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This was a quick and easy Random Act of Kindness… adding a few quarters to a donation jar. In this case, it was a Boy Scout fundraiser set up right outside a grocery store. No, I didn’t want any popcorn. Yes, I was in a rush. But it was for the Boy Scouts. How could I say no?

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A few days ago a friend of mine was asking for donations for a church project where they were gathering items to share with children entering the foster care system. He listed specific items needed and I knew this would become another Random Act of Kindness. Now I know I have posted before about donating items (see Random Act of Kindness #7), but this request was near and dear to my heart for several reasons:

  • My dear cousin Amy (and her brother David) were foster care kids, adopted with love into our family;
  • My best friend Lisa adopted two of her four children from the foster care system;
  • My sister donated many personal care/beauty products to my Celebrate Kindness project, which I had already planned to use as “blessing bags” for anyone that needed them.

I gathered blankets, made blessing bags, and had the children choose their favorite stuffed animals to donate to the cause.

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I passed along our blessings of kindness to James, and gave him my business card so he could pay it forward, too.

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Little things we take for granted, such as warm blankets and cuddly stuffed animals, can absolutely make a positive impact in someone’s day. It doesn’t take much to make a child feel loved and important. What can YOU do to bless someone with kindness? Be inspired! 🙂

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Saturday morning yard sales.  Have you ever had a yard sale before?  Surely if you’ve never had one yourself, you’ve driven past one or maybe even stopped at one if something unique caught your eye.  Or maybe you are an avid yard saler, planning out your destinations with newspaper or Craigslist ads.  I think I fall somewhere in the middle.  At one point of my life, I was an avid yard saler (even stopped at a yard sale on my wedding day with my maid of honor as we were heading to get our hair done!)  Now, with 3 kids and a husband who has marathon training runs on Saturday mornings, I rarely get caught up in the yard sale hype anymore.

Until now.

Some gals I know sent me a message that they were hosting an “Adoption Yard and Bake Sale”.  Of course the title alone intrigued me.  At first I thought it was an animal adoption event (I do NOT need any more pets in my home!!)  Then, after reading more, I realized it was a benefit yard sale to help a wonderful family we know raise money to adopt another child.  The message was merely letting people know the details of the event, but I couldn’t resist the now-quite-familiar tug at my heart.  I knew I had to perform another act of kindness!

So I spent the week sorting things in my house (“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, right?) and I realized three things:  1) I have too much junk in my house.  2)  I have too much junk in my house.  3) I have too much junk in my house.  Bean bags we haven’t used in years.  A lamp that was never big enough to light anything.  Movies.  Toys.  Blankets.  The more items I priced the more items I found.  It was like a treasure hunt in my own house!

Then as I was walking through my dining room, I saw them.  My most adored Charming Tales collectible figurines.  Cute little mice, intricately detailed with such precision you could see the individual hairs poke through on the mice’s ears.  I started this collection twelve years ago with the passing of my grandmother, who had her own mice collectibles.  These mice reminded me of her, kept her memory alive.  But did I really NEED them?

That question stopped me in my tracks.  Did I really NEED them?  Well, of course I did!  They were my collectibles!  I have them because of Grandma!  But wait… did I REALLY need them?  In an instant I knew the answer.  No, I did not NEED them.  I did not need a figurine collection to remind me of my grandmother’s legacy of laughter and love.  Those memories had long been sealed in my heart with every sunrise, rain storm, and flickering light I saw around me.  These cute little mice, which were once so near and dear to my heart, had been transformed by time into painted objects that required a little too much dusting for my busy life.  No.  I did not need them.  And despite the sentimental attachment I had placed on every figurine, they each received a pricing sticker and were added to the donation pile.

By the end of the week I had accumulated a small stack of items to donate to the yard sale.  I priced everything so there would be no additional work for someone else to do.

I even made cookies with my daughter to donate to the bake sale – 3 cookies for $0.50.  We ended up making 16 bags worth of cookies!

I dropped off my items to the yard sale and was amazed by the quantity of STUFF other people had also donated as acts of kindness.  My cookies and collectibles were nothing compared to the other items donated (A treadmill!  Tools!  An entire bathroom ensemble!), and yet I knew in my heart that it was important for me to be a part of this event.  It was truly inspirational to see all the ways this family would be blessed by everyone simply clearing out unwanted items from their home.

So the next time you drive by a yard sale, consider stopping by.  You never know who might be blessed from your purchase!  🙂

One of the immense joys of approaching your 40th birthday is receiving the mailed notification from the Department of Motor Vehicles that you need a new driver’s license.  With a new photo.  New paperwork.  The works.  Wait… am I using my sarcasm font for this post?  Joyous?  Definitely not.  I haven’t updated my license in years – 9 years to be exact.  For once, I actually LIKED the photo they took (despite being pregnant with my second child – maybe it was that maternal glow?) and I was determined to keep that photo permanently affixed to my license for all eternity.  But alas, the choice was not mine to make.  DMV… here I come.

The paperwork was simple.  Name.  Check.  Address.  Check.  Organ Donation.  Check.  I sat holding a numbered ticket waiting to be called, staring at the clock slowly ticking my life away.   Forty minutes later, the dreaded photo had been taken, and I was out the door free to go about my merry way.  There was nothing monumental or exciting about the task, just another line item checked off my to-do list.

Until today.  Scanning through Facebook posts of my friends, one post stopped me in my tracks.  A friend of mine was writing a thank you note to the family whose organ donation extended her father’s life.  Because of one person’s choice to put a check beside “Organ Donation” on their driver’s license, my friend had another 870 days of life, love and laughter with her dad.  One check.  One choice.  870 days.  WOW.  That is what I call an unselfish act of kindness right there!

Which brings me to my Random Act of Kindness for the day.  I am an organ donor.  When my time here on earth is done, I have no need whatsoever for this earthly body God gave me.  Take it.  Use it.  Bless others.  Give someone else the joy of 870 days.  How exciting to know that even after I am gone, I will STILL perform a random act of kindness!

If you are already an organ donor, celebrate your kindness!  If you are not an organ donor, consider the possibility.  You truly can change someone’s life.

If you would like to read my friend’s thank you note click here.  If you would like more information on becoming an organ donor, visit http://www.organdonor.gov.  Be blessed, my friends!


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