Yesterday while in conversation with a client of mine, I happened to mention that I needed a new bed for my bulldog, Buster. Three hours later she showed up at my doorstep with a brand new dog bed for Buster.

What makes her unexpected act of kindness even more beautiful, is that her beloved dog recently passed and she’s been consumed with sadness. When I asked her what prompted her to do something so kind, she said: “I’ve been drowning in my grief. It felt so good to shift my focus from me and my pain to someone else.” – Oriana, The Kindness Calendar

On Fridays, I treat myself to Dunkin Dounuts and I use the drive-thru. When I pay at the window, I also pay for the person’s order behind me in line and they won’t know it until they pull up to the window and I’ve already left by then. I just want to it anonymously to make someone’s day brighter. I do this because someone once did it for me and it helped restore my faith in the world. read more →

When my daughter went right up to a lady she didn’t know and patted her giant teddy bear at The Show last night, I jumped into smile an apology and pull her back. My daughter is on the autism spectrum and struggles to see things from other people’s point of view, so didn’t realise that she was being a bit rude. read more →

A few weeks ago I received a belated birthday card from a beautiful lady that I have formed a wonderful true friendship with through a mutual friend on facebook. read more →

I work at Dollar Tree and we have been asking customers if they would be interested in purchasing school supplies for our local schools for just a dollar. Lots of people have their reasons why they can’t donate, like, “I already give to our church” or, “I am sick of being asked for my money”. read more →

Up the street from my 4-year-old grandson, a boy was visiting his dad who lives with the boys grandparents after separating from his wife. The boy had very few toys and was riding and admiring one of my grandson’s 2 scooters. My grandson, out of the blue, told him he could have it. Even after his Mom (my daughter) explained that if he did that he wouldn’t get it back. He insisted saying, “It’s okay. He can have it. He doesn’t have one.” And, he’s never asked for it back. – Gaga 🙂

Launched on 15 July 2016, it’s been an exciting time as Nourish Network finds its feet and place in the local community.

Nourish is a volunteer based, holistic outreach program developed to educate, empower and support parents and guardians struggling to provide for their families. Our ultimate aim is to fill our members with newfound confidence, employable skills and effective techniques to help heal their wounds, improve their lives and find work.

Working with local schools in the Yarra Ranges (outer eastern Melbourne), families are selected based on circumstances and their willingness to participate and eventually give back to their community.

A member-only program, Nourish partners with SecondBite and local businesses and organizations to provide a weekly allocation of fruit, vegetables, bread, eggs, recipes and nutritional information, wellbeing resources, friendship, and support. 

We used 2016 as a pilot year with a small group to gain insight into the social, emotional and financial struggles our members face so we are better able to provide for their needs.
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This past week my 10-year-old granddaughter and I have given to a man standing on the road holding a sign that says “hungry”. She handed him the 5 bucks. We then talked about hunger and how terrible it would be to be hungry and have no food or money to buy food. Then we went shopping for Operation Christmas Child boxes and then home to pack them up. read more →

When I had just had my first daughter we were doing it a little tough and my partner at the time played a lot of online computer games.

He was in a “clan” and had met a few people from around Australia. One of them was an IT guy and had a pretty good wage and sent us a few CD’s with info on them and when we opened the case, there was $300 inside! He had included a little note that said there was $100 for each of us to spend on something just for us and his only request was we pay it forward when we were in a good position. I never forgot his generosity. read more →

Giving has always been easy for me whether a small gift for a sick friend or just because. Maybe some baking or cooking or even a phone call to someone who lives elsewhere! Whatever you need, I’m there. It’s receiving that’s the problem! read more →

Years ago my sister worked at the Royal Bank of Canada, Puerto Rico bank. A co-worker got hit very badly on his way home. His car was destroyed but he was in worse shape with broken bones and glass cuts all over his face and hands. He was young in his late twenties, just starting out. read more →

My family and I were at the airport and I decided to get a cup of tea while we waited for our flight.

There were a few people ahead of me at the cafeteria. The lady being served was told her order was $8.50. She handed over $50 and the waiter asked her if she had the 50 cents. She started going through her purse and as she pulled out her small change, I offered the waiter the money. He waived me off and continued to wait for the lady. I told him to please take the coin I was holding out, which he eventually did. read more →