"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." ~ Aesop"

 

Random Acts of Kindness

Hopefully, the sharing of personal stories and experiences will help motivate and encourage others to keep spreading kindness. Whether it is an act of kindness that we have received, or one that we have done, or even one that we have witnessed. Let's try and make the world a better place, one random act of kindness at a time!

 

 

I thought I would treat my dog, whom I love dearly, to McDonalds which I don't do often but she really loves it. I had a bogo coupon for Egg McMuffins so I put her in the car and off to McDonalds we went. When I got to the window to pay for my food, I was informed by the worker that the person in the car in front of me had paid for my food. I was stunned and cried on the way home. I pulled myself together and after eating our breakfast, I got back in the car and went to my local grocery store and noticed a lady just about to pay for her groceries. I quickly ran over and said, "please let me do this for you" and I put my debit card in the machine and paid for her groceries. It made me feel so good. Again I cried all the way home. Tears of joy.

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!

 

 

Please share your experiences with all of us. Don't be put off because you fear that others will think you are just bragging or showing off. Look at it as sharing your personal story so that others may be encouraged and inspired to do the same. So, what's your kindness story?