A challenge to offer some help to some great folks in our community

Today I was checking on line for updates to the current Milledgeville water situation.  For the most part when I post a comment on Facebook I get 5 or 10 "likes", but a couple of days ago I posted an offer to give drinking water to anyone who came to my office to get it with containers.  I only had a couple of people take me up on the offer.  It's not only upsetting to not have drinking water, but people need to wash dishes and clothes and it caused some other issues that you might not even consider.

I had someone stop in my office yesterday and their complaint was "ugh, I had to eat at this place and it was busy because so many places are closed".  It's not really a choice to close, it's a have to situation.  No water for employees to wash dishes or hands and so no food served.  

I'm sure it hits owners very hard. I am a business owner so I know what having to close your doors for a time can do.  For my business it's been power outages and ice storms that have brought those closures and I can't really know if closing for 2 to 5 days has ever prevented someone from buying a house or had them elect to go to another firm to do so.

But let's go a little deeper.  What about those servers?  The ones who are not going to have rent money on Monday because they have lost tips for 2 or 3 days.  If I were Warren Buffet I would be giving all of them $100.  But I'm not. So I picked a favorite place (Aubry Lane's) and the owner picked (at random draw) a server and I'm dropping them a $100 check in the mail. I will just do without some "want" over the next few weeks to make up for that, but that's okay with me.

And I know that many of you reading this can't afford to just give a random stranger $100.  There have been many times in my life that I could not have either. So can you afford $10 or $20.  Or perhaps when you go to eat at one of the local Milledgeville places soon that has been closed leave an extra nice tip for them to make up for the days their workplace was closed.  I know what an impact it makes when you're a college student who gets a really great tip.  Been there done that.  If you ate at Quincy's in the early 80s in Milledgeville, I probably was your server one of those times.  

So pick a favorite spot and contact them to see if you can make a donation to someone who has by no fault of their own been out of business.  Even if it's $25, it would certainly help make someone who didn't work and didn't get paid for a few days make ends meet.

I picked Aubry Lane's because it's one of our favorite date night places.  We always have great service, great food and enjoy an evening there.  My ONLY complaint is that Creme Brulee is no longer full time on their menu.  I can always forgo dessert unless Creme Brulee is on the menu.  So please Milledgeville and Lake Sinclair folks, step up with a random act of kindness and make someone's day who has been out of work for a few days.  Doesn't matter if it's at the same place I picked or not. Doesn't matter the amount.  But please, step up and let's help those who need our help.  That's what communities do.  That's what people do.  Help each other. BE the difference of what it means to live in a community that cares.

I believe all three water mains are repaired, but there is still a boil advisory and many Milledgeville restaurants are still closed and waiting for permission from the powers that be as to when they can re-open.

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Comment balloon 22 commentsTammy Lankford, • July 29 2016 03:23PM

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That is so bad to not have water for a couple of days. After reading your post I remembered about a little town somewhere in America that their water was compromised and they can't use it at all! My guess is that in the end, they will have to move unless the city reroutes to another water source.

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) 11 months ago

Tammy - what a very thoughtful thing to do. So many of us go about our lives and forget that many people can be impacted when a business closes...even if just for a few days.  

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 11 months ago

Sussie Sutton lots of folks don't think about it until it's gone

Kathy Streib I truly hope some others in my community will step up and help as well.  Being out of work when most of your income is tips is beyond difficult.  When I was in college I broke my foot and didn't work for a few weeks.  Thankfully my parents were there to help out, but I remember the struggle.  I'm happy to do what I can and urge others to do what they can.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) 11 months ago

What an awesome call to action, Tammy. I hope your post gains traction in Milledgeville itself - do you have the online www.nextdoor.com in your area? A local paper who would print your blog? You've given us all something to think about, and suggested a way we can make a difference in all our communities.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco (Today | Sotheby's International Realty) 11 months ago

Maybe I can get them to post it on their social media page Lottie. (the local paper).  Thanks for the great idea Lottie Kendall 

 

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) 11 months ago

Has the water main been fixed yet? Are a lot of the restaurants still closed?

I think this is such a great idea.

Posted by Rebecca Lewis (ODAT Realty Services, Inc) 11 months ago

Rebecca Lewis the 5 broken water mains (yes there were 5) are repaired.  Samples have been taken and sent off (one would think a health department employee could have driven them to a private lab and waited for results) but after the results come back if they are good then the health department will one by one check and the restaurants can re-open.  Some are open and serving bottled water and soft drinks, but I have to wonder how the employees are washing their hands?  

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) 11 months ago

                                  Thank you Tammy Lankford, 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 11 months ago

So glad Kathy shared this! What a great thing to do. I hope others follow in your footsteps! 

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) 11 months ago

Good morning Tammy. I think you are very special and I too remember the days when someone doing this would have made all the difference.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 11 months ago

With hurricane season in full swing I have the water concern much greater than my power. I can start the generator but I would have a hard time finding safe drinking water for a long haul. A very courteous pizza delivery driver earned $10 from us non-customers yesterday. Great post Tammy! Here via Kathy.

Posted by Kevin J. May, Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida (Florida Supreme Realty) 11 months ago

Tammy-It is NO surprise that you helped out because you have a huge loving heart and hope others will follow your lead.

Posted by Sharon Lee (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) 11 months ago

Great blog post!  I can see why Kathy chose to include it this week!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) 11 months ago

Tammy, What a great idea.  Many likely don't think of the full consequences of being without water.  Reaching out and helping others ... it's what makes the world go-round. 

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Broker (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) 11 months ago

Tammy, I wasn't aware there was an issue with your water too.  I know about Flint, but that's it.  That's very kind and generous of you to do that.

Posted by Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA, Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties (www.HugginsHomes.com) 11 months ago

Tammy

That is such a thoughtful thing to do - your personal assistance a well as providing this post to encourage others to help in some way It must be tough with the water situation, and I suspect most people don't really think of all the consequences to others, only the inconveniences.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) 11 months ago

Thanks Kathy Streib posting a link to this blog on social media got over 1100  eyes on it in my local community in 48 hours. 

Sharon Tara or take my suggestion to extra tip next time they are there

Sheila Anderson when I was in college and at Quincy's in the 80s, I broke my foot and missed out on 4 weeks of tip income.  I was fortunate that it was my "spending money" not my rent money.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) 11 months ago

Kevin J. May we don't put our well on our generator in power outages... but it's never been for very long.  And I tend to stock up when we know a storm is coming

Sharon Lee I hope they will

Thank you Kristin Johnston, Waukesha County Realtor 414-254-6647 

 

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) 11 months ago

Kathleen Daniels I'm sure most folks were only concerned with when they would get water back.  Which was today.  But the restaurants all still will have to be cleared by the health department.

Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA it was a temporary infastructure issue.  New pump caused 5 water main breaks. all had to be repaired and they were concerned about backwash into the system from the ground and therefore after the repairs were made the boil ban until water samples could be tested.  All clear now for water, but the health department is not finished clearing restaurants

Jeff Dowler I hope it encouraged lots of people.  I plan to write a post about the response to the post on social media this week.  

 

 

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) 11 months ago

Thanks for the additional info.  Stuff like that happens to my car all the time.  Fix one problem with new parts and hoses and some other part of the 14 y/o car goes bad because the old parts can't handle the new full pressure.

Posted by Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA, Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties (www.HugginsHomes.com) 11 months ago

Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA I'm thankful it was a temporary thing.  

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) 11 months ago

Can only add one thing, Tammy Lankford, ... I'm proud to say I know you.   What a thoughtful thing to do ... and suggest.  There are people that talk ... and there are people that walk the walk ...

Gene

Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) 11 months ago

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