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  Another one for your SCAM pages... I deleted the lengthy headers- this had been forwarded so many times... well- it wasn't the poem or the plea that made me cry....
  People should know there are people that could use their help more in their own back yard and that forwarded emails are worthless. AOL can't track the email and the headers indicated that it didn't even originate from an AOL address- or ZDnet. I am sure they know nothing about it. The poem is cute but it gets spoiled by the plea.
  A couple suggestions for people who would really like to help others... all the time you spend clicking the mouse and forwarding these types of emails can be put to better use!  Suggestions:
  • Clean out the garage and donate the stuff you don't want any more to Goodwill or a community service agency near you. Even the old computer can go to a computer technicians education program and if you don't know where one is- call the Department of Labor.
  • Donate your old car.
  • Give your elderly neighbor a hand with shopping.
  • Cut off your hair (Locks of Love).
  • More importantly give your time!!!

-Lady Di of Basset

Thank you dear lady: And your submission is now posted as sent... sort of. (the Desk added the link to the 'Locks of Love' at Hope you don't mind.)
    There seems to be no end to these things, as well as no end to the well meaning, but misguided and/or deluded souls who forward them "just in case it may help". So the battle against ignorance will never end. what was that quote about one being born every minute? In any case….
    For further information on this and other HOAXES please see the following links:
Info from the F-Secure site: Datafellows

    And Oh, by the way… AOL and others listed in these things have REPEATEDLY denied any knowledge of or involvement in these types of things. This particular letter (sometimes with a heart touching picture) has been circulating since at least 1998. The name, age, sponsors and a few other details have been changed now and again, but it is the same HOAX.

Thanks again- Dr. Leftover

[NOTE: Poem and letter have NOT been edited, presented as received, typos and all]

Subject: FW: to a child. do not delete (aol is tracking this)
Just for this morning, I am
going to step over the laundry,
and pick you up and take you to the park to

Just for this morning, I will
leave the dishes in the sink,
and let you teach me how to put that puzzle
of yours together.

Just for this afternoon, I will
unplug the telephone and
keep the computer off, and sit with you in the
backyard and blow bubbles.

Just for this afternoon, I will
not yell once, not even a
tiny grumble when
you scream and whine for the ice
cream truck, and I will buy you one if
he comes by.

Just for this afternoon, I won't
worry about what you are
going to be when you grow up, or second guess
every decision I have made
where you are concerned.

Just for this afternoon, I will let
you help me bake cookies, and I won't
stand over you trying to fix them.
Just for this afternoon, I will take
us to McDon ald's and buy us both a
Happy Meal so you can have both toys.

Ju! st for this evening, I will hold
you in my arms and tell you a story
about how you were born and how
much I love you.

Just for this evening, I will let
you splash in the tub and
not get angry.

Just for this evening, I will let
you stay up late while we sit on the
porch and count all the stars.

Just for this evening, I will
snuggle beside you for hours,
and miss my favorite TV shows.
&nbs p; Just for this evening when I run
my finger through your hair
as you pray, I will simply be grate! ful that God
has given me the greatest gift ever

I will think about the mothers
And fathers who are searching
for their missing children,
the mothers and fathers who are
visiting their children's graves
instead of their bedrooms, and mothers and
fathers who are in hospital rooms watching
their children suffer senselessly, and screaming inside that they
can't handle it anymore.

And when I kiss you good night I
will hold you a little tighter, a
little longer. It is then, that I will
thank God for you, and ask
him for nothing, except one more day.............

Hi. I am a 29 year old father. Me and ! my wife have had a wonderful Life together. God blessed us with a child too. Our daughter's name is Rachel, and she is 10 years old. Not long ago did the doctors detect brain Cancer in her little body. There is only one way to save her and that is an operation.

Sadly we don't have the money for the operation.
AOL and Zdnet have agreed to help us. The only way they can help is this:
If you send this email to other people, AOL will track this email and count how many people get it. Every person that opens this email and sends it to at least 3 people will give us 32c.


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