After being the recipient of an act of kindness over the weekend my mind has been giving extra thought to the entire notion of kindness. It is one of those things in life that has the ability to be life changing, not just for the recipient of an act of kindness but for the person who so desired in their hearts to give to another human being just because. The just because forms of kindness are the sweetest. They are the things that we do without expecting a thing in return. We don’t do it because we feel obligated or seek recognition; we do it because making someone’s life better even if it is in some small way feels good and in turn it makes our lives better too.
Yesterday I read a story about a couple from Coupeville, Washington that gave their savings to “strangers in need.” The story as reported by KIRO 7 Eyewitness News touched my heart. The couple had seen coverage of the Whidbey Island mudslide and as a result they wanted to help. What I found most moving about this act of kindness is that they gave something that I imagine they needed. Given the challenges this economy has presented so many families with, having some sort of savings although critical has become a luxury for many. To give something that you essentially need says so much. We give what we no longer need away all of the time such as clothing, old household items, baby gear and I am all for it. I do it too. Why not give it away and help someone else.
But what does it say about you when you are willing to give something away that you need, or already had plans for, and to someone you don’t even know? Someone you probably feel like you know because their story tugged on those heartstrings.
Richard and Dian Andrews watched Tom O’Neill show the news crew the damage his home encountered as a result of the mudslide. In his interview he stated, “He and his wife had to leave at the end of their lease this month,” he went on to say that he found a place but that he needed $1,500. That was all he needed, according to him. The Andrews decided to do something and contacted the news station that made arrangements to take them to the O’Neills.
Richard and Dian Andrews gave Tom O’Neill and his wife $1,500 dollars, their only request being that they “pay it forward.” The money that they were saving up for a trip was instead used to make a difference. For more on this touching story visit KIRO TV.
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