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11.10.2018 (339 Days Ago)

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I almost never donate money at meetings. I give charity privately.  However, as a show of my deep thanks to the patronage I’d received for 10/10 Optics from the disbanding LGBT group, I put my $20 and business card in the pass around envelope for the Gotham SEASON OF GIVING. And, then I forgot about it.

 

A few months later I was having a very difficult week.  My mom was in the hospital having a serious procedure, my daughter was involved in an awful divorce that was making her sick, not to mention about 5 other overwhelming  events coming together in a crescendo of different disasters. It was also the anniversary of the death of my beloved father-in-law whom I miss very much. I was at an all time low.

 

While driving my car and listening to 1010 WINS (a little ironic) I was having a conversation with G-d.  I was asking for strength to get through this very trying time.  I asked how I could possibly give more of myself.  I was tapped out.

 

Then Fred called my cell.  I asked him to hold on while I pulled over… talking and tears don’t mix well while driving.  He told me that I was one of the the winners of the SEASON OF GIVING raffle. $5,000 would be going to DOROT, the charity of my choice.  DOROT provides meals and company to homebound elderly Jewish people.

 

When I married 35 years ago, we chose to always donate to DOROT, because my beloved Father-in-law was a Holocaust survivor.  There but for the grace of G-d, he was not alone.  He had us.  He had a son and soon there were grandchildren and I was grateful to have  him in our lives.

 

I cried and cried when I was told by Fred that DOROT would be the recipient of my winning the raffle donation made in thanks, at the last LGBT meeting.  My prayers were heard and via GOTHAM, an answer was received. Gotham’s motto to pay it forward held true. I will always be in awe of the synergy of that day.

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  •  Fred wrote 338 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    Thank you for helping to tell our story!
     
       
     
     
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  •  Paul_Napolitano wrote 338 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Great story! I hope more positive things continue to come your way!
     
       
     
     
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  •  admin wrote 338 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Beautiful story Ruth!
     
       
     
     
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  •  Corey_Bearak wrote 338 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    All the more reason Gothamites should pitch in and support our Foundation. We each are doing our part to make a difference.
     
       
     
     
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  •  Rona_Gura wrote 338 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Beautiful story. The summer of giving is so special. I won once also. I donated the funds to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Foundation because my Mom died from Parkinson's. When I got that call cried also. Gotham gave me the opportunity to honor my Mom in such a special way. I will never forget it and think about it every summer when I donate.
     
       
     
     
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  •  Victoria_Drogin wrote 338 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    So beautiful Ruth - one of my favorite Gotham stories. Miss you!!!! Xo
     
       
     
     
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  •  MarilynGenoa wrote 338 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Indeed a lovely story —and—I hope things turned out well for your mother and for your daughter
     
       
     
     
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  •  Cayce_Crown wrote 337 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    You are a powerhouse of Love. So glad you are a part of this tribe we share.
     
       
     
     
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  •  Flo_Feinberg wrote 335 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    G-d and Gotham do, indeed, work in wondrous ways! Hope the pain is now a thing of the past and all are on roads to recovery.
     
       
     
     
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