Here is a short story of real events that happened.
If you are not intrested in real life Christmas stories, well sorry.
For starters I work with a plumbing company as an apprentice (don't have my journeyman yet but getting close).
We had gotten a call from a Minister of one of our local churches. He was asking if we could do some charity work for a family who was very down on thier luck. They were in desperate need for they did not have running water in thier home for several months now, (my understanding was right before Ike had struck) and CPS was threatening to take the children away. (2, 4, 6, and 8 yrs old) If something wasn't done soon it was going to be very terrible. Ike had struck, FEMA wasn't doing much to help, almost anything bad that could happen did happen, and now CPS is going to take the children.
Our owner agreed to help and went out on a limb and spoke to our vendors. The vendors supplied much of the material for the job at no cost or a very reduced cost. There were even people who brough excavating equipment to help us repipe the underground utilites.
Man hours and material costs required for a job like this would run a bill of about $6,000 (us).
We then did our final tests to see if the plumbing in the house was working. Well the house smelled HORRIBLE, paint peeling horrible. It took everything you had not to throw up when first setting foot in the house.
It is at this time we noticed a 50 INCH PLASMA TV in the house. And not to be outdone Time Warner Cable was pulling in when we were leaving TO UPGRADE THIER CABLE AND INTERNET SERVICE.
There is a moral in this story.
Happy hollidays everyone.