A couple weeks ago my aunt passed away. Aunt Ginny was 101 and had a great life. She lived in a little town and went to a little church and was friends with everybody. When someone was in need - she was the first to help. Many people stayed with her over the years when something was wrong with thier home like a fire or storm damage. She was a very giving person. In her will she stated "anything I have that someone needs, give it to them and whatever is left donate to the disabled american vets org." I read her will in church wednesday night (about 20 people were there) and stated that we (the family) would have an open house saturday starting at noon. Anyone that wanted a momento to remember her by was welcome. Her church got behind this and it evolved into a sort of remembrance/picnic. Her pastor was there and most of the congregation and it was a day she would have loved. Some people took some small things to remember her by, most just came to remember her and celebrate her long life. However - the greedy also showed up. There was a group of them that showed up early and wanted to pick thru her stuff NOW and not wait until noon. I didn't know these people and asked them to wait until noon. They begrudgingly (is that a word?) waited. At noon the pastor started a small remembrance prayer and then invited everyone to participate in aunt Ginny's last wishes. As I said before, most were there to remember her. The early group had already "taken inventory" and went into the house like a tornado. One guy (he came with a truck and trailer and help) was taking whatever they could grab. When it was done, most people were just standing back and trying to stay out of the way of the greedy hoard. The lightbulbs on the bathroom vanity were gone, her pantry was totally empty, trash cans, garden hose, broom, dishes, pots and pans, beds, linens, towels, even the soap was gone. 95% went into the truck and trailer. I asked the pastor if he knew who they were and he replied "I've never seen them before". My aunt would not have stopped them and would have said that they needed the things or they wouldn't have taken them. The last thing she would have done is tell someone to stop. The Disabled American Vetrans Org. got nothing. I had to go buy a broom and trash cans to clean up the mess that was left. There is a definite difference between needy and greedy.