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jcrofford

This is my first time on here.  I have not a clue on what I am supposed to do

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CraigL
 in response to divine1...   

Thank you for your comments.  I don't like giving to large organizations either.  I don't know if the money went for office supplies, or some CEO's car allowance.  I want to see the people I am helping, and know that whatever I am able to do actually went for the purpose in which is was intended.  I am a public school employee, and do the best I can with what I have to work with.   I have no children of my own.  I'd like to find a single parent family in my community where I could be like a foster dad, big brother, mentor, or whatever they would want me to be.  I'd like to be involved in their school life and teach them some of my skills and hobbies.  I've just never found such a family in my community.  I have been helping a family with 3 children since 2005 that live about 70 miles from me.  I buy them new clothes and shoes each year, and help them out with groceries and basic needs when they run short.  Due to the distance, I can't see them as often as I would like.  I have taken them on vacations.  Being with them for that time has helped to fill a tremendous hole in my life, but I'm not able to spend as much time with them as I would like due to the distance. 

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divine1

      its nice to know you are doing good deeds in helping other people. i also dont approve the idea to give out help through organizations, if i could be of help to other people who needs help i will directly give it to the needy. God bless you.

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michelleL

People like you are a gift from God.  I hope you will always continue in your efforts to help people in need.

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SINGLE & EXPECTING MOM w/ NO H

Hi, Craig my name is Tareva but u can call me Nikki...u seem like a VERY COMPASSIONATE & CARING MAN and GOD will bless u for all that you will do & have done. As for myself I'm in a crisis...CAN YOU PLEASE READ MY PROFILE AND/OR REFERRE SOMEONE TO IT. THANK YOU AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU

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olslady5666

Iam a 42 year old woman that has all my life  worked and payed my own way . year and 8 months ago i got hurt at work and  my job stopped paying me wage continuation on july 3 2008. but did not tell me until i went to pick up my pay check on aug. 15 2008 when i went in they told me we are not paying you anymore. in the mean time im looseing my care tomorrow and my rent is due and i have a shut off notice on my electric and a shut off on my phone i have never been in this shape in my life. i have always had a car  my rent has always been paid 2 days before the first of the month and i always had food in my frig. well just because of this i have lost everything.  iam so in need of some help i have hit up all the food banks in my town and out of three places i got one bag of food because they dont give one person that much food and i went to the welfare office and i cant tell you how imbarssed i felt going to sign up on food stamps. i called and sign up on social security but they said that could take months maybe even years to be aproved  i dont know what eles to do but to start begging  for help.. my rent is 390.00 and my electric bill is now up to 400.00 my phone is now up to 165.00  my car payment is 340.00 a month some one please help me im begging now i need help before i end up homeless.

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CraigL
 in response to Allegiance...   

I don't know the answer to your question.  Everything I do is in my spare time.  Perhaps you could find employment working in a homeless shelter or other charitable organization.  I see a lot of retirees working part time at those locations, some for pay, and others that volunteer.  In most cases, you cannot earn a decent salary to live on doing this kind of work.  It seems like a better opportunity for someone wanting to give back and stay busy during their retirement years.  You'd have to check and see what is available in your immediate area.   

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Allegiance

Hello, I read your message and I think it's great that you have a big heart to give back.  I am 42 years old and have some of the same passions that you have, although I am looking to do something in a full time capacity.  My background is in sales and marketing and that's not what I want to do with the rest of my life.  I have a passion for nature, art and working with the underprivleged.  If you know of a venue that would allow me to work and live in the same enviroment so I can fulfill my passion and help others in the process.  Let me know if you have any suggestions or comments. 

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CraigL
 in response to foreveralady...   

I do what I can to help a few families out with groceries from time to time in my community.  It is unbelievable how much the cost of living has been going up lately.

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Elaine of TSA
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Bravo!  Your kindness makes a world of difference.  Hopefully your posting and actions will move more people to reach out to others.

Sincerely,

Elaine

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CraigL

I haven't been on this site for a few months.  I tried to log in a few times while the site was being upgraded, but it wasn't ready yet.  I've been very busy the last few months, but am back now and looking forward to exploring the upgraded site.  I hope everyone has a pleasant holiday season.

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iamworkingpoor

This is Melanie (aka iamworkingpoor) did you get my reply to my location? I live in Northfield.

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kristind

Hey...thanks for the advice. I have tmj and it is very much causing me to grind which is making every problem about ten times worse...but right now I cant afford to buy a gaurd for that let alone get to the dentist about this cavity. In the meantime Ive been reading Job...haha. It seemed fitting. But I just wanted to thank you for the time and I would def appreciate your prayers!

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soulight

Hi CraigL You are the type of person that many are looking for when they come to Aidpage. I just want to say thank you for showing that there are people who come here who care about others. You are a breath of fresh air ! God Bless you for your kindness ! Holly

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CraigL

Thank you for your comments. I never send cash either. Some of these pages may be scams, but I'd like to believe that most of them are real sincere people. I have sent items in the mail before to needy families listed on another similar site, and found some of the items appearing on Ebay. For this reason, I tend to focus on on families within 60 miles of my home town where I can verify the need. I have made some friends this way and stay in contact with 4 of the families I have helped. Some of them are in need of additional food and household supplies almost every month. I find that things tend to get worse for these families when school is out for summer vacation. The school lunch program is shut down for 3 months, and that puts a further strain on their food budget. I have also focused on trying to help some of these families become self sufficient. I've showed them how to save money on their grocery bills, changed all their light bulbs to compact fluorescent to reduce electric bills, and other improvements. This has made a little difference in all cases, but some of these families may never be completely self sufficient. In most cases I've observed, the biological father is absent and does not pay child support at all, or at least not on a regular basis. It is really hard on these families when they are expecting a certain amount of income, and it doesn't come. Also items that are minor to me, like a car part needing replacement, are a major hardship on these families. They have absolutely no savings, and anything that goes wrong outside of their normal month to month bills rapidly becomes an emergency. Craig

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4girlsforus

My family (4 daughters ages 10, 8, 5, and 1) also have helped numerous families out during the holidays...I enjoy buying and sending the care packages, especially when the familess who receive them email me to let me know how everyone enjoyed their gifts...we have also sent packages with necessities such as diapers, soap, towels, sheets, toothbrushes, food, deodorant, etc) We live in a very small community and there are no local organizations so I find most of the people I help onine and I have established several close relationships with these families, they even emailed me pictures of their kids opening their presents on Christmas morning...I just wanted to let you know that I think it is awesome that you are helping others out too, I look around on aidpage and see so many people who are in such need that it seems overwhelming...but if a few more people woud give, there wouldnt be such a need...I never send money because I think that leaves the door wide open to be scammed, I have found that people who are truly in need do not ask for cash but rather necessities for their families...anyway, keep up the good work, Jennifer

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