This week I got to experience true giving and Christmas a little early

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Respect Realty LLC 200311024

photo courtesy of zerobugAbout two years ago I had a client buy a new home and put a lot of her stuff in to a POD. What I didn't know was she put me as an emergency contact on the account.

On Wednesday, PODS called me saying they have been unable to reach my client and her POD was going to auction tomorrow unless they received $1900 before 9am the next day.

WOW! OK, time to make some phone calls. I call one of my friends who goes to these auctions all the time and he asks for the account number. If he could get it for under $1000 he would take the stuff and work out a payment schedule with my client or me.

GREAT! A $900 savings would be awesome. So, I call my past client and leave her a message with exactly what I am trying to do for her. But, no return phone call from her was received.

Now Thursday is over and the auction is over, so I call my friend and he says sorry I just couldn't help you, I was outbid. Dang it, how am I going to break this to my past client? I decided Monday I would personally go over and tell her as I couldn't just tell her in a voicemail that all her stuff now belongs to someone else.

Now, fast forward to Saturday when I get a call from my past client crying and I was thinking to myself, "Great she found out before I could talk to her myself". Turns out she was crying out of joy. Every one of her items had been delivered to her house with a note saying.

                                                 
                                                                                            Merry Christmas

                                             Acct: Paid in Full

                                                                    

I call my auction friend and he claims he doesn't know what I'm talking about. But, he sure seems a lot jollier to me than he did. I guess I will never know, but to whom ever did the random act of kindness.

THANK YOU!

 

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Lori Isaacson
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What a beautiful story!! Stories like this give me a renewed sense of joy and belief in people.

Happy Wednesday!!

Lori

Oct 22, 2008 04:57 AM #3
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Rebecca Schrader
Competitive Insurance of Dundee - Dundee, FL

Todd,

It's friends like yours that make this a wonderful world! You are so very blessed Todd...what a wonderful thing to share with all of us on AR...Thank you! And THANKS SANTA! *wink*wink*

Oct 22, 2008 05:04 AM #4
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Tony & Darcy Cannon
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Todd, that is a cool story!!!! Thank you for sharing it, it restore some faith in mankind!  Thanks to Santa

Oct 22, 2008 05:09 AM #5
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Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
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What a great story with all the doom and gloom it is nice to hear this.

Oct 22, 2008 05:10 AM #6
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Monica Bourgeau
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Wow - great story, and a very luck client.

Oct 22, 2008 05:20 AM #7
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Fran Gaspari
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TC,

Where shall I mail my Christmas list??? LOL, Thanks,   Fran

Oct 22, 2008 05:25 AM #8
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Jo-Anne Smith
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Todd,

Wow, what a lovely story.....thanks for cheering my heart today and thanks to 'Santa' for being so generous and caring.

((-:

Jo

Oct 22, 2008 05:45 AM #9
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Lori Franks
Real Estate Consultant - Brookings, OR
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Todd- This proves that there are generous and giving people alive and well in this world! Thanks for sharing this uplifting story.

Oct 22, 2008 08:29 AM #10
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Debbie Summers
Charles Rutenberg Realty - New Smyrna Beach, FL

Todd - I have goose bumps!  Just when you start thinking that everything sucks... you find out that there are still people out there who care.  Thank you...

Oct 22, 2008 11:43 AM #11
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Linda Scanlan
A Consumer's View - Burleson, TX

Todd - I love that kinda surprise!

Oct 22, 2008 11:49 AM #12
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Leslie Stewart
Oregon Licensed Broker with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate Professionals - Stayton, OR
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Ahhhh, there is some humanity out there... great story and I am happy for you both.

Oct 22, 2008 01:14 PM #13
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Lovely story, Todd, that a 'stranger' could give like that - really a Christmas story.

Oct 24, 2008 06:48 PM #14
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Jenn - It really brightened mine also, I know my friend is the one responsible, but proving it is the hard part!

John - I plan on it, but I would like to know if he is the one responsible or one of his buddies. He deserves a proper thanks, like a free trip to the coast on me!

Oct 27, 2008 04:17 AM #15
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Lori - It certainly did me!

Rebecca - I'm really proud to know this person also and I am really glad to call him friend!

Oct 27, 2008 04:17 AM #16
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Tony or Darcy - It really did, didn't it? I am pretty glad I know Santa myself.

Terry - Some people still have a heart, they are hard to find, but they are out there.

Oct 27, 2008 04:30 AM #17
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Kevin or Monica - I was certainly happy to hear the income even though my heart sank when she first called.

Fran - I hear if you just put Santa at the North Pole with a return address, he will get it and mail you back.

Oct 27, 2008 10:38 AM #18
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Jo-Anne - I am glad to say that there are still great people in this world and Santa still seems to be one of them!

Lori - The best part is they are right here in our wonderful state! Hey everyone, remember Santa vacations in Oregon!

Oct 28, 2008 02:26 AM #19
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Debbie - It really is a heart warming story to think there are people out there that will forgo money to make someone happy still.

Linda - It really was a great surprise and nice to hear from you again! So, when is the first Blazer/Mavericks game this year?

Oct 28, 2008 02:27 AM #20
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Leslie - I happy for the client and I think Santa has some good Karma coming his way this year, who ever it may be.

Virginia - I agree and that is why if it is my friend (Which it has to be) is why I call him friend as well as a client.

Oct 28, 2008 02:27 AM #21
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Ella Glover
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What a great blog, thanks for sharing it.  Helps you realize how good we really have it.  Merry CHRISTmas

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