I recently took up McDonald’s as a second job.

This afternoon I was working the counter and a man and a woman walked up. The lady asked him what he wanted. It became clear quickly that they were not together. He was uncomfortable. He was grubby, guessing either homeless or on the road or whatever. He just asked for breakfast, gave him a few quick options to ease his nerves. He picked a few things and then she ordered as well.

I put everything on the same ticket, she wanted to stay in and eat and he said he would as well. Then she asked him if he’d like if they sat together and he accepted. It felt beautiful to me.

I don’t know them, either of their stories, how their paths crossed even. She was kind and he seemed humbled and so was I. – Leora from The Kindness Bucket Brigade page

A few years ago in December, I was shopping at a department store in Atlanta. While browsing, I noticed an employee who looked overwhelmed by sadness while clutching a tissue. I continued to observe her while listening to holiday music playing in the background. I actually felt her sadness.

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About 27 years ago, I was a young mom with marital issues due to my husband’s addiction. He had spent all of our money and we had one day until we were going to be evicted. I did not have any money and could not find a place.

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Walking to a diner to get a bite to eat with my husband, we saw a man sitting on the sidewalk asking for money. My husband gave him a fiver. It was cold outside so as we were walking in, I turned back and asked the gentleman if I could bring him a coffee. He said yes please and told me how he liked it. I brought it out to him with a blueberry muffin. Didn’t think any more about it.

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I have to share about a kindness that was extended to me this morning. This morning I went to church by myself because my boys both work, my daughter had a church Halloween trip last night that got back LATE, and my husband has had a 3-day headache. No worries. I don’t mind going alone. Sometimes it’s preferred as it allows me to really focus and pray and y’all, my heart needed some focus after this past week.

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To the woman at the St Charles Aldi on 5th St. You are a true blessing!

I was checking out and my card got declined (so embarrassing!) and I told the worker I need to put a few things back and she wasn’t very happy about that. I apologized 5 more times. She then says “yeah that’s why I tell people not to shop on Sunday’s”. I was so upset, started crying because I cannot believe how RUDE people truly are.

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During the fires in Victoria, (Australia) my daughter and I had to leave our home.

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When a hospital was within easy reach, I’d often organize my day so that I’d have a spare hour or two to visit a random elderly person in hospital.

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Our Positive Paw Print program encourages students to give back to the community, and one fourth-grader has taken it to heart!

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I have been visiting my mom in the state I used to live in…Texas!

I took her to brunch a couple of days ago and we had the sweetest waitress. We ordered some specialty lattes and some crepes. At one point, the waitress said we were the nicest people she had waited on that day. Anyhow, she did a great job of spoiling us and even asked if we wanted refills on our lattes just before we left.

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There’s a homeless-looking guy who stands on a corner that I pass nearly every workday. I’ve started packing an extra orange and as I pull forward in my orange car, I hold my arm out the window and put it in his hand as a glide by. Sometimes I add a dollar. It’s not much, but maybe he appreciates it. – Sharon

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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