April 1st this year means no job for dozens of Davenport workers.

John Deere announced today that 100 workers will be laid off indefinitely.

According to the statement, the layoffs were part of “the company’s ongoing efforts to balance the size of its manufacturing workforce with market demand for products at individual factories.”

These layoffs effect the division of forestry and construction. Get the full story at WQAD.com.

No doubt, this will effect  numerous families in our community. If you've ever been laid off or lost a job, you know exactly how that feels. With the economy not doing as well as in times past, one way to think about helping, is by paying it forward.

Sometimes just a simple 'thinking of you' gesture can mean the world to a family transitioning from a layoff. I know this from personal experience.

Years ago, when my children were little and our family found ourselves in this position, some local families did an amazing thing. They collected money from neighbors in the community and went grocery shopping. When they showed up at our back door one Sunday afternoon, they wouldn't take 'no' for an answer. They didn't even give the opportunity.

With open hearts and full arms, grocery bag after grocery bag poured in the kitchen. Soon, the counters and floor were covered. I was speechless! (that doesn't happen very often with me!) I was so touched that a few friends would think to take time out of their busy schedules to help to that degree. They wanted to help take a little pressure off. Not only did it do that, but it let us know how much love there still is in the world, as we were smack-dab-in-the-middle of a hard time. It's one of my treasured memories.