I used to take the old ladies next door grocery shopping sometimes, and sometimes I helped carry their food up the front steps, but sometimes I just wasn’t “up to it” with all my own bags. read more →

As a single mom, it was always difficult to provide the basics for my kids. We lived in a very small mountain community where everyone knew each other. read more →

Was at Aldi in Kilsyth (Victoria) when my card was declined. After trying a few times and still being declined I left my shopping with the checkout lady to go get money out from an ATM. read more →

The other day I was driving down the street and there was this punk rock looking kid, about 14, riding his bike on the sidewalk beside me. Coming towards him was a disabled man in a motorised wheelchair with a bunch of groceries on his lap. As they approached each other the disabled guy dropped a couple bags, spilling items on the sidewalk. The punk kid stopped, set down his bike and picked up the gentleman’s stuff and secured it for him. He didn’t have to.  read more →

I was finished putting my groceries in my car yesterday and returned my cart to the cart return area. As I looked around, I saw a lady who was using an electric chair with a basket on the front (most stores have them here for folks who can’t walk well for whatever reason). She was at her car about to unload her groceries, and when I walked over and saw she had terrible edema in both legs – this happens when your lymphatic system does not work properly and fluids don’t drain from your body, and I’ve heard it is both painful and debilitating – anyway I made sure I looked her right in the eyes and asked with a smile on my face, if I could help put her groceries in her car for her. read more →

An older man’s card kept declining and he said aloud he thought he had $70 in his account (sad that he knew how much was there) so I stepped up and paid for his groceries (I wasn’t sure if I had the funds in my account, but I did!). read more →

We’re having a particularly lean and difficult Christmas this year. With hardly any money in our account, last night my card declined on my small bag of groceries at my local supermarket. I removed an item. I tried another card, but still no good. My order was put on hold while I went to the car and scrounged every coin I could. Still, it was not enough. read more →

A TV show wanted to know What Would You Do? if you saw a single mom of four who couldn’t afford for her groceries? So they hid some cameras in a grocery store, sent in some actors to play the mom and the checkout operator, and caught people’s reactions on film.The show also decided to add an extra twist to the plot, to see if people would go the extra mile when someone criticized their offer to help this single parent. Watch the man in line who tries to make the mother feel bad about not being able to pay. read more →

Create those blessings for others.
I’m a single mom to girls, I work 30 hours a week at the local university and attend graduate school there full time. My ex no longer pays child support and it made it hard for us to make ends meet.

I started to think about dropping out of grad school so I could work full time but a friend of mine told me that they wanted to support me by help us out once a month. read more →

Our legacy is not found in.
While looking at Craigslist, I noticed an ad that stated a family was in need of food. It said they had 2 boxes of cereal and a jar of peanut butter for 4 people to last them 2 weeks. No bread, no milk, no jelly, just what was mentioned.

I contacted the person in the ad and found it was placed by a 16 year old girl. This young lady went to school every day, then went to work right after. Her mother and father were both disabled. Her bother was in school. It took the three of them just to make ends meet. There had been a problem requalifying for food stamps and they were in a holding pattern. read more →

Service to others.
My husband and I were walking into the grocery store one day. It was cold, snowy and the parking lot was so slushy you couldn’t push a cart from the store to your car.

We were about to enter the store and my husband started walking away from me. I turned to see where he was going and what I saw made me the proudest wife in the world! read more →

Believe you can make a difference.
This is the story of a boy who delivered grocery at my place. My mother became friendly with this boy and while talking to him found out that he had finished his graduation in India, came to Dubai for work and as he was not getting a suitable job, he took up the delivery boy job.

He was paid on the basis of number of deliveries and had to stand under hot sun till he got an order for delivery. He was not allowed to stay inside the shop as he did not have a work permit Visa. read more →