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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]
Great story. I have to say though as I was reading through it, I half expected it to finish like ...
... and we have been together ever since.
I always, before i even started Adsense, make a donation to the childrens ward at my local hospital each year at Christmas. My son was in there for a while about 7 years ago and without them he would not be himself today.
It is a much more worth while investment, happiness on childs face.
Were you attracted to her at that time?
Oh, and Buz, sorry to be a perv, but eh... she only hugged you? I mean... Ya know... Whatever.
No, nothing, and it's great being a guy, isn't it. I probably would have posted the same reply. :)
A heartwarming story. although I must admit part-way through thinking the ending would be along the lines that you discovered she had a talent for writing unique content and had set her up with her own site and Adsense account.
Way to keep AdSense up front. Great reply.
Were you attracted to her at that time?
No, not at all. She was just a lady I worked with.
Thanks everyone for the replies. I would love to read similar stories if anyone has any from the past or are planning on one this year.
I had been driving the same white Honda Accord for the past 14 years. Business has been good and my wife and I decided it was time for me to start looking for a new vehicle to tool around town in. We had been in no hurry to replace the Honda, but about 6 months ago we learned of a friend who was going though a bitter divorce, and the transmission in her car had just gone out. She didn't know if she should spend the money to replace the transmission or if she should try to buy a new (used) car. Either way, she had no money saved up and she was not able to go to her job she had as a childcare worker.
When we found out about this, we decided to lend her our Honda. It runs well and has COLD A/C (we live in Texas). Truth is that working out of my house, we rarely need two vehicles so it wasn't a hardship to lend out one of them indefinitely. She was very grateful just to have a car to drive, even if it wasn't hers.
After a month of going without this car, I decided that I never wanted to get behind the wheel of a Honda Accord again. It was a great little car, but 14 years was enough! We started looking for a Jeep Wrangler to go to play around in, and even though the blue book value on the Honda was around 2 grand, we knew we could only get $500 on it as a trade-in. We decided to give it to her permanently.
They say that money can't buy happiness, but I know having a good running vehicle sure gave this gal a renewed hope that her life was going to get better. Turns out that by donating the car through our church, we can also write the value of the car off from our taxes. The end result is that we will probably save more money in taxes than we could have received as a trade-in. And we got to really improve someone's quality of life to boot.
We really don't have a lot of money. Most everyone I know has much more money than I have, but I don't know anyone who has ever given away a car before. My wife and I have decided that from now on we never want to trade in our old vehicles when we buy new ones. We will instead try to give them away.
I think the idea of giving away a car instead of trading it in is a great one! If one has enough money to splash out on a new car, then one probably doesn't need the money you're going to get from trading the old one in. Obviously if you're trading in your 2003 Porsche for a 2005 model, then you would get quite a bit for the tradein, but then you probably have enough money to give away the old one anyway!
I don't want to go into as much detail, but I really hope November's check comes before the 25th. It's my highest check ever (by a few thousand) and I'm giving the entire thing away. I'm literally putting the check in a box, wrapping it up, and giving it away to someone who I know needs it much more than me.
It's not so they have it in time for x-mas, they're getting it no matter when it comes, but it would be a little extra special if I could make an x-mas present out of it.
What are the odds of it arriving before the 25th in the US (by standard mail)?