Christmas Giving Fluff

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Christmas Giving Fluff
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Tue, 12-21-2010 - 2:03pm

I was reading about the Kansas City Secret Santa today and thought how much fun that would be. It made me start thinking what I would do if I had 40k to spare. So here are some questions.

1. If you had unlimited amounts of money, what type of Random Acts of Kindness would you do? At Christmas or otherwise.

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Registered: 07-12-2005
Tue, 12-21-2010 - 4:08pm

We did that when I was a kid, and I will say honestly that the experiences were mixed. For the most part, the visits were good. Occasionally, someone with dementia would mix one of us up with their child or grandchild, or would want to hug and cuddle us in ways that made us feel uncomfortable. But typically, the most uncomfortable thing was someone getting all weepy and us not knowing, as children, how to comfort them. Usually the nurses/attendants were really good about keeping things happy for everyone, and by the time I was ten, I knew what to expect, how to handle it, etc. My favorite was this one older guy who had a touch of dementia that I thought was an act. He was all Scrooge-like through the whole visit, and then at the end, he'd give us a big old wink and smile.

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Tue, 12-21-2010 - 4:10pm
I totally agree.
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Tue, 12-21-2010 - 4:12pm
I spent a lot of time in nursing homes when I was a child...it was my grandma's profession. Some of my favorite memories are the ones who were scrooge like, then softened up just a little.
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Tue, 12-21-2010 - 4:15pm
I did this a lot with my mother when iwas a kid and our old 4-h group would do this, we did it when the kids were little...not a favorite of mine.. just not my cup of tea...nothing wrong with the elderly in a nursing home..just not something iam good at...so its a random...for me...
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Tue, 12-21-2010 - 4:33pm

1. If you had unlimited amounts of money, what type of Random Acts of Kindness would you do? At Christmas or otherwise.

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Registered: 03-25-2010
Tue, 12-21-2010 - 4:38pm
My kid elementary school went every year, to sing carols.
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Tue, 12-21-2010 - 5:55pm
I'm so very unqualified to answer these questions. We do jack wrt #2 and #3.

I,personally, love to give jsut the right gift to the right person. That's very rewarding for me. But that's about as far as my "giving lessons" have extended.



I've always said that if I win the lottery, I'd do a lot for my parents and brothers and sister. And I'd do a couple of big charitable donations (local children's museum, andprobably something related to cancer).

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Tue, 12-21-2010 - 5:56pm

I always liked that old man in NY who would write million-dollar checks for people he thought deserved a break. I also like the idea of supporting young artists.

We do not have specific Christmas traditions about giving, but we do have a small family foundation that was established around 1700 for the support of destitute spinsters in the family. The account still exists, and some second cousin is still taking care of it. At some point, somebody spun off a piece to be an educational grant, and not just for the family.

Dd started getting more excited about giving around age 7 or so, I think. By age 6, she refused to make a wish list, on the grounds that it seemed greedy.

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Tue, 12-21-2010 - 6:55pm
catching this late but your number one is incredible, it sounds like something you'd hear about on 60 minutes or something..close knit community looks out for one another then woman comes along with this tremendous donation, that story deserves a nice ending! =)

 

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Tue, 12-21-2010 - 6:58pm
interesting, heifer project. i just googled it..donating a goat so a poor family can feed their own?

 

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