Tuesday, November 1, 2011

$90 to three folks from Florida, Georgia and Tennessee

From time to time, I receive emails from people who question whether I'm "for real" or if I really do share free money with people who email me. Actually, I get those kinds of questions every single day and it's understandable. It's such an unusual thing for someone to give something away with no strings attached and asking nothing in return. So I really do understand the occasional skeptic.

Now, it's not my obligation to provide proof of my giving. I take people at their word when they say they need money. And in turn, I hope that others take me for my word when I tell them that I am giving money away to people in need.

Well today, for whatever reason, I had a camera with me when I stopped at a post office to drop off 3 letters to some nice people who recently requested some assistance. Xavier from Georgia needed $50. And Danielle from Florida and Rachel from Tennessee will each receive $20. I decided to take a picture of the envelopes before I dropped them in the mail. I've obscured personal details to protect the recipients' privacy.

If nothing else, I hope seeing real pictures of real envelopes going to real people who really need some help will inspire confidence in those who write. Know that even if I don't reply to your email, at least I read it and consider it. And who knows. You may one day see your name here too.

I know that Rachel and Danielle asked for more money than $20 each. But sometimes I am not able to fulfill every request for the exact amount someone asks for. Twenty bucks doesn't go far. But it might be a way to buy a little lunch for a family or some school supplies for the kids. When times are tough, every bit helps, or at least I hope it does.

If you have a request of your own, I'm looking forward to hearing from you. If you don't need help, consider taking the time to help those who are in need. And as always, have a good day everyone.