I started following the Ripple facebook page back in 2013 when I first found I was in a very tough place in my life. I found the stories people shared, where doing and receiving kindness, incredibly uplifting and was inspired to participate. Living in a remote rural area, I was unsure of what I could do but the page gave me lots of great ideas, many that cost nothing or very little. So I started to create ripples of my own.
My latest ripple began very small and through a chance meeting… read more →
I wanted to take a moment to tell you about some angels in my life and how they pulled me through a very tough time.
Against all odds, with three auto-immune diseases as well as fertility issues I have managed to have five children (my husband is very proud of this fact and likes to think that he is ‘bionic-man’!). Anyway, after having a daughter and three sons we felt sure that there was another girl to come. The universe lined up for me and I fell pregnant. We were all absolutely thrilled and it felt as though all of my dreams had come true. read more →
Our assumption is that anyone shopping in Goodwill just before Christmas is in need. My sister and I went to Goodwill during the Holiday season and purchased gift certificates in $10 denominations. They still hand write them so we had time to share previously purchased gifts with the staff as we waited. Then we randomly handed out the certificates. read more →
On my way to work each day, I cross a park where there is a homeless man that has become a fixture of that spot. He is always there with his “I am a homeless Vet” sign. read more →
Last Wednesday on my way to work while it was 19° and icy out, I saw a person under a blanket in the bus shelter. From the position of their head and hands, I was scared they may be frozen to death (though he was wearing purple gloves but his hands were becoming frostbitten). read more →
As a single mom, it was always difficult to provide the basics for my kids. We lived in a very small mountain community where everyone knew each other. read more →
I was on my way from rural SW France to London via Paris for a family catch up and had a suitcase full of clothes for the refugees in Calais which I was going to deliver in London (just to be transported back… I know, a long way round but it was the best we could do at the time). read more →
I had just dropped one of my horses off at a yard about 2 hours north of me and was returning home towing an empty horse float. It was dark, after 11pm and whilst I was only about 5 minutes drive from my home, the road was windy and quiet.
Suddenly, I felt a massive ‘pull’ on the car and heard an unholy noise. It appeared the horse float brakes had locked and even if I disengaged the electric plug from the car, the wheels were still locked and wouldn’t turn. I was a member of a breakdown service and was just getting ready to call them because if I left the float there it would’ve been in a very dangerous position on the road, plus there was the chance it could be stolen.
I was just dialing the number when a car stopped and a guy in his 20s got out. He asked me what the problem was and having explained, crawled under the horse float and somehow managed to disengage the locked brakes so I could continue on my way. To say I was grateful was an understatement and having asked his name and where he lived so I could drop off a slab of beer as a thank you present, we both continued on our way.
The next day I drove to his address (with the beer) but the front gate was locked so I left it there. I hope he got the gift because he really did me a MASSIVE favour! Thanks matey, your act of kindness will never be forgotten! – Tracy
My grandmother was the most important person in my childhood and truly made me the person that I am today. We were extremely close and had a connection that was unlike any other. She became ill and in the end hospice came in to help her stay comfortable at home as she neared the end. We had several nurses assigned to care for her over several days who were all incredible. The care and respect they showed my Gram was more than I would have ever expected. They treated her like she was their family. read more →
About six years ago I was broke, trying to go to work full-time to afford rent, etc. while I was in college. It was close to the holidays and I stopped by GameStop on my way back home from school to cancel my game reserves. When I exited the store, a woman in a van parked outside started calling me over. Even though it was broad daylight I was shy about it and retained some distance when I walked over. She started begging me to go inside and purchase a Kinect for her as her son’s Christmas gift. She explained it was painful for her to walk and that she called ahead but the employee wasn’t willing to meet her at the door, as they were the only one there and couldn’t step foot outside. I wasn’t sure how much they were so she gave me about $100 cash AND her credit card and asked me to use one or the other. read more →
One evening I dropped my youngest off at cheerleading practice and went to fill the car. As I filled up my tank, another car pulled up next to my pump. The car was rather old and dirty and as I looked at the tired-looking young driver, I tried not to be judgemental. read more →
My 9-year-old found out about a little girl who needs to go to America to have a life-changing operation. My little girl asked the head teacher at school if she could have a stand at the school fair to sell loom bands. The head flat out refused so I went to the school and basically told the head I was disappointed that my 9-year-old can show more compassion and empathy towards a stranger then the school can! (The poor little girl’s brother attends the school). read more →