Stories by paolagast (9 matches)

Chance Encounter Brings Joy

I was taking the garbage out two nights ago and I recognize a neighbor so I said "Hi". We started chatting and he began by telling me how his wife had passed away in September last year and how they had been together for 63 years. He is now 87.  I was delighted listening to his stories about when he lived in Poland, where he is from, and how he was a welder that got payment only with food and wine. :) He proceeded to tell me very interesting facts about crows he had seen on National Geographic, and about how happy he is in this neighborhood where he can walk everywhere and doesn't even need a car to get around. We chatted for about 30 minutes and then we proceeded to part ways. On his way back in, he was sure to let me know how I had made his day ... Read Full Story >>

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Help During A Cold And Snowy Morning

I got up at 4 am to receive a call from my daughter who needed my help getting home from the snowy mountains. After I helped her get a cab, I noticed that I was out of cigarettes so I bundled up and went to the gas station up the street to buy some. As I got there, I saw a young man wrapped in a very thin blanket, trying to keep out of the snow. I went in and bought my smokes, then as I walked out, this gentleman asked me for a cigarette. I gave him three and left, but suddenly I realized I had to do something for him. I couldn't just go home, so I went back and asked him if he wanted a coffee. He said "yes please" so I went in and got him an extra large cup and something to eat. Then I gave him whatever ... Read Full Story >>

2012 Reads

Volunteer Joy

I am so excited today!and I wanted to share it with you all wonderful KindSpring friends!! I have finally been able to become an active volunteer with Hope For Freedom meal program in the city I live in:) I will volunteer all weekend and hopefully every week helping feed less fortunate people, and I couldn't be happier!!

I have applied at several other places to volunteer like the SPCA and my local hospital. There is a great sense of accomplishment and pure joy in giving back to the community, in helping others and in showing kindness. This is one of the things I live for!! I want to give my all to society and help make a difference:)I hope many are inspired and contemplate volunteering a bit of their time to local organizations...there's always need for people to come together and help out fellow humans and animals too!

Thank you all for existing you inspire me everyday, your stories and quotes put a smile on my face and restores my faith in humanity over and over again! God bless!!

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Inspirational Bookmarks for Strangers

I read from one of the wonderful people on this site about an idea she had to make bookmarks and put inspirational kindness quotes on them, and then place them in library books for others to find and be inspired. I loved that idea so much that I went and bought all the materials I needed to copy this wonderful idea and make them myself! I love scrapbooking and I'm excited for this new project; I get to do something I enjoy very much and I get to inspire others. A win-win situation! Thank you very much for this beautiful and wonderful inspirational idea.

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To many blessings to count

Good afternoon/night/morning beautiful friends of KS! I wanted to share the good news about my interview with the senior care Centre I had today...I'm on board!! :):):)I'm so excited to start sharing a few hours with these wise, amazing people! Also, last night I came home to a letter from the death support project, an organization whom I contacted to ask to be placed in the program to be able to correspond with death row inmates. I have been assigned a pen-pal!!! I am beyond excited! They didn't take months to reply, which I thought would happen! I have the day off from work, so I'm going to sit down and write the three letters I have to write today: two inmates and a letter going to the bundle of love from the website I shared with you, I can't even count my blessings every day, I am so incredibly grateful for ... Read Full Story >>

1112 Reads

Helping Equals Happiness!!

I had my first volunteering day today at the recovery kitchen for people battling addiction.  Everyone was so nice and appreciative with me of being there. I donated an hour and a half of my time to help feed all these incredible people that have turned their lives around, and it felt incredible! I really enjoyed spending time with them and getting to know some of them. I can't wait to go back tomorrow and lend a hand again! There is no doubt that there is good in every person, and our bad choices don't define us.  It's our determination to turn negative events into positive moments and striving to be better every day that counts. I was reminded today to not judge a book by its cover because we all deserve a read. 

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The sweet man that calls my heart to give

I was buying some things I needed for dinner at the grocery store so that I can cook a special meal for my family.   As I was driving away, I saw out of the corner of my eye the sweet man that sometimes sits by the door at the store hoping someone will give him some change. I had already started driving, but I couldn't not go back and buy him lunch.  I do this whenever I see him, and this time would be no different. 

So I went around the block and picked up a deli sandwich, a potato salad and a bottle of juice. I went back to him and gave him his lunch.  As always, his eyes sparkled with happiness and gratitude, and I left thinking that I was very fortunate to have gone at the time I went to the grocery store.  Two minutes earlier ,and I would have missed him. I look forward to the day I don't see him in that corner again because I will know he has found a way to sustain himself. In the mean time, I will keep my eyes open so I can provide a hot meal whenever I see him ❤️

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Canadians sharing warmth and love.

A great idea don't you think?😊😊 I live in Vancouver, Canada; I am not originally from here, and I have to say that I have met some wonderful Canadians that are always doing amazing acts of kindness, one of the reasons why I fell in love with this country, Canada is home now❤️❤️❤️

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Kindness To A Homeless Man

I saw the same man I saw during the holidays outside of our local grocery store yesterday, it was cold and raining and he looked so hungry; my husband and I went in to but some lunch so I grabbed one extra and handed it to him, he was so grateful and happy, probable his only meal in a while. I went back to the grocery store in the evening and I wanted to buy him dinner too but unfortunately he wasn't there anymore:( whenever I see his friendly face I buy a meal for him, I wish I could do more, but it makes me happy to know at least he gets some food, and I really hope others show kindness to him too.

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