So I have something to tell you on a personal note. All three of my sons are Eagle Scouts, they had to do an Eagle Scout project. Our oldest son Erick decided he was going to send out 20 gift boxes to the soldiers overseas – this was done back in 2005 or somewhere around there. Anyway, I was on Facebook yesterday and I read a post from Zachary (our youngest son stationed over in Qatar), “well today I got a package in the mail from a Boy Scout as his Eagle Scout project, it was the greatest gift I have received in a while just simple stuff but it just brought back so much child hood memories it hit me hard realized how much have changed since then. Man do I miss it.” (grammar set aside) – I told hubby, it is amazing out of the thousands and thousands of soldiers that are currently overseas our son who is an Eagle Scout and who’s brother did the exact same project, receives a box. Things really do come full circle.
I thought I would share this to provide a glimpse of Holiday Spirit. Thank you for letting me share my wonderful news.
God Bless our Troops....thank you Arely for Paying it Forward...
A few months back I was at a local grocery store buying my lunch when I heard someone behind me, when I looked back I realized it was a soldier (haircut, dog tags, dead give away) but when I took a second look, I noticed he couldn't have been older than 26 and he already had given his youth for our country. He was missing a leg and part of one hand, I could also tell there were some burn scars. I felt overwhelmed with respect, sadness, and gratitude, all at the same time. I was in the presence of a brave man. I couldn't think of anything else to do but to ask him to let me pay for his groceries. I do not know this soldier's name, all I know is that he was happy that someone thanked him for his service, and I was happy I was able to somehow do a little something to show him that we still care for our troops.
Today I had the chance to pay it forward. I was standing in line waiting to return my pop bottles. There was a young couple with a 2 month old baby. I heard the mom say to her husband are we going to get enough from the cans to by diapers? If not what are we going to do? I had 20 dollars on me. I tied the 20 to one of my bags of bottles. I tapped his shoul
der and asked him if he could return my bottles for me because I didn't have time to stand there and wait. He took them and thanked me. As I turned to walk away they were opening the bottles and I heard her say oh my god there's 20 dollars here. She ran up to me and gave me a big hug! I wish I could have done more!
Now that's what I call Paying it Forward double time! Thanks Brent for sharing!
As I was coming home today from job, my wife and I were driving when I saw a little boy trying to bring his garbage can from the street to his house. There was one problem. The can was in a ditch that ran along the street. He was clearly having trouble so my wife turned the car around. I got out to
help this little boy retrieve the garbage can out of the ditch put on the street. The little boy looked up at me n said thank you I have been trying to do this on my own for a while now. But what got me was what he said. He said that it wasn't his garbage can. He was helping his friend, an older man who lived in the house across the street. That is what I call paying it forward.
Thank you (Gracias) Yajahira for Paying it Forward:
Today I went to Starbucks to fill my energy for the long afternoon I'm going to have, in front of me was a man in a electric wheelchair getting a drink, when he went to pay he notice that he dropped his money on his way there. And he didn't have more, luckily he found it. He told to the cashier that please hold his drink, and he will go and look
for his money, when he back to pay, the cashier told him, that I payed for his drink and he turned to me and asked me for my name. I told him my name and he said, Latina?? I said yes, and he told me if he can pay me back, I told him no, that was my gift for him so he turn back and said: Once I was married and my wife taught me to say Muchas Gracias, so I'm going to say that to you because I'm so grateful for you, not so many people do that anymore. Gracias!!
I have tears.........thanks Coreen for sharing this sad and beautiful story! Blessings to both you and your daughter!
Over five years ago, my daughter lost her daughter. Sophia was born October 23rd 2007, she was born via c- section and was perfect in every way except for her lungs. She spent a week in a local hospital, and then needed to be airlifted to a Children's hospital. The hospital was al
most 4 hours away.
Sophia lived only for 27 days. The day Sophia decided to leave us, my daughter got to hold Sophia for the first time since she was born. After Sophia passed, my daughter made the decision to donate her organs. She was told that there were two babies, that were in need of some organs. My daughter wanted to help other families, so a part of Sophia would live on. Two years later my daughter had another baby, Zoey. She was a blessing for us all, and we think that Sophia lives through Zoey. I think being an organ donor, or helping children is another way to also Pay it Forward♥