Stories and pledges

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    Mary | Aug 25th, 2014 at 10:47 pm
    I will open my heart to those who need some help and understanding.

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    Brenda | Apr 14th, 2014 at 10:06 pm
    Say hi to my neighbors.

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    Kris | Apr 6th, 2014 at 5:15 pm
    I would like to see a fund started for people like myself (I have mental illness) but there are many reasons why a service dog would be of g

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    Sally | Mar 18th, 2014 at 1:30 pm
    I will help out by providing phone and email emotional support & advice for teens and young adults (and even older adults). I am a mother of

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    Katie | Mar 13th, 2014 at 2:27 pm
    I will provide programs that get people out in the community and that cultivate friendships.

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    Jennifer | Mar 11th, 2014 at 5:58 pm
    I will provide companionship through email, text, and IM. I will also retain your confidentiality.

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    Tracy | Mar 4th, 2014 at 7:45 pm
    QuotesChimp have merely scraped the top of possible conflicts that may occur between an insurance provider and the casualty.

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    Yancy | Mar 4th, 2014 at 7:41 pm
    QuotesChimp remedy to this issue would be to create a new state office: Public Advocate. The occupation of Public Advocate would be to choose the side of the typical insurance consumer when issuees of premium rate increases, insurance policy wording, insurance laws, or other problems of crucial import to consumers are being debated in the legislature or determined by the insurance commissioner. A Public Advocate would have the time, cash, tips, and skill to efficiently represent the consumer's viewpoint. This is tremendously significant from my view because I do not consider that the consumer is sufficiently represented in authorities. This new office would balance the equation.

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    Anonymous | Feb 21st, 2014 at 12:30 pm
    I am a single middle aged woman that do not feel the need to connect with other people outside of work. My family wonders why I do not go places and socialize. I am always invited to different gatherings and always decline. I prefer to stay at home. Sometimes I only go outside only as a need to basis. I find this behavior kind of creepy. I peek out of the window and feel like I don't need to be out there.

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    Julie | Feb 17th, 2014 at 2:24 pm
    I will create opportunities for people to get connected in their neighborhoods

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    Stacy | Feb 1st, 2014 at 12:38 am
    I will be a phone contact for anyone who just want's to talk about anything....

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    Jan | Jan 20th, 2014 at 5:58 pm
    Hi. I have no one to talk to. I am married with two grown sons. My husband is a very angy man and when I want to talk to him he is to busy or thinks I'm just compalaining. He has eliminated me from my friends. I am so sad and alone. I talk with God daily because I feel I will go crazy otherwise. I want to share things with a friend who wont put me down. I have been diagnosed with diabetes and have been having alot of trouble controlling my blood sugars. It is a hard time for me as my mother in law has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and I have been doing my best to help her in every way. I do her laundry and shopping. I take her to appointments etc. One day I asked my husband if he appreciated what I was doing for his mother and he said I didn't do anything he should appreciate me for. I try to find the good in each day. My mother and father and brother are all deceased leaving me with no one. I could go on and on but it all boils down to I need someone Please.

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    Jan | Jan 20th, 2014 at 5:58 pm
    Hi. I have no one to talk to. I am married with two grown sons. My husband is a very angy man and when I want to talk to him he is to busy or thinks I'm just compalaining. He has eliminated me from my friends. I am so sad and alone. I talk with God daily because I feel I will go crazy otherwise. I want to share things with a friend who wont put me down. I have been diagnosed with diabetes and have been having alot of trouble controlling my blood sugars. It is a hard time for me as my mother in law has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and I have been doing my best to help her in every way. I do her laundry and shopping. I take her to appointments etc. One day I asked my husband if he appreciated what I was doing for his mother and he said I didn't do anything he should appreciate me for. I try to find the good in each day. My mother and father and brother are all deceased leaving me with no one. I could go on and on but it all boils down to I need someone Please.

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    Jaime | Dec 27th, 2013 at 10:35 pm
    I really need some help. I feel very alone.

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    Eric | Dec 27th, 2013 at 9:13 am
    I've moved twice in the last 4 years. Each move was further from my hometown and from friends and family. It's been incredibly difficult, because overall, I am a very shy person and have a hard time connecting to people. But the distance has also put distance in the friendships of my few very close friends. I have a found a few people here that I can interact with in a social setting (concert especially) or work setting, but don't really have a friendship beyond that. It's been really weighing on me and difficult to navigate. I wish I had a solution... But it's still not looking great. Especially since losing my Mom three months ago to cancer... It's just been really tough.

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    Barbara | Dec 26th, 2013 at 10:58 pm
    If people look at me and my life I don't think they would see the isolation that is the reality. I am busy and surrounded by people. HOWEVER those who surround me are not people with whom I can share intimacy as equals. Instead they are all people I take care of. In reality I am alone and feel very lonely. And I don't know how to connect with people who could ease the isolation.

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    Dee | Dec 23rd, 2013 at 6:44 am
    Continue to be involved with OA, be a sponsor and have a sponsor to create healthy relationships

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    Denise | Dec 19th, 2013 at 6:06 am
    I experience isolation everyday. I have done everything in my power to stop it. But it has grabbed a hold of me, since I have no friends to hang out, to talk to, to have some coffee with. I feel that people in general do not accept me, because of prejudice, discrimination, incorrect judgement. I feel that people treat me like as if I was a leper, when I do not have any contagious disease. I have had a rough past, and still going through rough times. Medications can only help me somewhat. I am 34 years old, never got married, never had any kids. No one wants to be my boyfriend, because guys only want sex. I do not want that. My therapist and psychiatrist said that the problem is not with me, but with the people whom I have met in the past, or have met recently. People want to take advantage of me, I have learned a lot on how to identify these kind of patterns, even if it takes me a while to get it right. I just wish I had one good friend, who would respect me and appreciate me for me. It is so superficial when a guy falls for me because he finds me good looking, making empty promises, and after knowing a little something about my life he does not treat me like a human being, he runs, it breaks my heart and soul. How can guys be so superficial, arrogant, selfish, thinking that they are better than me, or above me. Just because they have no charity, no compassion, no empathy, and everything revolves around money. Instead of a relationship between two people getting to know one another, where friendship cannot be counted on their side. I have fallen into some deep depression, that I cannot snap out of it. I suffer everyday and night. I cry by myself and my little dog comes to lick my tears away, my little dog is my full time companion. My mom adopted this precious dog for me. Still a dog is not like a human being, but it helps. I feel so isolated by american people, because all they care about is my immigration status, and not me as a human being, who deserves respect, love, companionship, loyalty, friendship, and not being treated like a leper.

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    michelle | Dec 18th, 2013 at 12:49 pm
    I am 24 and just lost my one and ONLY best friend of 10 years because she has decided to become selfish. The past few years she would constantly make plans and blow me off with out even telling me she wasn't coming, last month she was supposed to fill out a reference form for me for work and didn't which caused me to lose my pay check. But what broke our friendship was on Friday, we went out for a few drinks and ran into an old friend. My friend left me at the bar for over an hour and a half without telling me she was leaving to go drink with the other friend we ran into. When she came back, she got mad that I was mad that she had left without telling me so she left me at the bar with no ride home and a dead cell phone five minutes before bar close. She also ended up taking my camera that night. I had to walk over a mile to get home alone without a working phone in below freezing weather. I have no friends and its hard to stay positive when you don't have anyone to hangout with or talk to. I suffer from bipolar disorder and have severe depression spells, so not having at least one friend is really hard for me. I'm just trying to take one day at a time right now.

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    michelle | Dec 18th, 2013 at 12:44 pm
    I will make sure everyone knows they are special and are on this earth for a purpose.

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    Ann | Dec 16th, 2013 at 10:12 am
    I will go out of my way to make sure everyone feels welcome, especially during this Christmas season.

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    Mark | Dec 16th, 2013 at 10:01 am
    Call those friends that I have not heard from in a while, maybe go for coffee

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    Melissa | Nov 17th, 2013 at 10:52 pm
    I will reach out to people that seem lonely.

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    Jennifer | Nov 16th, 2013 at 10:22 am
    Try to socialize more

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    Jennifer | Nov 16th, 2013 at 10:20 am
    Try to socialize more with people

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    Kate | Nov 8th, 2013 at 10:53 am
    I will make time to visit my grandparents, one of whom is a veteran. I know how much they value seeing their grandchildren.

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    Danielle | Oct 27th, 2013 at 6:12 pm
    I will help someone who is needing some help.

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    Alicia | Oct 23rd, 2013 at 1:41 pm
    I will call my elderly grandmother more often.

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    annie | Oct 22nd, 2013 at 7:09 am
    I have a life full of acquaintance's.... 30 yrs worth.... I try to reach out ask others to coffee or lunch ect.... but no one seems to connect..... just a reminder you may feel you have enough friends in your life but maybe they are the ones who needs a friend... sad as I have been a Christ follower for most of my life and those in the church are the ones who reject there own.... no iron sharpening here annie

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    Anna | Oct 20th, 2013 at 6:12 pm
    I will be a listening ear, a helping hand, and a loving heart when someone feels they have no one.

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    Reinhold | Oct 19th, 2013 at 7:26 pm
    invite college students( please see my e-mail)

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    walter | Oct 19th, 2013 at 12:24 pm
    I will bring national awareness to the issue of social isolation

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    walter | Oct 19th, 2013 at 12:23 pm
    i will be national awareness to the issue of isolation

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    Kim | Oct 3rd, 2013 at 1:24 pm
    Take the time to introduce myself to our new neighbors

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    Brianna | Sep 28th, 2013 at 11:33 pm
    When I was six or eight, I was molested. I told my parents, but they didn't believe me. That made my trust in my friends and parents go down a lot. If no one believed me about something like that, they must not really care. Anyways, ever sense then, I've really not had much trust in anyone. At school, I would be bullied and isolated because of my belief and my standards. I wear skirts. All they saw was that I was different. I only had two friends at school. At home, because I have three sisters, they must think that it's okay to fight and bully your other sisters because that's what everyone else does. My sisters don't treat me right. They call me names and make me feel horrible. All of my family does. Anyways, I started to be mean to others, thinking that if I was mean to others and showed them my tuff side, they would stop bullying me, but it didn't work. So, because it didn't work, I stopped being a bully to others. Around the age eleven, because everyone was against me no matter how kind I treated them, I got depression and anxiety. At night, I would go in my closet and list ways to kill myself. When I was done, I would pray and beg God to either give the bullies/me cancer, or have someone come and kill me in the night. I had a bag packed and under my bed just in case I was going to run away. I made many notes addressed to my parents about running away. Then, when I was thirteen, my dad got relocated to Kentucky. We moved in the middle of the school year. At school one day, two boys were making fun of me, laughing out loud and pointing at me during class, but the teacher didn't see. They called me lots of names, like lesbian. I had no friends. One day at home, I was alone, and I went downstairs, got a knife, held it to my wrist, and almost cut myself. In eighth grade, I still had no friends. I was alone all the time, and had no one to talk to. I had "friends" at church, and I told them everything. But they did nothing about it, and always changed the subject. They didn't care. At school, everyone looked at me as if I was an alien. I wanted to die all the time and harm myself. I started using my ring and pressing it into my wrist really hard. I wanted to make it bleed, but it never did. Two times when I was alone at home, I had a knife upstairs in my room, and I almost killed myself. One time, my mom found a suicide note under my pillow, and I was off to a mental hospital. Before then, I was going to a therapist. At the hospital, they started giving me medication. The hospital, therapist, and medication didn't work. Sense then, my dad got relocated again back to WI. It's been only a little over a month, but I'm still dealing wit this. I think I have PTSD, and ever sense I was little, I've had panic attacks. I had one at church once. I still want to die constantly, and I want to cut myself. I want to take drugs and drink alcohol. I crave it so much, almost as much as a person in rehab. It's so bad. If someone would just be there to talk to me about everything, and didn't judge me on everything, and treated me right, then this wouldn't happen. .

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    Susan | Sep 26th, 2013 at 11:09 am
    I will connect women with community organizations when I can.

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    Julia | Sep 23rd, 2013 at 9:21 am
    When my children were young, I was a stay-at-home mom and there were a lot of opportunities to connect with other young mothers. I was very involved in the community and had close friends. Then, due to a job transfer, my family moved. We were gone for 3 years, had the opportunity to return, and we took it. When we returned, I took a part-time job. My boys were very involved in sports, and I socialized with their teammates' parents. When my youngest was a sophomore in high school, my husband and I divorced. People (male and female) who I thought were my friends shunned me. That was 3 years ago. I am living with a man I love; he recently took a 1-year, out-of-town job assignment, and I see him only on weekends. My oldest son moved out of state. My youngest son and I speak occasionally by phone, but don't see each other often. My mother and I were very close, but she passed away 14 months ago. My father passed away 4 years ago, and my siblings live in other states. I have a co-worker with whom I share a small portion of my personal life, but I have no female friends. I work full time and go to school part time. What opportunities are there for an adult woman to meet other adult women who share my interests? I have little to no extra money, I don't sew, knit, scrapbook, cook, bake, etc. I would love to hang out with "the girls", to have someone to confide in, but I have no one.

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    nikki | Sep 16th, 2013 at 8:21 pm
    Talk to people people in public more

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    Terrie | Sep 14th, 2013 at 7:59 pm
    I will smile more and cry less.

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    Kathleen | Sep 14th, 2013 at 10:01 am
    I will try to get out of the house more often.

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    Anonymous | Sep 13th, 2013 at 9:13 am
    I do not feel comfortable posting anything here. I am hoping you can help me, I am looking for a support group or counselor who specializes in verbal abusive marriages. I have lots of friends, but I don't feel comfortable discussing this with them. I feel extremely isolated and sad. Please respond to the email below. Besides my kids and husband, I have no family that lives in WI.

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    Leah | Sep 5th, 2013 at 8:28 am
    I will watch my sister's twins so she and her husband can have a night off.

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    J | Aug 31st, 2013 at 6:03 pm
    How about us men who have no friends? Ihave no one to confide in outside of family.

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    Jennifer | Aug 30th, 2013 at 1:14 pm
    say hello and smile to other mothers at the park with their kids. Motherhood can be lonely.

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    Rebecca | Aug 29th, 2013 at 4:24 pm
    invite new colleagues to lunch

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    Candice | Aug 28th, 2013 at 8:16 am
    host women in my home for cofee mixers and play games. learn to laugh again!

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    Laura | Aug 28th, 2013 at 6:09 am
    Meet new moms and have play dates

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    kimberly | Aug 27th, 2013 at 7:26 pm
    Have play dates or coffee with new moms.

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    Chelsea | Aug 27th, 2013 at 3:13 pm
    I have lived in the area for 2 years with my fiance and 2 kids. My finance works 2 jobs so we don't see each other much during the week. So I spend all my time with my two kids..it can get pretty lonely at times.

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    Chelsea | Aug 27th, 2013 at 3:12 pm
    I have lived in the area for 2 years with my fiance and 2 kids. My finance works 2 jobs so we don't see each other much during the week. So I spend all my time with my two kids..it can get pretty lonely at times.

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    Kathleen | Aug 26th, 2013 at 6:33 am
    I will develop and facilitate a support group available to the residents of Winnebago County.

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    Beth | Aug 21st, 2013 at 10:24 am
    My cousin moved here to go to college and doesnt know anyone. I will invite her over for dinner.

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    Melissa | Aug 21st, 2013 at 10:22 am
    I will take my mom to lunch because she has been feeling kind of lonely recently.

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    Renee | Jul 27th, 2013 at 1:31 pm
    I am taking my neighbor who has 2 young children and works full time to show her resale shops for kids clothes to save her money.

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    Karlene | Jul 23rd, 2013 at 11:34 am
    I will take my friends kids overnight so they can have a night off.

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    Kate | Jul 23rd, 2013 at 11:33 am
    I will take a friend of mine out for dinner since I know she's been feeling couped up lately.

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    Michelle | Jul 22nd, 2013 at 2:20 pm
    Be a more active member of my community through volunteering and giving back.

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    Cherri | Jul 14th, 2013 at 9:12 pm
    I spent time with my 90 year old aunt. She typically sits alone in her apt so I brought her out to the cabin so she could be with family. Ch

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    Heidi | Jul 13th, 2013 at 9:14 am
    I will spend time meeting my neighbors.

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    Kristin | Jul 10th, 2013 at 2:42 pm
    I will visit a woman who recently had a miscarriage as an Elizabeth Minister (@ElizabethMnstry).

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    Ashley | Jul 10th, 2013 at 1:05 pm
    I will send thinking of you cards in the mail

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    kathy | Jul 6th, 2013 at 9:02 am
    ask you for help !

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    Rejaunne | Jul 4th, 2013 at 9:16 pm
    I'm a single mother of a handicap/ dependent child. I have no family and my sons father lives out of state. I work full time and care for my son the rest of the time. As he gets older I find myself becoming more and more isolated. People stopped asking me

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    Lisa | Jun 29th, 2013 at 11:04 pm
    I will have a kind word and a smile for anyone I meet.

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    Steve | Jun 29th, 2013 at 6:50 am
    I will move in.

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    trish | Jun 28th, 2013 at 2:26 pm
    I will work harder as a school counselor and continue to help with friendship and empathy.

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    melinda | Jun 24th, 2013 at 3:17 pm
    Meet my neighbors.

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    Eva | Jun 19th, 2013 at 4:00 pm
    Take my friend, who I haven't talked to in a while, out for lunch!

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    Sarah | Jun 19th, 2013 at 1:15 pm
    Spend time with friends that are alone. And spend time with my mom and family.

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    James | Jun 19th, 2013 at 1:04 pm
    I will listen if someone needs a friend to talk to, take a walk by the water or a chat in the park.

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    Beth | Jun 18th, 2013 at 11:54 am
    My friend lost her job, I will invite her over for wine so she doesn't have to spend money to socialize

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    Tom | Jun 14th, 2013 at 11:27 am
    Work hard to build a strong sense of shared community.

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    Heidi | Jun 12th, 2013 at 2:02 pm
    Visit Grandpa OB more frequently an ensure my daughter sees him more often, too.

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    Renee | Jun 12th, 2013 at 11:47 am
    I will go talk to the neighbor down the street who is elderly, alone and walks his dog all day and night alone.

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    Alex | Jun 12th, 2013 at 7:39 am
    My next extra ticket to a show is going to that friend who lost her husband.

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    Mandy | Jun 11th, 2013 at 5:59 pm
    I will ask someone who has to go home alone to an empty house to wine or dinner.

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    Ann | Jun 11th, 2013 at 5:54 pm
    I will take my new coworker out to meet new friends.

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    Elizabeth | Jun 11th, 2013 at 5:49 pm
    Invite my new neighbors over for a BBQ

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    Leah | Jun 11th, 2013 at 3:48 pm
    I will plan a girls night with my sister who is overwhelmed with her new twin babies.

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    [Leah] [Jul 19th, 2013 at 2:16 pm]
    We plan a dinner and TV night every monday. I've also made an effort to see if she wants to run errands or go shopping for things that we both need to do... instead of doing it alone :)

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    Ann | May 15th, 2013 at 10:16 am
    I will take dinner to my elderly neighbor who lost her husband last year. I know she has been feeling very alone even though she keeps busy.

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    Ann | May 15th, 2013 at 10:16 am
    I will take dinner to my elderly neighbor who lost her husband last year. I know she has been feeling very alone even though she keeps busy.

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