Ghost of Midnight

… about neighbors, community and Front Porch Forum

Widening the circle of community

Posted on Sunday, December 7, 2008 by No comments yet

Sometimes people use Front Porch Forum to stir up a sense of community where little existed before.  Other times it’s used in an area with well-established connectedness and mutual support to bring even more neighbors into the circle.

Heidi posted to her neighbors via FPF today…

We will be putting together and delivering the holiday boxes on Sunday.

You are invited to help!

Because we have always had such a generous abundance of donations, we have the resources to be sure that we cover anyone in our community who may be in need… Please remember, while many of us have jobs and/or steady incomes, several places have had lay-offs… and this has impacted people in our town.

Now about charity. The boxes are a gift from the community and we give them in this spirit. I speak from experience. Sixteen years ago in October, my husband was laid off from his job of almost 20 years. We had three boys, ages 3, 2, and under 1. To say it was a blow would be an understatement. He was also laid-up with hernia surgery. A car came up the driveway and two members of the fire department brought us a large box of food. We were astonished and a bit embarrassed. And so moved. We knew who was behind this and we were grateful for her work on the boxes and the kindness that was shown to our family. We also knew that our situation would change and that this was a gift.

Back to 2008…

And she goes on to describe what’s needed and how to participate.  Wow… what a priveledge for Front Porch Forum to be part of this incredible tradition.  We’re humbled… a great start to the holiday season.

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