20th Act of Kindness

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 Today, while I was on my way home from my annual appointment at the dermatologist with my mom, we decided to indulge ourselves with some McDonalds snack wraps, fries, and cokes. I was seriously craving some salty fries today. So bad, but so good. Don’t judge me… 

Anyway, as we were stuffing our faces at a red light, we noticed a young boy, probably 20, standing on the median, with a sign for an animal rescue shelter that was raising money and awareness. Being the animal lover that I am, I quickly went into my wallet and pulled out a couple bucks for the kid. He ran up to the car and gave us a quick lowdown of the foundation he was a part of, and then we got to talking about our animals that we rescued. 

My cat, Taz, was found on the streets of Baltimore as a kitten. When he was found, his face was covered in duck tape. Apparently some young boys tried to suffocate Taz by wrapping his face. You can tell that the tape was on for a long time because his whiskers are all bent and crooked. 

The thing that makes me so sad is that these kids were probably able to do this to him very easily because he is so trusting. He will jump into anybodies lap, roll over, and fall asleep. Its just how he is…I do not understand how people can be so cruel to such beautiful animals. 

Taz is this crazy cat, with a bunch of energy. We lost our other cat “Orange Kitty” (don’t laugh at his name, we love it) a couple years because to cancer and it really took us a while to want another cat. My family, like any other, gets super attached to their animals, and when we lose them, its like losing a member of the family. Taz has definitely been a blessing in disguise because he is so rambunctious and wild, but so sweet at the same time. We had such a hard time figuring out what his name would be, because we couldn’t all agree on something that perfectly fit his personality. Finally, we picked “Taz” which is short for Tasmanian Devil”. 

Any who, let me get back on track here…. So the kid was rambling on and on about the foundation and as he was talking I noticed the other, young boy, standing behind him, holding a sign stating that he was homeless and needed money.

This sign was different though. 

He said he needed some money so he could buy himself a suit. A suit for an interview. You see, he didn’t want people to just hand him money. He wanted to be able to be successful on his own, he just needed a little push. I quickly grabbed some money out of my purse, again, and yelled for him to come over! He was surprised, I am sure, because it took me so long to notice him. 

This kid seemed determined to better his living conditions, so I was determined to help. I know that I only gave him a couple dollars, but maybe it was the push necessary to get him in the right direction. 

A little can most definitely go a long way.

Ps. Here is a picture of Taz and me!

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17th Random Acts of Kindness

 

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With your motto #makeloveaverb you want to buy these t-shirts and spread the good deeds of this Company. It FEELS good. I just cannot explain it but I will try…

Kristin and James walked into my home and I really wanted to find a reason, any reason to say, “oh lord, hold on here, who are you”?  You see, I have known this wonderful girl since she was a child, watched her grow into a beautiful woman and I would even go, as far to say, “she is one of my own”.

Kristin is part of a trio bound by faith, friendship and also known as one of “the 3 musketeers”.  Jessica my daughter, Delaney and Kristin were inseparable for all of junior high and high school. She lived with us, vacationed with us and loved us as we did her. They all went their separate ways for college but have remained and will always remain sisters bound in faith. Friends for life.

We were all standing in the kitchen and James looked me in the eyes and well, said, ” he was in love with Kristin and had asked her to marry him”. He wanted our approval because he knew what she meant to us and what we meant to her.  I was stunned at his candor. I was taken back and at a loss of words. Something that usually never occurs.   All my brain would say to me was, oh dear, isn’t this to soon? They had only been dating for a short period of time.

Now, it was on. I wanted to know everything about this man. He started to tell me the story of him and I could not get enough of this guy. All I kept thinking to myself be, is this guy for real?

A story that will stick with me forever and this is just one of his “random acts of kindness”. He was a successful businessman and worked as a financial planner at JP Morgan Chase and was not finding any satisfaction in his success and was just not happy. He decided he wanted to give up all of his worldly possessions and live as a homeless person, just to see what it was like and how they felt. For TWO YEARS not a day in the life…  At first, I thought James was a nut bag but the more I actually listened to him, the more I wanted to know.  Not because I wanted to find something wrong with him but because he made me want to be a better person with every word. Every time I talk to him, his soul is beaming like a light that cannot be contained. He loves Jesus insanely, bleeds love and sacrifice but he actually lives his life to better the life of others. I could not have handpicked a better guy for her. They are meant for each other.

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On each product page, there is a description of which that specific product benefits. Your purchases empower people across the globe. You provide seamstress jobs to women rescued from the sex trade in India, school uniforms to orphans in Kenya, interview attire to homeless friends, wigs for women affected by cancer, diapers for single parents, and school backpacks for kids living in poverty right here in the USA. This isn’t charity. This is empowerment. How do we do so much as such a small operation? We identify organizations that have big hearts and are already doing well in their field, and then we provide financial backing so we can keep changing the world together! We can proudly say that we use 100% of the profit from your order for those in need. Please consider giving to our cause to keep our operations running.

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James, you are an example of what we should all be like…  Keep being a do-gooder…

14th Act of Kindness: From the Past

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Finally! Somebody shared me their story:)

I was talking to a friend of mine the other day about our Random Acts of Kindness so far, when he shared with me a great story from about three months ago.

Him and his friend were driving around one day when they came up to a stop light. They noticed that a man who happened to be homeless was walking up and down the sidewalk asking for spare change from those who were passing by. They stopped and realized they they didn’t have any money on them, only their cards.

The man noticed that they stopped and tried to grab their attention. They felt so bad because they really wanted to help the man out, but they didn’t have cash on them at the time. As they drove away they realized that if this man was out there all day, he must have been terribly hungry.

There was a deli around the corner so they stopped there and ordered the biggest sandwich on the menu. They brought it back to the man, who was still making his way up and down the sidewalk, and his reaction was more than what they could have expected.

Not only did this make his day, but they both walked away feeling really great.

I liked this because instead of just throwing the man a couple of loose dollars, they went out of their way to get him a nice sandwich that would fill him up for the rest of the day.

An idea for all of you who are reading this blog is that, in the future, when you pass someone on the street who may be homeless…give them water, food, shoes, clothes, etc. Make a care package full of things that  you do not use as much as you should.

I would definitely love to do something like this in the future, and I hope that this inspires all of you to do the same!