500 Neighbors

Let’s Share a Story

I was getting gas and a guy walked up asking if I could help him get a gallon of gas. Went over and filled his tank.
"This fall I helped a single neighbor lady bring her patio furniture from her condo deck to store in her garage. My wife and I took a single lady (from our church who we did not know) downtown GR for cancer tests and out to lunch. The cashier was checking out my groceries at Aldi when the man in front of me said to the cashier he forgot to put his eggs on the conveyor to ring up. The cashier said you’ll have to wait for my order to be completed. I said just put it on my tab"
Knowing my single-mom neighbor would have her teenage boys home during the day for a while, I dropped off a box of groceries in her garage anonymously.
Brought some friends their favorite coffee when they were having an awful week.
Brought a neighbor groceries after they’d had sick kids.
God nudged me to make some “baskets of sunshine” for 3 neighbors who have been struggling with health issues. 4 other neighbors contributed for these baskets. I had the joy of delivering them and praying with each of my neighbors.
A member of our church saw my wife and I enter a local restaurant and told me she was buying our meal. When it was time for the check, the waitress informed us our check was paid. Gave us the opportunity to tip the server like crazy. Wonderful blessing.
I have a few elderly neighbors and one who is a single mom of three. I have been snow blowing their driveways whenever it snows this winter.
TheJRHIGH leaders rocked it at JRHIGH winter camp!
I am so thankful for all the people who come to youth group regularly - and specifically thankful for the community that is being created.
Our SRHIGH group recently attended a Winter Retreat at SpringHill. We became the Broomball Champs of the weekend - but it was most exciting to hear from other Youth Leaders about how kind and respectful our players/students were being. Conducting ourselves well was more important than winning.
Sam VandenBerg (an 11th grader) is currently serving as a JRHIGH leader. Every week after youth group he is so quick to jump in and help clean up the Mosaic - picking up trash, flipping the heavy panels, stacking chairs. It's a thankless job but he's so willing to help out and his attitude is contagious.
Sometimes acts of hospitality involve taking care of God's creatures. Our neighbor boards horses, and when they lose power, we run our generator and use hoses to fill their portable water tanks for the horses.
Today at family fare someone left their change($10) behind.I turned it in to costumer service in case they realized they left it behind. Not sure if they got it back and hopefully if they didn’t, it gets donated to charity.
I brought coffee to my daughter’s teachers on a Friday afternoon as a pick me up and a thank you for all they do.
We got a large coffee to go and gave it to a homeless man.
After a busy Sunday morning at church, one of the youngest kids at church randomly came up to me wanting to share the bible story he learned. He asked me to read it to him and I knelt beside him and read the story of Jesus raising Jairus' daughter from the dead. He was very impressed.
I met a man who was riding a bike home from work. He had a bag full of pop cans he had collected. I saw him another time digging through garbage looking for more cans. While we were sitting in the restaurant having Bible study, he walked by the window on his way home. I decided now is my chance. I took off running after him and invited him to Bible study. He has been coming ever since
I have to share a story of being on the receiving end of an act of kindness. I can't fully explain how it feels!! - someone plowed my driveway on that Saturday when we had the really wet and heavy snow. Thank God for this kind hearted person. It saved me several hours and likely a really sore back!!!
I was asked to pray at our work potluck, which led to two conversations about faith with coworkers later in the day.
I saw a student miss the Max bus at the middle school because it came earlier than usual. Knowing it was his only way home to Holland, I called Max bus to send him another bus. I gave him my umbrella while he waited in the rain. I stayed in the parking lot until his ride came 15 minutes later.
My husband helped a mom with little kids pick up two bags of groceries that fell by her car in the parking lot at the grocery store.
I made a new Bible study buddy in our Wednesday night women’s group.
I donated several throw blankets for Hope Packages and other people in need.
I made a gingerbread house for our neighbor and her two kids. It gave me a chance to comfort her as she is going through a divorce.
I left a Starbucks gift card on a co-worker’s desk at Christmas.
After a busy Sunday morning at church, one of the youngest kids at church randomly came up to me wanting to share the bible story he learned. He asked me to read it to him and I knelt beside him and read the story of Jesus raising Jairus' daughter from the dead. He was very impressed.
I brought a meal to a couple from church.
In my young adulthood, a very wise man told me this concerning tipping: When one goes out to breakfast or lunch, the waitresses work just as hard, but given the nature of the food costs, get much less in tips. Please keep this in mind when you have breakfast or lunch in a restaurant.
My husband and I gifted a Family Life Weekend to Remember registration to a couple who have been struggling in their marriage. They were both so grateful and excited! She shared that they have been getting counseling and that this conference will be perfect timing. Grateful for God nudging us.
When I shop at Meijer, there are two employees who I frequently say hello to when entering and/or exiting the shopping center. Their job is to return the outside carts from the corrals during all kinds of weather. A few days before Christmas, I handed each of them an envelope containing a financial gift to show a little appreciation for all the job work they do.
I made a meal and cookies for my co-worker that is on hospital bed rest at 25 weeks with her 4th child. She has a husband and 3 young boys at home. I also got her a coffee gift card she could use at the hospital.
My husband saw a need for an old neighbor who had fallen on hard times and couldn’t provide for her kids, especially at Christmas. Many people came together to give necessities and so much more. I watched him load the gifts into the back of her car as she cried tears of speechless gratefulness. I am so proud of my husband and his amazing, giving heart.
I gave our server a 40% tip.
While delivering Christmas treats I spent time visiting with and enjoying my neighbors' company.
At the Meijer self checkout, I encouraged a young mom whose kids were having tantrums.
While we were waiting in the ER waiting room, I prayed with an elderly woman who was alone.
Brought a care package to a family sick with the flu on Christmas Day.
My husband and I have decided to pay it forward to members of the Zeeland/Holland community by doing random acts of giving, after being a guest at community for the Christmas program. We went around grocery stores handing out monetary gifts to random families saying the Lord has blessed them. I think we got more out of giving that they did receiving.
We delivered hams to 3 families we didn't know, on Christmas Eve. Hugged and cried with one of the woman who explained that she's been depressed after a long recovery from back surgery. She needed that more than the ham.
My teenage son gave his normal waitress a 225% tip right before Christmas.
I’m trying to figure out where my secret admirer is but to no avail. I have cancer and I’m wearing a wig right now. Someone put an adorable winter hat in my church box from JB and Me to wear during cold winter months. It is certainly appreciated! Thank you so much!!
The other day walking my dog I saw a young man coming out of a pizza parlor with a license plate that said Iraq Vet. All I did was say thank you for your service. He said "you’re welcome" with a huge smile on his face.
I hugged my student employee and "big" tears began rolling down her cheeks. She asked if we could talk and shared how being at college she doesn't openly grieve the loss of 2 brothers to a house fire a few years ago. The talk and tears led me to ask if she holds onto faith - she said she lost faith when she last walked out of the hospital that day. I've assured her Jesus is walking with her and available 24/7 365 days a year. She smiles a lot now and we talk intentionally
I was at Family fare and there was a lady there with a child who was blind. The lady was explaining to the child,who was about 12 years old, what was on the shelves. I asked the lady where they were from; she said she was from Zeeland schools and was helping a student. I was so impressed with what she was doing, I gave her $10. and said take her out for lunch. When I got to the cash register and checked out the cashier said I had won a $10 gift certificate.
Had to take my car in for oil change so went to Rykes Bakery and picked up sweet rolls for all the workers at Heights Service.
"I stopped on highway 30 on Maui to give a couple of free spirited guys a jump start. This isn’t something I normally do on vacation but I felt responsible because this location was out of cell service. After these guys got their truck started I thought “I’m going to count this as 1 of 500”. I thought Maui was heaven until I saw those guys need a jump. If batteries didn’t die there it would be perfect :)
I brought a friend her favorite coffee who has had sick kids all week.
We donated a coat into the orange bucket and put some money in one of the pockets. Hope someone has fun with that find.
In September when the list of homebound members was published in the bulletin I felt led to send personal notes to all of them. Then with Christmas near I felt I should send cards with another personal note. Each message included an assurance that each person would be remembered in our prayers.
Three of the men in our congregation helped Solid rock Ministries build a handicap ramp for a lady that probably wouldn’t have been able to get into her house for Christmas without it. What a joy to bless others.
My daughter and I drove by a man holding a sign. She asked what he was doing. I told her his sign was either asking for money/food. That’s when she said we should give him our left over food we had with us. I said I didn’t want to turn around, we could go back after we went to Target then give it to him. That’s when my soft spoken daughter YELLED at me“No Mom!Turn around right now! We have to give him our food!” I obliged. We drove over and she got out and gave him our food.
Saw one of the former pastors of our church at Red Robin. Paid for his meal and thanked him for the decades long impact he's had on our community.
Offered to help an elderly woman carry something heavy to her car from the store.
Our neighborhood adopted a family to bless this Christmas.
We invited our neighbors with young kids over for dinner.
I bought gift cards at Chick Fil A and gave to a family who was sharing their dinner with another young man. I explained our church was encouraging us to notice and love others. Mom commented this would really make a difference and also was a great example to her children.
My wife and I entered the bottle return area at Meijers. A woman at the first station there was leaning over a cart full of returnables. While I was wondering about this, my wife approached the woman asking if anything was wrong. This woman said that she was having a lot of back pain feeding her bottles into the machine. My wife promptly finished the task for her and handed her the receipt.
I helped an elderly woman find something at Aldi!
This is not very big, but gave a cart from Aldi without collecting a quarter from the person.
I brought soup to my neighbor who has been going to Butterworth Hospital every day for the last 3 months to visit her husband who had a double lung transplant.
I drive one of the biggest trucks on the road around here and came up on some cars on both side of a county road, cows are loose. The farmer had a trailer and was trying to get them in, so I parked my truck next to the trailer so I could help get them back in. By the time we got them in, there were at least 12 of us wrangling them in. Didn't talk to anyone just said bye and left. It was fun to see how fast people learned how to help.
Our Vitales delivery driver forgot part of our order. Instead of being upset I gave him an extra tip upon his return.
As we finished church today, our 7 year old said, "I think I will find someone at lunch tomorrow that isn't sitting with anyone and talk to them."
This past fall the women of Joyful Hearts Bible Study had a winter-wear project that brought new and slightly used coats, boots, and gloves to New Groningen School as well as non-perishable foods for those children who lacked such necessities.
I made fleece blankets for children who were abused.
Someone I used to work with recently went to jail. I’m working on finding him housing when he gets out and arranging to visit him.
I fixed a plumbing issue on a neighbor's hot water heater so she would not need to call a plumber.
I knitted a shawl for a dear friend of our family who recently moved into a nursing home.
My son and I were bike riding Sunday afternoon and saw a car with a flat tire. It was a single mother who was trying to contact someone to help her to no avail. We changed her tire for her.
I gave a $5 tip for a $5 meal to a waiter who was all alone. He took us to our table, took orders, cleaned tables, waited on other customers, all with a smile. I told him he was doing a great job.
I saw a person I knew at Sam's Club while waiting to have a quick lunch. They wanted to sit and talk with me; I was able to be a friend on a day they felt alone.
I was in line to have one of our vehicles washed. I had two passes left and told the worker to give the last one to the person behind me.
I sent a card to an older friend who moved into an assisted living home to let her know I was thinking of her and praying for her.
I gave a donation to the Kroll family to help with funeral expenses for their son.
God placed a friend I had not talked to since January on my heart so I texted and told him so. I was then able to pray with him as he was going through some hard times.
We left bags of snacks on the front porch for delivery drivers in this season of long hours.
I wrote a few letters of encouragement to friends telling them how much they have meant to me over the years.
I sent a card of encouragement to my small BSF group leader.
I baked with a former co worker of mine teaching her how to make cinnamon rolls so she could have a fund raiser for her future trip to Israel. So far we have made over 120 dozen!
I brought lunch to work for my boss.
I removed 6 stumps from my neighbor's yard while I had the equipment at my house. He won't have to worry about hitting them and ruining his mower anymore!
I gave my neighbors a helping hand with their yard work.
Donating plasma the woman I sat down next to had some issues and donation took twice as long as expected. I made comment on the fact that she was blessed because she was still able to complete the donation without any other complications. The staff member attending her made a comment on how that was so true and such a positive a way of thinking.
I gave my mother a hug. I may have hugged her for a long time; our relationship has been strained over many years, especially over the past year.
I brought baked goods to a family who recently had a baby.
I brought canned milk, homemade banana bread and peach cobbler to a home bound friend.