Recently, we’ve been hearing a lot of stories about random acts of kindness. One in particular just happened to one of our birthparents. She was outside getting the garbage ready to go out, when a neighbor whom she’s exchanged “hello’s and a wave” with periodically, approached her and asked her about the taxi cabs he’d been seeing pick her up. She explained that her car was broken and she needed to get to the doctor. He told her he had been a mechanic in the past and asked if he could take a look at it. As he looked at the car, he said he thought he might be able to fix it. A few days later, he came back with the part, worked on the car for about 30 minutes and had it running! When she expressed her gratitude and said she did not have the money to pay for the part or the labor, he said, “Don’t worry about it! I’ve already paid for it.” She couldn’t believe it! Wow! What an amazing act of kindness! Or as we would like to call it, and amazing act of love!
Other wonderful acts of kindness happened last Christmas when many past adoptive parents offered up help in the form of a Sub for Santa for the birthparents we were currently working with. It was heartwarming to receive the calls and emails from those asking ages, sizes etc. of the children of our birthparents. One adoptive family purchased a gift for every child we had on our list. Another purchased many gift cards from Walmart to distribute to the birthparents, so they could buy what they needed! It was overwhelming to see the love and generosity from so many of you! Recently, we received an amazing donation from a previous adoptive family!
It got us thinking! Why don’t we challenge all of our Act of Love followers to spread the love through random acts of kindness?! We are all bonded by our love for adoption. And, we share a love for all those who have helped create families through adoption. Why don’t we spread the love to people we come in contact with throughout our day??????
So……. Here we go!
The First Act of Love Adoptions, Random Act of Kindness Challenge!
As you are out and about, going through your busy day, help someone. This can be as simple as opening a door for another and smiling at them, unloading groceries into an elderly person’s car, or a young mother. Holding open an elevator for someone running to catch it, calling an old friend you haven’t talked to in a long time, mowing a neighbor’s lawn, texting a compliment to your child or offering assistance to anyone you see in need.
Please join us and take this “Act of Love” challenge this week! It will make the person you serve feel great and it will make you feel even better! You will be amazed at the opportunities there are out there to help brighten another’s day. It may not be something huge or expensive like fixing a neighbor in need’s car, but sometimes it’s the tiny simple things that make a difference. Act of Love has the privilege of working with so many wonderful clients that have truly touched our lives!
Let us know how you do! We want to hear your stories and how you feel when you help others – message us on Facebook! Good luck and start being aware of those around you!