Who Have You Helped Lately? A Few Short Stories of Ours.

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Mike McCann - Broker, Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska

Help comes in all kinds of forms...and so many people need help in one way or another.

Here are a few of the stories and ways that we try to help. Each is as important to us as the next.

Last Thursday night my wife, Robyn, and I were shopping downtown at the annual Christmas on the Bricks in our town of Kearney.  Downtown on the Bricks has a lot of cool smaller stores.

It was a nice evening and the temperature was in the low 50's so a ton of families with little ones were out and about listening to carolers and petting llamas, and sheep, and getting hay rides, and seeing Santa and drinking hot chocolate provided by so many of the stores.

We were just getting done and at the last store when my wife bumped into a young lady that she sees every month when the gal and her Dad come in to pay their natural gas bill.

The young gal was about 1.5 miles from her new apartment she had just moved in to.

My wife announced we were giving her a ride home as she introduced me.

Not surprising...we do that a lot for a lot of folks as we do not have a real solid public transit system due to the in-between size of our town.

As we pulled up in front of this gals new apartment, she said Thank You so much and that she had a brace on each foot from ankle injuries and was dreading walking home.

She said she did not have a lot of furniture yet but was excited to try and live on her own.  She does not yet have a job she said due to her learning disability but does receive assistance.

Her Dad now lives about 6 blocks away and it is the first time she has ever lived anywhere besides home. 

Of course for the rest of the evening my wife worried about  the gal and if she was okay and in the right apartment since we did not see a light come on when she went inside.

Friday evening rolled around and Robyn got home from work and said the young gal and her Dad stopped in to the gas company to pay their bill and the gal asked:

"Where you the lady that gave me a ride home last night?" My wife said "Well yes it was and I am so glad we could help you."  The Dad was relieved because she couldn't remember my wife's name.

Now my wife wants to see what furniture the young gal needs and wants to help her get her apartment all filled.

Giving her a ride was a small gesture of help...we do them a lot...some are bigger than others and some are best left unmentioned as we are not looking to be rewarded...the Thank you is reward enough and even if there is not a thank you...just knowing we helped is okay with us. 

So many times we are asked to donate to this large charity or that large cause and almost all of those are worthy.  And many times we do.

But we prefer to do it differently.

Some of the help we have shared may be as simple as an extra bag of groceries to the Food Pantry or other agencies that serve food or provide shelter or protection. 

 

Or swinging a hammer at a Habitat home...or mowing someones lawn...or changing a tire or pulling someone out of the ditch...even helping someone out the door with their groceries or cart.

I was at the grocery store on Saturday and had a 10% coupon for an order over $100 the store had mailed to some customers.  My order was for about $80.  The couple in front of me had over $200 of groceries. I have no idea who they were or if they were rich or poor nor do I care.

I asked the checker if she could use the coupon and she said yes. The gal looked at me and I simply said "Merry Christmas".  She hugged me and I thought she was going to cry. Her husband even asked her what she was doing. (He did not say thanks.. ha).

This past spring a young girls softball ball team was washing vehicles...I asked them how long they had been playing and they said they were a new team and some of the players did not have equipment and that was why they were doing the fundraiser.

As they tried to wash my huge Suburban...I walked over to the parent in charge and asked them if they were getting new gloves and bats for some of the players. She said yes, so I handed her $100 and said hopefully you raise enough to get nice gloves that will last the girls for years.  Through her shocked look, she asked for my name to send a special thank you...I said that is not necessary...what is important is to keep the kids doing what they are doing and learning about teamwork. 

When the girls were done "washing" I asked them how much and the little girls said it is a donation...so I gave the 4 girls who "worked" on my truck each $5.00 and asked if that was enough.  They said thanks and went running to the parent...I waved as I drove off as the parent was trying to flag me down and went directly to the car wash. (seriously...but they tried so hard...it was just too big for them to wash).

My wife, and I,  and a very successful client of mine went to an auto auction this summer and he mentioned this one lady was selling her truck to help pay bills for her family...that the husband had cancer.  The bidding was almost over and I thought the bids were way too low in my opinion...I looked at my client and said...let's buy it. He said what would we do with it...I said give it back to her. So we did. 

Through the tears, the auctioneer asked her if she wanted to resell it again and she looked at us...and I looked at the auctioneer as he asked if we cared...and I said "it is her truck...if she wants to resell it, that is her decision." He looked at her and she reluctantly shook her head yes.  He then turned to the last bidder out and asked him if his bid was still good and he said yes.  We doubled her money...but a thousand people saw what happened and it was not our intent to have the auctioneer acknowledge us...as we would have preferred to stay anonymous.  

Our old neighbor kept falling from his back porch in his garage because there was not any handrails just a platform with steps.  I went over and built him a handrail and a railing so he could hold on to either side on the two steps.  And then fixed some of the things on his honey do list he could no longer do. But the thing I was most proud of with the old neighbor is sharing my garden with him and his wife after he could not have one anymore.  He loved cherry tomatoes. She preferred slicers. I miss them every day.

Each of these stories...and so many more not shared...all...for the most part..have the same meaning to my wife and I.  Small gestures that helped someone when they needed it.

My wife and I have been so fortunate and so blessed for so many years and even though it may be only a ride...to that person...if it is important to them...then we are glad we could help.   Thank you's are optional.

Until Next Time...Keep an Open Mind!!

(side note:  I started writing this because of a November AR contest and intentionally did not post it when the contest was going on as I did not want to receive "extra" credit for sharing my thoughts on this one.)

 

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Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker This has been Mike McCann...Nebraska Land Broker...Coming to you from the Farm Land of Nebraska and America!! Visit me at www.mikemccann.com to learn more about the agricultural and farm land for sale market. 

Many farms For Sale in Nebraska are not listed publicly...please call, text, or e-mail with your questions, wants, and needs!

Mike is your Ag, Farm, and Auction expert throughout Nebraska!

308-627-3700 and 800-241-3940 call or text me at these numbers

mike@mikemccann.com for easy e-mail access!!

 Mike McCann  Nebraska Farm Broker and Land Auctioneer

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Jeff Dowler
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Hi Mike

Such a wonderful, heartfelt post that reflects your kind and caring spirit for others from start to finish! Just think how many lives you have touched, and no doubt many well beyond the ones you mentioned in this post.

Jeff

Dec 05, 2017 08:18 PM #4
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What a wonderful story Mike. I grew up in small town Iowa and live in Missouri now and absolutely subscribe to what I call Midwest Values. If you are doing it for the glory you are doing it all wrong!  The Kearney area is blessed to have a family like yours in the community.

Dec 06, 2017 05:54 AM #5
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John Wiley
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Mike, thanks for sharing with the people in your area and inspiring us here.

What a much better world we would have if more people took the time to share some kindness.

Best wishes

Dec 06, 2017 06:24 AM #6
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Hi Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES Thank you for stopping by.  It is amazing how easy it is to help out and yet it is equally dismaying how many times I see someone who could have helped with small, simple gestures or chores... and did not.

Dec 06, 2017 06:38 AM #7
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Hi Jeff Dowler  Thank you for the kind words and for stopping by. We all know that we should more...myself included. Sometimes we are so busy we cannot see the need right in front of us.

Dec 06, 2017 06:40 AM #8
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Hi Sandi Reed Bam Bam Bam...you hit the nail on the head about the Midwest and about seeking glory.  I was really torn about even posting the blog as I felt it was maybe an attempt at self gratification.  

I assure you I am not throwing out my shoulder patting myself on the back...but I am proud of how much my wife helps others and danggitttt...I want some of the people to know we just do not hole up in our house after work.

Thank you for stopping by!!

Dec 06, 2017 06:43 AM #9
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Hi John Wiley Thank you for stopping by.  I am a firm believer that the vast majority of people from all walks of life are good people and do help others.  I just wish we had more news that shared the good news...not the bad. 

Yes, I know some bad apples and have had a few in my life...but they aren't going to ruin my pie because they don't get to be in my little slice of life for long!!

Dec 06, 2017 06:46 AM #10
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I enjoyed each and every one of these stories. Imagine if everyone did these kinds of things...what a different world we would live in!

Dec 06, 2017 11:52 AM #11
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Dear Mike,

My hat off to you!

Dec 06, 2017 02:05 PM #12
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Hi Sharon Tara   Thank you for stopping by.  Can you imagine if millions of people like us did not do these things?

 

Dec 06, 2017 05:44 PM #13
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Hi dorte...Thank you for stopping by~

Dec 06, 2017 05:46 PM #14
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
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Gee I was choking up reading this blog!  Good for you--giving back so much and doing so in your everyday life--small gestures and large ones as well.  Happy holidays to you --this is the midwest spirit!

Dec 07, 2017 09:06 AM #15
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What a pleasant read! Thanks so much for sharing.

Dec 08, 2017 07:16 PM #16
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Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker  Now this is truely the work of a man who really understands the concept...You Get By Giving. Mike you make us all proud.

Thanks Kathy Streib for sharing!

Dec 10, 2017 12:28 PM #17
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Hi Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR   Thanks for you kind words.  We went shopping tonight and Robyn said the radio station needed more kid's gifts to wrap...so we bought 2 footballs, 2 soccer balls, 2 basketballs. Speaking as a former youth coach...every kid loves balls.  Will drop them off tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by.

Dec 10, 2017 07:49 PM #18
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Hi @anneAnne, Thank you for stopping by and the kind words.

Dec 10, 2017 07:50 PM #19
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Hi Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland  Thanks for the kind words and for stopping by.  It isn't much...or is it? We will never know who we make a difference for...but I know we will make a difference.

10 years ago I watched a sophomore teammate of my son's high school wrestling team get whupped up on pretty bad in a wrestling match.  I talked to him after that match and another one...I told him that he had great raw talent...and to believe in himself and what he could accomplish.  Take each loss and learn one thing that he could  do better next time...and no matter what...never give up...even in the face of defeat. 

My wife and I bumped into his Mom on this Saturday at Ace Hardware.  I asked her how her son was doing...what she said made me so proud.  She said he was in the process of selecting who was going to be on his team in the Special Forces he was in. She said he asked about me and how I was doing and that he told her what I had said years ago.  She said that was a turning point in his life.

My words to him years ago didn't cost me a penny.  Giving to others does not have to cost money...it just involves being honest and helping.

Dec 10, 2017 08:01 PM #20
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Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker This comment would make another wonderful post for others to read and be inspired.  We don't know what we may say or do that will become a turning point in other's lives.

Dec 11, 2017 01:40 PM #21
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Hi Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland I will take your advice and rewrite it a little and do just that!! Thank you for stopping by!!

Dec 11, 2017 02:16 PM #22
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Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker Glad to hear...now others can read about this "turning point" that you inspired.

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