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Old 11-13-2019, 05:31 AM
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Our washing machine stopped working, and since we live in a small town, I couldnít find anyone local to come fix it. I ended up calling an older man in our church who is pretty well connected in town, thinking he might know someone who is a repairman. He said he would take a look at it, and ended up pulling the whole thing apart and finding a broken piece. He said heís fixed this type of issue before and helped me find the right piece online to order.

The part came and todayís heís coming back to put it all together. I want to give him something as a way of saying thank you, but I donít want to seem like Iím paying him for his work. He literally just came over as soon as I called, and worked for 2 hours already, which I so appreciate, but I know he is just such a nice guy and doesnít expect paymentóitís just a friend doing a favor. And he enjoys doing mechanical things like this.

Should I give him something to say thank you, and if so, what?


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How nice!
Old 11-13-2019, 05:47 AM
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I would make him a meal. Who doesn't appreciate a free meal? Maybe pot roast for the meat and vegetables plus some bread. Then a dessert? One or two slices of pie or a couple of brownies would be yummy.
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Old 11-13-2019, 05:48 AM
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I’d definitely give him a thank you note and gift. How about a big batch of freshly made chocolate chip cookies?
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Old 11-13-2019, 06:09 AM
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Does he have any hobbies that you know about? A gift card or item that would go with the hobby would be fine.

He may not expect payment, but you should offer if you haven't. Insist even. Who doesn't like a little extra money?

Or You could have him to dinner one evening. Maybe eating with a family would be a nice change of pace?
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Old 11-13-2019, 07:23 AM
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I keep thinking about this, KatieViolet, because my dad was that man. He was a natural fixer and helped his neighbors so much. When he was a widower, there was nothing he craved more than human interaction. So if your guy is alone, maybe he does, too, and Kahluaís dinner idea is great. On the other hand, if it were me, Iíd like the cookies and the satisfaction of a job well done and be off on my merry way. What do you think heíd like?


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Old 11-13-2019, 09:43 AM
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He is a great guy. He is married with kids and grandkids close by, so I donít know if Iíll invite him for a meal...but I think Iíll do at least a plate of cookies or maybe some
Pumpkin bread which I make often. And a thank you card, of course.

I already offered to pay him something, but of course he declined. I knew he would. He just likes helping people.

We have a great church family with a lot of People who naturally love to lend a hand. Not too long ago another dear couple (grandparent age) kept our kids overnight for us to go out. We gave them a thank you note and a gift card to a local restaurant afterwards. They tried to return the gift card and said it wasnít necessary. I think they were almost offended (thatís not the best wordóimplies a negative feeling/attitude which I donít think they had) but they didnít feel like their help warranted a giftóitís just what family/friends do for one another. So I feel the same in this situationóI want to accept his help and show gratitude most of all.

I think the plate of goodies and a note will be okay, yes?
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Old 11-13-2019, 11:26 AM
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I think a plate or basket of goodies and a card would be ok. Iíd probably do a basket so that I could add fruit, cheese, crackers, wine or nonalcoholic drink, or similar items along with the homemade bread and/or cookies. Itís so nice of him and he is saving you a bunch of money.
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Old 11-13-2019, 12:53 PM
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My DH is like your guy. DH loves the interaction with people, he loves helping everyone and fixing whatever mechanical and electronic problems come up, and would never accept payment. But as PPs have already mentioned, cookies, a cake or a pie would be well-received, as would a gift card to Starbucks or a local grocery store.
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A plate of cookies!
Old 11-13-2019, 01:14 PM
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That sounds like a wonderful idea along with a note of thanks.
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Old 11-13-2019, 02:21 PM
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I think you pumpkin bread sounds delightful with a note. Maybe enclose a picture of your now folded clean clothes.


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Old 11-13-2019, 02:56 PM
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Maybe tie a Home Depot gift card around your pumpkin bread
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So nice
Old 11-13-2019, 02:58 PM
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This is another reason why i LOVE PT

This thread brings me almost to tears. Everyone is good at something and when people give to others it is just beautiful.

You have a Great church family!

I second the fruit. Too much sugary stuff this time if year.

Another idea - months from now tell him again of your appreciation
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Old 11-13-2019, 03:13 PM
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I vote for the pumpkin bread & thank you card.
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Old 11-13-2019, 04:18 PM
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He sounds like a great guy and your church community is wonderful.
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But as PPs have already mentioned, cookies, a cake or a pie would be well-received
I’m with cvt. And I hate pumpkin. And bread is not a treat for me. I’m sticking with my original suggestion: chocolate chip cookies and a thank-you card.
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Old 11-13-2019, 04:28 PM
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Love you own preference for your "famous" pumpkin bread!
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Old 11-13-2019, 06:12 PM
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Your family lives in a wonderful place where people still care for each other. I would go with the simple and often well liked suggestion of chocolate chip cookies.
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