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Thread: My faith in people has been restored

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    Last week a 50ish year old man came to my door and asked if he could rake the leaves in my front yard. Said he'd do a good job, needed money for his family. I said I only had a few dollars in my wallet (I had forgotten that I took some cash out a few days before.) I told him I'd give him some food to take home, (growing up, mom always told me, never turn someone away who asks for food), but he was on his bicycle and he needed feminine products for his wife and teen girls. I felt so bad - it was cold and drizzly. I told him I'd give him whatever was in my wallet. That's when I found the little bit of cash I had taken out. I gave him $15 (that left me with $3) and told him he didn't have to rake the leaves. I kept thinking about this guy and just knew I'd been taken. But I'd rather be taken than turn someone away that was really needy.
    Well, he just showed up at my door and is mowing the yard and bagging up the leaves (he has one of those catchers on the mower). He dragged the mower, gas can, etc. behind his bike (still no car). My faith in people is renewed!

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    What an awesome story! Sometimes people do surprise us.

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    That man's mama raised him right. I feel bad for him. I hope you have some more cash. If I were close by I would give you some for him.

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    It's nice when surprises are good. My heart goes out the people who now have the need to do whatever is necessary for their loved ones. His parents should be proud of the son they raised.

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    That's a sweet story. You are a love to give the man the $ even though it left you short and he was an honest and decent man to return to do the yard work.

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    Bless you and him too (((HUGS))) :D:D:D

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    This is a nice story. HUGS to you and prayers to him and his family.

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    Heart warming story! Your mama would be proud of you!

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    Just about the time we are ready to give up and never open our door or our hearts, someone fills our soul with the wonder of life and humanity. You were blessed.....you got way more out of the deal than he did. :)

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    I wish more people were like him, it is all to easy over here, so very many go on the state benefit system and have no intention of working,( they can often get more money that way) it has got to the stage that three generations of a family have never worked..I realise sometimes it is genuine, but it is just too easy.. you wouldn't believe the range of work I have done to keep my family over the years so as not to rely on the state, until my health deteriorated just too much. I did volunteer work after that too.

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    Thanks for sharing. Not all people are bad.

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    That's a good thing...both you and that man!

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    heartwarming story.our country is so messed up now and we have so many needy and homeless people

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    I personally believe that the majority of the people of the United States are good, hardworking, honest people. If they ask you for work, they will do the work honestly.

    In our city we have a couple of "groups" of people who work together standing on corners panhandling--they rotate corners, and just beg all day long.

    I don't give to beggars unless I feel led to do so, and then I figure it's between them and the Lord what they do with it.

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    oh wow!! that is awesome for both of you!

    Quote Originally Posted by BarbaraTX
    Last week a 50ish year old man came to my door and asked if he could rake the leaves in my front yard. Said he'd do a good job, needed money for his family. I said I only had a few dollars in my wallet (I had forgotten that I took some cash out a few days before.) I told him I'd give him some food to take home, (growing up, mom always told me, never turn someone away who asks for food), but he was on his bicycle and he needed feminine products for his wife and teen girls. I felt so bad - it was cold and drizzly. I told him I'd give him whatever was in my wallet. That's when I found the little bit of cash I had taken out. I gave him $15 (that left me with $3) and told him he didn't have to rake the leaves. I kept thinking about this guy and just knew I'd been taken. But I'd rather be taken than turn someone away that was really needy.
    Well, he just showed up at my door and is mowing the yard and bagging up the leaves (he has one of those catchers on the mower). He dragged the mower, gas can, etc. behind his bike (still no car). My faith in people is renewed!

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    How kind of you to give him money not knowing if he was genuine or not and for him to repay your kindness like that. Maybe he should start a little local lawn mowing service and make a bit of money. The world needs more people like both of you. ;-)

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    Your story made my heart sing.

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    You blessed him and God will bless you. Pay it forward.

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    How wonderful that you weren't taken. Because so many rip people off, its great to see someone who was sincere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prezzy
    Your story made my heart sing.
    Same here :)

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    Truly awesome.

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    Thats a great story!

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    What a heartwarming story! That is something that my DH would do for us. He would did ditches to keep us from doing without things we needed.

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    I'd get his name and pass it on to others. I'm sure he could get other mowing jobs if people knew his circumstances. What a heart warming story.

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    my heart is smiling..,:)

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