Thursday, April 6, 2017

Better to Give Than Receive

Even just a few years ago, I wouldn't have thought I'd get so much joy out of giving away something to another person. 

Ever since Thomas was born we've been helped by so many people, businesses and organizations that we realized we needed to give back more. It started with asking friends and family to not get Thomas a birthday gift, but rather make a donation to an organization that has helped him. 

I'm a big hockey card collector but for several years I didn't have anybody to share the hobby with and most importantly, trade cards with. About 2 years ago I decided to make an Instagram account to showcase my hockey cards and hopefully find others in the hobby who I could trade with. It didn't take long before I discovered there is quite the card community on Instagram. After a few months, I realized that while there were a lot of great people, there were also a lot of jerks in the card community. You'd see people scamming one another or they'd really nickel and dime you while making a trade. 

I decided to try something different. 

If I saw someone that I thought was a good person, I'd send them some free cards! For the most part it has worked out really well. I've found several people that I now make regular trades with and others that I know will really appreciate an envelope of free cards.

Yesterday was time to package up a few more envelopes and head to the Post Office. I know these cards will soon be in a loving home. 

I guess the old saying is true, "It's better to give than receive." 
- Jer

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