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Gifts and gratitude

October 22, 2010
The Daily Freeman Journal

This past weekend more than 100 of your friends and neighbors got together to help make Webster City a more welcoming, caring place. The Warm Hearts, Warm Homes project helped weatherize 50 homes in the community to help keep fuel bills lower. It was an entirely volunteer project, with no cost to the homeowners and it showed that Webster City can come together to get things done.

Many clubs, churches and businesses - including the Daily Freeman-Journal -brought in teams, each weatherizing two homes. The people helped were very grateful for the assistance. Some however, were not.

We've heard a report that someone complained about the quality of the work done. This is disturbing, not because the work was somehow sub-par, but because of what it says about our community and our society as a whole. Whatever happened to gratitude?

Our parents and grandparents that went through the Great Depression knew what it was to do without. They knew that gifts were gifts, and were to be accepted with gratitude and humility. Have we all become so entitled that we feel that it's acceptable to complain when a gift doesn't live up to our expectations?



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