Wanted to share a story and maybe give some others an idea.
Last year there was a very inspiring AdSense thread about helping out others during the holidays with some of the newly found income derived from AdSense.
After reading it, I was so moved and wanted to do something but decided against the normal donations to charity route.
Instead, I knew a woman at work who was a single mom and trying very hard to give her two kids a good Christmas. After getting off work each day, she would drive to a depatment store and work a second job until 10:00 at night, probably for about six bucks an hour.
I remembered having a long talk with her one day and hearing how discouraged she was with everything.
I guess I really connected with her situation because I was raised by a single mom who had to care and support me and my four brothers and sister. I remembered how depressed my mother would get.
So, about ten days before Christmas I wrote an anonymous letter to this woman telling her how much I respected her for how hard she works for her children and explaining that I had a blessed year.
I put 25 twenty-dollar-bills ($500.) and also wrote that I will never reveal myself, but if she was insistent on paying the money back, she could make the same gesture to someone else in a few years when things are better for her.
No, it wasn't a ton of money, but it was a lot for me.
I didn't see her at all until January. When we ran into each other at work for the first time, she saw me and walked up to me smiling.
She asked in a funny way if I had been busy over the holidays. I said no.
She asked if I had left something on her desk. I couldn't help but crack a smile, but I said no.
She then came up and hugged me. She told me that I would never know what it meant to her.
I denied it and walk away, still, with the stuipid smile. For some weeks after that we repeated the routine of her thanking me and me denying it with a stupid smile on my face.
The morale of my story, though, is not any of this.
The feeling I had after I left the envelope on her desk was amazing. It lasted for a month any time I thought about it.
No car, no gadget, no bank account could ever make me feel better than that gesture.
I guess I really learned for the first time about giving.
So, anyway, AdSense is still doing well for me, and I will be doing the same thing this year, although I'm not sure of the details yet.
AdSense (despite our belly aching)has helped us. It felt good to pass the good will along.
Last year, someone else's thread inspired me. Maybe this one will inspire someone else.
[edited by: Buzliteyear at 6:43 pm (utc) on Dec. 11, 2005]