We live in a world where it appears many have forgotten about the value of kindness.
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Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate. - Abert Schweitzer
Members of a church in Santa Clara, California made and donated “stay healthy” kits to their community. Members of the World Mission Society Church of God made kits that contain items to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 including masks, hand sanitizers, alcohol sprays, soap and wipes.
Alejandra Garcia, volunteer coordinator at the church told the The Signal in Santa Clara, “Since we’re not able to gather like before, we haven’t seen many of our friends and family in the community, so we decided to do something nice for them to not feel as alone.”
She added, “(We wanted to) give them something that they will use because these (supplies) are something that is very needed through this health crisis.”
The paper reported, some of the church members who put together these kits lost their jobs or were furloughed due to the pandemic, so they decided to use the free time they had to do something encouraging, according to Garcia.
“During these times, it’s very encouraging to see that people care for you despite the negative things happening with this pandemic going on and people losing their jobs,” Garcia said. “Acts of kindness are very encouraging during these unprecedented times, so it was great to be able to do an activity like this for the community we love.”
Acts of Kindness Matter in Santa Clara, California
“When cleaning out my late mother’s home for sale I came upon a number of books, that I had read as a young man, and now I am sure must be out of print.
My friend Michael has a college age son who plays organized baseball, and his lifelong goal has been to become a Major League pitcher. I sent him 3 baseball books I’m sure he has never read.
Another friend of mine has a son who is a George Washington scholar. I sent him an out of print biography of our first president.
I could picture each of their smiles at the other end of the phone call, when
they thanked me.”
Mark, New York
A London man, Steve Farmer, posted on Facebook how he’d gone to work after the quarantine was lifted and had forgotten his work pass. As a result he had to lock his bike just outside an underground station next to his offices in London. When he returned to retrieve his bike that evening he found just his lock that had been cut and the bike was missing.
He thought he would never see his bike again. However, as he went to inquire at the station about any cameras might have filmed the robbery, a rail worker, Abdul Muneeb, rushed over to him and asked him to unlock the broken bike lock to prove he was the owner. One the lock opened, Muneeb said, “I have your bike.”
Muneeb told Farmer how he had spotted someone cutting the bike lock with bolt cutters earlier on during his shift. He stopped the man from stealing the bike and then wheeled it to safety. Muneeb waited four hours after his shift had ended so he could see the bike returned to its rightful owner.
Farmer was quoted as saying, “The world needs more Abduls, he is a legend of a man and a credit to his employer.”
Truly a great act of kindness!
After my husband passed away I did not have a lot of money and I had a lot of BILLS. To my shock and surprise the county water guy came to my house to inform me that I had a major water leak and that he was going to shut my water off till the leak could be located and fixed.
The biggest problem is I was expecting 100 people at my home for my husband's memorial and without water that was going to be next to impossible. I actually begged him to wait a few days so I could get prepared. Thank God he agreed to give me a week. I was so thankful, but this is not where it ended.
A few days later a pickup and trailer with a small excavator on it pulled up in front of my house.
Out came my oldest son and his best friend, then 2 more pickups pulled up. My husbands best friend and believe it or not the man that owned the local coffee shop. ( he is a plumber who would have known).
Out from the pickups came all the pipes, fittings, shovels and any and everything they may have ever needed to dig a trench and bury a new water main from my home to the meter.
These men were my Hero's it took about 3 hrs and they wouldn't take a dime. I am extremely Thankful for their act of caring kindness.
Sharon E. Washington
Many years ago, I worked at a radio station in Astoria as an announcer and sales rep. I was a member of the Astoria Jaycees. One year the Jaycees decided to do a Muscular Dystrophy project. KVAS agreed to host a radiothon to raise funds for the cause. I broadcast from the station for 20 hours asking for donations and encouraging people to bid on donated items. As I recall we generated over $10,000 for Muscular Dystrophy thanks to generosity of Chuck Farmer who was the owner of the station at that time. The next couple of years we continued to do the radiothons but moved them to a car dealership. The car dealer completely vacated his facility to allow the Jaycees to take over and use it for a flea market and other activities. We generated $15,000 to $20,000 in each of those years thanks to the owners of the car dealership and the radio station. Heck, the last year Cox Cable got involved and broadcast it over cable, too. We couldn't have done it without their acts of kindness.
We heard that a family had to make an emergency trip to California to rescue 2 very young grandchildren from a horribly abusive, drug filled and sexually molested environment, one child actually being near death. In doing so, the authorities required an inspection of the home in Oregon they were to be moved to with their grandparents so as not to allow the children to go from one terrible situation into another once they were released from the hospital. The trouble was that the grandparents had never had any idea that the children were in trouble (they were estranged with their son) or that they would be needing to step in and raise these children until immediately before they left in a hurry, so their home was not yet arranged with the necessary bedroom furniture, clothing, food, etc. that would be needed for their arrival. If they couldn't get that State approval, the children would be moved into foster care and the grandparents were determined not to let that happen to these traumatized kids. When we heard about the situation, we put a blast out on Facebook to what we called our "Angel Network" - a network of private individuals and businesses that were open to helping those in need. We got a beautiful "captain's ship" bunk bed for the oldest boy together with a dresser and a like-new crib for the baby girl, age-appropriate clothing, lamps and accessories along with a lot of fresh food for the kitchen. We got the keys from a family member and sent a crew up to scrub the place clean from top to bottom, set the furniture up and stock the kitchen, just literally a day before the inspection took place. They passed with flying colors and brought the kids home with them as a new family. All hearts were overflowing from the acts of kindness.
B L Oregon
I am an independent insurance broker, and use an agency to sell through. The owner makes money when I sell products through his company. Even so- this owner recommended me to someone who was looking for a professional with my skills. If I took the job, I would no longer be selling through his company. So I was recruited to work in a firm upon a recommendation from someone who would, in effect, lose a customer and income. He made the recommendation that would help two different parties- myself and the agency- even though it would be detrimental to him.
Brent D. Oregon
I got the mumps right at Halloween and I couldn't go out and trick or treat because of it. I was broken-hearted because we could never afford to do very much in the way of entertainment and so Halloween was the one time of the year that only cost the price of a home-made costume limited by the bounds of my imagination. So there I was, crying so much that my mom and dad told me I could participate by sitting in a chair about 10 feet from the door and watch all the trick or treaters that came to the house. I know they meant well, but I'm not sure it actually made me feel better or worse!
And of course if I could see them, they could see me, miserable and tear stained. So there I sat for about 2 hours, feeling very sorry for myself indeed, when a late straggler knocked on the door for more treats. Only this time, he told my mother that he'd already been to our door earlier in the evening so he didn't want more candy. He then handed her a pillowcase (our usual form of trick or treat container at that time) full of candy that he told her he had collected for her little girl who obviously was too sick to go out that night. ME!!!
And then without another word, he left without ever revealing who he was. I couldn't believe that someone, without being told, without wanting to take credit, without waiting for me to even thank him, would go out of his way with acts of kindness like that for a stranger. Or was I a stranger? Hmmm, I'll never know.
B L Salem, OR
For many years now, Chuck Zobrist has been collecting bottles and cans to help a number of families at Thanksgiving time. This last year he was able to give food boxes to more than 20 families.
He has also expanded his good deeds to include pizza for veterans, at Salem's Veteran's shelter, four times a years (20 pizzas each time). (Today, the 4th of July, is one of the four days for pizza.) He is also the one that has funded the Exchange Club Pumpkin Patch project. All great acts of kindness!
Jerry T, Capitol City Exchange Club, Salem, OR
I remembered when a gentleman I really respect, and who is highly respected in our community, told me out of the blue that he thought I was the best Longwood Rotary President the club has ever had. The way that made me feel, unexpectedly have you, was unbelievable. I was 10 miles high for quite a while with that compliment made for no other reason than someone giving me their act of kindness. As a lesson learned, I enjoy passing or “paying forward” to people who deserve to be told that they are appreciated when they were not even looking for it. Making someone feel special, is an act of kindness.
Bob L. Pennsylvania
Back when I was in college I took a Class in bowling for a PE credit. Apparently, it never dawned on me that the lanes were a pretty good hike for someone who had a class before that one. I did not have a car or even a bicycle on campus. I did have a friend from elementary and high school who not only had a car, he was in the same class! He drove me to and from every one of those classes. He didn’t have to do the acts of kindness, but he did and I appreciated it then and now.
Carol C. Oregon
I had just bought a used sports car, and it stopped working on the interstate, and I was stuck- in an era long before cell phones. I was not close to home, and the only people in the area I would know were a college friend's parents. I hopped the highway fence, found a pay phone, and reached her father. He stopped what he was doing, went to an auto parts store to buy the fuel pump I thought I needed, and rescued me on the freeway. I was able to fix it with a screw driver and some pliers while he waited to make sure I was going to be okay.
I had only met him once.
Brent D. Oregon
The Capitol City Exchange Club runs a food booth at various events to generate revenue to support their child abuse prevention program and other community projects. The club was able to acquire a used frosty machine from Brandon Eastman of Bentley’s Coffee in Salem. The club has been able to generate hundreds of dollars from Brandon’s generous ack of kindness and support of the organization.
Thank you Bentley's Coffee your act of kindness matters.
Capitol City Exchange Club
Acts of kindness comes in many sizes. Some are as simple as opening a door for someone, mowing the lawn for a neighbor, or giving someone a ride to the doctor.
Nonprofit organizations depend on acts of kindness every day. They are in constant need of donations and volunteers.
Police, fire, EMTs, and more are there because they care. Every day they perform acts of kindness.
Someone needs special care and many of the people in these professions go the extra mile to make sure the people they serve are cared for.
Many businesses encourage their employees to get involved in the community. They will pay their employees for their time working with nonprofits and other community groups and projects.
Have any of the above impacted your life? Let us know. We would like to share your story. Heck, we'll even thank them for you.
Our goal is to give you hope and inspiration. You can help us by sending Acts of Kindness you have experienced both now and in the past. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Acts of Kindness Matter no matter how big or small they are.