The Kindness Of Some & Selfishness of One

Follower that have been with me for a while have read about the Round Robin Trash To Treasure Swap I started back in October. Things where going really well, too well actually. Everyone was so generous that the single medium flat rate box grew into 2 boxes.

We decided to detour the boxes back to myself so I could pare down the contents and return a single package back to it’s course.

The items I took from the box were used to hold a giveaway for the Mystery Box of goodies. The winner was the very deserving Betty Jo H. I say deserving, because she is the sweetest most generous person. But I guess I should tell you the full story before I go into the rest of this story.

I mailed off the swap box to the next person in line. She let us all know received the box. After many days of not hearing from her. I became worried that something was wrong, because I hadn’t that she had mailed the swap box off to the next person.

I tried called her house and emailing several times, but I never got a response from the missing swapper. Seems she has just dropped off the face of the earth. Having friends with good ideas, I contacted her polymer clay guild officers to see if they knew if she was okay. Maybe there was some sort of family emergency or something.

I got several responses from the guild, but only one person had any helpful information. Our swapper was fine. Not sick, no death in the family. She has “stuff” going on and hadn’t been able to mail the box yet. Well, gee wiz. We all have “stuff” going on in our lives, right?

It’s been a month now since she got our swap box. Still no response, still no package. I hope she reads this and realizes that all her credibility is gone. She’s simply a thief now. Many swappers offered to help pay the postage if that was the reason she hadn’t mailed the swap box. So no excuse there.

I feel so horrible that 19 people didn’t have a chance to rummage through that swap box. There were items in there that were to go to specific people as gifts. All lost because of one persons selfish, inexcusable behavior.

So that covers the “Selfishness of One” part. Now the good news ๐Ÿ™‚ The winner of the Mystery Box, Betty Jo, has very generously offered up her prize to the swap group as a way to carry on the Trash To Treasure Swap. YEAH !!!!!!!!!! To top it off, when people at the Polymer Clay Central Forum found out about what was going on, 4 different people offered to send stuff to add to the box to beef it up a bit and insisted they wanted nothing in return.

It never ceases to amaze me how generous polymer clayers can be to each other. Claying It Forward is a wonderful thing, yes? ๐Ÿ™‚ I want to give a HUGE heartfelt thanks to these very generous people. It’s friends like you that make the world a better place.

Wow, that was a long ramble. Longest post so far.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Don’t expect this all the time.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jackie
    Jan 24, 2010 @ 19:01:36

    Tonja – it’s a shame it happened that way, except that “claying it forward” is a good thing for the giver as well as the receiver, so it’s a win-win situation in the end. Thank you for hosting the swap – even as a non-participant, keeping up with the journey of all the goodies has been really fun!

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  2. aims
    Jan 25, 2010 @ 19:59:40

    What a shame that one person had to ruin it for everyone. I hope she is embarrassed enough to do the right thing but by the sounds of it even that wouldn’t work. Really too bad a rotten apple got into the bunch. At least she didn’t spoil everything!

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