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July 11, 2011

Yes, I know, your e-mail in box is full enough. I still say you should sign up for Heroic Stories, a free e-letter filled with wonderful stories of people being kind toward each other. Here’s a sample:

THE KEY
by Leslie Ligon of Colorado

Years ago, when Colorado was going through hard economic times, I lost my job and it took me six months to find another. My unemployment ran out, I had no income coming in, and I was behind on my rent.

Eventually I was evicted from my apartment, and my 7-year-old daughter and I were living in the car with everything we could fit in it.

We sold everything that wasn’t absolutely essential and used that money to buy food. We washed up in gas station bathrooms, and I tried to find well-lighted parking lots to sleep in. Even though it was still fall and hadn’t snowed yet, the nights were very chilly.

I got my daughter to school daily and put in more applications, giving a friend’s phone number for call-backs. I told my friend my phone was disconnected, but not that we were living in the car. I didn’t tell anyone that we were living in the car, out of embarrassment I guess.

After about two weeks, I found a job. I went to see the friend whose phone I’d been using, visiting her at the video store where she worked.

She told me I looked really tired, had big bags under my eyes, and asked what was going on. I told her the true story, and added that when I received my first paycheck in two weeks, I’d be able to rent an apartment.

I didn’t know that a young man was (more…)