Bidding from the Heart
June 7, 2007 12:29am CST
How powerful is the power of human kindness? I would like to share a story I just read a couple of seconds ago... Jayne Fisher watched anxiously as her 17-year old daughter Katie pulled her unruly lamb into the arena of the Madison County Junior Livestock sale. With luck Katie wouldn’t collapse, as she had during a livestock show the day before. Katie was battling cancer. This was her first chance in months to be outdoors having fun, away from hospitals and chemotherapy treatments, and she had come with high hopes for earning some sizable spending money. She had wavered a little on her decision to part with the lamb, but with the lamb averaging two dollars a pound, Katie was looking forward to a lot more than pin money. So she centered her lamb for viewing, and the bidding began. That’s when Roger Wilson, the auctioneer, had a sudden inspiration that brought some unexpected result. “We sort of let folks know that Katie had a situation that wasn’t too pleasant,” is how he tells it. He hoped that his introduction would push the bidding up, at least a little bit. Well, the lamb sold for $11.50 a pound, but things didn’t stop there. The buyer paid up, then decided to give the lamb back so that it could be sold again. That started a chain reaction, with families buying the animal and giving it back, over and over again. When local businesses started buying and returning, the earnings really began to pile up. The first sale is the only one Katie’s mom remembers. After that, she was crying too hard as the crowd kept shouting, “Resell! Resell!” Katie’s lamb was sold 36 times that day, and the last buyer gave it back for good. Katie ended up with more than $16,000 for a fund to pay her medical expenses- and she still got to keep her famous lamb. Do you know any stories of human kindness?
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7 Jun 07
I was just reading in the newspaper today about a fundraiser that was held for the Wish Foundation locally. It was for a little girl who has leukemia and wants to go to Disneyworld. There was enough money raised for that cause. What I really was touched by was a local farm couple that donated a pony to be raffled off to raise some of the money. Horses are not an inexpensive purchase. This is a huge move from the heart in my opinion.