Kindness from Ripple’s Community
Today we put a painting Cal made for our postal workers in our mailbox. It had a message on it thanking them for all of their hard work, especially over Christmas.
– Bryony 🙂
COOKIES FOR THE MARINES
My little girls (Ocean & Lulu) helped me make cookies for some of the Marines (and Daddy of course…he can’t resist chocolate and he works hard every day for us).
We sent Christmas packages and lots of home made cookies. Rolo cookies seem to be a hit. 😉
Mix ingredients…roll dough around Rolos in little balls and bake 7-8 min at 350°F.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar (optional)
Bake some for a friend – Deanna ♥
Mel and Chad received a random act of kindness on Australia Day. They were totally surprised when I made them a coffee.
Check out their smiles that made my day!
– Amanda 🙂
I finally got my morning tea idea organised at work. I brought in a heap of chocolate biscuits, drew smiley faces on yellow balloons along with your info and some cards. Staff loved it. I tried to do this anonymously but people had me all figured out.
The biscuits and kindness cards had gone by the end of my shift. I got hugs and thank you’s and a mention in our newsletter. Now I need more cards for those who missed out and want to do a letter box drop. A couple of girls want to do it again and they’ll provide the morning tea. – Leanne 🙂
When I took my son to the local cafe, he noticed that the one children’s book they had was very old and tattered, so we decided that our next act of kindness would be to donate some books.
The staff were very touched by Cal’s little donation.
– Bryony 🙂
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CARE KITS FOR THE HOMELESS
I saw a man once, on the side of the road. He was holding a sign that said, “Homeless. Please help.” I didn’t have any cash on me. So I drove by and tried not to make eye-contact. But I did look athim. And I saw the hurt in his eyes and the frown on his face as I refused to even acknowledge his existence.
We smile at strangers as we pass them by. Why do we try so hard to avoid eye-contact with homeless people? Are we afraid? Do we think they’ll expect something from us? So often we treat them like they are the “other,” like they live in another world separate from ours and we are afraid to take a peek into it, even for a moment.
I felt awful. Even if I had no money or food, this man at least deserved to be treated as another person, with a smile and a wave. Just because I had no money didn’t mean I had to offer no compassion.
I read a story about a woman who at all times carried an apple and a granola bar in her car, so she always had a healthy snack to pass out her window as she drove past. I thought this was amazing, so I took it a step farther. This is a how-to video on creating a small, inexpensive care package to keep in your glove box in your car so you’ll always be ready to help out!
– a warm pair of socks – bar of soap – deodorant – lip balm – mouth wash – hand sanitizer – a tooth brush kit – an apple – a granola bar
Total cost: $7.00
These are items that, in my experience, are very sought after by people who live outside, especially in the winter. In summer, you might consider adding sunblock or a bottle of water. This is also a fun project to do with students or kids of any age!
The simple act of carrying this care package around means you will always be prepared for showing kindness and compassion.
The next time I saw a person on the side of the road, asking for help, I rolled down my window, passed out my “stocking” of goodies, and clasped his hand as he smiled and said, “God bless you.” I smiled, too, as I drove away. by Candid Slice
STARS OF KINDNESS
We’ve been going through all the boxes out at the barn, finding all our treasures we thought were lost, and today I found our stars. ♥
My kids each picked a color of paper and we cut out stars. Every time they did something kind or thoughtful they got to write it on a star and put it on the wall. Problem is, we ran out of wall space from having hundreds of stars!
It was a great way for my kids to see how their one act of kindness each day grew and grew and grew.
They also worked hard to try and get more of their color stars up there. Just an easy fun thing you can do to show kids it doesn’t take money to do something nice and make a big difference. – Deanna