I just need to get this off my chest!

cpdnd31

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Tonight was my son's football parent meeting. Now being a football mom I have this meeting memorized. Seven years worth. OK same ole stuff. Then what I heard next broke my heart. This year we need sponsors badly. Why? Well we took on too many kids who have played here and they can't afford it. The manager of the team went on. These are kids we just can't say no to. It's not their fault their parents lost their jobs.

MY gosh I thought, how grateful am I. So I raise my hand and say. Every year I have been giving my sons old shoes and pads that no longer fit him to his coach, can we start a bin, and any parent who has extra please donate. I then Immediately write out a check. I just emptied my casino acct. I don't care it's for kids. Here is what bugs me.

After practice I heard some parents talking about the fact that they have to pay why other kids are getting a free ride. REALLY!!!

Then the secretary of the team came up to me and thanked me. Which I pulled her to the side and said please don't let anyone know I donated that amount. She understood. She then said two of the kids that have played at the park were homeless - my god these are kids my kids have played with for 7 years. I am in tears. I said why? How can this happen? I told her to let me know their situation, I will get food cards and do whatever needs to be done to help.

I live in a very affluent neighborhood. I get it bad things have and can happen to people. I just feel so horrible for these kids. So I have already started contacting business to become sponsors I got 2 already. $300.00 to sponsor a kid is a small price to let a kid play, to let a kid not worry and forget about his problems for a day. $300. is nothing compared to what I piss away playing online. I don't know what else to do but feel grateful for my life, thank my god, and try and help. All I know is I think about it and tears start flowing.

I guess I just needed to type my thoughts out and try to make some reason out of them thanks for listening.
 

anniemac

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Bless your heart for your kindness.

Way back when my son was playing little league sports, the same situations arose. Course back then, it didn't cost $300 for him to play. Our league got sponsors and furnished the shirts. We were responsible for belts, pants and shoes. However, after years of playing, most of us had all different sizes so we just kinda passed them around.

I remember one little boy showing up at baseball practice with a plastic ball glove like you get a Walmart with a wiffle ball set. Nobody said a word but the next day, coach handed him a leather ball glove and just told him he thought it would fit him a little better, that his was just a little too small. I never will forget that.

You never know the situation that some folks are in. You take for granted that all folks have a place to live and food to eat.
 

cpdnd31

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What bothers me is they are not the only ones. We have homeless but we also have about 20 kids that need sponsors -- my gosh how in such a modern world do children still need. It hurts as a mom to see this. Lord willing we will get our sponsors and make some kids happy.
 

bigjohn

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As far as I can see there is nothing to reason out. You saw a need, you had the ability to help, and you did.

When I was traveling around with my nephews through their wrestling careers (age 6-College) there was always little spots that needed someone to pitch in. I'm not a wealthy man but I always had a car so I would go here and there to pick up different kids and bring them to the matches and then bring them home afterwards. It would cost me maybe an an extra 2 hrs. each weekend and we would usually end up buying them bagels and waters. I always told the coaches if they need anything I would run out for it...as long as my guy wasn't on the mat, lol.

I never regretted a second of it and the kids still remember me and say hi and stop and chat and that is one of my most cherished accomplishments; that I was able to help the kids and they never forgot good old 'Uncle Johnny'!

I still see some of them now and they are starting their own families and it just brings me so much joy and satisfaction.

Do all you can and don't think about it too much or try to make reason from it, you will get back more than you can possibly put in. Just ignore the naysayers and malcontents, they don't get it and they never will.
 
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