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Old 03-18-2006, 06:41 AM   #1
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With all the eye injury and Starbucks stuff going on in my life lately, I wasn't able to tell you folks about something really wonderful that has happened.

You know we're trying to sell our hs in NJ and move back to PA in a few months. Well, this hs is a fixer upper, needs cosmetic work (but is in great shape otherwise.) For various reasons (such as my plantar), I'm unable to spend too much time on my feet doing gardening, lawn work, painting, etc to fix the place up. My husband works 2 hrs away so he's not much help either.

Anyway, I was using Freecycle to get rid of excess clutter around here....as a non-driver it works great for me because they come to me to get the stuff, I don't have to drop it off to thrift shops, etc.

I met a few friends over Freecycle, and when they found out the situation I was in, several of them came over to my hs, cleaned out the garage, loaded the boxes of books, CDs, other clutter, etc in there, did all my yardwork and fixed the front of the hs so it looks fantastic, and this weekend they are painting the hs too!

I repeatedly offered them money for the work they did/are doing, but they won't take it (and one of the ladies is a professional landscaper!) They all said that the stuff we gave them is payment enough. One woman's car had broken down and since she was on disability, she couldnt afford to get it fixed. We gave her an old car we had that had been my uncles, and frankly, she did US a favor by taking it...but she saw it quite the other way.

So you see? There REALLY ARE some very wonderful people out there!
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Old 03-18-2006, 09:48 AM   #2
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That's excellent, FitChick. I have had similar experiences with my local freecycle group and participate the same way. It feels good to be part of a community that, by its nature in general, is geared toward helping one another without need for any kind of real tangible recompense.

My favorite personal freecycle exchange was last summer; a friend gave me a huge haul of clothing, really nice, stylish stuff... that was 3 or 4 sizes too big for me. I offered it up on freecycle and was able to help out a small family on a fixed income that included two very large women who CANNOT find clothing past sweatpants and tweetybird t-shirts in this little burgh.

I'd encourage everyone to find their local freecycle group and get involved. I like the idea of keeping useful things out of landfills and helping people out at the same time...not to mention meeting great new friends.
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Old 03-18-2006, 10:34 AM   #3
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Anyway, I was using Freecycle to get rid of excess clutter around here....as a non-driver it works great for me because they come to me to get the stuff, I don't have to drop it off to thrift shops, etc.

I met a few friends over Freecycle, and when they found out the situation I was in, several of them came over to my hs, cleaned out the garage, loaded the boxes of books, CDs, other clutter, etc in there, did all my yardwork and fixed the front of the hs so it looks fantastic, and this weekend they are painting the hs too!


So you see? There REALLY ARE some very wonderful people out there!
What a nice story!!

Unfortunately, we don't have 'freecyle' over here in Oz. It sounds as though it would be something that could help a lot of people with low incomes.

Thanks for sharing......
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Old 03-18-2006, 11:04 AM   #4
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What a nice story!!

Unfortunately, we don't have 'freecyle' over here in Oz. It sounds as though it would be something that could help a lot of people with low incomes.

Thanks for sharing......

Yes they do, I just looked it up for ya!

http://www.freecycle.org/display.php...=International
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I use Freecycle ALL the time and have found that most people that participate are really kind, nice folks. I recently offered my Mom's old sewing machine and the woman that responded came to pick it up with a lovely framed landscape copy of a Cezanne as a gift for me! How wonderful was that?????

It is often better to GIVE than to receive and makes one feel connected to others in the community that we might not have ever known!
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That's fantastic! I've never heard of Freecycle--maybe my town is too small.

We donate a lot to St. Vincent's, and there's also a Goodwill here. I do like to see the good that people can do.

Thanks for calling "accentuating the positive." It's a good thing for all of us.
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That's fantastic! I've never heard of Freecycle--maybe my town is too small.

We donate a lot to St. Vincent's, and there's also a Goodwill here. I do like to see the good that people can do.

Thanks for calling "accentuating the positive." It's a good thing for all of us.

Here is a link to the page with "Wisconsin" on it:

http://www.freecycle.org/display.php...n=US%20Central
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I've gotten rid of an old mattress set and a porch swing on Freecycle. Both families who took the stuff seemed really grateful to get it. I recommend it to family and friends who are spring cleaning or getting ready to move.
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I use freecycle too.

I like to know that the people that cannot afford to spend any money can get what they need. Sometimes the prices in thriftshops are just too dear.

It is a great thing.

Often the charities are picky about what they take, and it all ends up being too much trouble.
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