I pulled into the gas station to fuel up. There was a guy there asking to wash windshields for a dollar. He was developmentally disabled. As he approached me, he compassionately said, "How are you today, maam? Are you having an awesome day? I sure am." His cheer was contagious.
He continued, "Can you help a guy out? I will wash your windshield the best its ever been washed?" I said, " Yes, please go ahead."
So, he washed them all including my mirrors and, they were sparkling clean.
I gave him two dollars and a Smile Card. He said "What is this card"? and I said, "It's a Smile Card and you have to to do something nice for someone today". He understood immediately. And then told me that he wanted god to bless me.
He made me smile. and, I guess since he made me smile and uplifted me, perhaps he had already paid it forward without even knowing it.
Yesterday, while shopping I reached for a cart at the same time as another woman. She immediately let go of the cart and said " you carriage has arrived, madam". She gave the cart to me.
I was so shocked and I said "that was a random act of kidness". She said, "yes it was" and at the same time we said " helpothers.org." we laughed like crazy and shared the basket.
I volunteer at a charity on fridays. I take calls and assess needs and then find churches to fill those needs. Everything is done over the phone. I have been wanting to make a connection and today I got the chance. Someone called in about a developmentally disabled young woman who had a one year old son.
She used her whole check to pay a deposit on an apartment and had no money left to feed her son. He had been eating tater tots cooked in a microwave for three days. She literally has nothing but an apartment, a bed and a microwave.
My friend and I decided to try and reach out and help this woman. We rounded up food and diapers, pots pans, utensils, toilet paper --- a whole truck load of donated stuff and went to meet her. Tomorrow we are taking her a sofa and chair that someone donated.she was very shy because she stutters. The baby was so cute. She was very happy to see us. Hopefully she is going to be open to us mentoring her. We will be trying to build a relationship with her and her son.
It is very fullfilling to help someone in this way, to actually see a face and know that we helped.