Thursday, January 9, 2014

Good Deeds

Yesterday we were reminded there are some good people in this world. My mother was sent a large check to cover a theft she suffered. 

My mother suffers from dementia and advanced Alzheimer. She doesn't recognize family members anymore and needs a wheelchair. I handle her financial affairs, and my sister handles her medical affairs. She is in an excellent care facility. She is now 90, and based on the life spans of other family members, may live for several more years.

This isn't a troll for sympathy. It is what it is, life isn't always fair, and we deal with the situation. 

We had prepaid her final expenses from her funds. The operator of the business we contracted with ruined his business by spending the monies in trust for personal use. He has been prosecuted, convicted, and will spend the next few years in prison.

After this came to light, we arranged and prepaid her final expenses with another funeral home. While some distance away, this business has handled the final arrangements for some four generations of one branch of our family going back to the 1920's.

The check was accompanied by a letter from Catholic Charities which reads, in part,

"This community donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, has generously written a check to cover the monetary loss you experienced and has asked Catholic Charities to be the agency to contact you and distribute the funds."

Show me gobsmacked!

Matthew Chapter 6



  1. That is outstanding... Good on them!

  2. That's awesome!!

    My new year's resolution is the same every year... do something to help people when I can and be anonymous whenever it's possible, as it's often very difficult to receive help. A lot harder than giving.

    Most years I'm able to find quite a few people I can do something for. It started a long time ago for me. My hubby and I have always been fortunate enough to have a roof over our heads and enough to eat. We've often been broke, I've worried about being able to pay bills, and we do without a lot of "things", but that doesn't matter.

    There have been times that we were in dire straits and Eric's grandma would send a check or we'd get an unexpected insurance premium refund or I'd find a 20 in a pair of pants I was going to wash.

    So when I see a need, I try to help in some small way.
    But it MUST be anonymous. I want the recipients to look at the people around them and believe that any one of the people they know cared about them enough to help.
    And if it's possible, I enclose a note asking that they pass it on when they can in the future.

    1. My favorite is a few sacks of groceries left at the back door while the occupants are away. Usually done just a few minutes before they are expected home.