Dan Woog blogs at 06880, the zip code of Westport, CT where he, and I, live.

He posted a story about a soldier who graduated from Staples, our local high school, and West Point Academy and is now leading a platoon in Afghanistan. Dan’s original post about the soldier, Sam, brought a flood of responses and led to correspondence between Sam, his troops, and current Staples students and teachers.

I loved reading his story, and I especially loved his mention of Wounded Warriors, which I learned about when my nephew Dan got married last year. Dan is a naval officer, a graduate of Annapolis. I asked his fiancee for a suggestion of a charity he liked, so I could make a gift in his name. She gave me the name of Wounded Warriors and I did make a contribution.

I really like ‘small world’ incidents, so I was happy to read of my hometown connection to this charity.

What ‘small world’ connections have happened to you?


Posted on March 8, 2013, in Family, Giving, hometown, military charity, School, websites, Weddings and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I love hearing how Trevor chose the items and wrote the note. I was even privileged to meet him walking into church with you when he brought the gifts. You are helping him learn how generosity is good for the giver, and encouraging him to make it part of his life.


  2. I’m one of the many enthusiastic volunteers at the Unitarian Church in Westport who love reading to classes at Bridgeport’s Beardsley Elementary School. We care about the children we know from Beardsley and when we heard that there were some families in the school that were in need of personal items, my grandson and I went on a shopping trip to Stop & Shop.

    He had a printout from the church notice listing the items suggested and with this information in hand, we walked up and down the isles in the store’s huge personal section.Together, we selected toothpaste, tooth brushes, baby items, shampoo, and other items from the list.

    When we returned to my house, Trevor signed his name to a note stating that they were from him. I could tell from his smile that this act of generosity made him feel good, which made me happy.

    Catherine, your blog posts enabled me to think that this was something Trevor and I could do together that would be helpful for the families that needed such articles and would also be a positive experience for him.

    We’re talking about what else we can do to help others in need.


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