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It's too bad we don't do enough for the needy people during the holidays. Too bad it's not year round. I was reading a paper whilst on the crapper about some town up north handing out 1000 christmas dinners and it profiled some of the families receving it. Sad sad shit.
Imma be a better person next year.
 

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don't you always push the TOYS FOR TOTS ride, down there?

i feel i do my part, working at a community-based
not-for-profit organization. and it's year round! :D

i gotta get to sending out my holiday cards for my participants. :eek
 

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I try to do my part.....................It's the holidays..........and yes it's sad that I only do it durung the Holidays....should be year 'round:slap
 

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Yeah I do, and we do it every year. But really, is buying 4 toys (40 bucks or so) really enough?
My thought is: No. But at the same time, it is a lot more than the "majority" tend to do, and should definatley make you feel good about it. I felt great about going down there for that this year, and hope that we can get a turn out way bigger next year.

It would be really cool if we could all pull together as "sportbikers" and come up with our own thing similar to the Oly Toy Run.

I hear ya about the year round thing too, but what do you do? I try to give as much stuff to Salvation Army and GoodWill as I can. but just dont really have the cash to make large generous donations. It's sad to think of how many very fortunate people in this area do though, and never think about giving a penny to anyone :(

Anyhow, I think every little bit we try to do does make a difference. And thats what matters ;)
 

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Article in today's Everett Herald about that. I only skimmed it, so I didn't get many details.

Something about since so friggen many National Guardsmen (and women) and military reservists have been called up to active duty, the Toys for Tots and other charity drives have lost a HUGE percent of their labor.

They need people to collect, sort, and distribute stuff for charities. Bad.

I don't have any contact info or further details but it should be easy to find.

Heck, one could probably go look in the yellow pages or on-line for just about any charity and food bank, make a call, and promise to provide some support.

I agree, I think it'd be awesome if the sportbike community could come together in even a fraction of the way the Cruiser crowd does for charities.
 

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I'm looking at doing some volunteer work once a month next year...maybe some of you wanna join me? I'm not sure what charity I'm going to go with, but I'll post up when I figure that out.
 

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I'm looking at doing some volunteer work once a month next year...maybe some of you wanna join me? I'm not sure what charity I'm going to go with, but I'll post up when I figure that out.
<-----interested...keep us posted Grant! :thumb
 

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I feel like navel lint. I use to do tons of stuff all year for others -- in fact, dedicated my life to it for about 13 years until a couple years ago.

This year probably only donated 35-40k and maybe 50 hours of actual volunteer work. Kind of hit me hard tonight (independent of your post), don't really feel like I'm setting a good example and feel like crap now.

Woulld be a good night to get drunk... :(
 

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I feel like navel lint. I use to do tons of stuff all year for others -- in fact, dedicated my life to it for about 13 years until a couple years ago.

This year probably only donated 35-40k and maybe 50 hours of actual volunteer work. Kind of hit me hard tonight (independent of your post), don't really feel like I'm setting a good example and feel like crap now.

Woulld be a good night to get drunk... :(
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WTF man, you're a giving god among men
 

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This year probably only donated 35-40k and maybe 50 hours of actual volunteer work.
Wow...am I reading this right? 35-40k? and only 50 hrs? seriously, that's more than some people will ever give in a lifetime.

As for me, I've worked in a food bank (sadly, i didn't do it voluntarily- yes I am bad) and seen how help never gets to people who really need it. The food bank requires people to have an address before they can pick up food, so some really well fed people got boxes while they turned away bums...I felt like there was even a status quo at the food bank! Imagine that! Anyways, I prefer taking the homeless out for lunch in exchange for a good story. They usually enjoy just having someone listen to them, and it's definitely pretty entertaining. I get scared sometimes because these people start out with perfectly normal lives, and then due to unforseen events- death in the family, heavy financial losses, accidents- they either go crazy or just don't care what happens to themselves anymore. Of course, there are always a few that just enjoy the lifestyle.

I find it scary that I'm bumping into vets all the time, out of ten maybe two or three? We should be taking better care of people who have served the country...
 

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Perspective: One of the students that survived the Columbine shootings organized a charity drive to give toys to the Russian children and families that survived the recent school massacre at the hands of Chechen rebels.

I was astonished. That someone so young could arrange something that was so massive, so expensive, and just so caring.

Imagine spending a few hours helping out at a local food bank. Now imagine what it would take to do that if the food bank was on the other side of the world... and you had to provide all the food.

That girl should win the Time magazine Person of the Year award.

I'm impressed. I can't even imagine how to start organizing something like that. But the bar has been raised now, and I will try to do more in this new year.
 

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Looks like we're starting up making care packages for the troops overseas...

If anyone wants to toss anything in, let me know...we're starting up with just a general section thing and maybe find a horny soldier to come home to me :laughing

But honestly, your basic body care, junk food, whatever...lemme know if anyone else wants to join up.

I know a few have created nationwide agencies and maybe would could get a PacNW sportbike charity club like thing started up if enough are interested...
 

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Sarah, let me know when and where if you need help.

I think we all have to remember it's alson not always about money and gifts. It's sometimes about spending time with people. How cool do you think a kid who was sick would feel having a bunch of guys and gals in their sport bike gear walking into their hospital room and giving them some love and a smile. Sometimes that goes farther than material things. I am always in for doing something, and my business always has and will donate things to charities.
 

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Sarah, let me know when and where if you need help.
I need help of things of what someone with a penis would want from the states as a comfort or whatever...

But then, I suppose there are female troops out there, huh? I totally spaced on that...make a box full of tampons and pantiliners, Cosmo sex tips, hair removal products...then it ends up in an all male squad...hee hee...
 

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i'll through in my Playboy collection. Just a year or so worth. Got some pretty good articles in there though.:p
 

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i'll through in my Playboy collection. Just a year or so worth. Got some pretty good articles in there though.:p
Only problem is, that all the "good" pages are stuck together... :redflip
 

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eviltwin said:
Only problem is, that all the "good" pages are stuck together... :redflip
not if he laminated them.:laughing
 
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