I am a day late writing my post for the Style Me Bloggers link-up entitled Killing Them With Kindness: Documenting my random act of kindness. I have been really caught up in the Rediscover Me 28 Day Challenge with Alison Lumbatis and apparently have trouble balancing more than one extracurricular activity at a time these days.
I first heard the terms ‘paying it forward’ and ‘random acts of kindness’ at the turn of the century. This century! I am NOT THAT OLD! Around 2000, when the movie Pay it Forward came out, to be exact.
It was based on a book by the same name about young boy who did 3 good deeds for others in need. In return, all the child asked was that those he helped pass on a good deed to three other people in order to keep the cycle going. If you haven’t seen the movie, please consider checking it out.
It will warm your heart.
I loved the idea of doing something nice for someone, often anonymously and without expecting anything in return. Since I have always worked in schools where the majority of students were underprivileged, it was easy to do little things for some of the neediest babies who came into my life for a reason or a season. There was the little girl who came to school every day smelling like a litter box. I kept changes of clothes for her in the library. On mornings when she came to school in clothes that were particularly offensive, I would give her clean clothes to change into and would take her other clothes home to wash.
The Scholastic Book Fair would come to our school and the Book Fairy would make an appearance – well, not an appearance because she is invisible, of course, but she would drop by, fly by? and purchase books for kids who would never have been able to afford them.
It was easy to do things little things like that when no matter how my family was struggling financially, we had so much more than my sweet babies at school. New shoes to replace shoes with holes in the soles for children whose souls had holes. Lice shampoo. A clean, Goodwill-new uniform, a Barbie at Christmas, lice shampoo, Chapstick.
At Christmas time, when I would collect items for a care package we would send as school to soldiers overseas, those same little angel babies would bring me things to send. Sticks of gum, the graham crackers from their school lunches, a handmade card to include in the package for our soldier heroes.
They learned to pay it forward. To do random acts of kindness.
I tried to teach my daughters to help those less fortunate than we. They “adopted” two children in Africa for a year through Save the Children. Brennyn and Lauren donated a percentage of their allowances and I matched it toward the monthly sponsorship fees. They donated some of their gently used toys to Toys for Tots and the clothes they had outgrown to Candlelighters. We visited an orphanage in Juarez, Mexico to deliver school supplies, clothing and books. We have taken towels, blankets and treats to the animal shelter.
All of this to say that it is so easy to bring a little sunshine to someone’s day.
It is important to teach our children that they can pay it forward and make a difference, too.
Random Acts of Kindness Week is this coming week…February 9-15, 2015.
You can read about it here.
If you do something randomly nice for someone else this week, please share it here with me in the comments section below.
Your act of kindness might be just the thing to prompt someone else to do something nice!
You can start right now by viewing the blogs of my Style Me Blogger buddies and reading their posts for this link-up.
Confessions of a Frumpy Mommy | Family Love Inspiration Education
Daily Style Finds | Sheila’s Potpourri | Puppies and Pretties | She thought She Could
Foxy’s Domestic Side | Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After | Sprinkled Just Right
Hugs and sticky kisses,