I got the idea from another forum and thought I would pass it on. Let me make it very clear: I am not trying to pat myself on the back, but with the number of struggling people out there I'm sure we all can help.
The idea is to do something for someone with the hope/stipulation that that person passes it on.
In my case it developed by accident. My son has an extremely generous heart and also delights in showing pictures of my various gun projects to the guys he works with. This has resulted in numerous requests to fix, restore, clean or refinish various firearms. Since I enjoy doing such things as an amateur, I was willing to tackle what I can. Suddenly I was faced with a backlog, all of whom agreed to my terms:
1. No firearms that might have their value decreased by restoration.
2. Nothing is to be disassembled before I get it.
3. No bugging me about when it gets done.
4. No firearms I deem to be unsafe unless I can repair them.
The only other condition is that other than any parts required (agreed upon) the cost is that they use any talent that they may have to help someone else. Since everyone my son works with has talents in other fields, this isn't a hard condition for them to meet.
A good example was the guy who brought me an old .410 single barrel that looked to have been left in a bucket of water for years to rust. The stock was loose, scarred and gouged and the forearm was held on with duct tape. It was all he had left from his grandfather and wanted it to look like it did when he was young. After polishing, bluing, glassing the contact areas of the stock and reinforcing the forearm latch, refinishing the wood and replacing the butt-plate with one from Numrich Arms it was done. He actually started crying when he picked it up. He offered me $50 for the job...I took the $10 it cost for the butt-plate and reminded him of what he had to do. He ended up mowing the yard of the elderly lady next door to him all this summer.
I have had a badly rusted Remington 1100 (plumbing job), damage stocked Savage 110 (computer lessons for an elder neighbor), rusted Winchester M12 (cleaning of neighbor's gutters) and several more. And the list grows!
This one is for a carburetor job on his neighbor's lawn tractor.
What can you do to keep the ball rolling?