Stories of Kindness from Around the World

A Small Gesture To Make Some Children Smile


--by nycesweetp, posted Jan 24, 2011

A few years ago my family and I  decided to go to Kentucky Friced Chicken and grab a bite to eat.  In the line, in front of us, were three kids that looked to be in middle school.  I noticed they were scraping their purses and pockets to pay for their meals.  They managed to pay for it and I was glad.

However, I took it to an extra level. While they were quietly waiting for their food, I told the cashier that I wanted  three gift cards in the increments of $5.00 each. She handed me the gift cards and I went to the children and said: "You have been blessed today and your next lunch meal is on me."   I gave them each a $5 gift card.  They were so happy and thanked me. The girl that was in the group said,  "I have to tell my mom this about this one, I really do."  I just smiled and told them to enjoy their day.

They were so happy they were bursting with joy. You can tell they appreciated a stranger showing an act of kindness that day. Even a small gesture like this can make an impact in children's lives.

 

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nycesweetp wrote: Thanks 123u2 for your comment. It is well appreciated. Enjoy your day.
123u2 wrote: I truly love what you did, that was a beautiful gesture, out of the heart. Your gift was returned back to you a thousand fold.
Glowworm wrote: Wow. I'm sure that made a lasting impression on those children. I bet they learned a valuable lesson in generosity that day and will "pay it forward" in the future :-)
nycesweetp wrote: Hi, Glowworm I think it made a lasting impression-Thanks for your comment. Blessings,
Bluebell wrote: That's really lovely,thank you for your kindness. Love and Light, Bluebell
nycesweetp wrote: Hi, BlueBell you are Welcome-however Thanks for the comment. Now a days kids need a positive influence, and some encouragement-and I hope that what I did made a lasting impression-although Iam sure it did some how. They were and are good kids that just wanted some food and scraped everything together like a Team to get it-and that was very touching to me. (smile)
Aurelia wrote: You did a wonderful thing! Just think, each and every time they walk into a Kentucky Friend Chicken they will remember how you reach out in kindness to them!!! They will most definitely pay it forward many many times!
~Smiles ~ :0) Aurelia
Aurelia wrote: You did a wonderful thing! Just think, each and every time they walk into a Kentucky Friend Chicken they will remember how you reach out in kindness to them!!! They will most definitely pay it forward many many times!
~Smiles ~ :0) Aurelia
nycesweetp wrote: Hello, Aurelia Thanks for the comment and encouraging words, it means alot. You are right-Paying it forward is truly a Great thing to do when an act of Kindness has been shown. I think it was a great sentiment as well to them and a nice way to reach out to the youth, you know.
MakeSomeoneSmile wrote: That is great! I am sure that you not only made a difference in their lives but helped give hope to all they tell. Nice going! :)

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