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“Do a good turn daily” that is the motto of the Boy Scouts. Basically do something each day that is good – good for someone or something in your life. Not bad advice. As I was reading today I came across an article in the New York Times about a couple different organizations that show older citizens that you’re never too old to dream. The article relates how one organization granted a wish to an older, lower income senior who wanted to go back and finish college but didn’t have the money for the required computer and printer.
During the course of reading the article, there was a reference to another site, twilightwishfoundation.org which offers a pretty neat program, Dining Unexpected Thank You. The founder related that when she was eating out in a diner she came across three elderly women counting their combined monies to pay their dining bill. She tendered the $20 for the bill to the waitress and the women were very happy to have been treated to lunch by a total stranger, making their meal that much more special. The Dining Unexpected Thank You is a program where you can download a card that you can give to a server at a restaurant or diner with monies to cover a bill for a senior citizen diner. The card permits the recipient to know who you are if you wish to disclose that information and comes along with a thank you to the recipient.
While none of us need a piece of paper and a website to do a good turn for someone, it’s a nice reminder that maybe our generosity (be it monetary or otherwise) may make a difference in someone’s day.
Enjoy your Friday!