Two $1.00 Bills!
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The other day I visited the LifeWay store, which is a wonderful Christian store with locations throughout the United States. And since this store is located at the south end of Myrtle Beach, adjacent to a large mall, I figured I’d “kill 2 birds with 1 stone” and stop in at Bed Bath & Beyond while I was there to pick up some K-cups for my Keurig Coffeemaker (since I quit smoking, my coffee has become a must for me). OK, move over Edith Bunker….to make a long story even longer….anyway, I was in my car leaving the mall when I realized that I had been overcharged for my purchase, and I had to turn around, park and go back inside to get my money back….which I did. It wasn’t much money, but I tossed the refund in my purse and left once again. My drive home took me through an intersection in an area of Myrtle Beach that is more run down than most areas, and as I was pulling to the traffic light I glanced out my window and saw a man holding the most extraordinary sign. I had actually passed him before the words really registered: “Homeless & Hungry. Even if you can’t help, God bless you!” My heart gave a lurch, I stopped, threw the car into reverse and backed up. I suddenly knew that the money refunded to me wasn’t really meant for me to keep……it was given to me so that I could give it to this man. It was not much but when I rolled down my window and handed it to him, he started crying and said over and over “God bless you”. I trusted that he would use it for its intended purpose and in my heart, I know he did! I also knew that I needed to do more.
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Early today I visited Wal Mart. I went to the section where you can buy travel size items for personal care. I picked up small soaps, tooth brushes, tooth paste, combs, new wash cloths and I took them home and found clean towels I was going to donate anyway, and made care packages. I put these packages in a box in my car. Now I am not planning to go out and seek out those who are disenfranchised, but the next time I see someone I know is in need, I will give them one of these packages. The cost was minimal but the feeling of joy doing this will give me is beyond measure. It will be my way of giving back to my community and making a difference. Won’t you all join me and start your own special project for helping others?
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The purpose of life is not to be happy – but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all.