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12/12/2012:  363 Days of Paying It Forward


As a new employee, I was shocked, yet excited, to learn that the first company project I would be participating in was Bluewater’s Pay it Forward Project. What a great way to start my new job!

While brainstorming ideas for this project, I tried to draw upon my own experiences. A couple of years ago, I had the honor of being selected as one of the few people who has ever been allowed to accompany Allen Law on his nightly rounds.

Mr. Law is a retired school teacher who has a big heart for the homeless. Every night between midnight and sunrise, he drives around to homeless shelters — or wherever the homeless might be staying. From along railroad tracks to under bridges, Mr. Law seeks them out. The purpose of his search? To bring those without a home a sandwich and a word of hope. The night I spent riding with him was a wild night for me, but pretty mundane for him. I got to see firsthand how a simple bite to eat and an ear to listen could transform a person instantly.

When deliberating how to Pay it Forward with Bluewater, without hesitation, I recalled that night I spent with Mr. Law.  For me, it was a ‘no-brainer’ to suggest that our team go to our local grocery store and buy sandwich fixings for Mr. Law’s organization, the 363 Days Food Program.

As a team, we assembled nearly 300 sandwiches and dropped them off at one of the pick-up locations nearby. I’m optimistic that our sandwiches, complete with a side of hope, will comfort those a little less fortunate than most during this holiday season.

Interested in helping Allen Law and 363 Days continue to Pay It Forward?
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P.S. Watch for more of our teams’ Pay It Forward projects on the blog this week and next!
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About Tim Turnquist
Tim Turnquist

Tim Turnquist is yet another fantastic Bluewater Software Engineer. Although Tim was a tailor for 17 years, he now transforms thoughts, ideas and data into computerized solutions for clients. When he's not tweeting or working, he's campaigning for Bluewater's first bike club!

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