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Letter: The simple things

To the editor:

Yesterday I was working in the yard at the Team Oil Travel Center in Spring Valley, Wis., when a customer leaving the car wash called me to his car. He proceeded to apologize for his attitude during a conversation we had several weeks before. Unable to remember the content of that conversation, I just listened.

As I listened, he mentioned in our previous conversation how he didn't understand how I was saddened by having donated to some needy causes and never got so much as a "thank you." He felt at that time, the giving to the cause should be my reward and any thank you would just be a plus, until it happened to him a couple of weeks ago. He and his wife had given a few hundred dollars to a small local need and never received the shortest "thank you." He went on to explain he didn't know what to expect by helping but a "thank you" would have been nice. All he could say is it made him sad.

I asked him what his plans are for future donating. He said he is done. I told him don't give up. There is a need for good-hearted people and needy people and organizations that really appreciate them. Those people and organizations won't send you prizes or fancy decorations but they will give you a "thank you" from the heart. Those are the ones you help and hopefully the other ones will figure it out. It's the thought that counts, but it's the "thank you" that gets your support.

Tony R. Huppert

Spring Valley, Wis.