Simple gifts

Three miles due west of here sits a stunning property listed for sale at $11,900,000. Three miles northwest of me is the food shelf and adjoining thrift store.

My car chose to go northwest today. I stopped at the thrift store to look around and drop off a check for an annual event that kicks off tonight, started 18 years back by the local shoe repair man. That first year he slept in a tent in the November snow and cold for two weeks to raise money to provide Thanksgiving meals to 100 people in the community. The autumn event has been going strong ever since and now raises funds to help the homeless and others in need all year long.

This evening as the wealthy owners of the impeccably decorated property start their fire in the shiny marble fireplace, others in the community will be sleeping in tents in the cold and wind. I’m hoping if the owners aren’t too busy cleaning their ten bathrooms, they’ll have time and be warm-hearted enough to write a very generous donation check.

I do know many others are making that time.

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