Paying forward and giving back to those who give so much

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

Not just in December, but I actually do this several times a year.... I take dinner or a goodie plate to people in public service. With a husband in law enforcement and a daughter who is a medic I well know that they spend many holidays away from their families.

In fact last night while I was out at dinner my daughter sent me a text saying she was fine, there, not too close but didn't want me to hear on the news that a gunman was at her work. Her information was so fresh that at the time they believed it was a woman. It turned out to be a man and the incident ended without a shot being fired. The person is now getting help.

Firefighters, police, medics, nurses, emergency room doctors, technicians and many more all go to work on holidays. I know some folks have complained about having to work retail on Thanksgiving and while I agree the stores don't need to be open for Thanksgiving working retail is NOT the same as public service.

I've seen first hand it's a thankless job for sadly low wages.  I really got a kick out of people protesting in the street that fast food workers should be paid $15.00 an hour when my husband and daughter don't make that protecting the public and saving lives. 

A few times a  year, including tonight because the firefighters down the street won't be ringing in the New year with those they love, I bake a plate of goodies and have Donald deliver to them.  Two kinds of cookies and some just out of the oven warm brownies is what I sent them tonight. Sometimes I make them dinner. Sometimes I drop off laundry detergent for them to do their laundry. Sometimes I drop off kitchen supplies and staples.

Occasionally I also make a care basket for my daughter to take to work with her too for sharing with those who are on her shift although she works in Macon, GA. I plan to continue to drop off these plates and dinners throughout 2016. Please do something nice for a public servant in your community next year.



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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Good for you, Tammy!  And glad your daughter's close call was just that!  Have a wonderful 2016.

Dec 31, 2015 08:04 AM #1
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
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So glad your daughter is fine and I'm sure they will all enjoy the "goodies" you sent.....very nice pay it forward.

Dec 31, 2015 08:10 AM #2
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Tammy -- we can all take a cue from this post and pay it forward throughout the year with an occasional gift to those who protect and serve us.  

Dec 31, 2015 08:20 AM #3
JoAnn Moore
The Mortgage Market of Delaware - Georgetown, DE
Home Loans in Delaware

Very nice gesture and reminder for all of us. 

Dec 31, 2015 09:14 AM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Tammy- I love that you do this!  Our family now has 2 in the HPD and the junior of the two worked on Christmas Day.  Happy New Year to you and Donald. 

Dec 31, 2015 10:42 AM #5
Sam Shueh
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At my first brokerage 10 years ago the best person I came across was Rhoda, a receptionist for decades(since 1960s). She was approaching 80s(age) but needing and like to work.  She was always helpful running around especially she knew it was marketing etc. We became friends.  It was during the Great Recession she was let to go kind broke my heart....... I wonder how she is doing.....

Sam Shueh

Dec 31, 2015 12:18 PM #6
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
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Tammy - What a thoughtful way to let those in public service know that they are appreciated. You, of all people, know that a lot of what they do is really not thought about by many, just expected.

Dec 31, 2015 01:08 PM #7
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Hi Tammy, what a wonderful way of paying it forward. Often times we forget those who have to work during the holidays.

Dec 31, 2015 09:50 PM #8
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Tammy - thank you so much for doing this for our emergency personnel including your daughter.  They need to be thanked all the time.

Dec 31, 2015 11:25 PM #9
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

There is nothing like home made goodies and I am sure these folks appreicate very last crumb.  Nicely done!

Jan 01, 2016 01:30 AM #10
Sandra Thomas
Re/Max Achievers - London, OH

Great that you give these goodies and I'm sure they appreciate them. Sometimes I don't think people realize the stress and sacrifices our public service people give without a complaint!

Jan 01, 2016 04:28 AM #11
DEANNA EARLY - - ( NMLS # 268590 )
American National Bank & Trust - Smith Mountain Lake, VA
Highest Ranked Mortgage Loan Originator Virginia

My husband, the retired law enforcement officer, and volunteer firefighter / medic says those acts of kindness make all the difference in the world when they are on duty Tammy Lankford .   He applauds your efforts and wants you to know the Thank Yous you get from the crews are heart felt.

Jan 07, 2016 08:23 AM #12
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