Sunday, July 31, 2011

SHHHHH was a surprise !

It was a surprise 70th birthday party for a good friend and she was, indeed, surprised ! About 50 people came and the food and fellowship were awesome but …

That’s not why I’m writing this entry. What I want to tell you is what we gave her and why. This lady is one of those persons who sincerely care for the welfare of others. She has always been a “giver” and the list of charities that have benefitted from her attention is long. She is not wealthy but has always given above and beyond her means.

As much as we all love to give gifts we decided that the last thing she would need or want would be more of them. So, we devised a plan to have the guests bring cards and, in lieu of gifts, to contribute whatever they could to a “treasure chest”. This would be her money to spend as she saw fit.

Well, the party is over, the guests have gone home but the memories linger on. She was thrilled with the chest and today told us that she’d received $326 dollars which she will donate to our county’s Food Bank!

It’s a WIN, WIN situation for us all and we couldn’t be more pleased.
ADDENDUM: I just received an email from her and she said that some of the people who couldn't make it to the party contributed anyway and the total now is actually $406.


Blogger Anvilcloud said...

A splendid idea with a gift perfectly suited.

11:40 AM  
Blogger kenju said...

What a nice idea! I could do a lot with $

1:24 PM  
Anonymous schmidleysscribblins, said...

What a nice gift for your friend. We give to our local food bank too. Very important. Dianne

3:33 PM  
Blogger Beatrice P. Boyd said...

You have a very generous and caring friend, ginnie. And you and your friends gift choice was perfect for her.

4:05 PM  
Blogger NCmountainwoman said...

What a great idea! And what a great woman she must be.

4:40 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

What a wonderfully generous woman your friend is Ginnie. Too bad that she didn't get herself just a little something! Love Di ♥

6:24 AM  
Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

What a wonderful idea. We have lady here who is just as giving and we may borrow that idea. She would love it.
Thank you so much for stopping by TNS and letting me know I am not alone. Shall we organize??

6:26 AM  
Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

I would appreciate such a gift rather than get some "things" for myself.

I have tried to donate money in peoples names as a gift. It is less than well received by children. :)

I did manage last year to give each of my grandchildren some money to invest in Kiva, which seemed reasonably well received.

7:59 AM  
Blogger Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Ginnie,

Amazing idea. This lady is a fantastic human being. Even the gift she got she is going to donate. She is a wonderful person.

Very interesting post.

9:49 AM  
Anonymous Freda said...

What a great idea - it sounds as if she is a lovely person.

9:53 AM  
Blogger Syd said...

Wow--what a great idea for a gift. So good that she is donating to the food bank too.

5:05 AM  

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