I posted in the "good news" thread about my mom's recent cancer diagnosis and better-than-expected recovery process. During this time, we've found out that the company my stepdad is (temporarily) working for is made of pretty awesome people.
BG: Stepdad is a graphic designer, and has been out of a full-time job for ~2 years. He works contract positions & freelances while hoping a FT job will appear. He had been in the current job for about 2 weeks when mom's diagnosis came through.
Awesome 1 - His boss immediately told him that whatever time he needed off would not be a problem. (Unpaid, of course, but still good to know that he could spend the day of the surgery at the hospital without worrying about losing the job)
Awesome 2 - The company had an employee picnic with raffle, and Stepdad's boss entered his name into the raffle. Stepdad won the biggest prize - a 49" flat screen TV! We joked at home that they should now hire him full time to recoup their costs, lol.
Awesome 3 - Stepdad's car failed inspection. According to our trusted mechanic, the repair would be about $300, mostly for the part. Temporary company happens to manufacture and sell parts, and he was able to get the item in question for $40. Total cost of repair + labor = $130!
Things like this reinforce my belief that the universe is looking out for us :-)