It’s unclear whether this is a true story or not, but to be honest, I don’t really care. It’s a beautiful tradition that I hope many other families adopt after they read this inspirational story. Enjoy!

“For the Man Who Hated Christmas”
by Nancy W. Gavin

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I was filling my car up with gas a few days ago and noticed a man with a red gas can sitting in the roof of his car and he was on the phone. He looked pretty forlorn. I filled my car up but kept being pulled back to this man. He was off to the side and not by a pump. I finished with my car then walked over to ask if he needed gas. He was embarrassed and said yes. I told him to pull his car over to the pumps and I’d fill his tank. I walked over to the pumps waiting. His car wouldn’t start. He came over with the little two-gallon red can and told me he had literally coasted on to the lot and his car was completely empty.

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Yesterday, as my partner and I were finishing our lunch at a restaurant, a young man approached us. He was a bit embarrassed to disturb us but gave us a voucher to help pay for our lunch! The voucher was valid until today and he said he wouldn’t be using it.

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I fix computers and I had an elderly man ring who needed help with his iPad. He had just come out of the hospital for a few days after spending 2 months there battling cancer.

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I was visiting someone in the hospital, and the woman she shared the room with was deaf and mute and had been her whole life. She was around 80 years old and had just had a stroke.

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My nephew was in 6th grade and kept depleting his lunch account more quickly than usual. After the second time I was refilling it sooner than expected, I asked him why. He told me there was a less fortunate boy that had insufficient food or no food at all.

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Bullying is often a hot topic among parents and teachers. It has been for as long as I can remember and sadly, not a lot has changed. But, I feel we are starting to make some headway with educators now using social and emotional learning programs in their classrooms to build emotional intelligence.

I've been advocating for kindness to be taught in schools for around a decade now. For me, it has always made sense because kindness is the antithesis of bullying. It stands to reason that infecting a school with the kindness bug is going to have a positive effect on children who struggle with antisocial behaviour. A kind majority will eventually have an impact on an unfriendly minority. 

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My awesome daughter came first in a running race at school as the girl who was in front of her tripped and fell. The girl who fell was so devastated at not winning that my daughter swapped ribbons with her, bringing home a fourth-place ribbon instead of first.

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To the Mystery woman who bought my groceries last night at Aldi’s:

It’s taken me all morning to figure out what to say, so I’ll just make it short and sweet.
I was more than prepared to buy my items.
They were budgeted.
They were planned.
They were strategically placed in my cart for a fast checkout.

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Someone stole a large display perfume bottle from the window of my husband’s store. At Christmas time a woman arrived with the bottle saying she couldn’t get the lid off. She said her children had given it to her for Christmas.

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Whether you're looking to build character at home or in the classroom, recognised kindness days are a great time to start a kindness campaign.

Kindness is a good old-fashioned value that does a lot more than just build character. Did you know that it can also:

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It seems such a little thing but it really made my day.

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