More kindness of strangers

08/11/2012

There were times in my life, many years ago as a single mother, when I had to depend on the Food Bank more than once. Waiting in that long line was depressing beyond words. So after my second visit, I went home, created a large poster of calligraphy-written uplifting quotes about surviving hard times, and took it back to the Food Bank to cheer that long wait in the line. It didn’t cost me anything since I always had markers and a roll of paper for my boys to be artistic on (free ‘end-of-roll’ from a local print-shop), and the cost of the drive was minimal in my tiny Toyota back then. If I had come out of the Food Bank to an inspiring quote on my windshield (never mind the lotto ticket) that would have really made my day. This video inspires me to put uplifting notes on cars outside of unemployment offices and Food Banks. What do you think?

Anonymous Acts of Kindness – a sweet story, this is a short ‘good news’ segment, sure to bring a smile. 1:51 minutes.

30 responses to More kindness of strangers

  1. 

    I think it is a great idea, Gina. Depending on the time of year, along with a note or card you might want to consider including a flower, some candy, an item bought at a dollar store, or a one dollar gift certificate for a cup of coffee or dollar food item at a fast-food restaurant with a dollor menu, etc. I’ll bet you have a ot of fun doing it! Something as simple as a nice piece of chocolate can often brighten a person’s day–especially one that is commercially wrapped so they’ll know it is safe to eat..

    Russ

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      These are excellent ideas! I do agree about the commercially-wrapped thing, which is why I give sealed muffins or cookies to homeless people when I am downtown. Great suggestions about other items too, like a flower or other treat. Thank you Russ! You are a dear heart and I am so thankful to know you.
      Hugs, Gina

  2. 

    Love this! It reminds me of a Christmas day about 25 years ago when a man stopped his brand new Cadillac to help me in my old rust bucket of a car by pushing us from the side of the expressway to a gas station. It had to have damaged his car but he wasn’t going to leave me and my kids on the side of the road. Great post. Thanks for sharing.

  3. 

    I think it’s a great idea! I remember those hard times long ago. I always felt depressed after leaving the food pantry. I wanted to contribute to it…not be a client! But…it was because of the kindness of strangers and the volunteers running it that I learned how to give back later on in life when financial times looked up a bit. I would have loved to see a note of encouragment on my car. Thanks for sharing this!

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      Your comment here melts my heart, as I too felt the same way – wanting to be a contributor not a client! But now I CAN contribute and volunteer which comforts my heart. I am motivated to be an anonymous note-leaver on windshield wipers to cheer those who are down on their luck so they can remember that tough times are temporary! Things do get better, and people are good and kind. Grateful hugs to you, Gina

  4. 

    Love it, people like this confirm my faith in humanity!

  5. 

    Such heartwarming stories! Thank you so much for sharing πŸ™‚

  6. 

    Gina, this one literally brought a few tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing! And what creative ways of sharing kindness! Love, Cathy

  7. 

    Beautiful story! I once read an article in the New York Times about anonymous acts of kindness, people paying for other people’s dinners, coffee, and so forth.

  8. 

    Mimi at Waiting for the Karma Truck did something similar…with post it notes…she called it Love Bombs. Love this. I volunteer at a Food Bank, and sometimes I do see the sadness or embarrassment of some that enter…and I go out of my way to make sure they leave with a smile. It can be so hard for some to ask for help…we need to make it as painless for them as possible. Bless you Gina.
    xo

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      Oh Rhonda, dear heart, your amazing comments often bring bright tears to my eyes for you have a wise way of cutting to the heart of the matter. I love that about you! Yes asking for help is so hard, I did it for my 2 young sons to have better meals. But if we can make it painless, and even help bring a smile, then we are like angels on earth. Bless your heart dear one! I am so glad to have you as part of my blogging family here.
      Warm Hugs, Gina

  9. 

    I LOVE this! Thank you so much for sharing! I’m going to sit down with the kids today and help them brainstorm on how we can perform some random acts of kindness this week. Thank you. πŸ™‚
    Christina

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      That is absolutely wonderful! I’ve been thinking about where I can put up some inspiring posters, or nice notes on cars… but there are SO many ways to spread kindness. Good for you for getting inspired with your kids!
      Hugs πŸ™‚ Gina

  10. 
    Priyesh @ Meditation4All 08/13/2012 at 1:15 pm

    Inspired… Thanks for sharing

  11. 

    Heart warming and inspiring, thank you for sharing!

    Sheila

  12. 

    With the upcoming holidays, more people may be attuned to committing acts of kindness, but I hope that such acts of kindness — whether it be for a charity or a random act for a stranger on the path of one’s day — last throughout the year.

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      Well put Frances! Yes, let us hope that all acts of kindness may last throughout the year. Let’s make it a daily occurrence, and not just a ‘seasonal’ event. Cheers, Gina

  13. 
    1EarthUnited 11/07/2012 at 1:45 pm

    Wow, such heartwarming stories. Paying forward is such an awesome act of kindness, imagine if the whole world responded in kind! John Lennon would be smiling!

    • 

      Hello! So happy to have you here and I shall head right over to your blog ‘1earthnow’. Great name! I am glad you enjoyed and thanks for mentioning one of my heros: John Lennon. Not sure if you saw my older post dedicated to him but here’s the link to make it easy πŸ™‚ https://professionsforpeace.com/2012/06/22/john-lennon/ Thanks for dropping by and commenting.

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      Thanks for sending me over here ~ these are lovely stories — both of them… makes you realize the world can really be a wonderful place ~ everyone should learn from these!! Again ! appreciate! And also Gina ~ thanks for the fantastic share – great post! πŸ™‚ RL