I have placed the Act of Kindness card in my car visor. Every day I see those piercing eyes and beautiful smile. Every day I and my Family reminded of Drake's Kindness, but it reminds us to stay cognizant of kindness to our fellow man every single day.
My family has adopted the use of a "Care Bag" for the Homeless. We pulled together hats, gloves, scarves, toiletries, cracker, protein bars, gum, etc. to hand out to the homeless. We have included gift cards to McDonalds, and Subway. We try to hand them out when we see a homeless person at the store or driving around town. We have marked individual bags for men, women, and children. The look of appreciation and expressions of gratitude has been incredibly moving and rewarding.
Thank you Drake for reminding us that despite the current climate a small act of kindness can go a long way. Bless you and your Family.
As I began thinking about this day and putting something happy into it, I wondered how I Would be able to show a "random" act of kindness. As I made a call to take care of some business the office assistant was trying to sound happy but was just having a sad day....I knew what I would do! I took flowers to her office. She was totally surprised. She had lost two relatives recently. We love you Drake and the rest of the Durkee family.
On my way to work at the fire department this morning, I needed to stop and get gas. As I was pumping the gas, I was thinking about Drake and how long this past year has seemed and I happened to see one of Drake's Kindness Cards on my passenger seat. I had been wondering about how hard today might be (the one year anniversary of Drake's death) and if I would even be able to bring myself to do something kind for anyone today. I thought about it for a moment, and then I looked around the other gas pumps and noticed a car pull up a few pumps away with an older couple inside. As the man got out of the car and walked around to the pump, I walked over, introduced myself, and told him (Ed) that I wanted to pay for his gas today. At first, he seemed shocked and even a little skeptical, but then I showed him Drake's Kindness Card and told him what the card meant. His wife (Susan) got out of the car to see what we were talking about and he showed her the card and told her that I wanted to buy their gas. She insisted that wasn't necessary and how sorry they were to hear about Drake, but I explained to them that it would mean a lot to me if they would allow me to do this. She finally agreed and I not only paid for their gas, I pumped it for them too!
After I finished, I gave them a card and asked them to please do something kind for someone else today to honor Drake. They assured me that they would and they both gave me a hug. Susan squeezed my hand and with tears in her eyes told me how sorry she was and what a wonderful gesture it was for me to pay for their gas. I told her that she had it backward....The gratitude and appreciation that this beautiful couple showed to me was 100 times more of a gift to me than the purchasing their gas. Drakey, I hope you are smiling.
Each kindness makes a difference, like a ripple in a pond. Have you recently witnessed someone being especially kind to another person? Maybe you saw someone share a smile or toy, visit someone who was lonely, make cookies for a teacher or coach, or do a chore without being asked.
Write about the details of the kind act on our "share your story" page so that we can watch how our kind acts, or the kind acts of others, make an impact on the world. Remember, to stay safe, we can use a pretend name or no name at all when we write about someone who made a difference with their kindness. Check back soon to see how your act of kindness has helped make a difference.Thank you for submitting an act of kindness today!