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When bad things happen to good people

Random acts of kindness, good things done by good people…they happen all around us all the time, often unknown except to those they benefit. Things done without fanfare, often times things the doers don’t see as exceptional or special because they are not doing anything out of the ordinary, as they see it, yet the things they do help others more than they know. I have been privileged recently to meet just such a person.
I don’t know them well, mostly just through what I’ve observed or heard from others who do. A little less than a month ago, she and her husband were even in the newspaper, but unfortunately not for their kindness to others but due to their plight. Sunday, March 16, TammyJo Giannicchi, her husband Marcus and their family lost their home in one of the many house fires that have occurred in Binghamton recently. As I learned, this house was even more than just their family’s home. Their door was always open to friends in need.
That’s how I came to know what I believe is just the tip of the iceberg of their good-hearted caring for others. My friend was welcomed as a family member, given shelter, food, and caring when they were ill. Even after the fire, when the family’s own problems no doubt dominate their lives, my friend has still been included, still been cared for. TJ never expected anything in return, her caring and compassion done in a quiet way without fanfare. In our often cold and calculating world, contact with such a person, even from the sidelines is heartwarming. My respect and admiration only increased as I found out that my friend was not the first or only person helped in this way. I don’t know enough of the details to expound on them. Sometimes just knowing that such goodness exists is enough.
All the above is my reason for writing. I thought the best way I could help was by spreading the word. By revealing the light TJ brings to the world and hoping to inspire others to bring much needed help and joy to this family. Rebuilding their house is going to be a long ordeal. Maintaining their spirit during this time is going to take more than just one person’s words. Those closest to the family are planning a benefit. The benefit will be on Sunday, April 20th starting at 3PM. Their neighbor, Jody, is hosting the event at her downtown bar, Squiggy’s at 34 Chenango. The Lovebug is donating her karaoke/dj services from 3PM on. At 9PM there will be a Drag show by performers donating their time and talents. There is a $5 entrance fee to raise money and a buffet will be served, if you would like to bring a dish, please do. There will be 50/50s throughout the day. All proceeds to go to TJ and her family. Please come and share time with these good people who have given so selflessly to others. For more information you can call 607-725-7816.

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Karen says ... on Sunday, Apr 13 at 1:47 AM

the reason that bad things happen to good people is usually because of the value system that says one that does good is a looser. Selfishness is the ideal now days. So good people do not get support and their lives can spiral downwards.

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Anonymous says ... on Sunday, Apr 13 at 5:31 PM

its hard to find friends like that in this world today, they are few and far in between, its a shame there is not more Tjs and Marks walking the earth. Lucky to have such wonderful people. God will watch over them .

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