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Post by CielOnTap » Fri Oct 31, 2008 3:45 pm

As some countries are heading into colder temperatures, while others have spring and warmer temperatures on the way, it is time to consider if you are able to help out in your community.

Stores or charities do clothing and coat drives, to collect slightly used and good condition apparel for distribution to the needy. Food banks always can use food donations and funds to keep shelves supplied--it is best to find out in advance what the needs are, as banks may have different food items preferred by their diverse clients.

Have extra furniture you no longer use but it is too good to throw away? Look for a furniture bank or charity collecting furniture (you may need to book an appointment in advance) in your area. There may be a website for community services indicating which organizations need tables, chairs, shelving and beds.

Given that weather in some spots on the globe is creating hardship due to loss of shelter, you may wish to refer to the Registered Charities thread on the forum to see which organizations are appealing for shelter supplies to help individuals recover from their loss of homes.
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Post by sharkeys » Fri Oct 31, 2008 5:06 pm

Literacy councils and conversation centers always are looking for people willing to volunteer time to help others learn to read at a better level or improve their confidence in the English language.

Calling a neighbour who may appreciate a ride to the shops/doctor/social is another idea. Or offer to get a few things done around the home that may be difficult for that neighbour to do. I have read of places in North America where neighbours barter their skills or time to help each other with repairs, yard work or other handy tasks.

Listen to a person who is having a hard time and see if you can point out something good in their day that is working out. Share a smile--you don't know who will appreciate getting the acknowledgement for a change.

If someone you know is having a hard time with a job search, offer to help them get to resource centres with services that may not be in the area to give the person hope of trying out other options.
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Post by CielOnTap » Fri Nov 07, 2008 10:53 pm

Monthly or weekly payroll deductions to support a charity are forms of dedicated giving. You may wish to support a faith group providing services to the community at home or to missions abroad, a charity that provides funding for other community causes or to a charity that is a cause close to you due to your own or someone else's beliefs, i.e. pet charities, charities concerning medical conditions and supports for those affected by them.
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Post by sharkeys » Thu Nov 20, 2008 5:39 pm

If anyone is wanting to volunteer in their community, check your local Salvation Army for opportunites. The Kettle Drive needs volunteers, as the charity has fewer people signing on for duty in malls and other public areas (due to job worries).
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Post by smitty » Sat Dec 20, 2008 10:36 pm

I do not help charities (well if I have the money then sometimes I will help by financial help), but am the volunteer with our gun Club, along with being the h/gun director/instructor at no cost to the Club or to other members so often at the executive meetings. Always there early to make sure things are ready to doing work on the back-stop area along with Club work parties (also includes a warm home cooked meal for all of us workers & being a bachelor I will never turn that down) to not only showing members how to shoot along with all the safety, but to help them in their first or 7th purchasse of a h/gun to even advise on a reloading press for center-fire ammo & as soon as he receives it I am at his/her home to help set it up along with some dummy rounds for guidence (just the brass, & bullet tip, but no powder or primer) & make sure they get the hang of churning out a few lieve rounds PLUS at the range I am one that is willing to help them on what another powder might be like to suggested loads, to h/gun problems at the range.

That to me is my volunteer work two or three days of every week of the year no matter what after all shooting at targets to reloading is a hobby to sport.

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Post by CielOnTap » Sat Dec 20, 2008 10:43 pm

Being a continuing volunteer with an organization that you enjoy being part of certainly helps you, the organization and newcomers to the organization. You get out regularly, the organization relies on you to get certain activities done, and the newcomers can ask you how to handle guns. Lots of work and goodwill.

I assume you have a lot of control on how things get done--volunteering can be trying if one is not given some control over assigned duties after an initial orientation and some months or a year of helping out. That is why some organizations see new faces regularly in and out of their doors-lack of willingness to invest and to trust volunteers.
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Post by sharkeys » Mon Dec 22, 2008 1:31 pm

Consider making up coupons to trade with neighbours for shovelling snow, pet or childminding (only if you have recent training and can accommodate) block of time (say 2-4 hours), making cookies, or doing odd jobs for seniors or individuals who have mobility issues. Time to barter time and skills in the neighbourhood and do something nice.
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Post by CielOnTap » Mon Dec 22, 2008 2:05 pm

As a book reader and big admirer of public libraries, I post this article about a library without enough funds to keep its collection relevant to all users. Consider contacting small libraries in your communities about donating materials (and money!) and please do follow any stated policies about currency of the material (newer books are preferred and libraries get the final say in what gets on the shelves and what goes to the book sale pile).

Ocean Hill
Empty Shelves, Filled With Imagination
By JAMES ANGELOS
Published: December 19, 2008
WHEN Geri Ellner began her job this school year as the librarian — or in the current parlance, as a library media specialist — at the Brooklyn Collegiate, a public school for Grades 6 through 12 in Ocean Hill, Brooklyn, she did not have much of a book collection.

Many of the shelves in the small library, illuminated by harsh fluorescent lights, were bare, and many books were outdated or not particularly age-appropriate, like a children’s volume titled “Now We Are Six.”

So Ms. Ellner, who has been working in the school library system for 10 years, did what she could to improve the library with a limited book budget of $3,244 for the school year.

First, she spaced out the books so that the library shelves looked fuller. She created a “Memory Lane” section for the children’s books and a magazine section using donations from her doctor and dentist on Long Island, where she lives.
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Post by smitty » Mon Dec 22, 2008 4:03 pm

You are correct CielOnTap that I do have authority over SAFETY which is so important when it comes to a firearm & especially a h/gun for it can be pointed in the wrong direction within a second or less. To so many other safety moves I have put into effect. Even to the language of when a group are about to step up to the line to shoot----the words are identical & often those new to the Club are given the commands of calling out the steps making them feel like they are more of the h/gun section.

When it comes to beginners I spend a lot of time talking to them about the Pros & Cons of shooting a h/gun, much of has to do with the tight controls put into effect by the Federal Govt, but then so many for the safety of fellow shooters. The interesting thing is so many all of this become common to them & anyone could take over my position, if I was ill (over the past 14 yrs I was down with a broken left hip, to broken right leg to broken right hip to a few times I have been just plain ill). The thing is I knew I could count on those that continually helped me. What I look upon as a flexibality of those that can take over when I could not, yet knowing it would be done exactly as I would have done it.

Unfortunately rifle, to Trap executive members do NOT have this as no one wants to volunteer their work.

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Post by sharkeys » Sat Jan 03, 2009 2:54 pm

Places of books constitute escape portals. Librarians guide young readers who are discovering books on their own and suggest books on assignments. Fun are the times when young minds find books unexpectedly that appeal to them from a stray glance at shelves below or above eye level.

Shelving books is an ideal activity for a page or shelver to do when learning a new cataloguing system (from Dewey decimal system 323.--- to Library of Congress system HF.5585--- (approximate range for some business books)).
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Post by CielOnTap » Wed Mar 18, 2009 2:37 pm

Spring breakers focus on community service
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
By GENEA NOEL
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As thousands of spring breakers flock to Grand Bahama for sand, sun, sea and most importantly fun, one group of college students are hard at work opting to spend their vacation giving back to the community.

Eleven students from St. Petersburg, Florida, are wor-king diligently with the YMCA to assist in repairs, renovations and tutoring as a part of their school's Spring Service Trip.

Felicity Keely, a senior and co-leader of the trip, said that their college is really keen on service and comunity building and every year groups are dispatched to various countries abroad and in the U.S. to lend a helping hand.

She noted that it is a drugs and alcohol free week for the students as they focus more on giving back. http://freeport.nassauguardian.net/nati ... 806984.php

An alternate way to spend the week off from school in a new locale. The conversations at school will be about what was accomplished on the service trip, not who got sick the most from the partying.
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Post by CielOnTap » Fri Apr 24, 2009 3:33 pm

Would you turn in a wallet you found on the sidewalk? Watch this experiment conducted by the Toronto Star and learn which wallet was turned in without the money inside. Really.

http://www.thestar.com/fpLarge/video/623436
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Post by pretzels » Fri Apr 24, 2009 10:22 pm

The link is not working, Ciel. See if you find the story and post the link to it here. I'm interested in the outcome.
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Post by CielOnTap » Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:01 pm

Well, pretzels, I did find the story (published in today's newspaper edition) but not the video link. Sigh. Good idea to test people's honesty. Did the paper get permission to stash the wallets in stores? Or the rival newspaper lobby? I sort of speculate that security would have noticed that activity.

We left 20 wallets around the GTA. Most came back

The Star took 20 wallets filled with cash, fake IDs and a contact number, then 'lost' them in 20 locations around the GTA. Then we waited. An interactive map shows what we found.

Apr 25, 2009 04:30 AM
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Take 20 wallets. Fill each with $43.77 (enough change for a TTC ride and a little extra for good measure), photo ID, baby pictures, a grocery list, receipts, a contact number, an ATM card, a fancy hankie and a handwritten love note.

Now "lose" the wallets in high-traffic areas across Greater Toronto where people work, play and pray. Now wait.

Would the one stashed beside the $197 bottle of Fonterutoli "Siepi" in the Vintages section of the Summerhill LCBO stand a better chance of being returned than the wallet dropped on the pedestrian bridge in Humber Park? Would lawyers-in-training at Osgoode Hall out-Samaritan the patrons of the Parkdale Public Library?
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Post by burnt fare » Sat Apr 25, 2009 9:59 pm

Any chance of the newspaper doing that test in Washington DC? Much different results I 'd think would be gathered, as there are some people who could use the money in those wallets.
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Post by CielOnTap » Mon Jul 13, 2009 5:03 pm

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Published: July 11, 2009
People always ask: What can I do to make a difference?

So many people in poor countries desperately need assistance. So many people in rich countries would like to help but fear their donations would line the pocket of a corrupt official or be lost in an aid bureaucracy. The result is a short circuit, leaving both sides unfulfilled.

That’s where Scott Harrison comes in. Five years ago, Mr. Harrison was a nightclub promoter in Manhattan who spent his nights surrounded by friends in a blur of alcohol, cocaine and marijuana. He lived in a luxurious apartment and drove a BMW — but then on a vacation in South America he underwent a spiritual crisis.

“I realized I was the most selfish, sycophantic and miserable human being,” he recalled. “I was the worst person I knew.”http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/12/opini ... ml?_r=1&em
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Post by CielOnTap » Fri Dec 11, 2009 12:07 pm

I was informed of a project whose members have groups in various North American cities and in countries around the world. Their purpose? To give free portraits to individuals in need who may otherwise not be able to have their own photos. The photographers volunteer their equipment and time and volunteers with their own kits, to help out in hair and makeup before the photos are taken, set up a session day and time in their community. The website is http://www.help-portrait.com.

How many of us take photos for granted? In schools, the annual photo day is a must for the school to have visual records of their students. In post-secondary school or work life, photos are more of a social occurrence, unless work requires ID badges with photos or future graduates pay for a sitting in grad gowns/backdrops for their exit photos.

If one has not had his or her photo taken in years, s/he might like to know of the project session date in the community and have a souvenir photo. And if you happen to be a photographer or esthestician or hairdresser, consider joining your local group to help out on the session day as your gift to the community.
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Post by smitty » Thu Jan 14, 2010 9:25 pm

This bit about giving to others like furniture to clothing & such, really does not work as expected. I remember with the storm to flooding in New Orleans & some people had boxes of clothing they no longer wore. It was sent to the said place only one saw a maze of that clothing being discarded to stepped on to being garbaged.

A few people aimed at sending used sneakers to some place in Africa, only to find out the cost would be at an amazing price of where new sneakers could be purchased in said country of Africa.

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Post by CielOnTap » Thu Jun 24, 2010 12:56 pm

During the Portugal-Cote d'Ivoire soccer match, the commentator mentioned Didier Drogba's charitable deeds. A hospital in the capital city of his country is one such deed.

Later today, I will seek out soccer names and their charitable deeds to show that some are cognizant of needs and provide funds or resources to meet those needs.
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Post by CielOnTap » Thu Nov 04, 2010 2:34 pm

November's here and that means churches, non-profit groups, and social agencies are holding fundraisers to raise money for social programs and Christmas dinners/baskets. There are also calls for volunteers to help seniors or neighbours with disabilities to keep their driveways clear (one town will do the service for a fee providing there is no non-senior and able-bodied folk in the residence, plus paperwork) after the snowplows come by. Malls provide charities with space for their giftwrapping programs, newspapers run gift box programs for needy kids and the list continues.

If giving money, food or things is not in the budget but you do have a free Sat. morning or afternoon, see what groups can benefit from your time. If you are an adult and bring older children or teens along, find out what the expectations are for the giftwrapping or food service activities in advance and review them with your team.
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Post by CielOnTap » Thu Nov 11, 2010 2:48 pm

http://www.quiltsofvalour.ca/ is an organization that matches quilts up with soldiers who have returned home with medical issues from whatever campaign they were involved with. There are two people, one in Eastern Canada and another in Western Canada, who have the job of determining which donated quilts get given to soldiers. The idea is to provide a feeling of care and it is not about politics at all.
Our mission is to ensure that our injured Canadian soldiers are recognized for their bravery and commitment of their true patriotism to our country.

We give this support through the presentation of quilts of comfort made for our military service people.
The organization is also appreciative of donated quilt tops (the completed face of a quilt but otherwise undone), quilting supplies/materials and fabrics and volunteers/groups willing to put time to make quilts out of the fabrics. Some quilters' groups donate completed quilts to the cause.

Project specifications, in case you decide to get involved: http://www.quiltsofvalour.ca/QuiltSpecs.htm

I had the opportunity to hear a person from the organization speak at a local quilters' guild meeting this fall. She spoke of how some recipient soldiers had sent letters appreciating the gifts and that they provided some comfort during their transition to civilian life.
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Post by CielOnTap » Thu Nov 18, 2010 3:48 pm

A new way to fundraise based on your shopping, so you don't chase your family and friends with constant fundraising requests:
Buying gift cards through fundraising companies requires no out-of-pocket costs but remains a lesser known way of raising money for schools, sports teams, churches and faith-based groups.

And it’s a win-win situation for both retailers and fundraisers, says Christopher Hill, president and CEO of the Montreal-based program, FundScrip.

Here’s how it works: Fundscrip gets a volume discount from major retailers across the country to buy large quantities of their cards. Supporters buy the cards at face value, and up to 10 per cent of their purchase goes back to the non-profit group. And before you ask, Hill emphasizes, “There is no catch.”

Buyers pay for their everyday purchases — gas, groceries, gifts and household items — using gift cards and raising money with little effort.

“This is money you’re spending anyways. You buy $100 from us, and you get a $100 gift card,” he said.
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Post by sharkeys » Tue Dec 07, 2010 2:15 pm

If the items are something I could use or I know someone can use, then I may buy them if funds exist. But to be constantly targetted for fundraising monies, well I'd be tempted to pass a can around to raise money to pay my bills. That might get the message across that there is too much asking going on.
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Post by smitty » Tue Dec 07, 2010 9:30 pm

I noted an interesting one going on up in Kelowna of where a firm that does towing will do it for free in hauling away junk cars or broken down vehicles that have been hanging around a person's home. So often such usless vehicles have been hanging just outside of a home lot for the past 3 or 4 yrs.

The towing firm hauls off the old clunker or two where a shop will strip it & do what ever is needed. Towing firm receives $75.00 for each clunker they pull in and THAT money goes to extra food for those in dire need of food for their family to kids.

Above is a GOOD MOVE for some streets are not very wide & when you have one or several vehicles on each side of that road it makes it almost impossible for a grader or truck with a blade, at the front to push the snow away & also do thier usual sanding of salt,sand & fine gravel for TRACTION at the stop signs, bends in the roads, to steep hills to go up or down which is normal four some of us sort of living on a mountain side.

Mind you I think it has been in Ontario for again same thing being narrow roads with vehicles parked on each side of the road. There are signs up stating road cleaning between such & such an hour. Only some come out & note their car has been stolen so they contact the City Police, onl the person on the Police end tell them due to cleaning hours as to posted on metal signs, they needed to remove some of the vehicles SO best thing to do is to wander around to some of the other streets or avenues, for they might find the missing vehicle.

In this way the city or town fathes, are not towing the missing vehicle to a compound OTHERWISE the owner would be charged for the towing costs & storage of the vehicle on the Police compound. So time to wake up I would say for so many of us have a driveway ON our yard to some with a Car-Port or a Garage meaning we are NOT parking on the town or city property that has to be serviced every so often.

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Post by CielOnTap » Tue Dec 07, 2010 10:27 pm

I know that in Hamilton, there is no parking on snow routes overnight. Also, before the snow route Nov.15-Mar. 15 timeframe kicks in, there is parking on one side of the street for half a month, then parking switches on the 16th of the month to the other side, except where signage indicates no parking at all.

Since I live on a snow route that is close to main roads, snow plows are a frequent site on a snowy day. If I was in the city in some surveys, plows might not be by until day 2 or 3 of a snowfall given the number of streets and also vehicles parked on the streets.
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Post by CielOnTap » Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:19 pm

Just as retailers plan for holiday sales (Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas) and adjust staff and inventory counts, charities also rely on incoming money in the form of donations. Preferably in cash or needed items, the donations can help meet crucial needs (program operation funding if not government or privately-funded by a benefactor) or supply a necessary item like a new furnace to replace one that cannot function for daily needs to provide services/care for people in need.

Do your own thinking about what you think you can afford to give. Look for less costly ways to contribute if you are unable to support large cash donations to causes-maybe a penny drive is going on so a roll or two of coins is perfectly within reach to contribute. Perhaps you can give some time to a gift-wrapping table run by a cause in your area or be a mall volunteer for a kettle drive and ring that hand bell? There are ideas out in your area (home/work/extended family and friends' areas) so have a warm drink and a half hour with paper and pencil to brainstorm ways you can help and when you can help. A plan will give you limits and allow you to decline causes or requests that don't align with your own. No can be a good word.

If you want to get tax receipts for cash/cheque/credit card donations, do your online research of the causes you are interested in. Minimum donation amounts may apply before a paper slip can be supplied at the time of donation or next year in time for income tax return season.

Don't feel swamped by the glossy or plain paper mailers asking for money. If you are a creative person, that paper could be the basis of some paper folding project or artwork. Or your blue bin for recycling gets the leftovers.
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Post by CielOnTap » Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:33 am

Aviva's Community Fund round 1 of voting for ideas will close on October 15. This is a chance for Canadians to register and to give their votes to the proposals they most support. Eventually, there will be proposals chosen to receive some or all of the requested funding from Aviva's Community Fund for 2012. http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/search/grid

Most proposals focus on social projects but I have noticed several dog and cat rescue type proposals as well. It seems that there are animal caregivers needing funds to continue their work or to provide facilities to meet more demand for shelter and care of stray or abandoned four-legged animals.
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Post by smitty » Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:10 pm

Giving someone a help, like a woman that is not the main car rider, to the hospital of her husband is so important.

I have a freind that mentioned, when going to bed that he felt his chest tighten up, FORTUNATELY SHE IS A GOOD DRIVER SO HAULED HIM TO THE PENTICTON was a must, but if she was not a good driver she would need the help from some one else.

She was given the run around the roses for Kelowna was the next location, but told her not to appear for they would do the job.

Only to find out the work was in Victoria so though she visited him 1 or 2 times once he was corrected they told her she can come & drive him back home. WELL knowing what a nightmare through Greater Vancouver then to Victoria & should I mention the ferry fee was less then?

So on the phone she told them she was not going to go through this nightmare again & since they flew him to Victor then they can do the same thing.

Bill helped me out for I needed some basic on the shelf food products, to milk when they asked for the same I charged off to do it & take the load off her back.

I think now they are going to do the heart attack problems in Kelowna THOUGH if Bill was in again & myself we would survive on the apple juice as Bill did & same with me previously.

I am overly keen on washing my hands many times of the day. So they do offer you a small pan to do the job, but later in the day it is still time to wash your hands again.

I used the crutches every darn time & there was no soap to no paper towels to wash your hands. No kidding, for at our gun club we have one upsairs at the womens washroom to also down stairs at the h/gun section.

Seemingly at the OLD Penticton hospital they do not have the staff to keep things proper for what I saw was for someone to do their hair.

Washroom was not overly clean & I simply cannot drop some fertilizer for North Korea when sitting on the additional part of the seat with my feet dangling in the air.

Unfortunately here in Summerland we helped in payment for a modern hospital in 1946. While we donated some MORE money to the Summerland hospital, my Mother stated besides being ceremated, DO NOT DONATE MONEY TO THE SUMMERLAND HOSPITAK, The X-ray as old as it is still seems to do the job & the blood or what ever in the one room is basically info that is sent to Penticton.

I had some crushed finge

rs when working in the orchard I went to the hospital & was told to transport it to Penticton Hospital. That I did on a m/c & the Doctor said something like did you bring this X-ray when riding your m/c & I agreed. That is whey he was forming some cast on my hand he asked how would I make it back, & my answer was "Just make sure one thumb & one finger can control the bike when riding home"

It seems most of the offices, in the hospital, is for women sort of nurses that might visit you if you were injured to possibly a shot of something. I have a freind up in Edmonton that agrees with me that THIS is where they dream up things they can dream up for an even higher pay.

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Re: Helping others

Post by CielOnTap » Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:39 pm

Smitty, Bill and his wife must be glad to have you in their circle of friends who can help them out in a pinch. The hospital shuffle--good for Bill's wife to tell the staff to be more sensible given that medical professionals had moved Bill from place to place and she was not going to repeat that driving. Hope that Bill had a visit from the hospital patient advocate in the last place to put in a report that all that shuffling prevented him from having a family member by his side to help with things and to provide company. Bet you that Bill will have eye-openers to share once he's able to be more like himself.
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Re: Helping others

Post by CielOnTap » Fri Nov 02, 2012 11:41 pm

The areas affected by Hurricane Sandy in New York state, New Jersey, Conneticut and elsewhere sure could use help with power and gasoline supplies. Service groups are out in force providing meals and perhaps compassion for people who lost homes, loved ones and their belongings.

There might be a local chapter of one of the service groups in your community-find out if the group is responding to the human needs in the Northeast and if there is a donation collection.
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