Archive | August, 2013
“… instead of asking for presents for herself, she had us bring things to donate for the needy & less fortunate…”28 Aug
Jennifer Oakes wrote: “My friend Krystle is totally adorable. Today we had a BBQ cookout by the pool to celebrate her birthday, instead of asking for presents for herself, she had us bring things to donate for the needy & less fortunate. We get so wrapped up in ourselves, it’s nice to think about others.
Since the Kindness Blog started, the response received from you lovely folk out there has been positively overwhelming. We’re truly honoured and touched by your support.
In case you missed any of these, we thought it might be a good idea to share the top 15 posts thus far, which clearly show the oh-so-sweet magic of kindness!
Without further ado, and in no particular order, please enjoy…
Kindness Blog GOLD!!
- Act of Kindness; this man reads everyday at lunch to a man who cannot.
- Grandson Helping a Retired Coal Miner Through The Last Few Years of his life
- Tully is an Angel
- Barber of Kindness
- Being considerate of others will take your children further
- Bagel Jesus
- Rugby Player Visiting Little Girl In Hospital
- French Fry Brother
- A Kind Man Gives his Sandals to a Homeless Girl
- They Were for my Wife but I Think You Need Them More
- Hey you, yes *YOU*!
- Luke Rescues a Fox
- A Child’s Apology – To The Lady I Threw a Water Ballon At
- You Saw Me Crying At The Airport
- Boss’s Act of Kindness Prevents a Suicide
“This homeless man found a bunch of my wife’s stolen property strewn all over downtown Tulsa,” Redditor anitasanger wrote on Friday. “He took the time to gather it all up in the rain and call us for retrieval. I just want to recognize him as an awesome human being.”
A few commenters wrote that they recognized the man from a day center for the homeless.
“Repay him, go to that day centre [sic] and help out,” one Redditor suggested. “That is what he would want,” he wrote, and included a link to the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless.
“He didn’t want a thing in return,” anitasanger mentioned later. “We gave him the $15 we had and thanked him for his kindness. It’s awesome to be reminded that there is a lot of good in the world.“
Sources: Huffington Post & reddit
Passing through Grand Central Station, I noticed a man shouting into the crowd at the base of the escalators. My brain registered wild hair, scraggly beard, old clothes, shouting at no one in particular, and I took a half-step in another direction to give him a wider berth.
Then I realized the apparently homeless man was actually shouting at a young Asian woman who could have been cast as the confused tourist in any summer movie. She had tried to pass through the turnstile but her MetroCard had failed.
The homeless man was waving her back, saying: “You put it in upside down! Just turn it the other way!” She tentatively returned to the turnstile and did as instructed, but this time she got the “swipe again” message.
“Don’t worry,” he explained, “just do it again, this time straight through. Don’t hesitate.” She followed his instructions and a huge grin lighted her face when she finally made it through.
The young woman stopped on the other side, said something I could not hear and bowed slightly. The homeless gentleman bowed in response, then turned and shuffled away, a reminder that grace and human kindness can come from unexpected sources.
105-year-old Edythe Kirchmaier is quite a woman. Not only is she California’s oldest driver – she just renewed her license this January after passing the test without incident – she has a perfect 86-year driving record without so much as a parking violation. In fact, she’s been driving for so long that she learned how on a Ford Model T (how many people alive today have even driven one of those, much less learned on one?). On top of all that, Edythe is a philanthropist; she’s been volunteering at Direct Relief, which provides free medications for people in need, for 40 years. You may have even seen her on TV earlier this year spreading the word.
So when Edythe’s 1997 minivan began breaking down, an anonymous fan did what any completely selfless person of means would: they gifted her a brand-new 2013 Honda Civic, ensuring that Edythe can continue working for the cause she loves. Check her out on Facebook – she’s the social media site’s oldest registered user – and scroll down to the press release for more on this heartwarming story.