May 08, 2007
by: jovial_cynic

We finally got rid of our motorhome, but it wasn't the way we had planned.

For the last month, my wife and I have chatted about putting money aside towards a house-fund. We now have a five-year goal of putting together a good chunk on a down payment, and we figured that selling the motorhome for about $3,500 would bring us that much closer to our goal. Saving money and decreasing our potential future debt are good objectives, and we look forward to living in our own house.

I listed the motorhome on craigslist and got a few offers for trade, and then received an e-mail from someone at the Emergency Management Division of Washington State, and they asked if I'd be willing to donate the motorhome to a family who's home/RV had been crushed by trees during the last windstorm. These folks are currently living with family or trying to make do in their leaking and crushed homes... so after talking it over with my wife, we decided that we'd sacrifice the $3,500 and help some people out.

It was a difficult decision. I'm the money-maker in the house, and I've got a wife and three children. $3,500 is quite a bit of money for us. However, when we weighed the two options, it felt kind of odd to put that money towards a down-payment on a dream house when these folks have no house to speak of at all. My wife and I prayed about it and felt the same way, so when it came down to it, it wasn't really a choice at all.

The bible talks about it being better to give than to receive... I never thought about that much until recently. I think the point is that it's better to be in a position where you can help people out by giving to them; being in a position where you have to receive in order to eat and have a leak-free roof over your head sucks. I'm glad to be in a place where I can help folks out.

Whoever you are that received the motorhome (the State department won't give out that information), I hope you enjoy your new home. God bless -
np category: charity


The Conservative Manifesto said:
A noble sacrifice.
May 10, 2007

Kristen said:
I was going to tease you "giving in secret" but...;)

I appreciate what you said about giving and receiving.

RYC-Thanks for your thoughts on the post. I was really curious about what you would think. I did spellcheck it, but I went through and found several mistakes...gah! Thanks for reading it anyway.

May 14, 2007

jovial_cynic said:
Yeah - I debated the "giving in secret" bit, because I was a little concerned about what messages I'd be sending. However, I'm interested in establishing a charity organization, and in doing such, the activities of the organization would need to be public anyway.

No worries on the spelling errors. You know... if you download the latest firefox browser, it has a built-in spell check... :)

May 14, 2007

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