Imagine hauling your basket of clothes to the laundromat and finding that all the washing machines already had the quarters in the slots. It is your lucky day. Instead of paying, all you have to do is push in the coin tray to start the machine.
That happened Thursday at a laundromat in town because of the employees at Dr. David Lee Merxbauer's Dental Center.
Merxbauer and his staff have been practicing random acts of kindness this holiday season.
I was tipped off to Merxbauer's efforts by a friend of mine who was standing in line at McDonald's Wednesday morning. When he went to pay for his order, the server told him his bill was paid. My friend was handed a card that said "Blessings from Dr. Merxbauer's Dental Center Team."
I called Merxbauer to ask him about it. He told me the staff just dropped off some money to McDonald's and told them to pay the bill for every 15th customer or so until the money was gone.
"Sometimes people get pessimistic about the world and this gives them a bright spot," he said. "The staff decided to perform simple, generous acts to put some kindness out there and hopefully that kindness will spread. It is like that movie 'Pay It Forward' except we don't really expect anything in return."
The dental staff has delivered baskets of goodies to people and is thinking of other ways to spread the joy this holiday season.
"It has almost become a competition among our staff to think of ways to surprise people," Merxbauer said. "This whole activity has probably been better for us than the people that get the surprise."
I have often thought that simple acts of kindness can have a bigger impact then they appear on the surface. Sometime they are just a "day brighteners" that are forgotten after a few days.
At other times, they can last a lifetime.
Imagine if a single mom with three kids was the 15th person in line at McDonald's that day. As she stood there worrying about how she is going to afford Christmas presents this year, the server tells her that her bill is paid. She might remember that for a long time.
Water tower antenna
I saw in a legal notice that some wireless telecommunications equipment is being proposed for the water tower at South Washington Street and 12th Avenue Southeast.
I called Jeromy Pribil in Iowa who was listed as the contact person. He told me that AT&T is the company that wants to install the equipment, including an antenna.
The equipment would be installed 111 feet above ground on the 150-foot tower and be used for AT&T wireless customers. Pribil works for a company called Impact7G which helps companies acquire permits. Right now he is working on an environmental permit, which looks at any impact the installation would have on historic property.
Individuals with concerns can contact him at Impact7G, 6505 Merle Hay Road, Suite B, Johnston, Iowa 50131 or call 515-473-6256.
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