Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Stretching the Sharing

Made several loaves of zucchini bread (courgettes for my friends across the pond) from our garden bounty. Instead of giving away loaves, I've given away slices of the sweet bread to friends. Sometimes that is all you need with a cup of tea or coffee. AND....it stretches the number of people with whom I can share it. Due to supply chain issues (still, forever), I could not find my favorite cleaning product in stores. I checked the manufacturer's website and found that it was available. I ordered several bottles from them. When the package arrived, I discovered that they had doubled my order, but didn't charge me for the extras. I phoned customer service. The rep couldn't have been nicer. She said that since the error was their mistake that I could keep the extras at no charge. After our conversation, I took the phone survey and gave the rep and the ... Read Full Story >>

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Birthday Gift To Myself

As I was leaving Starbucks this morning, I held the door open for the gentleman walking in. I reversed direction and followed him back into the store hoping he would place his order at the counter...more and more often people are ordering through the mobile app. As luck would have it, he stepped up to the counter. 

After he ordered his drink I stepped in and said, "may I buy your drink for you?" He asked why. I replied, "it would be your birthday gift to me." The barista looked a little confused, but he got it and gladly accepted. Giving and receiving...it's a lovely dance.

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Surprise!

Two men came into the office yesterday to pick up an item. One was admiring a piece of metal ornament I had. It was a snake made from a nail. He was admiring it so much.

They left and came back into the office. While they were waiting, I wrapped up the ornament. I wrote don't open until you leave.

As they were leaving, I told the young man, here, this is for you. He was happy and said thank you and God Bless You. I hope he liked it. I had it for about 20 years. I figure, ah, let it go onto to someone else and they can get enjoyment out of it.

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Paying It Forward To A Stranger

I finished playing a game of ice hockey late the other night. I was craving a slurpee (like a frozen slushie kind of drink) from 7/11 so my wife and I made a detour to get me a drink of that delicious, frozen sugar water lol (I had burned over 1,000 calories and just wanted something cold and sweet).

As I got my slurpee and approached the counter to pay I noticed a young woman walk behind me to wait in line, with a candy bar and slurpee of her own in both hands. I told the cashier I wanted to pay for mine and her items. I just wanted to pay it forward to a stranger and I hope it made her day :)

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Encouraging Rikshaw Driver

Encouraging Rikshaw Driver After returning home from shopping spree, buying school uniforms, textbooks, notebooks and backpacks etc. returning home by rikshaw on August 17. I gave tip to the rikshaw driver. Without counting, he put money he put it in his pocket. I told him that I have given him tip, for he drove the rikshaw very near the lift entrance. I suggested him always to be kinder to his rikshaw riders and others. Some like me may reward you with tips. Do not get discouraged if some people ignore to give tips. God is watching your kind acts and he definitely will reward you. He left joyfully with a smile on his face with gratitude in his heart. That was seen in his eyes. I didn't brag about the tip I gave but I wanted him to be kinder than necessary to make life worthwhile. A little conversation, but it makes ... Read Full Story >>

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Blanket For Baby

๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’• Baby blanket ready to go as soon as our friends welcome their firstborn into the world. Her due-date was yesterday.

Pink blanket…a girl is on the way ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป

๐Ÿงถ Crocheted with Love & Light in every stitch

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The Messenger Of Peace

The Messenger of Peace !! A serious question raised by a little girl. We met this little girl on our journey. She is very cute and frank. Her mother runs a tea shop and she also used to help her. We stopped at her shop for tea break; she was very excited to see us and looked curious. So one of our journey mates called her and offered tea with us. She smiled and sat with us and started asking questions. We were very surprised at how smart she was! She raised some good questions on peace & war. She said we all are human and we all have the same blood in our body so why do we fight? For a while we were silent. Because we didn't have the right answer. But we had to give some answers. to know the answer, we are doing this journey. One of our ... Read Full Story >>

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๐ŸŽถ Music Reaches Into The Heart Of Us โค๏ธ


Enjoyed the Navajo flutist Jonah Littlesunday at the outdoor Crazy Horse Memorial amphitheater. Purchased three of his cd’s, even though we don’t use them anymore, to support his music and gift to others.*

The artist shared many interesting stories with the audience.

Not long ago, Jonah and his family were homeless.  He was a pre-contestant on America’s Got Talent. My favorite story was how his wolf-friend peed on him, to save him from a mountain lion attack!

Music really does reach past words, into the heart of us ๐ŸŽถ ๐ŸŒŽ.

*Gifted sister a cd - along with a gently used player and a generous selection of my fave cds, another to Ethel - Sitting Bull’s granddaughter, and the remaining one have set aside for a kind friend.

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A Hand Up

A Hand Up Yesterday, August 14, I visited new friend's apartment. We went there together by bus. I paid for their bus fare too. I talked to the bus conductor about positive thinking, told him story and my experiences about it. I also gave him booklet on positive thinking and some quote cards to share with others. I cracked some jokes. I gave quote cards to bus passengers also. I gave homemade sesame sweets to my new friend. We had a nice talk using pencil and paper as I am not able to listen clearly. I assured him to help buy his apartment according to my resource. His son and daughter have to walk almost one hour to go to school. They badly need bicycles. I will find way to help them. I gave Utthan laptop to friend's son to use with permission from Utthan. I also gave some groceries to them. Two months ago, my ... Read Full Story >>

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Uplifting Independence Day

My shopkeeper from nearby is my junior from my sister's school by 3 years. He now runs a school for children from blue-collared families here in India. So, I donated a small sum to him now.
Why? Tying a flag on my balcony grill or tucking a flag on my kurta is no big deal. Showering tri-coloured flowers on India's red fort is no big deal either. These are certainly nice gestures but not enough. But to help uplift ones that will genuinely benefit out of today feels right. I am yapping not of me but of children that will benefit from my shopkeeper's efforts. The poor deserve to live just like us. That's the wicked plan like how Blackadder says to Baldrick ๐Ÿ˜‹

Jai Hind ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

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A Wonderful Friend

There's this wonderful friend who always does special things for my students and brings goodies to my house for my wife and me and my mother-in-law. Our apple tree is producing wonderfully crisp, sweet galas and I told her that when we pick next, we wanted to give her some apples.

This morning I picked about twenty and contacted her to swing by and pick some up. We gave her some blueberries as well. She brought over so Latvian Cakes for us. We told her to take as many as she wanted.

She chose some for her and her mother, then asked if we liked apple pie and grabbed some more specifically to make us a pie. We give her apples and she will use some to make us a pie. Kindness breeds kindness. :)

#AprilRAOK
 

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62 gifts

1 Sent a personalized circular Gallifreyan painting and some handmade D&D cookie cutters to my son and his wife for their first anniversary, then left a glowing review with photos for the artist on Etsy. 2 Found handmade gifts for our "Christmas in August" celebration in two weeks when my daughter and granddaughters and their father and aunt visit. They are beautifully crafted and amazingly priced so I left a glowing review with photos. 3 My good friend's daughter announced her engagement. I've known her since she was a little girl (but only online). I sent her a handmade necklace with her name and her new fiance's and she loved it. Same deal, great review. It really helps the artists.  4 And I was able to gift my husband too. I found a company in Ukraine that is still making hand-carved wooden items and found some guitar picks that they personalized. They just arrived and I plan ... Read Full Story >>

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Kindness Is An Opportunity ๐Ÿ’•

Gave a big hug to my flower lady when I saw her the day before. Saw her daughter too. Have requested her to be there by her mother whenever she feels strong. And I asked my flower lady to be there by her daughter if she feels stronger. After all, a mother and a daughter are grieving. My flower lady's delivers flowers the last few days. He's 30 years old. I am sure my flower lady would want him to get married. Thinking of her.

She has let me know that she will call me so that I go drop a garland on her husband's photo. I said yes. I am sure that will make her happy.

Others: The lad that came today to give a demo for the new washing machine was very patient and descriptive. Gave out an incense box to him. He smiled. I kissed my old machine before I let her go. Despite all the neglect, she served my parents for 14.5 years. We in India are yet to get into use and throw culture. We live with our machines for years and I like that ... And it was cute when my organic store kids reminded me of the sugar candies that have come. I had long enquired about it. Felt special that I already chewed a tub of candy once it arrived ๐Ÿ˜‹ God bless these kids.

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A Real Teacher's Aid

I've started to come in and get my class ready for this year's group of students. On my way out yesterday, I saw a couple I knew walking their dogs. I find out that the husband's brother was looking at people's wish lists on Amazon and he found mine under the school I work for. He asked the couple if they knew me. They said he did, they told me he purchased something from my list.
I don't even remember this list. Must have been a few days back. They said they didn't know what he bought for me. No matter what it was, I was so grateful that this stranger was helping me and my students out.
Today, I get two boxes and in them I find these items: thirty calculators, an updated language book that I use daily and a box of 36 dry erasers. Wow!

#feelingblessed

#AprilRAOK

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Love from U.S. to South Africa

A parcel of love arrived today at my home, almost three months after it was mailed to me from the US to South Africa. I am overwhelmed, because all the contents were picked out with so much care and love. I realized anew how much goodness there is still in this world. And how much people still care about others, even those ones they have never met before. Thank you, dear Mindy, for the lovely parcel and all the beautiful things you sent me! From amazing peace doves to a gorgeous sun catcher mandala, a lovely handmade purse with all sorts of kindness cards inside, Smile Cards, and a sachet with stickers with the nicest messages. (Of course I will share the doves and help to spread the kindness.) And a post card sending me well wishes and love. Mindy, I cannot say thank you enough! ๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ•Š

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Honor My Son's Special Birthday

On August 7, my son's birthday, I gave Happy Birthday Quote cards, Quote cards, chocolates, cookies, groceries, school uniforms, Textbooks, notebooks, pencils, backpacks, Mathematical compasses, T-shirts, and little donations to needy people.

For this milestone birthday, I wanted to do something extra special but didn't know what to do. While giving the above-mentioned things in the morning, the mom of one student requested that I buy a bicycle for her son who has to walk a long way to school. We went together and bought one. It is used but with new tires and in very good condition. He loved it

I thank Sri Sathya Sai Baba for giving me this special opportunity and for helping and guiding me.

The image is from the internet, not of the actual bicycle.

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Cards for the Masses

Made and Given away Rakshabandhan cards

I made 35 Rakshabandhan cards and 100 Rakshabandhan quote cards and gave to Utthan. I made more of them and gave to some Bank staff, Supermarket staff, and to some known and unknown people. Some of them returned surprised smiles. I thanked them all for accepting them.

The cards and quote cards are in Gujarati Language.

Rakshabandhan is on August 11.

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Witnessing Stranger Kindness Warms the Heart

It is always nice to see someone perform an act of kindness for a stranger. Although I know it happens, it seems to be a rare occasion for me to witness it myself.

The other day, I went into a grocery store, and I decided to buy a bottle of water and a sandwich for someone (who looked to be in need) outside the store entrance.

When I was leaving the store, I saw a man offer some water and something to eat to the man to whom I was going to make an offering.

That was so lovely and also unexpected.

So I kept the items I had bought and was able to give them to another person in need, a short time later.

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Sharing Our Abundance

Two of the six orphanages I featured on under1000skies.org now have GoFundMe pages. The young people who run the orphanages and care for the children contacted me on IG and sent me links. I was able to send a little to one, but next month I plan to start sending monthly to both.  The kids made a thank you sign with my name on it. Really sweet. ♥.

We gave again to Sister Lucy's Ashram Maher which has been monthly since 2020. Her heroics during the pandemic inspired us so much. 

Oscar told me he discovered he can buy frozen fruits and veg with our monthly gift and keep them in his cooler. He says these retain the freshness which is sealed in when they are frozen and last longer than some of the fresh stuff does in his tent, especially in the 100+ heat and humidity they've been experiencing.

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Doves in Motion


Our dear Kind Spring friend, Petro, is battling a serious health challenge with side effects from the treatment.

Since the Awareness Doves I mailed 2 ½ months ago have not yet arrived (they do have far to fly!), I folded more to share in Petro’s honor as we visit our regional hospital today. Giving them, along with a note explaining why, to the appropriate hospital staff for them to share as they see fit.

As the blessing of Awareness Doves continue their flight to our dear Petro, please envision each Dove arriving exactly where it needs in order to add strength, encouragement and healing. ๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ•Š
 

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