#WATWB: Saving a Life

Becca Bundy always wanted to give back to volunteer firefighter Bill Cox, who once saved her daughter’s life. She did just that thanks to a chance encounter at a Northern Minnesota bar, when she learned that he needed a kidney transplant. There is not a story to read, only a video to watch. A Gift for the Firefighter To understand how organ donation can save many lives, check out the following link. Benefits of Organ Donation  The “We are theRead more

On Being Gracious

Many years ago, a friend and I were talking about how hard it was for us to accept compliments from others – saying things like, “Oh, you didn’t have to!” or “This old rag?” or “I’m really not that awesome” in response to kindness. This past Sunday, our church’s pastor talked about how it can be difficult for us to be gracious in receiving and that “we should never deny someone the opportunity to be a blessing” with their wordsRead more

SoCS: Enthusiastic Kindness

Kindness is epic it’s fuel for a smile Affection is magic and longer than a mile Care seems ethical In right application Warmth remains critical in human admiration Compassion weaves the fabric of a sympathetic heart Giving sings poetic A philanthropist’s part Generosity reigns apolitical and takes no sides Benevolence shuns technical when a free spirit abides Kindness is gigantic within the human soul and spreads itself enthusiastic through rocks, don’t you know Postscript: During this past week at myRead more

Giving Love

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”  ~Mother Teresa~ As you run around the next 19 days, finishing your Christmas shopping and running up the credit card…remember the words of Mother Teresa. Put love in your giving instead of a price tag or the goal of a perfect gift. Your loved one may prefer a fuzzy, warm red heart rather than another electrical appliance, navy blue tie or Santa coffee mug. This postRead more

Christmas State of Mind

“The Christmas State of Mind is found throughout the year whenever faith overcomes doubt, hope conquers despair, and love triumphs over hate. It is present when men of any creed bring love and understanding to the hearts of their fellow man.  The feeling is seen in the wondrous faces of children and in the hopeful eyes of the aged. It overflows the hearts of cheerful givers and the souls.” ~ Ronald Reagan~Read more

Community: Paper and Bows

This week, in a post created specifically for this challenge, show us community, and interpret it any way you please! Back in May, I blogged about my church in a post titled “Picture of Giving”. It was a post about a June rummage sale, a year-round event called ProjectX, and the giving heart of the Mission Church community. When I saw the weekly photo challenge theme, I immediately thought of this community. December 14th is ProjectX day. It’s a day whenRead more

Give Blood, Receive Rock Horns

I am giving Bill rock horns, two thumbs up and a fist pump. (Click on the link since I haven’t figure out yet how to imbed video.) MAN GIVES 100th DONATION 100 gallons of platelets…after giving 16 gallons of whole blood…a lifetime of giving. Unbelievably awesome. My co-worker and I were talking about platelet donation earlier this week. We both donate whole blood on a regular basis, but tend to give platelets very seldom. It’s a matter of finding theRead more

Picture of Giving

I’m tired. I’ve spent most of today helping out at the church rummage sale. It’s the 2nd annual rummage sale. The volunteers bagged and boxed a plethora of items, helped serve lunch and folded/refolded/re-refolded a ton of clothes until they were blue in the face. I’ll head back to the church Saturday morning for day two of one person’s junk turning into another person’s treasure. I found a few treasures myself – a fern, two blouses, a sweater and aRead more