Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Reaching Out To A Stranger

--by MakeSomeoneSmile, posted Mar 21, 2008

Yesterday a woman struggling with her addiction to alcohol reached out looking for help. I don't know her but felt like I crossed her path for a reason so I asked her how I could help. She said that she was tired of being drunk all of the time and it is hurting her family and small children. I have known some alcoholics close to me and admire anyone who reaches out and tries to change their path in life.

She was grateful for my offer to help and told me her story. She wanted so much to break the cycle that has plagued her father, grandfather and others. I offered to send her a care package to help her as she goes through this. Her husband is in the military so he is not around to help her as much as she could use. Last night, I bought a small book called 24 hours in a day that offers prayers, support and words of inspiration for someone struggling with this addiction. I also packed a box of items to make her smile and feel like she can do this. In addition I included some treats,  bought a pack of cards, and am committed to sending her words of encouragement each week.

I think what meant the most to her were the kind words of encouragement and support from a stranger 1500 miles away. I am sure that once she receives my care pack, she will smile and know that people are out there who care. Even if I only make a difference for her for one day, it was worth it. I will pray for her and stay in touch if only to show my support for her brave and difficult journey. I believe everyone comes into your life for a reason, even if you don't know what that is. I'm not quite sure on this one so I'm just following my heart and leaving the rest to God. Never underestimate the power of a few kind words. You never know how much they mean to someone else...

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Readers Comments

kidkindess wrote: wow thats amazing you are so right keep it up ;}

merv wrote: Hmmm Might be good therapy for her to do good things for others and tell folks about it. Like, maybe at HelpOthers?

MakeSomeoneSmile, you're on scene so you'll know best, just a thought.

Good Job!

cabbage wrote: Thank you for reaching are right, the right words at the right time can make all the difference.
God Bless you!

twilightgecko wrote: awesome.. thankyou!
JuneBug wrote: You sure are one to deal out kind words,makesomeonesmile! Just like the playing cards.....I'm sure you have a life long friendship going on here! :}
wayfarer wrote: MSS, you are a constant inspiration and encouragement. I really admire your attitude and your heart!
Tigerlily wrote: So sweet and thoughtful. We never know how we may touch other lives. Do we? God Bless you richly.
AURELIA wrote: Thank You So Much for helping her out and listening! I really think you are Wonderful!!! :0) ~Aurelia
warmth wrote: u r so good and feel so much abt other's pains. It is wonderful to have sympathy, but being empathic and helping is what really matters. Keep up the good work. God Bless u :)
lmil1954 wrote: My dear friend MSS, your friend will be in my prayers as well. God bless you as you did more for her than you can probably imagine...Linda:)

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