"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!

 

 

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!

I got out of my car and noticed a wallet on the ground. So I picked it up threw it into my purse until I got back into my car. Looked around as I went into the store just to see if anyone was looking for anything. No luck. Got back into my car and opened it to see if there was any phone number so I could call the person and tell them I had found their wallet. I'm sure the person was frantic. Of course no phone number to be found. A few credit/ atm cards , 2 other cards , license and $253.00 cash. So I thought well it is a bit late and I don't know this person so I better not drive over to their house with it so instead I drove it to the FVPD. Gave it to dispatch and she said they will try to contact the person. About an hour later the police dispatch called me to let me know that they did reach the owner and he came to pick up his wallet. He asked her for my phone number and she said she could not give it to him. So he asked her to call me to let me know how incredibly grateful he was that I turned it in and even more shocked that every single dollar was still inside of it. She said he could not thank me enough. It is sad that in this day and age people don't do the right thing and return what doesn't belong to them. Moral of the story is I really was happy to know that the wallet got back to the owner and happy to know that he was so happy that his money was still there. Who knows it could have been the end of his money to pay a bill or buy food. I am not posting this for attention by any means. I am posting it hoping that people do the right thing as easy as it was I could have taken all the money and threw the wallet away but I wouldn't have even thought of doing that. All ends well. Thank you FVPD for calling me to let me know.

I had just come out of the post office after buying stamps. As I walked past the mailboxes that were outside, a woman walked up about to mail a letter. She rolled her eyes and complained to herself because she forgot to put a stamp on the letter. "Here", I said as I was peeling off a stamp and handing it to her, "just bought them, no reason not to share." A small thing to me, but saved her from standing on the long line inside.

 

 

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?