Red Boxes to Help Them

100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups – Week#35 Posted on March 19, 2012

Each week participants in this challenge write a 100 word story using(and including)  the prompt for the week. The prompt for the week is “… the red box …”. You can use the link above to join in this fun challenge~ or you can click on the badge in my sidebar. It’s fun ~ and quite a challenge for this very wordy perennial optimist. My story today is completely true.

“Red Boxes to Help Them 

We met our friends at a restaurant in Tempe. There were red parking meters all up the block. By the street was a sign that explained the parking was free throughout the downtown area. Any coins placed … in the red boxes… would be collected by an organization. The red box money is then distributed to the homeless, in exchange for them not panhandling tourists. The system called Give Change for Change works. People were just putting money in the red boxes gladly, even if they weren’t parking. What a beautiful idea. When given the chance to be generous ~ they always are”.

There is more information about this program Here : http://activerain.com/blogsview/613656/downtown-tempe-gives-change-for-change

About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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14 Responses to Red Boxes to Help Them

  1. Caddo Veil says:

    I LOVE this Kate–I will try to strain (restrain) to make 100 words…it’s about as hard as hopping on one foot at my age! God bless you–much love, sis Caddo

    • Kate Kresse says:

      I do it over in word so I can click on word count and then I chop-chop-chop…that is the painful part, LOL!

      • Caddo Veil says:

        Kate, I noticed the rules say “any genre”–methinks I may try a poem….hmm?

        Yes, I know about the painful chopping, though the novel has forced me to get somewhat better at it–but it’s brain-gnawingly time-consuming!! arrgghh

        • Kate Kresse says:

          some have done poems! Go for it!

          • Caddo Veil says:

            Hi Kate–I require more help, if you’re up and able. In the rules, I’m reading it as though we use the prompt words, with 100 “further” words–like, in addition to. Am I incorrect? I’m sure I can manage to cut 3 words–but I need to know. I may also need assistance with all the links, etc–tech stuff… Thanks in advance!!

            • Caddo Veil says:

              Okay. I did the link back to Julie’s (in the post). Is it necessary to have the image and all that info in a widget? Or can I just display the image in the post–which you don’t click on–but clicking on the link takes you back to her? I’m maxing out on patience with myself, so may not participate–But then the next question will be, what to do with my Red Box poem (which is pretty good). Though, I suppose there’s no copyright on the prompt words–anybody could write a poem called “The Red Box”–right?? Off to the showers…

              • Kate Kresse says:

                if you go to her blog and click on linky it pulls up some stuff. it says Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list. Now when you do that, you enter the title of your post (just copy and paste it) in the box when you register for the linky. then for the url box, copy and paste the url from your post. that should work. does that help?

            • Kate Kresse says:

              oops sorry—just saw this now. I think it’s 100 including the prompt words that are in the body of the story/poem….however, i don’t really know if they will do anything to you if you are 3 words over including the prompt. For the link~ use a relatively short title for the title of your post. That goes in the top box of that linky stuff. Then in the URL link, copy and paste the URL for the post…let me know if you need more info. I should be around some on Monday morning—but I will be on and off as I need to start working on our taxes (ick).

              • Caddo Veil says:

                Well, taking out 3 words was the easy part! This is not crucial to my well-being so if you’re tied up with taxes, that’s fine. So, do I post it on my blog first–or is it supposed to be entered in the Challenge first? And evidently, I’m just giving them the link–not copy-pasting the whole poem at “Linky”?? It’s obviously too late to be thinking about this–I can barely type straight!! See you tomorrow, maybe–or I may just decide to post the poem and be happy! (I need a blog-secretary, I think!) Sleep well!!

                • Kate Kresse says:

                  OK. Post it on your blog first. Then click on link over to her blog. Then click on the blue words down aways to put your link in. It takes you to linky tools, which it guides you to register for. when you get to that, type the title of your post in the top box. copy and paste the url for the post that has your poem into the url box. put your name and email in the appropriate boxes. then tell it to post or enter or whatever it called it…..after awhile you will see the title of your post show up on the main page for her post. (my post is #40 something this week). Hope that helps. Yes, you just give them the link. but people are good about clicking to you and commenting.

  2. Gilly Gee says:

    A story about a good deed, perfect Kate!

  3. Caddo Veil says:

    Hi Kate–just want to both thank you, and apologize, for all the trouble over the Challenge. I don’t give up on things as easily as I used to–but I’m bailing on this one. Will just post my poem for anyone who’s interested, and not include the Challenge image or info. Thanks again, God bless you!

    • Kate Kresse says:

      No problem~sorry I couldn’t figure out how to tell you to do it. If you want me to talk you through it at some point, perhaps we could try it over the phone.

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