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05:41 pm: The department I work in at my firm raised over $24,000 in just under two weeks to donate to the American Red Cross and Tyrone Hill Foundation for victims of Hurricane Katrina. The coolest part is the partners agreed to match whatever the employees could raise. We have two other departments in the building--I haven't heard the figures raised from them yet, but given that the partners will match dollar for dollar, it should be a sizable donation. The firm also managed to secure 35 apartments around the Roswell area and have paid rent for the next three months; it is expected they'll be able to house around 200 people. I was also surprised to hear that a deli just down the street that most of our employees frequent quite a bit for lunch, heard about our efforts and the entire waitstaff donated all of their tips for a whole week.

I get frustrated sometimes with work as everyone eventually does, but days like this remind me of just why I value my job. September 24th marks five years with firm for me; this is the longest I've stayed at any job and honestly, even with the frustrations, I hope I can be there another five.

Being the cynic that I am, I've found myself completely amazed at just how generous people can be. Although I find it sad that it takes a natural disaster to bring out the best in people. Now, if everyone could apply the goodwill and generosity expressed in the last few weeks to everyday life, the world really would be a better place.

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From:voodoo_chile66
Date:September 11th, 2005 08:10 pm (UTC)

Stop, I'm getting misty

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Now you are almost beginning to sound like that song "Put a little Love in your heart." I almost don't know who I am reading. But seriously, kudos to your place of business - that truly is impressive. Keep on truckin'.
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From:missautopsy
Date:September 11th, 2005 09:20 pm (UTC)

Re: Stop, I'm getting misty

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Oh no, not to be misunderstood: I still hate the human race as a whole. ;-) But, people can be nice when something bad happens! Unfortunately the well of human kindness isn't that deep, so it won't last for long...
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