Resident Borrows Milk, Crown Royal from Neighbor


One of the many benefits to living in Stapleton is the closeness of the community and that you really get to know your neighbors. Because of this, neighbors often pass down baby clothes, kids sporting equipment, watch each other’s pets or children, water each other’s flowers, and of course borrow household goods. Typically, these items include baking goods such as eggs, flour, sugar, or even sometimes the occasional power tool.

Recently, resident Dave Leonhart took it a step further. “I had been drinking a lot during the day, and I didn’t want to get in the car to go anywhere,” says Leonhart. “My wife had told me to make sure to get milk for the kids, and I completely forgot about it.”

Dave called a trusted neighbor and asked if he could come by to borrow some milk. “We often borrow these types of things from each other, so it was no big deal,” says Elise Kloster. “When he came over, I had the milk all ready to go for him when he said, ‘would you mind throwing in some Crown Royal as well?’ Luckily, I did have some, but it was the first time either of us has asked to borrow alcohol from the other, so I guess the flood gates are open.”

“Elise is a great neighbor, and I would absolutely do the same for her in her time of need,” said Leonhart. “In fact, I look forward to it.”

SUN Outreach leader Helen Buchan does not necessarily disapprove of the practice. “It is all about how well you know your neighbors,” says Buchan. “If you feel it is something that you would give them, and something that you feel wouldn’t offend them, it should not be a problem at all. Just make sure that you are getting as much as you are giving as not to cause a strain in the relationship.”

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