At the Laundry Mat.

Like every Sunday morning I got up and dragged my butt to the laundry mat.  I was standing there folding my laundry when a chick about my age came up to me and asked if I had a little girl.  I said yes.  Then she asked me where she could find sleepers for 24month size.  I told her to go to Target because they usually have them, or Children's Orchard, a second hand store for kids. 

Come to find out she was at the laundry mat the weekend before, and it was super busy.  She said she had loads in different areas all over the mat, and at some point someone took all of her little girls clothes.  That made my heart sink!

Then, I realized somewhere in my house I have a bag full of my daughters old clothes.  I told, Lisa is her name, that if she called me next weekend I would give her my daughters clothes.  They are just sitting there taking up space.  She was so thankful and wrote down my number.  I always save my daughters clothes just in case I come across someone who needs them.  I never give them to thrift stores, because I would rather give them to someone for free.   

In this economical challenging time, I really feel like we should all help each other out, even if it is as small as giving clothes to people who really need it.

J21883 J21883
26-30, F
43 Responses Feb 16, 2009

My kinda gal! It makes both parties feel good...and it makes those of us that know it feel good too.

That is so nice!!! Not many people would do that

Iapplaud you! I am so happyto know there are still people like you in the world!

that is a really touching story :D

The world is a better place because people like you live in it!
Thanks for sharing! made me feel good!
keep up the good work!

Awwww that's so sweet of you <3 I am just like you I love helping people I just wish I could do it more often I love going to the soup kitchen to help out and serve food there to the people it feels great to help people in need. :) May God Bless you :) <3

u re so gentle woman !!!

It feels good when you do the right thing doesn't it? I recently decided to give up one clothing article from my closet ever time I buy a new cloth. Not only it frees up your space, it is also the right thing to do. Great job

Nice person in hard world
Nice heat your out there .
Shame on all who just dump good stuff in garbage .

That's life

I totally agree with you and God will bless for that.

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Spread the good!!

What you did was not charity, you did it for braging rights: 'look how much of a good person' I hear you say. Shame on you.

I don't think that this was her intent. It was a nice gesture, and I, and others, seem to be glad that she shared this story. So go easy, my friend.


It's good to help others, but Mathew 6:1-4 applies here.

You're a kind and generous soul. I'm sure you will be repaid someday in some way.

Very good!

Respect to yahh my sis.

You, my dear, have a heart of gold. These are the kinds of things my wife does, too, which is why I decided to marry her. The fact is, over time we both feel we have saved each others' lives on occasion and for any young man looking for a young lady - please look at her heart and if you do, and you like what you see, you can't go wrong.

you really did a nice thing.. By offering help to people and provide the needy ones with whatever thing that might help them, we people feel that the world is still a safe and beautiful place. Your neighbor is very lucky to have you near her.

Er, laundromat. Just sayin

i think it would be better if this sentence was droped from your communication<br />
They are just sitting there taking up space.

You are such a good person, love this story!!! but .. maybe someone should tell you that it's not "laundry mat", the word is Laundromat.

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That's nice and I've donated clothes that don't fit me to a Careaide centre called Polson and some to a free clothing depot.

I too am pleased that you offered the woman your child's clothing and that she accepted. Gestures like yours happen throughout the world but is not often recognized beyond a few people. Perhaps this is just as it should be, nameless/faceless. I call these acts "Soulfood" because the benefit I've received from giving or receiving warms that place within me that I call my spirit. Selling even at a incredibly discounted price sometimes robs one of the Soulfood benefits. Good deeds for the sake of goodness. Not sure about you, but I was not always in a position to give much of anything to anyone else. These days, well if I haven't used it in a few years I could most likely live without it. ~Ciao

How sweet and thoughtful of you.

You are a good hearted person. Good to hear people like you still exhist in this screwed up world.

"I never give them to thrift stores, because I would rather give them to someone for free." You have a heart thats made up of so much love and its very contagious. Thank-you

Very lovely story! I just yahood this group in my city and will hopefully join in in short order (i have to be accepted by the moderator).<br />
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Very happy about the prospect! Most of my clothes are 2nd hand anyways, and i have a few household items that could use a good new home!

So lucky you find people you can give away your clothes to, I don't know I feel bad thinking about giving old clothes away because I don't want the person I give it to, think I'm just giving them the ***** I don't need. <br />
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Because I feel bad if the person don;t appreciate it and think I'm just giving out rubbish.

inc28, yeah, so many fond memories to place on the hearth. Or did you mean heart? =-D

Seems with all the extra time you have to correct everybodys misspellings, you could have spent that time doing good deeds.

you have a huge hearth and it will be for the benefit of anyone that gets to know you.

very commendable,i work for a charity,there are a lot of people who nned things that they can't afford,just a pity there's not enough like minded people like you

I believe that no good deed goes unnoticed. Thank you fungirl for the website I will be looking into it today. I have no idea if there is one in my area, but I would love to start one if there isn't. I hope that I have inspired at least one person to help. I know that in the economic state we are in right now it might be hard. But, I always think that no matter how bad off I think I am, there are people in worse situations, so anything helps.

Freecycle is great. I just joined one of the local freecycle groups in my area. It is really growing. The Freecycle Network is made up of 6,432,000 members across the globe. There are groups in many other countries, not just the US. It's a grassroots, entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. They promote reuse instead of dumping usable items in to a landfill. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer. If there isn't one in your area be a pioneer and start one. Membership is free. Check them out on the internet @<br />
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I love this story and keep coming back to read it over and over.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful story with us and for inspiring us to help those around us who maybe in need.

Thank you all for you comments. It just makes me feel good to do something nice for someone else, it is the way my mother raised me I guess. I have never heard of Freecycle, but I am going to look into that. I feel that things you do come back to you in some way, so if and when I really need something, someone will be there for me as well.

J21883- you have a heart of gold.<br />
People - have you all heard of Freecycle? You join a group in your area and then offer or ask for things you need. No money is exchanged and everyone benefits by recyling unwanted items. Brilliant concept.

Beautiful story! Thanks for sharing. Way to pay it forward in such a simple way. We could all do this if we wanted. I donate my clothes to a women's shelter for example.