Sep 10 2012 02:00 pm

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RIM Comics Sep 10 2012 02:22 pm

Hey gang! Welcome back! It's kind of a late update today, but I still made it. This strip was a lot of fun to come up with but kind of a struggle to draw for some reason. Hope you like it.

I took a break from comic drawing last night to record again with the Fucking Sundays podcast. You can check them out at www.fuckingsundays.podbean.com , expect to see last night's recording sometime tonight or later this week. Lots of fun. But right now, I have something a little more serious to talk about.

This week I had a bit of a humbling experience while waiting tables. Bear with me here and I'll set up some of the backstory.
The restaurant where I work is only a few miles from a large hospital. Occasionally we get customers wearing visitor's badges coming in for dinner, getting out of the waiting rooms and taking a break. Usually they'll order some to-go food for those who stayed behind. I do my best to serve them a great dinner and take their minds off things while they're sitting at my table. We've had a couple come in several times this week, obviously distraught. One of my good friends who also serves tables there told me about her experience with them.
I don't want to go into too much detail, but these two were going through a really tough time. Someone very close to them was in a terrible car accident, and they had been at the hospital for several days. My friend took very good care of them, and sent them back with some free dessert. They were obviously appreciative, and came back several times that week. This last time, I was their server. I made sure their to-go food was nice and fresh even though the kitchen was closing, and slipped a piece of chocolate cake into the bag when they weren't looking. They were very upset during dinner, so I did my best to be polite and caring but not to linger at the table.
When the bill came, it was around 80 dollars. The tip, written on the credit reciept, was for the same amount. Underneath that, a little note read simply, "Life is precious." My jaw dropped at the unbelievable generosity. I didn't know what to do. I felt like I couldn't accept the money, but I didn't want to snub their kindness either. So I came up with a plan:

I would find a cause and donate the money.

Now, I'm still a server, and I still have to live off my tips. So I'm keeping 1/4 of the tip they left, which would still be an incredibly generous but much more reasonable tip. But I want, no, need to find a cause to which I can donate the other 60 dollars. I'd like it to be a non-political or non-politically charged cause, because I don't know much about these original benefactors and I don't want to donate to something they might object to. I thought about donating it to the hospital in question, and failing a better option that is what I probably will do.

What do you think? If you have an idea of where this money will do the most good, please weigh in below in the Comments! I'd love to hear any suggestions that RIM fans might have.

Thanks for reading, everyone. See you next week.

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Suggestion

Justine (Guest) Sep 10 2012 04:35 pm

What about someplace like Ronald McDonald House? They help families whose children are in the hospital, especially if the family lives out of town and need a place to stay to be near their loved one.

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RIM Comics Sep 10 2012 07:04 pm

@Justine: I've received a few suggestions similar to this, although I'd probably rather donate to something small and local rather than a charity linked to a multinational profit-driven corporation. Still, on a small local scale, that's exactly the sort of organization I might be looking for. Thanks!

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Update

RIM Comics Sep 13 2012 04:05 pm

I'm hoping to hear some more suggestions, but at this point I've gotten some options at least. Thanks for your help Justine!
For anyone who doesn't know, when I say local I'm referring to the city of St. Louis where I live. Suggestions need not be local, though. I'm happy to consider any cause you might think is worthy, as long as it's appropriate. So please feel free to weigh in!

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Carol (Guest) Sep 19 2012 12:36 am

Ronald McDonald House is a great charity. If you have their name from their ticket or whatever, you could make the donation in their name. If you want more ideas, my aunt is a fount of wisdom in all things nonprofit, let me know if you want her number.