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Letter: Giving community builds faith

In contrast to the Boston bombings of April 15, I want to share a story of good that happened that same day in our community.

As a service project our small community group from church decided to fill and send care packages for the soldiers in Afghanistan. The premise was that we would serve God by serving others. We jam packed 15 boxes.

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Knowing that mailing these packages would be a challenge because it was tax day, Carol Maienshein and I arrived at the Finksburg Post Office at 9 a.m. After the first four boxes were processed -- it took an hour to weigh the boxes and fill out the customs documentation -- a man in the ever-increasing line asked if the boxes were care packages. We replied that our church group was sending care packages to the soldiers in Afghanistan. He then said, "You know the postage is going to be expensive." We replied that our group was splitting the cost. The man in line then said that he would like to make a donation to help cover the postage.

The next lady in line paid for her mailing and handed us money and said that she wanted to help with the shipping cost. Person after person thanked us for what we were doing and gave us money to help with the cost. In a short amount of time, we had received $325. And not one person complained in the long line. The postal clerk's response was "God is good."

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After paying our postage bill of $200.25 we had $125. remaining. We quickly decided that we would give the extra money to a mom of a soldier serving in Afghanistan and asked her to honor her son with the gift. She was in tears at hearing our story.

On a dreary Monday morning, we went to the post office to mail 15 boxes. We left the post office overcome with emotion, grateful that God would bless our efforts. We received so much more than we gave. We were happy just to honor our soldiers. We are grateful to live in a community where such an exchange can take place. We were overcome at the kindness of strangers. All in all, it was for us, a faith building and faith restoring experience.

Thank you God and thank you community for allowing us to experience this story of good.

Jim Hively

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Westminster

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