I'm bringing this thread back, I wish it always stayed near the top, to be honest.
I was telling my children (only 7 and 5 years old)that next year, in lieu of giving me something for Christmas, I wanted my sons to do something/give something to people that need assistance. My eldest said, "Why wait? I have money in my piggy bank." I told them I would match whatever they decided to donate, so off they ran, shook those banks and decided that they would give $10 each (that was all that was in my youngest son's, he keeps giving money away as it means nothing to him now).
I had spoken to Helping Hands (a local charity here in my small town that acts as a Food Bank / shelter) yesterday about what items they may need as I am trying to facilitate some free labour to rebuild their kitchen, but they did say that they needed warm clothes for men, as the local Women's Shelter takes care of the women and children quite well. With that in mind, we headed out to find a shop in town.
My eldest thought that Mark's Work Warehouse would have the best warm stuff, and he wanted to get a 'sweater like his', so in we go, and the manager happened to be near the front and asked if she could help find something? I explained what we were doing and she paused, looked at my little guys, and then she had a little welling in the eyes, which made me get a little teary as well. She said she could certainly help us out and she did.
I bumped in a bit more, but Mark's gave us 4 pairs of some Heat socks, 4 scarves, a pair of gloves, and a nice thick $70 sweater/hoodie (just like my sons) for $60. On the way to Helping Hands, we stopped at my wife's work and they donated 4 toques to their box and mom was quite proud of her little men; as am I. Doing good by people is contagious - pass it on.