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  • cqwww 10:25 am on October 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: altruism, giving, selflessness   

    What are you doing to support your community and those in need? 

    I think all of life is competing against your past self, and I don’t recommend ever comparing yourself to someone else, but it’s hard not to reflect on one’s contributions to their community and those in need when you hear stories like Gia Tran.

     

     
    • cqwww 5:34 am on October 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply
      Tags: #ptbo, , giving,   

      Project – Help someone out 

      This post is about my latest project idea – Help someone out.

      Version 0.2 – Oct 24th 10:08am EST. Check back regularly, as I’ll be updating this post based on your feedback.  I’m writing this from Peterborough, Ontario, where I’m less likely to be recognized and hope to run this project. Feel free to replicate the project in your community. Here’s my idea so far:

      I pick someone at random. I find a way to have them trust me, and confide in me their biggest non-financial challenges in life. The current plan to to suggest this is a research project, and in exchange for answering a few personal questions, I can provide them a gift certificate that has to be used the same evening.

      I will take this information, and put it out on social media, for my social network, and the community, to see what we can do to resolve these issues.

      In exchange for trusting me to answer these vulnerable questions, as a surprise I give them a great experience which would include perhaps a great meal (any local restaurants interested in donating?) and a new wardrobe (any local clothing stores interested in helping out?). If you’re a local business, and would like to help, drop me an email. I’ll do a follow-up post listing all the local businesses that participated along with the experience.

      Other local business ideas: hair cutting? theatre/concert? spa type treatments? What could your business donate?

      During this time the individual is having this great experience, the participating community would see how much of the surprised individual’s issues we could resolve, as a surprise. I was initially thinking of asking them to let me video record some of it, but I don’t the project to be exploitative from the perspective of making them feel uncomfortable… the goal is to have them leaving impressed and hopefully amazed at what a community can do when it comes together.

       

      Questions I’d love your feedback on:

      1. How should I choose someone? It was suggested I take submissions and pick someone, but I’m leaning towards picking someone at random, as it seems less popularity based, and would be more challenging. What do you think?
      2. What would it take for you to trust a stranger (such as me) to propose something like this and you to open up with your biggest life challenges? How do we have them not wonder what the catch is, or that we expect something?
      3. If you’re willing to help, how can you help
      4. What should the outcome be? Is a follow-up post with the story adequate? (I like the idea of the individual remaining pseudo-anonymous, other than the local businesses and myself that help them out)

      You can comment below, or contact me on email or Twitter using #ptbohelps

       

       
      • cqwww 10:28 pm on February 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
        Tags: , , , giving, , , , ,   

        Can you afford to give up a few vegetables? 

        Thanks to Victoria city councilor Lisa Helps, I was made aware of a Victoria citizen who has made a request for vegetables. I can't imagine making such a request is easy for the ego, and who knows when each of us may need to make a similar request. As such, I've decided to relay it here in hopes I have a friend that can help Chris out: 

        So here's my deal: I'm on welfare, but my expenses don't leave me any money for food. I've been trying to solicit odd jobs, but it's been slow. What I am most seriously lacking in my life is veggies. I have stopped eating meat and so soup kitchens are out. I am wondering if anyone is into bartering. I'm an excellent writer, can install Linux on your computer, help you set up a website, help you convert your diesel vehicle to straight vegetable oil or build a biodiesel processor, can do basic carpentry and repairs…whatever, ask me, maybe I have the skills required. I'm also offering my services for cash of course, but it seems hard to come by for a lot of folks. I have plans I'm working on to bring money in, but I desperately need food like tomorrow. I've got a decent amount of rice, noodles, potatoes, quinoa, etc, enough for a week or so but no veggies. Would really like to have some broccoli, kale, spinach, brussel spouts and other healthy green stuff every day.

        ​If you can help him out, email [email protected] or message him through his Facebook page. If you'd rather so anonymously, feel free to contact me.

         
        • cqwww 9:41 pm on June 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply
          Tags: giving, humanity, , kindness, , pizza, reddit, subreddit   

          Random acts of pizza 

          Just in case you’re losing faith in humanity, there’s a subreddit to bring it all back. Random acts of pizza is for those that have fallen on hard times, as well as those that can afford to buy a stranger in need some food. You start your post with either [REQUEST] and your story, or [OFFER] and your requirements. The rest is is hopefully obvious!

           
          • MEGAPHONE1 11:36 pm on June 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            OFFER 21037

          • Candace Mayes 11:44 pm on June 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            Hi, My name is Candace Mayes, and I am a member of Zion Global Ministries Church under the dynamic leadership of Pastors Freddie T. and Marsha Piphus.  This is the second year my church has  partnered with several local churches in the West Chester area to provided lunches for 25-30 children at Gettysburg Estates.  The members of my church has donated brown bag lunches for the children at the Gettysburg Estates for three weeks.  This Friday, July 1st  is the last day, and I would like to have pizza party which includes  cupcakes/cake, balloons and gift bags.   Please help me make this Friday a great day for these kids.  I have everything but the pizzas.

          • Candace Mayes 12:00 am on June 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            [REQUEST]
                Hi,  my name is Candace Mayes, and I am a member of Zion Global Ministries Church under the dynamic leadership of Pastors Freddie T. and Marsha Piphus.  This is the second year that my church has partnered with several local churches in the West Chester area to provide lunches for 25-30 children at Gettysburg Estates.  The members of my church has donated brown bag lunches for the children at the Gettysburg Estates for three weeks.  This Friday, July 1st is the last day, and I would like to have a pizza party which includes cupcakes/cake balloons and gift bags.  Please help me make this Friday a great day for these children.  I have everything but the pizzas.

          • Sarahzone2001 10:56 pm on June 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            Hi I’m retired miltary vet and waiting on disablity check on Thursday. Very low on food
            for my family an pizza would me great for dinner. Don’t like to ask but no money for food right now

          • Sarahzone2001 11:14 pm on June 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            Request
            Hi my name is Cheryl Brooks and I’m retired miltary vet and waiting on disablity check on thursday. Very low on Food for my family an pizza would be great for dinner. Don’t like to ask but no money for food right now.

          • Angela 12:51 am on July 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            My name is angela johnson I am a disabled mother of 2 and my 2 nephew and 1 niece.  It very rare that we get to eat out, because I live on a very fixed income.  I took in my niece and nephews because I could not let them go to foster care.  It would be nice to give them a treat.

          • Seoakes27 2:14 pm on July 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            REQUEST

          • Seoakes27 2:24 pm on July 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            REQUEST
            Hello, I’ve lived with my Mom, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, for most of my 47 years.  I do not have money to pay for rent, food, utilities, and cat supplies of late.  My Mom pays for it all through her social security and life insurance policy.   Medicare does not pay for a home health aid so I am her caretaker.  Her surgery is at the end of August followed by a second round of chemo and radiation treatments.  She can eat ‘regular’ food until she has her surgery and she has missed pizza a great deal.  I am not just asking for a food she loves while I am her caretaker but I will donate a pizza to a person in need once I begin working again.  Thank you.

          • Jennifer291978l 7:58 pm on July 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            request hello i am a mom of 2 on a fixed income i work for charity an to day i really dont have any money to go out an get food or order food an its really hot out too an no air con downstairs which makes me feel sicker i dont get paid this week an i havent gotton child sup either so it be nice to have pizza tonight if someone be nice to give that to us thanks

          • Anonymous 8:41 pm on July 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            Please note, this is not the forum that offers pizza, for that you need to click on the “Random acts of pizza”  link (in blue) above. 

          • Jennifer291978l 12:00 am on July 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            REQUEST

            hello im in real need of a pizza tonight im a single mom on a really fixed,income an today we dont have anything to eat .dont get me wrong i a very hard working mom at a shelter but i just dont have the money for pizza tonight and my kids are craving pizza if someone can buy one tonight for us i promise to pay it foward.thanks please help.

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