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  • #16
    I have donated my accrued annual leave to coworkers... I've given leave to one whose 14 year old daughter needed a heart transplant, one who had severe complications with a routine surgery that was botched, and one whose 8 year old son needed weekly chemotherapy treatments.

    I also donate to the Wounded Warrior Project, one of the great charities that helps our wounded troops recover, rehabilitate, go to college, and find jobs.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by valmason01 View Post
      I work with special needs kids. Yes I get paid, and to be fair I probably get afar more out of it then they do but I also put a lot in for very little money. So maybe I am rationalizing too I know I could do more...
      I taught for years and while I think that anyone who teaches is paying it forward in that they don't get paid nearly enough, teaching special needs kids is a special kind of calling. I salute you.

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      • #18
        As the mom of a special needs son, I hold all teachers of such kids in the highest regard. My grateful appreciation to you all. You are a rare and wonderful breed!

        As for me:

        I have been a coach and team manager for 9 years for Special Olympics - soccer team all summer and floor hockey team all winter. In addition, I attend monthly community council meetings for Special Olympics and help out at various additional events. This summer, I will be taking out Soccer team to the Provincial Games for the 3rd time (every 4 years, and we have qualified three times in a row!)

        I volunteer at church. Teach adult church school, run a weekly quilting group. preside on Sunday mornings, do occasional sermons.

        Professionally, I take on dietetic students for training experience during their practicum or internship.

        I have gone to Guatemala and Honduras for development and building work 5 times, each a two week trip that I fundraised for the cost of - a months long process, and collected school materials, kids shoes etc to take along.

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        • #19
          In the past I was a phone councler at a suicide/trauma hotline. I tended the emergency information hotline on 9-11. I have volunteered at St Francis house and at Ronald McDonald's house. I have payroll deductions for two charities (20 a piece every two weeks.) I generally won't give cash for beggers but do have a few gift cards for the needy.

          Right now I am looking for something to volunteer some time but have not found the "right" fit.

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          • #20
            As the mom of a special needs son, I hold all teachers of such kids in the highest regard. My grateful appreciation to you all. You are a rare and wonderful breed!
            I taught for years and while I think that anyone who teaches is paying it forward in that they don't get paid nearly enough, teaching special needs kids is a special kind of calling. I salute you.
            Thank you both Honestly I love my job. I am a speech language pathologist and work at the special needs school, the emotional behavioral disorders school and a general education school. The only bad thing is the political bs that keeps us from doing what the kids need. So I often feel like I am the one getting the most out of it instead of the one giving

            I generally won't give cash for beggers but do have a few gift cards for the needy.
            I do give cash but it is more of a knee jerk I don't know how to help reaction. I have a friend who keeps water and small snack bags in his car to give out. I keep saying I will do this but I haven't yet.

            I am inspired by everyone's contributions!
            You know all those things you wanted to do: You should go do them.

            Age 48
            height 5'3
            SW 215 lbs
            CW 180 lbs (whole foods/primal eating)
            LW 172 lbs
            GW 125ish lbs

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            • #21
              Originally posted by valmason01 View Post

              I am inspired by everyone's contributions!
              As I am. This tribe is truely blessed !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
              "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

              ...small steps....

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              • #22
                Does tithing at church count? I'm a volunteer teaching sunday school there as well. And I donate plasma every 6 weeks. And we have a sponsored child. We homeschool. Our family is kind of a 'backstop' for a university student student who sometimes needs to move 'home' for a few weeks every so often during the year, even though her parents are in the North Island....
                Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

                Griff's cholesterol primer
                5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
                Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
                TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
                bloodorchid is always right

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                • #23
                  gwamma is incredibly ditsy - what is tithing ???????
                  "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                  ...small steps....

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by NZ primal Gwamma View Post
                    gwamma is incredibly ditsy - what is tithing ???????
                    It's the policy of giving 10% of your income to your church. "Tithe" is the old English word for tenth.

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                    • #25
                      oh okay. I have friends who are 7th days. And they give 10%.
                      wow that is huge !!!!!!!!!!!
                      "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                      ...small steps....

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                      • #26
                        I listen to people And I genuinely care.

                        I also don't reserve that "special smile" for one person - I give it to the bus driver, the fruit & veg dude, strangers on the street. It's amazing how much a real smile can touch people.

                        In general I try not to be a douche and to treat everyone with respect.

                        Small gestures, but I believe the little things make up life.

                        Kudos to everyone else - this is a sweet thread
                        "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

                        In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

                        - Ray Peat

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                        • #27
                          I like to give back, as the spirit moves me, by doing good things randomly rather than focused on one effort I can point to, and I'm trying to raise my sons to do the same. Some of the things I do include:

                          - I spend time at the local library working toward adult literacy
                          - I donate, recycle or freecycle used items rather than throwing them out
                          - I give money to the arts
                          - Like canio6, I used to donate blood until I got bounced for too much time in the UK (mad cow).
                          - I been known to march on Washington, to protest gun violence

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                          • #28
                            I feed cats in the neighborhood, and abuse people that are mean to them.
                            "Ah, those endless forests, and their horror-haunted gloom! For what eternities have I wandered through them, a timid, hunted creature, starting at the least sound, frightened of my own shadow, keyed-up, ever alert and vigilant, ready on the instant to dash away in mad flight for my life. For I was the prey of all manner of fierce life that dwelt in the forest, and it was in ecstasies of fear that I fled before the hunting monsters."

                            Jack london, "Before Adam"

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Mr.Perfidy View Post
                              I feed cats in the neighborhood, and abuse people that are mean to them.
                              Which should not be confused with feeding people in the neighborhood and abusing the cats that are mean to them....

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by ssn679doc View Post
                                Which should not be confused with feeding people in the neighborhood and abusing the cats that are mean to them....
                                hahahahahahahahaha
                                "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                                ...small steps....

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