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November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving, all.

From an email. H/t, Dave F.

All,

This morning I went to my local US Post Office to mail 7 care packages to my son Daniel. (and his fellow Rangers)

While I was standing at the counter, talking to the Postal Clerk working on my packages, a man came over from another window after he was done with his transactions and asked if he could pick up the freight? I said "Sure" not fully understanding what was asked until a minute later and I told the gentlemen I had lots of packages and he didn't need to pay that much and I would split it with him. He insisted on paying the whole tab. ($70) and told me to send more next time. I thanked him and he told me to thank my son. I was overcome with emotion to say the least.

After the gentlemen paid and left, the Postal Clerk said "That was awful nice, do you know him."

I said "I have never seen him before in my life."

The postal clerk and I were both awe struck of the moment. We exchanged Happy Thanksgivings and shook hands then I left. I was overcome with emotion. I couldn't even look at anyone else in line because of my tears. I had to sit in my car to gather myself before I drove off. I watched this great American pull out of the post office in his Maroon PT Cruiser and drive off. I never even got as much as a first name or a license plate number.

We truly live in a great country with great people. Everyday people who understand the importance of thanking those who give of themselves for the greater good and wanting nothing in return.

I can't think of a better way to start my Thanksgiving holiday then to follow this man's example of a random act of kindness and be thankful for all that I have and share that with my fellow man.

I am thankful for so much and thankful that I have so many friends and family which I can share this great story.

Happy Thanksgiving

God Bless the average American

God Bless our troops

God Bless each one of you

God Bless America

Dan Alexander

Comments on Happy Thanksgiving, all.
Barb briefed on November 23, 2006 10:26 AM

Wonderful story! You may remember my post about the packing of thousands of stockings for the troops last weekend. I went to the P.O. last night to send a few of my own packages, and chatted with the clerk who helped me. Turns out that the hundreds of boxes were still being processed - and some of the guys were working and extra 3-4 hours a night to get them taken care of! People can joke about P.O. employees all they want - but the folks in my P.O. are all troop supporters, and every one of them asks about the folks I am sending packages to.

Flea briefed on November 23, 2006 05:18 PM

We had our own Thanksgiving a short while ago north of the border. This note is just to say I thank God every day for the United States.

Happy Thanksgiving.