A Way To Give Back

The City of El Paso has approved code inspectors to begin ticketing people for various code violations such as lawns with overgrown weeds or trash in the yard.  The fine will be $52 beginning in January.

I was a little ticked that this was approved because many inspectors who work their designated areas know a lot of the people who reside in the neighborhoods they inspect.  They are like postal workers, they know their neighbors.

The elderly make up a great number of the population in older neighborhoods and unfortunately for them, they don’t have the means to pull weeds from their lawns with any kind of frequency, especially after a hard rain or clean up trash when the winds blow in  March.

In the spirit of the holiday, I posted a brief message on Facebook:

If you know of any elderly neighbors or if you have elderly parents who can’t take care of their lawns, please VOLUNTEER to clean up for them!  It’s not fair for the city to continue to fine them because they are needing assistance and perhaps can’t get it.  All you high school kids who are on Christmas break, this is a GREAT way to give back.  That goes for you young people in college too.  Now and all year ’round.  Let’s get to work!

In response to:

New parking citations are coming next month!  The city has approved code inspectors to begin ticketing people who park their cars on their lawns, public sidewalks or unapproved surfaces. The code inspectors will also be able to ticket you for blocking driveways, improper storage of items, unsightly weeds, and trash in yards.  40 code inspectors will begin enforcement primarily in residential areas. Violations will cost you $52.
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Giving back or volunteering doesn’t need to be a thing to do at Thanksgiving or Christmas and much less be advertised or promoted.  Something like this should be done with a humble heart and anonymously.  It shouldn’t be a photo opportunity or a trend to make you look good.  Giving back should be done throughout the year and with commitment.  People need help now.  They can’t wait around for the holidays.  It also doesn’t have to be a hard thing to do either.  A simple gesture, a kind word, a small gift goes a long way.

4 Responses to A Way To Give Back

  1. Auth says:

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  2. Thank you for publishing this entry. It is really useful for me.

    • Monica Gardea says:

      Thanks! Believe it or not this was circulated quite quickly when it appeared on Facebook and I was surprised that a lot of people agreed with me. There is this thinking here that if you own your own house you should take care of it no matter who you are, but it doesn’t hurt to help out once in awhile. There is this staunch “too bad” attitude that ticks me off in some young kids I know, based on some of the feedback I got from them. “Sigh”

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