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I was thinking of handing out Goodwill parcels in the town centre. Not to the usual people who like they are desperately in need but to people who I think may be able to pass the Goodwill onto others… Read More
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2y, 6m agoPosted 2 years, 6 months ago
I was thinking of handing out Goodwill parcels in the town centre. Not to the usual people who like they are desperately in need but to people who I think may be able to pass the Goodwill onto others. Few sweeties, pen, xmas card and deco. muffin. What would people think if a stranger stopped them in the street and offered them one of the Goodwill bags? No stupid answers please there is enough posts on this site that you can do that with.
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2y, 6m agoPosted 2 years, 6 months ago
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Nice idea but I wouldn't put food in, I wouldn't eat anything given to me by a stranger

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#1
It sounds like a lovely idea, but I do think a few may be skeptical of your intentions.
#2
Sorry, i dont follow. You want to hand out parcels to those who are not needy? Or am i missing a point somewhere?
#3
I would think it a bit strange if somebody just handed me a bag and wished me happy Christmas. I don't think I would eat anything edible in the bag as you don't know where it's been. Good Idea though. Maybe have a word with your local church and donate goodie bags for children who may not get a lot this year.
#4
So would it be more of a goodwill gesture then for all, just to spread some cheer? i think it's a nice idea. :)
#5
Nice idea but I wouldn't put food in, I wouldn't eat anything given to me by a stranger
#6
Sweets, pen, sparkly things-yes. Home made muffins-no (may have been poisoned and those sceptical like me would just dispose of it). Maybe put a note in the bag explaining your 'pay it forward' with ideas for what they could then do(?)

Nice idea, but your time may be even better spent at the local food bank/soup kitchen...
#7
Nice idea in principle. Are you gonna write out the Xmas card on the spot or will you give them a blank one?
#8
Nice idea.I would be delighted and hopefully others would too.
#9
I'm the same with the food stuff, I wouldn't want a cake a stranger walked up and gave me, plus I might actually be a bit put out that they thought I looked needy, whatever the givers intention, it would feel like they choose me for a reason.

If you've got food to give away why not buy cups of coffee with what you were going to spend on pens etc and give street sleepers a coffee and muffin first thing in the morning? Its cold out.
#10
Its such a lovely idea but I think if you want to do something then those who are more in need such as those who are homeless might benefit from it more. Like beetlemama said, giving them a cup of coffee or something might be a great idea.
#11
Lovely idea, but could I make an alternative suggestion? I'm an ardent supporter of the Salvation Army and noticed locally what the organisation did with the local homeless. If you're after a Charity to support you could either give a donation to the national appeal for the Salvation Army, otherwise locally they have collectors looking for donations or assistance.
#12
Aww its a nice idea
#13
Sorry everyone I completely messed my explanation up which isn't unusual as I have M.E. I should have said all eatable items are manufacturer wrapped and I am enclosing a note requesting that if they are happy with their little gift bag that they should pass the goodwill gesture on by helping out two other people and ask them to do the same, not really financially unless essential but more with help and problem solving. Therefore it could maybe have a chain effect and help a lot of people out instead of just a couple.

I have spent more years than I care to remember to help the needy and done everything under the sun for them. unfortunately they rarely care enough and will quite quickly throw it all back in your face, they will never repay the kindness forward and just thing me, me, and me. I cant do it anymore so I thought the above would be a better alternative. As where I live is quite down market I thought it would help those in the town to help others in the town as its very difficult to get help from charity organisations. I do donate what I can to charity but due to disability and being a single mother I am restrained physically.

If I just give stuff to the needy they will woof the food down, throw away the rest and not pass on any goodwill at all. Sorry if you think different but I have had years of experience of it. I used to open my house to a "needy" person every year until I got ill, never once did these needy people even say I will buy you a coffee - yes they got benefits but were very ill used. I don't mean to upset anyone but this is just my life experience now I rather try and spread goodwill to others.
#14
whenever I eat out, I eat food a stranger has made, it doesn't bother me then, nor does it phase me when I'm munching on tasters around costco or wherever. I'd be chuffed to get some free grub! I think it's a great and generous idea.
#15
I wrote a whole comment and it disappeared!!! I just said i did secret santa again this year for a little boy called Daniel and a little girl called Rebecca both aged 4 who otherwise won't get much this Christmas!! It really warms my heart to know I've done a good deed, so i say go for it!!! (I agree about the food though)
#16
I hope there is no schools in the city centre if you are handing out sweeties to strangers!
#17
Over The Knee
Nice idea in principle. Are you gonna write out the Xmas card on the spot or will you give them a blank one?
The Christmas Cards are already written out "To You from Angel of Goodwill"
#18
adamsxi
I hope there is no schools in the city centre if you are handing out sweeties to strangers!

No every person will get a sealed bag with their bits in to hopefully open a home and they are for adults only not children. Up to the adults what they do with the contents.
banned#19
I think you've blown the good intention by blowing your own trumpet!
#20
Really - that's your opinion care to tell me how???
#21
The paying it forward thing is a nice idea but I doubt that a little bag of what really is just tat will do it. You can't tell from looking at people for 5 seconds in the street whether they'll be the sort to do what you want and the stuff in the bags will most likely get dumped and achieve nothing. Use the money to take some bags of groceries or toys to a food bank. Or give a donation to a charity. Or take something nice to any elderly neighbours that are on their own.
#22
I like the fact that you've tried doing things in the past and despite feeling your efforts were un(der)appreciated, you are still thinking of helping in another way.

The idea of 'pay it forward' has been big this year, going viral often. The thing that troubles me about this is recipients won't always honour this for whatever reason, and they may also be far from worthy or needy. I saw an article about someone who paid for all reservations at a Toys R Us store - $40,000 on 275 presents. I dread to think of the wealth the people who averaged $150 a reservation had, but that 40k would've been so much more effective elsewhere.
You may inspire a few people but I would expect the rate to be reasonably low, mainly for the effort it involves. Some people may hand their goodies on directly, others may just not have the time to put together a goody bag - and those that do will undoubtedly seek out the worthy and the needy.

I'm quite a fan of the Salvation Army's work. They look after the homeless and at other times of the year I've come across them doing selfless things for those that require assistance. I'm also hoping to see Harold Bishop on the tuba soon.
I know Christmas is the time that people think of charity, and tend to think of the homeless, but if I was homeless, I would much more appreciate help on the nights when it's sub-zero and the Christmas spirit is well and truly over and they've been forgotten about again.
#23
Themod
I think you've blown the good intention by blowing your own trumpet!

I have to agree here.

And sorry, but "To You, from Angel of Goodwill" does make you sound like a Criminal Minds unsub.
#24
*correction, just read that the toys r us were on a weird payment plan thing where they pay in instalments in advance and can then collect the reserved item. it's also known as layaway or 'ghetto finance' in the states. so kudos to that person
#25
I am assuming that you want to do something practical charity-wise as opposed to 'just' donating money to charity but I can't think of a way of doing it that is really going to encourage people to 'pay it forward' as too many people these days only think of themselves. you should just take reward from the fact that you have helped make someone's day a little better :)

How about you rally some friends/family/work colleagues to all put money together then you organise buyin supplies for your local food bank?

A charity called Muslim Aid are running a rucksack challenge where you are encouraged to fill a rucksack with goods like a sleeping bag, food, etc which you then pass on ton a homeless person

Or search round some good deals on here for toys and donate them to a local gift-drive for children in hospital or living in poverty

Hope this helps x
#26
salvation army and local homeless charitys would welcome gifts or practical items, our local salvation army do great work with people who really need care and assistance, it is humbling to see what they do voluntarily and when i give items i get a good feeling that it helps the really needy.
i wouldnt know where to start giving to people in need personally and leave it to sally army and co.
#27
What about helping an elderly neighbour, cutting their hedge or collecting their shopping, helping them wrap presents or delivering local cards for the. Even better spending half an hour to talk to them. There are an awful lot of lonely elderly people out there and they'd be less likely to 'throw it back at you'. Perhaps you could go to a local home/day centre to spend time with residents if you don't want to approach strangers. Your intentions seem good, but I'm afraid they could be misinterpreted handing things out.
#28
A noble idea , but I think you have not thought it through properly.
How about helping out a soup kitchen or some such deed?
#29
Themod
I think you've blown the good intention by blowing your own trumpet!

Its called "Market Research"
how has this person supposedly " blown the good intention by blowing your own trumpet"? S/He's anonymous, no one knows the OP???
#30
Have you heard of postpals?

Details here http://www.hotukdeals.com/misc/postpals-charity-thread-make-a-poorly-child-smile-today-sending-a-card-something-1435840#comments

It's about sending cards, letters and gifts to poorly children, their siblings and families.

You can post some Christmas cards & it won't be exhausting, you can get your children involved and it's very worthwhile - just read the comments on the last page from one of the postpals mothers.
#31
Boddy
What about helping an elderly neighbour, cutting their hedge or collecting their shopping, helping them wrap presents or delivering local cards for the. Even better spending half an hour to talk to them. There are an awful lot of lonely elderly people out there and they'd be less likely to 'throw it back at you'. Perhaps you could go to a local home/day centre to spend time with residents if you don't want to approach strangers. Your intentions seem good, but I'm afraid they could be misinterpreted handing things out.

i like ur idea...think i need to do my part..
#32
To reply to some comments I am disabled and suffer a lot, anything physical even if just standing is too much for me, plus as a single mother I would have to take my daughter along and as shes only 8 I would not feel happy with that as she may see people shout, argue, etc which she has never seen. I don't know any neighbours etc and for the above reasons sometimes I wish they would come and help me even get a pint of milk on bad days. Every one sticks to themselves around here which is what I find so hard. I don't have family or friends to rely on. Actually some of these comments make me realise its needed much more than people even realise as so many are stuck in their own shell - its about getting people to lend a helping hand not about a little free bag of tat!! The so called tat is just to get people to think.
#33
googley2
To reply to some comments I am disabled and suffer a lot, anything physical even if just standing is too much for me, plus as a single mother I would have to take my daughter along and as shes only 8 I would not feel happy with that as she may see people shout, argue, etc which she has never seen. I don't know any neighbours etc and for the above reasons sometimes I wish they would come and help me even get a pint of milk on bad days. Every one sticks to themselves around here which is what I find so hard. I don't have family or friends to rely on. Actually some of these comments make me realise its needed much more than people even realise as so many are stuck in their own shell - its about getting people to lend a helping hand not about a little free bag of tat!! The so called tat is just to get people to think.
youre right about community / neighbour support , it really has gone for most. someone else said in their post about visiting elders in residential homes , im sure there would be someone who would love a regular visit from you for social contact , you sound like a very caring person , i hope you find the right thing for you to meet your need to help out/ reach out to others .
merry christmas x
#34
I looked at the thread title alone before reading any of it, and thought "Don't do it". Then I thought I'd post how I came to such a momentous decision.

Hope this helps.

Edited By: weekender on Dec 17, 2014 18:54
#35
googley2
The so called tat is just to get people to think.

But I think you missed the point - it won't. There's a multitude of good ideas in the thread, things that you could involve your daughter with and that wouldn't be too physically taxing for you.

You're very quick to patronise and condemn people here for being stuck in their own shells when you know nothing about them and what they might be doing for charity or helping others. Just because they think your idea is rubbish doesn't mean they're bad people, it just means they think your idea is rubbish.
#37
That's the reason I don't want to help the homeless, its normally their addictions or behaviour that makes them homeless and they wont appreciate anything you do for them just take, take, take. They all get benefits yet still expect more handouts. Spreading goodwill will probably create a better response by those who "may" wish to pass it on.

#38
I really like this idea, maybe pick a child a week and send them a envelope of bits, easily to get my daughter involved as well. I had not heard of it before Thank You.

sickly sweet
Have you heard of postpals?

Details here http://www.hotukdeals.com/misc/postpals-charity-thread-make-a-poorly-child-smile-today-sending-a-card-something-1435840#comments

It's about sending cards, letters and gifts to poorly children, their siblings and families.

You can post some Christmas cards & it won't be exhausting, you can get your children involved and it's very worthwhile - just read the comments on the last page from one of the postpals mothers.
#39
I know your intentions are good Op, but the human race is on the whole very selfish...... would people take your kindness and pass it on?.... i'd say 9 out of 10 times No.
#40
I would just take the budget you were going to spend on these bags, go to your local supermarket, get some non perishable supplies and donate to a local food bank, so it will go to the right people :)

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