Stories by Helenconnell2 (15 matches)

This Stranger Overheard Her Roommates and Her in Line and Jumped in to Help

Our daughter Ruth went to university on Saturday. I called her last night about a letter. She was very excited when I spoke to her and asked if I had a few minutes so she could tell me a story. She told me that she and her flatmates had gone shopping at the local supermarket. They were in the queue at the store and were debating whether they had enough money to pay for everything. A nearby gentleman asked if there was a problem. When they told him, he paid for all of their shopping. She said 'Mum we have a fridge and freezer full of food and it didn't cost anything!" It's such a welcome gift and an unexpected surprise isn't it? When we find kindness while not even looking for it! ... Read Full Story >>

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Kindness Repaid

I had a lovely experience of rewarded kindness today. I was shopping in the supermarket and found a packet of corn thins which were gluten-free to give to my daughter when she comes home for Christmas next month. I couldn't see a price for them but I didn't mind what I paid. I joined a queue to exit and a man with four thins in a basket was going to queue behind me. I looked at him and asked if that was all he had. He nodded so I told him to go ahead of me. He was through very quickly as I expected and the till-operator began scanning my items until she came to the packet of corn thins because they were coming up 'Product not found.' She asked for assistance and a member of staff went to look at the shelves. He came back a couple of minutes later and handed ... Read Full Story >>

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Act of Kindness

Young people often seem to get a bad image especially from the media. I wanted to share my experience this morning, to show how unfair that image is.

Richard and I were walking towards the bus, and there was a bin on the sidewalk, and a car was parked partly on the sidewalk too, making it difficult to walk. A boy of about ten came round the corner on a scooter and I stopped. As soon as he saw us he stopped his scooter, moved back into a better position and let us through first.

I gave him a big smile and thanked him for such a lovely act of kindness.

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Unexpected Surprises

Two wonderful acts of kindness this week to share.

My husband lost his phone and I rang it. He had dropped it on a train. Someone found it and sent me a text that they were going to hand it in at the first stop on the route. We collected it yesterday and
so grateful that it turned up.

The other was a friend of my daughter (who is still struggling) turned up at our house and took her to the airport to watch the planes to land and take off. She was smiling when she came home. x

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Reverse Advent Calendars

One of our local churches suggested putting an item each day during Advent in a bag for the food bank.

In previous years I have used a calendar provided by Oxfam or Christian Aid which suggested you did things like putting 10p in a collection for each light you have.

So I am trying to combine the two. Buy a second item to put in the food bank. I don’t feel comfortable putting it altogether after Christmas so I donate what I have collected each week.

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My Hairdresser Is Retiring ...

My hairdresser is retiring today after seventeen years. Over those years, she's been a friend and counsellor as well as my hairdresser. After Richard's operations in 2014 she started doing his hair because the scars often frightened hairdressers but Babs took it all in stride.

We wanted to give her something special. Richard said he'd seen several bouquets when he had his hair done on Wednesday. I decided to make her a card and inside we put one of Mindy's peace doves. We finished it by giving her a voucher for a loan to LendWithCare. The photo shows you an idea of everything.

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Money Found

Another story on KindSpring about a missing wallet reminded me of when my daughter was in primary school. I was walking with her to school and when we passed our bank I went to use the hole in the wall. There was a man using the other machine. I was busy doing the transactions and when I had put my money away my daughter pointed to the floor and showed me a £20 note. I picked it up and she told me about the old gentleman.

I took her to school and promised to go into the bank on my way home because it would be open by then. I gave it to a lady and left my contact details. A couple of hours later she rang and asked me to call in which I did on my way to meet my daughter. The man was so grateful he had left £3 which I gave to my daughter as she was the one who found it

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Love Knows No Boundaries

As you know there was a shocking event in New Zealand yesterday. Richard and I were going out for a meal last night and booked a taxi.
The driver welcomed us and began talking. The subject of the deaths in the Mosques came up and we said how shocked we were. He pulled out his phone and shared a photo.

It was a man standing outside a mosque here who held a card. ' I am a Christian and you are my brothers and sisters, I will protect you while you pray.'

It was so beautiful to see love being shared x

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Kindness Received

I wanted to share the wonderful kindness I have received in the last couple of days. The leader of our choir wanted to do something good for us all and to say goodbye to one member who returns to Germany next week. So he and his wife invited us all to a barbecue at their house. As we don't have transport, the Salvation Army majors picked us up and brought us home. It was a wonderful evening and I so enjoyed it.

This morning my husband and I went shopping. There was a sign about extra loyalty points on some products. I bought three of them but the points weren't on my receipt. I checked at the customer service desk and she promised to put them on. In the process I discovered I hadn’t been charged for the item but because it had gone through they didn't want the money. So I have put it in the bag for the food bank.

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Lovely Restaurant Surprise

Last August when we visited our daughter at university we went to a meal and it was rather disappointing.
When I completed the survey, I said I was disappointed it wasn't up to the usual standard and that the restaurant itself wasn't properly ventilated. I gave them my email address and asked them to contact me.

A member of the management team contacted me and asked for my phone number so they could discuss it with me. Katie rang me and we had a great conversation. She asked me to let her know when we would be coming again. We went to visit our daughter again yesterday so last week I emailed Katie and she booked us in. We had a great meal and Richard and I had a glass of wine each. When I asked for the bill they had only charged for the wine which was a lovely surprise.

I emailed her this morning to thank her so much for doing this.


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Spontaneous Kindness

Last year I had won some tickets to Frozen 2, and we took the daughter of one of our neighbours along with us to watch it. This morning I went shopping for the essentials we needed, and left Richard at home because he has an infection which I think is cellulitis.

Halfway through the supermarket, I met the neighbour and her daughter doing their shopping.She asked me if we were all right and I said I was worried about Richard because of the infection.

She immediately pulled out some paper and a pen and wrote her mobile number down. 'If you need anything ring me.' I was overwhelmed by her kindness.


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Supermarket Kindness

I went shopping this morning. The store was confusing. The great thing was everyone was helpful with each other and smiled.

The nicest thing happened in the queue for the till. I discovered I had forgotten to get cauliflower. The lady in front of me said, "Leave your trolley while you get it, and I'll keep an eye on it."  That was very kind of her.


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Recycling And Reusing

This morning i thought about a couple who have been coming regularly to Open House and I didn't want them to feel left out as I have a present for a couple of other people there.

As I walked up and down the aisles getting what I needed I noticed they had some reusable coffee mugs and I know Traci and Chris always bring their own cups to Open House.

I found one with koalas on it and another with express yourself (both are made from sustainable materials so it was a win-win situation.

I buy our tooth brushes from a company which make and disbrute sustainable products. They sent me three toothbrushes and holders yesterday wrapped in such pretty paper and I've used the paper to wrap the cups up.

I love recycling and reusing!

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Sending A Thank You Note

I was a jump ahead on this one this week. Our favourite coffee shop - Caffe Nero in Leeds closed its doors earlier this week before we had a chance to thank the staff for all they've done in the last few weeks. So I went on the chain's website and chose compliment and sent an email thanking them for what they do and have done. I got a lovely email a couple of days later from their head office thanking me for my time and assuring me the staff would hear about it.

So I will give some thought as to who I can send a similar note to this week.

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A Different Way To Pay It Forward

On Thursday, during Open House, I spoke to the Youth Worker and asked her if she would like to get gift cards for something other than food shopping to gift families during Christmas.

She was pleased that I asked her because she said that it is difficult to find suitable presents for teenagers. I was glad I asked and bought my first one for a clothing store.

It feels so good to be able to pay forward the kindness I've received over time.

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