Finding myself with a lot of downtime recently, I was finally cleaning out my linen closet. It was stuffed with old linens and towels that I haven't used in quite a while. So I bagged them all up and brought them to the local animal shelter. The workers there were as happy to receive my clutter as I was to free up space in my closet!
My name is Naomi and for my 17th birthday, I wanted to make an impact in my community, especially during this current crisis. Before the crisis, I volunteered at St. Joseph's nursing home in Woodbridge, NJ. Sadly, the home got affected by Covid-19 and my ladies were transferred to a different facility. Many died and after I heard the news I wanted to do something to make the remaining smile. Over the past month and a half, I've worked on making 300 hand-made motivational cards. It took over 100 hours, but it was worth it to send out to the affected patients. I worked every day to make the cards and not only sent them to my ladies at St. Joseph's but to two other hospitals in New Jersey as well. Thank you to CareOne at Hanover, RWJ University Hospital Rahway, and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center for helping me make my birthday wish come true.
After breakfast at the local diner a few days ago, I went to the counter to pay my bill. As I waited behind the customer ahead of me, I overheard him tell the owner that he wanted to pay the bill for the two young military men finishing up their food. A beautiful reminder on a Sunday morning of the kindness that is out there.
After Christmas sale shopping can be just as crazy as shopping on Christmas Eve. A few days after Christmas, my sister was out looking for bargains. As she picked up the last bag of Dove chocolates (that was 75% off), she noticed an older woman talking to herself. She turned to my sister and asked her if she saw any Dove milk chocolates. At first, my sister answered, "No, sorry", and kept walking. As the look of disappointment on the woman's face came back to her, she searched for the woman in the store. When she found her, my sister enthusiastically called to her, "I found one last bag...here you go".
Grocery shopping can be a pain when you are short. There is always something you need on the top shelf way in the back. When I was shopping this morning, I was reaching for the chicken broth and knew it was a total waste of time. All of a sudden a long arm appeared over my head easily grabbing the container. "Thanks!" I said to the smiling stranger. "No problem", he said. "Sometimes the tall ones have to look out for the little ones." It was just a little thing, but kind of made my day a little brighter!