Do you see me jumping up and down clapping? No? Because I’m jumping up and down clapping. I can not WAIT to share today’s post.
My friend Linda that I met through church and our Journey Group turned 50 this week and decided to do 50 random acts of kindness during the month.
I am turning 50 this year! I read on Pinterest about this woman that did random acts of kindness on her birthday. However old she was, she did that many acts of kindness. I thought it was such a wonderful idea that I wanted to do it for my 50th! I turn 50 on February 27, 2013. My plan is to do random acts throughout the month of February and write about them. I know God will use the “acts” in other’s lives but I also know He can use it in mine. I am so excited! This may become a birthday tradition!
For a few of her items, she had planned an afternoon at the mall. I asked if I could go along so I could see the magic happen myself!
We met up at Barnes and Noble last Saturday afternoon and she started right away by picking a book and putting in $5 with a note.
How much do I love that Bonhoeffer’s face is looking on from the top shelf there. I think he’d be proud.
Dear Francis Chan, one of your readers is going to get an extra special blessing!
Even from the beginning, it was a little nerve-wracking doing these. Linda didn’t want caught and worked quickly to place the money and get outta dodge!
Linda then wanted to bring some joy to children and decided to hand out Tootsie roll pops.
I love the smile on the lady’s face in the background. Random acts of kindness affect more than just the recipient!
This mom was really thankful and was bouncing her baby up and down.
Several parents actually declined the candy at first, but relented when their kids were so excited. I’m telling you, some of the kids just pressed their presents to themselves like it was a treasure.
She also gave out coloring books and crayons with a note
This little guy was saying “thank you” by the time I snapped a picture. I’m telling you, Linda was like a RAOK ninja!
I caught this one on her way out of the story but I LOVED this one. You can see the man with the beard and hat just inside the store through the glass holding his son with the coloring book.
Linda dropped it off and left but after the man read the note, he came out of the store and yelled down the hall “Happy Birthday!” and winked at her. I wish SO MUCH I could have gotten that wink full of joy on camera.
She also handed out these mirrors.
We stood outside Forever 21 hoping to give them to young girls. When Linda’s husband Rob and I spotted this little girl with Downs dancing in the window, we both looked at Linda and knew she should have one.
After she explained to the family why we were giving it and they read the note, they were SO thankful. The man just kept saying how nice it was.
She gave another to this teenager who was walking around with a group of friends. She had a birthday button on and she was thrilled to get a little gift from another person having a birthday.
Linda was also armed with flowers. Don’t you love the light shining behind her?
The lighting is terrible here (did you know the the lighting is so unpredictable at the mall!!) but I just had to show you this lady receiving her flowers. She just couldn’t believe they were for her.
Linda gave each of the women a set of flowers and the lady there in the middle gave her a hug before they left. Strangers hugging in the mall! It’s just too much!
Linda also gave tips to the workers cleaning the tables.
I hope you can see how thankful this lady was to receive it.
One of my favorites is when Linda gave the custodian a full bouquet of flowers.
After Linda walked away, she was so happy!
I’ll be honest and say every single one was nerve-wracking. I was just taking pictures and I was nervous for her! Several people were very untrusting and Linda had to explain what she was doing. It was all WELL out of her comfort zone but knowing she was making their day gave her courage and all of them were thankful after they understood.
I love thinking about each of these people today and how they might think back to that afternoon. All of this took her less than an hour but I’m sure they will remember it for years.
And that was just 7 of the 50! Linda has been keeping track of everything she’s done so without further adieu, here is the full list:
50 Random Acts of Kindness
1. February 5th: Two of my neighbors have been sick and I happened to hear about it, so I put together a care package for each of them and left it on their doorstep. It contained a can of chicken soup, a brightly colored mug, herbal tea, a few chocolates, because chocolate always makes you feel better, a small pack of tissues, some little rolls to go with the soup and a get well card, wrapped in a brightly colored bag.
Though both neighbors were touched, one neighbor in particular, was very touched. He has a long term illness and when I saw him the day before my ‘surprise” he was really down. I saw him the day after my “surprise” and his whole countenance was changed. A little love goes a long way! God thank you for using me! May this little act open doors for his salvation.
Click through for the full list..this is already so long!