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Roses&Thorns

December 9, 2012
Salem News

Roses to random acts of kindness. From 25 cents left in a shopping cart to $75 pair of insulated winter boots and thermal socks. Acts of kindness this holiday season are everywhere. When the wind is blowing and the snow is falling (yes, it will and soon) and you're searching your purse or pocket for a quarter, it sure is a blessing to find a quarter deliberately left in the shopping cart by the previous shopper at an area grocery store. And haven't we all heard about New York Police Department Officer Larry DePrimo who insists he was just "doing his job" when, after discovering a barefoot and presumed homeless man in Times Square, purchased socks and boots for him? Of course it has come to light that the apparent homeless recipient of the boots in NYC is actually on the government's entitlement dole and has a place to stay. And is wearing flipflops instead of the new boots. According to an Inside Edition" report said recipient of boots: "has a government-financed apartment ... but prefers living on the streets and begging for change." But that shouldn't detract from the kindness shown by one of New York's finest. There are many, many others out there who perform good deeds around Christmas, most of them going unnoticed. In this season of hurry, hurry, hurry, go, go, go, we should all take a moment to reflect and ask ourselves, what nice thing can I do for somebody today? And there are plenty of opportunities. Try the Salvation Army, United Way, The Way Station, any area food pantries, Toys for Tots or churches who will pass along deeds of generosity.

 
 

 

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