Strangers Helping Out - One Donation at a Time
Blog Posted:3/31/2014 11:23:00 AM
So, a few weeks back, I posted a blog about a “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” fund raising event that I am participating in in April. I used this as a theme for a contest that I would sponsor and as a shameless, self-promoting, call for contributions.
Well, one poet rose to the challenge and attempted to contribute to this cause by sponsoring me in the walk. The only problem was, however, she wanted to make this donation via Pay-Pal which is not a method supported by this particular charity. She asked me to find out how she could make this contribution that way, and I could not. So, I thanked her for the thought and said I would make the donation for her specified amount in her name and she could pay me back sometime later when the opportunity presented itself.
“Sometime later”, however, was not good enough for her, so she found a way to make a similar donation in my name with a Charity-Coupon that I could direct to another charity. I cashed in that coupon for a charity in her home country – different than my own.
So, two charities, on opposite sides of the world, benefited because of two complete strangers who happened to share a common love for poetry and had become vaguely familiar with each other through a special interest Internet website. I guess there is some good that can be achieved through this world of Social Networking.
Thank you, young lady, for helping me to help others. Your poetry has always moved me and now I know a little bit more about the good heart behind it.
Just thought I would share this with all of you.
I have not identified the poet, because I do not want to embarrass her if she does not wish to be recognized this way – but, I bet some of you can guess who she is.
Thank you to all who entered the contest for this theme – results will be posted shortly. Many of your poetic contributions have moved me, as well.