RCF December 2016: An Unexpected Gift


Way cool, Nate!

Cookies and money! What a thoughtful gift. I’ll bet she’ll really appreciated the gifts, and most especially, your thoughts.


Hi Shin, Nice to see another mature guy hanging around this place. Have a prosperous and healthy 201!.


You just gave me a reason to get to MIlwaukee soon! :slight_smile:


I was so happy to have the opportunity to give away this RCF gift! As a Canadian, I couldn’t use one of the Visa gift cards, but Jay sent $20 USD to me via Paypal, and it ended up being $26 Canadian : )

I gave the $26 to Glodie, a student at the high school where I work. One of ten children, Glodie came to Ottawa as a refugee from the Congo two years ago. She and her family live with so little, but they feel completely blessed. I recently had the chance to see just how authentic, unspoiled, grateful, and gracious Glodie is. You can read about it here: http://www.fruclassity.com/2194-2/

I won’t forget Glodie’s moved-to-tears joy at receiving that $26. “Our goal is to show that even a small amount of money can make a huge impact.” Mission accomplished! Thank you, Jay and Nate : )


Now that you have all the ingredients, you should feel free to send me some cookies :wink:


When I got my gift card, I had a lot of thoughts in my head, a lot of quirky things (things my kids and I may still go do tomorrow since I have the day off, like buy flowers and randomly hand them out to strangers)… but then ultimately, I started thinking I wanted to have a meaningful impact on families in my community.

I took that gift card… and added some money of my own… and sought donations from friends. And then put out the call for donations on Facebook.

This morning, my kids and I delivered $330 in donations to our school lunch programs, a donation that was used to help 43 families. My heart is so happy.



Cookies? Happy to make a batch - come on up!


You know we always have so much love for you, Sarah – and you never disappoint. Thank you for taking this opportunity and for showing us all the power of a single spark of an idea.

I love this kind of giving. This is what it’s all about. <3


Or you should feel free to come across the lake for a visit . . . I’ve visited you!


I didn’t know that Lincoln was a refugee resettlement city - I drive through there often enough… Good to know.

This is such a good use of the #GivingCard! Simple, useful, personal, and unexpected. Love it!


That’s pretty cool. We had two opportunities that unexpectedly popped up this week. We were able to pitch in and help a family have Christmas dinner & presents this weekend and also two other boys in the foster care system didn’t have any gifts either.


Thanks so much for jump-starting this!

We received our card and decided to get our girls(5 and almost 2) involved.


So many wonderful people to share, but we decided to give our gift card to an extraordinary educator and all around giver.

Ms. Bradley is one of the reading specialists, but her work goes far beyond that role. She’s is EVERYWHERE, every school event, updating the website, a part of PTA, and she mentors a group of young girls.

And she recently made a leap into becoming an author and of course her kids are her focus. She wrote Brave Bradley to help students deal with bullies.

We caught her during mid-year award ceremony and were delighted to give her the card. She was thrilled and wanted to pass on her thanks!


I used the RCF gift card to purchase a gift certificate to a local restaurant and then anonymously put it on our mail carrier’s truck!!!


[quote=“Shin, post:31, topic:1172”]
Cookies and money!
[/quote] @Nate

I believe N.W.A. coined the phrase, “Life ain’t nothin’ but cookies and money.”



N.W.A was right.


OK. I just posted my pic of what we’re doing for our mail carrier on the weekly challenge post

(I will ask said mail carrier his name next time I sign for a delivery :disappointed:).

Our gift was more of a token than an all out affair, but I felt good about it until…

I mean who can compete with homemade choc. chip cookies? They look AMAZING!

I’m having pangs of “Keeping up with the Joneses” but as a do gooder!!!

Well done sir. Tip of the hat to you.


Yesterday, I gave away my $20 Visa card to an active duty Servicemember. It was awesome! When I received the card, I had this guy in mind to give the card. I wasn’t sure how he’d feel about getting it, but I knew from conversations we’ve had about money that he needed it. He was surprised to receive it and wanted to know what it was for. I said use it for what you need, food, Christmas gift for your son or gas, whatever the need is. He said thank you but did know what else to say. He did have a big smile, so I knew he was happy to receive unexpected money. It was the day before his holiday leave and a great way to end the day. Thank you for letting me be part of this wonderful gift giving!


His name is Warren and it looks like I’ve really made his day! :fireworks:


I just got home from giving my gift to a deli worker inside our local grocery store. After purchasing our own groceries my husband and I asked the store manager, Janet, if she had an employee who was in extra need right now. She initially said she had many. I then explained that I was honored with a gift card from an awesome group of people trying to do some good in the world and that I would love to gift it to someone who could really use it. Janet then thought of Pam, a deli worker who is currently undergoing chemo treatments and struggling to pay her electric bill. This sounded like a deserving candidate to me!

As we walked to the deli I turned to my husband and asked what cash he had. We could only come up with another $15 between us but we added that to the gift card and provided it to Pam with Janet standing by. Pam was very grateful and said that it definitely would do her some good. I was so excited to spread the goodness that I forgot to ask for a picture - oops! Pam and Janet too, extended their thanks and Happy Holiday wishes to all the Rockstars!


Just opened the mail from vacation today and the card was there. Threw it in my purse on my way out to restock the groceries. At the store, fate looked down, the young mother with 2 little ones in front of me was $20 short in her cash, $20 exactly and she was trying to figure out what to put back. I took it as a sign and gave her the card. No picture, but she said it made her day because everything she bought was for Christmas dinner. Made me just as happy, I immediately bought another gift card to keep in my wallet so I’m always ready for the next opportunity to help someone unexpectedly.