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Giving What You Can, Take What You Need in Delaware

Giving What You Can, Take What You Need in Delaware

Give What You Can …

How often do we throw away food? It drives me nuts. What if we all committed to sharing that extra $5-10 and purchased items that others could use and make a difference in our community?

redmen delaware ohio take box
Redmen Box is located on East Winter Street in Delaware, Ohio and offers a “give what you can, take what you need” free donation service.

Well the Order of Redmen on East Winter Street has created a “Redmen Box” for people to do just that. A chance to share food with those less fortunate or a place to find food for those in need.

Sometimes it seems we miss the easiest way to make a difference because we are too caught up in making a big splash and not just helping. Reminds me of the quote attributed to President Harry Truman, “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” President Harry Truman

Credit. Such a funny word. We grow up thinking that the person that makes things happen, gets the credit. Then we learn within only a matter of weeks working, we realize that the credit often goes to the person in charge – not the one doing the work. I used to laugh when my boss would say “I” instead of “we” and I’d guess that is part of why I always use “we” when talking. Ms. Delaware used to often ask “who else was with you?” but now she just realized it is the voices in my head and me.

I digress.

Does the homeless guy grabbing a bottle of corn care who donated it?

Does the Redmen organization care whether you pulled up in a Lexus or a Yugo to drop them off?

So why do you care?

Human Emotions to Good Deeds

C.G. Boyce Real Estate Co. donates 5% of every closing to a charity of the client’s choice. We don’t like to talk about it very much and usually don’t bring it up until closing. Why? I always felt like by publicizing the fact that we did the deed, would cheapen the deed in some way. This was something we wrestled with for years until Terra Nova Community Church’s Senior Pastor Jason Allison brought the point home. “The deed is still the same,” he started. “But the fact you wrestle with this question tells you where your heart is.”

whoa …

“The deed is still the same,” Jason Allison stated. “But the fact you wrestle with this question tells you where your heart is.”

This was supposed to be a quick post on the cool thing that the Redmen was doing. Suddenly we are diving deep into my psyche. But the reality is that what someone thinks doesn’t matter – what is in your heart is what matters.

I like what is in the Redmen’s heart.

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