I believe you need another 94 posts to unlock that ability.

- 4th
~ Good deed for the day. Mission accomplished. ~
Another selfless act. :p :D

KcMizzou
12-08-2005, 03:42 AM
Iowanian....this is SOOOOOO out-of-character, for you. Actually, it's not.

huskerdooz
12-08-2005, 05:18 AM
My son is in the Cub Scouts and I volunteer as a leader in the Pack. Each year our Cub Scout Pack does a food drive during the month of November and we always do a community service project for our December Pack activity. Last year we went to Harvesters and worked in the warehouse and will be doing the same again this weekend. For our December Pack meeting instead of doing a gift exchange for the boys this year we encouraged everyone to donate a toy for Toys For Tots. After informing my son what "TFT" was and what they did, he was pretty excited about taking a toy for a donation. Hopefully the boys will learn that doing little things like this to help out someone that may not be quite as fortunate as they are is worth the small amount of effort that it takes and that they will want to continue doing similar acts of kindness as they grow into young men and eventually raise families of their own.

As a father and a scout leader I try to remember that the most important thing that I can impart on these boys is that honor and duty aren't just words in a book that someone made up and put together in a sentence because they sound neat. But honor and duty as well as respect and responsibility actually mean something and that they are ideas or concepts to try and live their lives by.

chagrin
12-08-2005, 07:49 AM
I donate every year to Veterans (VFW and on)causes and have already done so this year. I am passing this link along to my coworkers here.

God Bless 'em!
Happy Holiday season Iowanian

RedNFeisty
12-08-2005, 11:25 AM
Instead of giving money to a church every week, I donate various things through out the year and do not take a tax deduction.

Each year I clean out the little guys toy boxes and donate to the Wichita Children's Home, the toys are used but still in new condition. Plus we donate coats and clothes for the winter. This year we are also selecting a few names from the Tree of Angles at the mall.

I liked the notion of paying for the persons meal behind me in drive through...perhaps a nice gesture can spread through various avenues before stopping.

:clap: For all who open their hearts and pocket books to those who are in need!!

C-Mac
12-08-2005, 11:37 AM
Instead of giving money to a church every week, I donate various things through out the year and do not take a tax deduction.

Each year I clean out the little guys toy boxes and donate to the Wichita Children's Home, the toys are used but still in new condition. Plus we donate coats and clothes for the winter. This year we are also selecting a few names from the Tree of Angles at the mall.

I liked the notion of paying for the persons meal behind me in drive through...perhaps a nice gesture can spread through various avenues before stopping.

:clap: For all who open their hearts and pocket books to those who are in need!!


Below is a more than great venue for getting rid of things that may have value but you no longer need and are willing to give away...or if your in need of something.
http://www.freecycle.org/

RedNFeisty
12-08-2005, 11:40 AM
Below is a more than great venue for getting rid of things that may have value but you no longer need and are willing to give away...or if your in need of something.
http://www.freecycle.org/

Thanks, I will certainly check it out!

Chief Henry
12-08-2005, 02:54 PM
Iowanians gettin all warm and fuzzy inside.
Thats a good thing.

Our "Operation Santa" has less needy families this year than the last several years. I just heard the report on our local radio station. The ladies talking about it seem surprised.

My wife loves picking out a kids name off the tree
and shopping for them. She gets a bunch a stuff for the kids.

Iowanian
12-08-2005, 03:09 PM
I appreciate what I've seen happen so far in this thread. Now, if we, and some of the lurkers will follow through.

I saw mention of doing things not only during the Christmas season. Thats absolutely true. I was taught long ago to help others in need. If you're able, make an effort to stop and help someone change a flat tire, give them a ride from an accident(which I did 2hrs ago)....I never accept money for those things.

year round, there are many charities that ask for help....at work, I jokingly call it "the charity tax" because we get hit all the time, for most all the local service organizations....One collects old Eye glasses, one does hearing screenings, one collects coats.....most want money, and there is always the 37forever foundation. Any Monetary wager I win online, always goes to that, though I leave it to the honor system.

It turns out "you internet people" just might not all be introverted, arseholes.

Good stuff. I'm always looking for a new idea.

plbrdude
12-08-2005, 07:07 PM
it truly is more blessed to give than receive.

Iowanian
12-08-2005, 07:15 PM
I've been telling women that since I was....for years.

Bwana
12-08-2005, 07:51 PM
Great post. I try to do a lot of those things on the list every year myself. I even knock the snow off the old boys driveway next door when it snows and he's a donks fan. :)

mike_b_284
12-08-2005, 10:04 PM
God bless you all, very impressive.

SLAG
12-09-2005, 01:09 AM
God bless you all, very impressive.


YOU believe in God?

HA!





:p

chagrin
12-09-2005, 08:31 AM
If I could just mention one more thing...

Back in 2003, when I was losing my home and was moving out and into my car, I received food from a local charity center and I know they got money for that from donations. They were not a state, city or county run facility. Money or food donated to places like this help so very much. Even a dollar in the Salvation Army bucket will buy a load of oatmeal or other stuff to folks who need it.

I am so extremely grateful for the services I received when I needed it most. I am doing well now and give all year to all sorts of different organizations.

I love reading all this from you dudes, and gals too!!

mike_b_284
12-09-2005, 09:34 AM
call 98.9 the rock (913) 576-7989 between 9:00 and 9:30 am. Every morning they have people who need help on the air. From new shoes to medical costs to rebuilding homes. Anything you can contribute is gladly accepted.

mike_b_284
12-09-2005, 10:47 AM
YOU believe in God?

HA!





:p

not really the point

SLAG
12-09-2005, 10:50 AM
not really the point

I know but since this is the Giving Season I figure I give you some Sh*t

:)

Simply Red
12-09-2005, 10:54 AM
Its occured to me, that often this time of year, we, as individuals and families are wrapped up in things like football games, playoff hopes, hanging plastic on our windows, Christmas shopping and any plethora of Things in our daily grind. Most of them, are of little significance in the big picture.

I'm not exactly sure why I'm compelled to make this post, but I am.

This winter, as the temperature drops below zero outside my home, and as I celebrate a win over the hated Donkeys, some dose of reality is sinking in that needs to be said.

This Christmas season, there are alot of things we can do, as individuals just because they are "the right thing" to do.

This year I encourage those of you who can to find someone they can help. There are alot of kids without proper coats, shoes and clothes in poor condition. I wish I could direct you to specific places, but can't right now. If you have the time, the finances and the same kick in the craw that I do, please contact your local school, or a charity program, or a food bank, and see what you can do to help get a kid in a proper pair of shoes, a warm enough coat, and maybe some toys for Christmas.
I know that many churches, school nurses/administrators, as well as local govt programs will be able to give lists "boy, age 12, size 9 shoe, likes football" type lists.

For those without the financial availability to help someone in that capacity....there are Still alot of things you can do. Scoop the snow off the walk for that old widow across the street, take the son of a deployed, wounded or KIA soldier to the Y to play some ball...do something.

Another option, I'm going to quote from the Michael Yon website, because I think its very true, and something you, and your children can do for less than $.50. Write a letter, have your kid draw a picture...whatever. I know, that during the holidays, many of our deployed men and women are having a tough time.

"More than 150,000 troops are at war in Iraq, Afghanistan and stationed other places by land and sea. It's time to remember them, and at least send a letter. Care packages are great, but simple letters can be powerful. The Department of Defense has sorted through endless websites and charities, and does an excellent job organizing links to sites that allow people to help the troops. With a single click, people can donate books to troops, or computers, or frequent flier miles, or they can help wounded veterans or grieving families, or Iraqi children. There are so many options. http://www.americasupportsyou.mil/ "

As an individual, we can all make someone's holiday brighter with very little effort. As a Group of Chief fans, think of the combined good we can do, but each doing one small gesture, that is "the right thing".

Iowanian You are a great American!!!

4th and Long
12-09-2005, 06:47 PM
I brought the nurses a few dozen Lamar's donuts for breakfast this morning. Good deed of the day accomplished again.

ENDelt260
12-09-2005, 10:04 PM
Has Mer stopped in here yet to let you guys know about Let's Bring 'Em Home (http://www.lbeh.org/)?

They raise money to buy plane tickets to get servicemen home for Christmas.

Rausch
12-10-2005, 02:15 AM
Has Mer stopped in here yet to let you guys know about Let's Bring 'Em Home (http://www.lbeh.org/)?

They raise money to buy plane tickets to get servicemen home for Christmas.

$#it like this pisses me off to no end.

There is absolutely no ****ing excuse why this site HAS to exist.

Our soldiers should not have to raise money to come home. If they do, those of us here in the states are not doing OUR duty...

ENDelt260
12-10-2005, 02:55 AM
That charity is those of us in the states raising money, Brad.

Rausch
12-10-2005, 04:57 AM
That charity is those of us in the states raising money, Brad.

Understood.

My anger is in the fact that there has to be one. The least we (or our government) could do is fly these guys and gals home. Seriously...

Over-Head
12-10-2005, 10:05 AM
There's a family here on the island that each year I take a turkey I get from one of the contractors or home owners I deal with or do work for, along with a 10lb bag of spudís, carrots etc (everything for x-mass dinner) along with a 12 pack of beer and drop it off to them Christmass eve morning.

QuikSsurfer
12-10-2005, 03:39 PM
Yes those in need of help, need help the other 11 months also.

bingo. My thoughts exactly.

Katipan
12-10-2005, 08:06 PM
$#it like this pisses me off to no end.

There is absolutely no ****ing excuse why this site HAS to exist.

Our soldiers should not have to raise money to come home. If they do, those of us here in the states are not doing OUR duty...

<3 <3 <3 <3

Special kiss for you Delt.

Rausch
12-11-2005, 03:07 AM
<3 <3 <3 <3

?

ENDelt260
12-11-2005, 03:12 AM
?
It's supposed to look like lips.

Rausch
12-11-2005, 03:23 AM
It's supposed to look like lips.

Uh....kay.

Anyway, my point was that I'm ashamed that our government doesn't take care of our military.

Nothing short of a ****ing crime...

ENDelt260
12-11-2005, 03:28 AM
Yeah, I get it now. I was confused last night because I was drunk.

But, you gotta think... how much would it cost to fly every guy home for Christmas? They're not just getting guys from overseas here... they're flying the guy that stationed in Alabama back to his family in California.

I dunno... I guess sometimes I'm a focus on the positive kinda guy. I like that there's folks out there doing good things for these kids.

ENDelt260
12-11-2005, 03:31 AM
Hi, my name is Ernie Stewart and I sorta run things around here.

I suppose the true history behind the LBEH program goes back to November, 1991 which was my enlistment date for the USAF. Before I knew it, I was a snot nosed E-3 about two weeks into tech school at Keesler AFB in Mississippi. There were some rumors running around that we were going to be given leave to go home for Christmas, and having just finished basic training, of course everyone was pretty excited about the possibility of being "home" for the holidays.

After a few weeks of yes-no-yes-no we were given the final approval for leave but since it was last minute and during the holiday season, airfare was exceptionally expensive. And on my bi-weekly *gross* paycheck of $235 there was no way I could spring for a plane ticket from Mississippi back to my hometown of Rochester, NY. Without a blink of the eye my dear old dad, who really couldn't afford the cost of the ticket either, promptly charged me up a $600 plane ticket on the credit card -- a credit card he swore he'd only use for emergencies like Godzilla tearing the roof off the house.

Long story short, I made it home for Christmas, and it was pretty terrific. I got to walk down the jetway wearing my service dress and pretty much just looking like a Grade-A bad mo'fo (well, as bad as anyone in the Air Force could look anyway). All told, I never missed a single Christmas my entire five years in the military, simply because I was always within a seven hour drive of home. A drive I would often make with less than $20 in rolled silver change in my pocket, and I'd take the back roads so I could avoid the $7 tolls of the NY state thruway. Such is the life of our military's junior enlisted.

Spin the clock forward a few years to 2001. The world is chugging merrily along. I've been a civilian for five years, and in character for my class-clown mentality I enjoy running an adult humor jokelist as a hobby. A handful of my 10,000 subscribers occasionally accuse me of being too patriotic, but they quickly eat their words as we come to realize just how vital our armed forces really are with the onset of Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2001. Suddenly everyone jumps on the patriotic bandwagon and before you know it, our bridges and porches are covered in American flags. Two months later these same flags wave back at us, uncared for, tattered and faded, apparent victims of our short term memory loss.

So anyway, it was mid December, the 14th in fact, and I woke up and had the bright idea of soliciting donations from a few of my subcribers to see if we could scrounge together enough bucks to fly a few military folks home to their families for Christmas. Like most things I do, this went from, "hey I have an idea," to actually trying to do it in about 3-4 minutes. I've never been a big planner.

The call for donations to help buy airline tickets was more successful then I ever could have imagined. I figured I'd get maybe $2,000 tops, maybe get to buy a few high priced (holiday fare w/o advanced purchase) plane tickets, and call it a day. I'd go to bed that night, along with maybe a hundred other folks who donated money, comfortable that I've done something to right a few wrongs with the world.

Bzzzzzt, Not so fast, cowboy.

I'm here to tell you that within the first seven hours of the donation request being up on a Friday afternoon, I received over $6,000 -- yes, six thousand -- in donations from over 250 different donors. From there it just got better and at the close of the weekend we'd crossed over the $11,000 mark from over 500 different donors and had 21 requests for tickets. I was overwhelmed in both gratitude, and work!

To my rescue came one of my subscribers, Kathryn Jensen (Kat), who works in the reservations department for Continental Airlines. She had the inside track on military fares, refund policies, placing reservations on 24 hour holds, all that good stuff. She was absolutely instrumental in helping with the project and without her help, my expectations of a small handful of tickets would most likely have been realized, instead of being shattered like they were. As testament to Kat's nature, when we repeated our efforts in 2002, Kat took a week of vacation from her job to dedicate herself to book flights for LBEH full time. How's that for selfless?

All said and told, by the time Santa gave his naughty-or-nice list a final run down on Christmas of that year, there were 28 military personnel visiting their families who otherwise wouldn't have been able to, had it not been for the $13,000 donated by a bunch of really great people.

From there, an annual tradition was born.

I had ticket requests coming in as early as Halloween in 2002, and soon after we officially started the ticket drive by Thanksgiving, we already had our first dozen seats booked. Those astute readers among you will recognize the name USS Peleliu as being somewhat significant in recent history. For the sailors and marines that server aboard her, there was no Christmas in 2001; all leaves were cancelled and troops recalled as they sped to the Indian Ocean as the USS Peleliu was the very first amphibious assault ship to repond after the September 11th attacks so long ago. The Peleliu was also the base of operations for the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, one of the first American forces to hit Afghanistan and set up a permenant base that remains occupied even today.

Ah, but in 2002 and we got a little bit of publicity that year. The Peleliu docked at her home port of San Diego in mid December, and her troops will be given a well deserved rest to spend the first major holiday with their families in almost two years. Someone on there got wind of the LBEH program and before you knew it, the requests were coming in. So, of the 94 flights we coordinated for military personnel in 2002, about 20 of those were sailors of the USS Peleliu. The following year, our goal was to focus on troops returning from deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan, and we're proud to say that over 60 of the 161 tickets we completed were for troops on R&R from these war zones (this was prior to legislation that changed the government's R&R policy to cover the soldiers travel expenses from door to door, which was in Feb 2004). Almost all of those soldiers were from the 101st Airborne from Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

This year, we hope to add a special twist to our 2005 LBEH campaign. Some troops wounded in combat are unable to leave the hospitals where they are being treated, so we are looking into the possibility of delivering their loved ones to the hospitals for the holidays! And with your help, we can do just that.

http://www.lbeh.org

Rausch
12-11-2005, 03:39 AM
Yeah, I get it now. I was confused last night because I was drunk.

But, you gotta think... how much would it cost-

Don't care.

We're talking about people 10 years younger than me who will fight and/or die to protect my right to be an asshole.

1/2 the country is going to disagree with anything they do.

At best, these guys and gals get spit on.

Worst, they lose a limb or die.

And our government can't ****ing afford to fly them back for Christmas?...

Katipan
12-11-2005, 08:47 AM
It's supposed to look like lips.

No those were hearts, dammit.

Anyways. Yay lbeh.

Iowanian
12-13-2005, 02:58 PM
I don't intend to let this topic get stale yet.

I've made some local phone calls. What I'm finding, is if you call the counselor of a local elementary school, they have a mental list, off the top of their head(not that they'll share or that I ask) of kids in need, who are slipping through the cracks....not completely on the system, but in need.

This time of year in the midwest, I'm told there is a big need for shoes, boots and coats, but mostly....snow pants.

You can buy a gift card from your local chain store, and the counselor can take the children and their parents to the store and fit them for the needed items, and take the remaining funds on the card back to the school for use with another kid(s).

plbrdude
12-15-2005, 09:51 PM
thought i'd share this. past couple of years the county has had a toy fund which collects donations for area families. families that applied received a $25 voucher for dollar general, who also knocks an additional 30% off prices. and a $25 food voucher at the local grocery. nice thing about it is people can pick, or let their kids pick out the toys at the dollar general. and pick the items themselves for a holiday meal.

funk monkey
12-16-2005, 12:46 PM
That was very insightfull...i need to relax..finals are coming up, and im stressed as hell then theres buying everyone gifts. Talk about an empty wallet. I need a break

Paniero
12-17-2005, 11:11 AM
In 2003, I was alone in Kuwait during both Thanksgiving and Christmas and felt horrible. I was participating in a war I didn't believe in, was missing my family, and had broken off an engagement while I was away.

For three weeks, apathy ruled, until one day, I received a card (with a drawing) from a third grader in PA wishing support for us overseas. My mind flashed back to the first Gulf War, when my fourth grade class wrote these same letters...

Anyway, it was the best Christmas gift I have ever gotten, and if you have the ten minutes to write a card or send a letter, please take it.

You never know how much it means to the person who will receive it.

Iowanian
12-18-2005, 03:05 PM
In 2003, I was alone in Kuwait during both Thanksgiving and Christmas and felt horrible. I was participating in a war I didn't believe in, was missing my family, and had broken off an engagement while I was away.

For three weeks, apathy ruled, until one day, I received a card (with a drawing) from a third grader in PA wishing support for us overseas. My mind flashed back to the first Gulf War, when my fourth grade class wrote these same letters...

Anyway, it was the best Christmas gift I have ever gotten, and if you have the ten minutes to write a card or send a letter, please take it.

You never know how much it means to the person who will receive it.

Thanks for sharing that story. Its an excellent example of how a low cost thing can do good.

One negative about doing things for people we don't know or can't see, is that you don't get to see how what you've done affects them.

RedNFeisty
12-20-2005, 09:16 AM
Help in keeping the thread alive, another grand cut and paste by Red!!

Christmas Is a Time for Love and Fun

Christmas is a time for love and fun,
A time to reshape souls and roots and skies,
A time to give your heart to everyone
Freely, like a rich and lavish sun,
Like a burning star to those whose lonely sighs
Show need of such a time for love and fun.
For children first, whose pain is never done,
Whose bright white fire of anguish never dies,
It's time to give your heart to every one,
That not one angel fall, to hatred won
For lack of ears to listen to her cries,
Or arms to carry him towards love and fun,
Or friends to care what happens on the run
To adult life, where joy or sadness lies.
It's time to give your heart to everyone,
For God loves all, and turns His back on none,
Good or twisted, ignorant or wise.
Christmas is a time for love and fun,
A time to give your heart to everyone.

Iowanian
12-22-2005, 01:45 PM
You've still got time to make a difference.

4th and Long
12-23-2005, 09:41 AM
You've still got time to make a difference.
And so I shall.

I am currently on vacation but, I am going into work today and taking a huge BBQ spread for my department to feast upon. One of the gals I work with is living paycheck to paycheck. She is barely making it. When the feasting has concluded, I shall bestow upon her, all of the reamining food. There should be a ton leftover.

4th and Long
12-23-2005, 10:26 AM
I just did something impulsive.

There's a very nice older lady I work with who has one of those lovely circulatory conditions that makes her hands turn blue (it's almost like watching a mood ring, circa 1975) and ache very badly when it gets cold. It's terribly painful. Her mother has the same condition. It was so bad for her she had to move to a warmer climate. Anyway ...

I just ran across the street to a local leather shop and bought her a pair of leather, rabbit fur lined gloves. That should help, me thinks.

I'm beginning to feel like Santa!
Time to go pick up the BBQ feast!
HO! HO! HO!

Iowanian
12-23-2005, 10:49 AM
thats the spirit.

There are still plenty of things that can be done before Christmas....and after.

4th and Long
12-23-2005, 03:07 PM
thats the spirit.

There are still plenty of things that can be done before Christmas....and after.
Odd that you mentioned it. Well ... not really.

The afore mentioned gloves were greeted with tears of joy. The meal was a huge success and the extra food (tons of it) was sent on it's merry way.

So, I'm leaving work and another old and long time female coworker stops me. She calls me son, I call her Ma. She's a season ticket holder and she hands me her ticket to the game tomorrow, with a, "Merry Christmas, Son!" I was like, "Wow! Thanks Ma!"

Another older lady and fellow coworker says, "That was so sweet. I wish I could do that for my grandson. He's never even been to a Chiefs game."

I looked at her, looked back at Ma knowingly, she nodded and smiled, and I walked over to the woman, handed her the ticket and said, "Merry Christmas. Make it special for your grandson."

What an odd day. At this rate, I may show up to the gathering tonight and kiss EnDelt or something.

Eeeuuwww. I may have to stay home now.

Over-Head
12-23-2005, 03:41 PM
What an odd day. At this rate, I may show up to the gathering tonight and kiss EnDelt or something.

QUEER! :cuss:

Seriously though, that was a very nice gesture on your part. :thumb:

4th and Long
12-23-2005, 03:47 PM
QUEER! :cuss:
PUCKER UP, BITCH! ROFL
Seriously though, that was a very nice gesture on your part. :thumb:
I know. It's so out of character for me. I feel al Scrooge-like after the 3 ghosts have visited me and stuff. :p

luv
12-24-2005, 01:04 PM
Odd that you mentioned it. Well ... not really.

The afore mentioned gloves were greeted with tears of joy. The meal was a huge success and the extra food (tons of it) was sent on it's merry way.

So, I'm leaving work and another old and long time female coworker stops me. She calls me son, I call her Ma. She's a season ticket holder and she hands me her ticket to the game tomorrow, with a, "Merry Christmas, Son!" I was like, "Wow! Thanks Ma!"

Another older lady and fellow coworker says, "That was so sweet. I wish I could do that for my grandson. He's never even been to a Chiefs game."

I looked at her, looked back at Ma knowingly, she nodded and smiled, and I walked over to the woman, handed her the ticket and said, "Merry Christmas. Make it special for your grandson."

What an odd day. At this rate, I may show up to the gathering tonight and kiss EnDelt or something.

Eeeuuwww. I may have to stay home now.
:deevee: :deevee: :deevee:

How sweet! Are you sure you weren't watching someone else do this? :p

luv
12-24-2005, 01:07 PM
Okay, I was, like, deathly ill this week (at least, I thought so). Anyone want to do the right thing and come help me with my laundry, dishes, and taking out my trash? C'mon. You know you want to.

4th and Long
12-24-2005, 02:14 PM
:deevee: :deevee: :deevee:

How sweet! Are you sure you weren't watching someone else do this? :p
HEY! :cuss:
Okay, I was, like, deathly ill this week (at least, I thought so). Anyone want to do the right thing and come help me with my laundry, dishes, and taking out my trash? C'mon. You know you want to.
See the first quote from you up above? That's called a BED. You just MADE IT. Now, you get to LAY IN IT! :D :p

Mosbonian
12-24-2005, 03:31 PM
What an odd day. At this rate, I may show up to the gathering tonight and kiss EnDelt or something.

Eeeuuwww. I may have to stay home now.

I want you to know I showed up last night at Fat Chance just to see this....and BTW, you missed a pretty good time...our server was aptly named "Dolly".... :p

mmaddog
*******

4th and Long
12-24-2005, 03:49 PM
I want you to know I showed up last night at Fat Chance just to see this....and BTW, you missed a pretty good time...our server was aptly named "Dolly".... :p

mmaddog
*******
Dolly? She looked like a cloned sheep? :p

I had a better offer from a rather, shall we say, well endowed young lady. Actually, well endowed isn't really a good description. Lets just say with the pair of lungs she was sporting, she had no problems breathing whatsoever.

Maybe next time. :)

Mosbonian
12-24-2005, 04:30 PM
Dolly? She looked like a cloned sheep? :p:)

Actually, more like the Dolly of Parton fame.....

I had a better offer from a rather, shall we say, well endowed young lady. Actually, well endowed isn't really a good description. Lets just say with the pair of lungs she was sporting, she had no problems breathing whatsoever.

Maybe next time. :)

You gave up a night up great fun with a bunch of guys like us, to spend one evening in carnal debauchery with a well-endowed lady?














Good to see you have your priorities straight.... :clap: :thumb:

mmaddog
*******

Katipan
12-24-2005, 04:43 PM
I dunno. I would have taken a midnight flight to see 4th kiss End.

Mosbonian
12-24-2005, 05:14 PM
I dunno. I would have taken a midnight flight to see 4th kiss End.

Ask End about his loud proclamation at the bar last night....depending on where you were in the bar, it either sounded like he was "outing" Russ, or proclaiming his love for Russ for ordering a Perrier....

mmaddog
*******

luv
12-25-2005, 01:45 AM
Dolly? She looked like a cloned sheep? :p

I had a better offer from a rather, shall we say, well endowed young lady. Actually, well endowed isn't really a good description. Lets just say with the pair of lungs she was sporting, she had no problems breathing whatsoever.

Maybe next time. :)
You must've fallen asleep watching TV or something.

Iowanian
11-17-2006, 03:40 PM
Its almost a month until Christmas, with Thanksgiving around the corner. While my
situation has changed, the need for common good will has not. I was reminded of this thread and the time to recharge myself to do this by the forthcoming of the Kansas City Secret Santa.

I encourage each of you to think about what you can do to help someone else as we enter winter, and the holiday season. There are things you can do, that won't cost money.

1. Help someone plastic their windows.

2. I found the gift cards to the elementary guidance counselors very, very well recieved last year and plan on doing this again, and possibly recruiting some others to buy one or pitch in to do even More. If you have the means, please consider calling your local guidance counselor, offer them a gift card, to use to purchase coat-boots-shoes-snow pants for a struggling family. I guarantee every one of them will have an immediate idea of the best use. They can take them with a parent, make the purchase, and make sure it is used for its intended purpose.

3. I've joined a group in my area, and will be for the first time helping deliver some thanksgiving meals for 3-4 families.

I'm sure others have great ideas, that can be linked here.

I may very well try to build on the idea of the gentleman from KC and try the "$20 secret santa" someday.

Stewie
11-17-2006, 03:50 PM
The company where I work does what's called "Christmas in October." It's an organization that helps the elderly/impoverished/ill with home fix-ups. This year was the first year I got involved. It's amazing how much work 20 people can do on a house in a day. We painted, caulked, fixed a couple of broken windows, cleaned and repaired gutters, fixed a leaky faucet... well, you get the idea. She was so appreciative and we all felt great lending a helping hand.

slappyhappy
11-17-2006, 04:18 PM
If you live in NE Kansas I work for a Community Action Program providing help to impoverished families. If you would like to help in some way check out the website.

http://www.nekcap.org

Monitary gifts and volunteers always welcome.

Iowanian
12-06-2006, 12:21 PM
What have you done? What can you do?

I challenge each of you to start small today.

Hold a door open for someone you don't know and normally wouldn't. Say Hello to someone passing in the street.

I'm always interested in great ideas.

Doing the Right thing....feels good.

luv
12-06-2006, 12:27 PM
What have you done? What can you do?

I challenge each of you to start small today.

Hold a door open for someone you don't know and normally wouldn't. Say Hello to someone passing in the street.

I'm always interested in great ideas.

Doing the Right thing....feels good.
My company adopted a family in need. There are 6 kids living with their grandparents due to their parents being incarcerated (sp?). They range from 6 months to 16 years old. I'm glad you bumped this thread. It reminds me that I need to stop by Wal-Mart before going to work to pick up a few more things to take in.

As for holding the door open for people and saying hi to people passing by, I do those things all year. Christmas isn't the only time of year you can be courteous. :)

InChiefsHell
12-06-2006, 12:38 PM
My kids and I delivered Thanksgiving meals for our church. That was pretty cool.

I always make it a point to drop whatever change I have into the bell ringer's bucket.

I always feel that there is more I can do, but so far that's it for this year.

C-Mac
12-06-2006, 01:02 PM
Christmas isn't the only time of year you can be courteous. :)

Bingo! I'm pretty sure that Jesus didnt mean for you to try and love one another for a just a few days a year. Holidays can make hypocrites out of many.

FAX
12-06-2006, 01:16 PM
People should be nicer to others all the time, especially Mr. Bob Dole.

Christmas is just another reminder that we can and should reach out to our fellow man. Above the waist.

FAX

kindra68
12-06-2006, 01:19 PM
People should be nicer to others all the time, especially Mr. Bob Dole.

Christmas is just another reminder that we can and should reach out to our fellow man. Above the waist.

FAX

Wait a minute; are you trying to say Bob Dole isnít nice?

InChiefsHell
12-06-2006, 01:19 PM
Bingo! I'm pretty sure that Jesus didnt mean for you to try and love one another for a just a few days a year. Holidays can make hypocrites out of many.

Indeed. I try to do stuff throughout the year, but I must admit, I do more during the holidays. I guess it's laziness. My church is pretty good about reminding us all year long, so I am getting better, but it's amazing how fast time goes when you are over 30...seems like just yesterday we were all bitching about the Dallas Cowboys loss, and here it is a year later...

I make it a point not to flip people off in traffic for cutting me off, I always try to help people with holding doors, or carrying stuff for them...little things like that. But I know there is more I can do.

BIG_DADDY
12-06-2006, 01:20 PM
Good post.

JazzzLovr
12-06-2006, 01:24 PM
Wait a minute; are you trying to say Bob Dole isnít nice?

Yeah, I was trying to figure out if that meant that we should be nicer to Bob Dole or that Bob Dole should be nicer to everyone else. :)

FAX
12-06-2006, 01:40 PM
My apologies for the confusion. I meant that we should all be nicer to Mr. Bob Dole.

After all, he is named after a can of fruit.

FAX

Iowanian
12-06-2006, 01:47 PM
I was raised that these things are year round, common courtesy also. As a citizen in the streets, who just spent a week in the city, I assure you it doesn't appear to be common happening.

There are many, who could use a reminder. someone could try this, and work his/her way up the Charity chain.


As for holding the door open for people and saying hi to people passing by, I do those things all year. Christmas isn't the only time of year you can be courteous. :)

luv
12-06-2006, 01:50 PM
I was raised that these things are year round, common courtesy also. As a citizen in the streets, who just spent a week in the city, I assure you it doesn't appear to be common happening.

There are many, who could use a reminder. someone could try this, and work his/her way up the Charity chain.
Actually, I lied. I'm too shy to say hi to strangers. I do try to smile though. And I always say hi if they say it first. I hope that counts.

Calcountry
12-06-2006, 01:51 PM
I donate my surplus eggs to a food closet here.

kregger
12-06-2006, 02:01 PM
Thanks for bumping this thread again. I am going to take my 7 yr old daughter out of school next Friday and work a soup kitchen that is run by a KC church.

Iowanian
12-11-2006, 10:15 AM
What a great day, to turn your ambivalence and disdain of the Chiefs play, to turn that energy to the cause of good.

Redrum_69
12-11-2006, 10:18 AM
What a great day, to turn your ambivalence and disdain of the Chiefs play, to turn that energy to the cause of good.



How, when, where, why....did you all of a sudden grow a heart?

Iowanian
12-11-2006, 10:20 AM
A long time before you started googling Mom Jokes.

Demonpenz
12-11-2006, 11:39 AM
I thank you everyone. I just got a new pair of mittens and chiefs stalking cap from my mitten tree at work.

Redrum_69
12-11-2006, 11:45 AM
I thank you everyone. I just got a new pair of mittens and chiefs stalking cap from my mitten tree at work.


ROFL ROFL ROFL ROFL


Um, do you really mean "stalking" or "stocking"

Iowanian
12-13-2006, 09:51 PM
All I want for Christmas is a Hipo-potta-muth....

Some Good deeds from CP must be done, to undo the pathetic judgement of one former member today.

Simplex3
12-13-2006, 10:02 PM
...for the past three years, i have begged my family to not exchange gifts, but instead, spoil my nephew, and adopt a family. i have everything i need, and although i appriciate the thought, and money spent on gifts bought for me, i would rather see a family from new orleans, have smile on their face. my family refuses the idea, and instead, i'm stuck worried if i'm spending enough, on them.
Simply tell them this year that next year you won't be giving gifts to anyone over X years old, and instead you will be giving that money to a charity. Tell them you would appreciate that they do the same with any gifts they would have purchased for you, or provide receipts so that you can return the gifts.

I've also heard of a family with no children that would "give" each other toys, but open the gifts a month or so early then take all the toys to a shelter and hand them out to the kids.

Mosbonian
12-13-2006, 10:24 PM
I've always lived by the credo "need has no season" which is something I learned while volunteering with the Salvation Army.

I've stolen suggestions for kindness that have been posted here and at other boards for many years now.....paid for groceries for someone I knew who was struggling.....cleaned sidewalks for those less capable during the recent snowstorm....taken time to sit and listen to someone who just needed a friend to talk to....

But sometimes one of the best things you can do is to back away from the computer....shut it off and spend more quality time with your family. Nothing made me more forlorn that a recent "family night" of watching Christmas movies and eating popcorn. My daughter had curled up next to me on the sofa and was intently engrossed in the movie....or so I thought. It was only after a few minutes and feeling her dead weight getting heavier that I realized she had drifted off to sleep. It had been a long time since that had happened, and I realized I missed that. As I carried her up the stairs it made me a little sad to realize the "little girl" I used to carry in my arms, was now a "little lady" and much heavier to carry.

So....I guess what I am saying is that you will probably see less of me here (if that's possible).

mmaddog
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Mosbonian
12-13-2006, 10:28 PM
And something else.....

As close as some of us are on the Planet, I have always wondered why we didn't "adopt a family". I know we all live in different places and already support many causes. But I wonder if we couldn't just pick one charity to support and ask for a volunteer to spearhead collecting donated funds and then delivering them to our designated charity.

mmaddog
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boogblaster
12-13-2006, 10:51 PM
Great Thread.. getting in here a little late but hope anyone that can help some of the less fortunate will..it's always appreciated..having gifts given to myself as a youth was beyond words..having a little more now, my wife gives gifts to some of the needed children in our area..they'll always remember your kindness.......

Iowanian
12-14-2006, 09:31 AM
I don't know if its been done for Christmas, but I'm pretty sure it has....a couple of years back, a regular member was struggling, and I know that members pitched in to help him give his kids a Christmas.

I know for sure the planet has pitched in and sent me great items that I sent to a unit in Iraq last year....several members gave and gave great stuff.

This time of year, I'm all about coats, hats, mittens and boots/shoes.....last week, at work I heard of 2 infants/toddler brought to a daycare with no coats....and it was below zero windchill.

If the planet found a local need for those items, I'd think a combined effort would do wonders.

If some trustworthy planeteer stepped forward, I'd be all for finding an elementary school in the KC area...pitching in as a group, having that person purchase gift cards to donate to the counselor/principal anonymously, or in the name of Chiefsplanet and in honor of Lamar Hunt......that counselor would select a family or two in their school and purchase coats et al for them. That would be a great thing......


And something else.....

As close as some of us are on the Planet, I have always wondered why we didn't "adopt a family". I know we all live in different places and already support many causes. But I wonder if we couldn't just pick one charity to support and ask for a volunteer to spearhead collecting donated funds and then delivering them to our designated charity.

mmaddog
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Mosbonian
12-14-2006, 06:17 PM
I don't know if its been done for Christmas, but I'm pretty sure it has....a couple of years back, a regular member was struggling, and I know that members pitched in to help him give his kids a Christmas.

I know for sure the planet has pitched in and sent me great items that I sent to a unit in Iraq last year....several members gave and gave great stuff.

This time of year, I'm all about coats, hats, mittens and boots/shoes.....last week, at work I heard of 2 infants/toddler brought to a daycare with no coats....and it was below zero windchill.

If the planet found a local need for those items, I'd think a combined effort would do wonders.

If some trustworthy planeteer stepped forward, I'd be all for finding an elementary school in the KC area...pitching in as a group, having that person purchase gift cards to donate to the counselor/principal anonymously, or in the name of Chiefsplanet and in honor of Lamar Hunt......that counselor would select a family or two in their school and purchase coats et al for them. That would be a great thing......


I guess taking a hint from a link to the Dallas newspaper that Bob Dole posted in one of the threads, we could start a group that could be named The 37 Foundation in honor of Joe Delany and Lamar Hunt (37 was the number he wore). We could find 37 guys who would commit time and effort to spearhead charitable donations that would be administered in KC by a trustworthy planeteer.

Just a though to ponder.....

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Iowanian
12-20-2006, 12:05 PM
Maybe its the season
that brings from me the good
Helping those who need it
Feels nice because it should.

I know its not a poop thread
This from the Keyboard of doom
your schedule might be busy
but you can make some room.

You've got some money in your pocket
without it you won't feel the sting
Get off your ass and use it
There's still time to do the right thing.

Bob Dole
11-29-2007, 12:16 PM
It's that time of year again!

Bob Dole was going to start his drive-thru tradition at breakfast today, but there was nobody there.

Iowanian
11-29-2007, 12:57 PM
Our annual school delivery was made yesterday.

Good show Bobdole.

I'm traveling more, and will partake in the drive-through gesture each visit through Christmas.


With Shotgun deer season this weekend, we'll soon be dehydrating jerky, some of which will be sent overseas prior to Christmas.

El Jefe
11-29-2007, 03:47 PM
If someone wanted to start a "fund" or what have you from the planet, all we would need is one person who wanted to collect the money, and then disburse it to whatever need it was going to be used for. I think some would be suprised at how many of the members would give. I would give to a "CP Christmas fund", to help some people out, but you always need someone to start it, and seeing as im not in your state and most people don't know me, it wouldn't go over to well if I started it.

El Jefe
11-29-2007, 03:47 PM
This needs to be a sticky every year, IMO. Tis the season to be Jolly.

Bob Dole
11-29-2007, 03:52 PM
Our annual school delivery was made yesterday.

Good show Bobdole.

I'm traveling more, and will partake in the drive-through gesture each visit through Christmas.


With Shotgun deer season this weekend, we'll soon be dehydrating jerky, some of which will be sent overseas prior to Christmas.

Bob Dole has had a couple of people indicate they're going to do the drive-thru thing this year, too. It would be very cool if it took off and branched out and people started doing other random things in the community.

Thanks for posting the original topic!

Iowanian
12-10-2007, 10:56 PM
Tonight, an Ice Storm is pillaging the areas in which many of us live. This will put many people in danger or at least severely burden them.

This, my friends is an opportunity to do the right thing. Tonight, more likely tomorrow, our friends and neighbors are going to need some help.

Last spring, a similar storm started in the area in which we lived, 200 miles from family, and a young child with pneumonia, rsv and ear infection. We lost power for what turned into 3 nights and 4 cold, miserable days. I swalled my pride, for the good of my family and accepted some help from a gracious neighbor. I'll never forget their kindness.

Check on those old folks who won't be able to get out, use that 4x4 to get supplies if needed...offer a hand, or if appropriate your home.

This situation provides an opportunity to do the right thing.

Phobia
12-10-2007, 11:04 PM
I generally try to do the right thing. I'd like to acknowledge that it's coming back to me now. My business is blowing up beyond belief. People actually TIP me - a home contractor. I was tipped $40 on a $2000 job by a firefighter today and $50 on a $50 bill from some local folks who were experiencing some serious leakage through a window due to an ice dam on their roof and some shoddy patchwork which had been done in the past. When I told the lady $50 she scoffed and told me she was writing the check for whatever she wanted. Heh. $90 tip in one day - to a contractor. Heh heh. Awesome.

It comes back. It might not be tomorrow, next week, next year or even next decade but it will come back and it's coming back for me.

Iowanian
12-12-2007, 03:36 PM
A fortune teller?

Once again, I found my home without heat and power as temperatures plunged. Once again, I found myself in need of a little help, and with more than ample opportunity to help others in worse shape.

I'm glad you're finally getting some of yours back phildo.

Bob Dole
12-14-2007, 06:04 PM
CBS Evening News just reported that Secret Santa lives on!

An unknown guy who was a friend of Larry's is carrying on the tradition, branching outside of KC, and intends to give away $75k each year as long as the money holds out.

Phobia
12-14-2007, 06:16 PM
CBS Evening News just reported that Secret Santa lives on!

An unknown guy who was a friend of Larry's is carrying on the tradition, branching outside of KC, and intends to give away $75k each year as long as the money holds out.

A known guy who was a friend of Larry's is the former #20. I don't know if he's the one carrying on the tradition but I do know he's participated in the past.

Bob Dole
12-14-2007, 06:37 PM
A known guy who was a friend of Larry's is the former #20. I don't know if he's the one carrying on the tradition but I do know he's participated in the past.

The guy in the shadows during the interview didn't appear to be Deron.

It doesn't look like the video is there yet, but they've added the story since Bob Dole posted.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/12/14/assignment_america/main3621324.shtml

Phobia
12-14-2007, 07:16 PM
It looks like we've found a family to adopt. The lady is living in a one bedroom apartment with her MIL, husband, 5 yo, 3 yo, and 6 mo. We're short on cash but long on toys and clothes. I think it's going to be an incredible learning experience for Reese. Hopefully we've found a worthy family. We're going out to meet with them tomorrow.

Bob Dole
12-14-2007, 09:43 PM
It looks like we've found a family to adopt. The lady is living in a one bedroom apartment with her MIL, husband, 5 yo, 3 yo, and 6 mo. We're short on cash but long on toys and clothes. I think it's going to be an incredible learning experience for Reese. Hopefully we've found a worthy family. We're going out to meet with them tomorrow.

Very cool!

All Bob Dole's shit is always too worn out to pass along as anything but rags.

Phobia
12-14-2007, 09:45 PM
Very cool!

All Bob Dole's shit is always too worn out to pass along as anything but rags.
I'm just glad you found a farmer willing to pass along some old clothing to you.

Iowanian
12-21-2008, 05:35 PM
Another year, another opportunity.

I've reflected upon today's game enough, and a trip outside with temps below zero and falling like the Biggest Losers' old pants, I read back through this thread.

Each Christmas season gives us another reminder, another chance to do right, to do better. While it hurts a little more to do some of the things I have in past years, we're still trying. In the same effort to do right in my community in life, I'm really trying, yet again to do better in my interactions with my only real online community.

Merry Christmas.

JuicesFlowing
12-21-2008, 05:57 PM
:bravo:

Iowanian
11-22-2011, 04:51 PM
It's that time again....same end of season apathy about the failing Chiefs, same opportunity to do the right thing.

This year, I'm wondering if we can come up with a combined effort, done as individuals that will make a difference in each of our communities. I'm open to suggestions for new things this year.

With black friday approaching, maybe there are deals that can help stretch that money further to do more. Bring it with your giant brains and charitable hearts.

InChiefsHell
11-22-2011, 06:35 PM
I'm gonna sign up to bell ring again...I do that every year.

Dallas Chief
11-22-2011, 08:23 PM
It's that time again....same end of season apathy about the failing Chiefs, same opportunity to do the right thing.

This year, I'm wondering if we can come up with a combined effort, done as individuals that will make a difference in each of our communities. I'm open to suggestions for new things this year.

With black friday approaching, maybe there are deals that can help stretch that money further to do more. Bring it with your giant brains and charitable hearts.

Never saw this thread before. Thanks for making me cry a$$hole... and it's not even Thanksgiving!!! Yes I am a softy at this time of year. Thanks for reminding us ALL what it is really about, even if it was seven years ago. Extremely belated rep.