Last week I posted a birthday invitation and asked you all to join with me in celebrating my 30th birthday.
To be honest, when I posted this little invite I had no idea what type of service I wanted to do. I started brainstorming a list of ideas which included things like baking treats for my co-workers, getting gifts for the office staff, or letting my students know how much I appreciate them. I made a list of all my ideas and while trying to decide what I wanted to do, I had a thought come into my mind.
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One of my co-workers has the sweetest heart. She and her husband have recently taken in an 11 year old boy as a means of getting this boy out of a bad home environment. When this boy showed up at her house, he only came with one pair of jeans, one pair of pajamas, and a few shirts. He didn't even have a toothbrush.
I decided that for my "act of kindness" I wanted to do something to help this boy and my sweet friend out. My idea was to do a little clothing drive to try and get him some much needed clothes. I posted a request for clothing on a community facebook page and was thrilled when a couple people started contacted me to let me know they wanted to help. I agreed to meet these people to pick up the clothes.
Little did I know that LOTS of people turned up to help this boy. People, complete strangers who had never met me, my friend, or the boy, showed up with bags FULL of clothing. People donated sweaters, a variety of shirts, church pants, and even a winter coat. One lady went to Walmart and bought a large package of socks and new underwear. I even started getting messages from people who wanted to donate gift cards. I was AMAZED at how much love was offered by so many different people.
The moral of this story is that people are wonderful. This world is full of angels who are willing to help those in need. We hear about the bad stories on the news and we tend to focus on the negativity in the world. Over this past week, my heart has touched in so many ways. My eyes were opened to see how much love and kindness are all around. I am happy that I was able to play a small part in helping one new family in a critical time in their lives.
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If you would like to join our birthday linky party, I have extended the deadline until Feb. 11th at midnight. I invite you to reach out and do something nice for someone else and see how it blesses your life.
I'm so thankful for the experience I had this past week and am so happy that I could spread some love to a co-worker (and an 11 year old boy) who really needed it.
Best birthday present ever! :)