“Do you have some change you can spare? ” A question coming from the young man sitting on the sidewalk outside of Walgreens. William and Bella went into the store with me to pick up some medicine for Liam who was not feeling well. We ran out forgetting about the young man sitting outside the door. Rushed, it had been a long day, out the door we passed the same young man: “do you have some change to spare?” I looked into my purse as my kids watched me. I gave him what I had. William went to the car where my Mom had been waiting. My Mom and I had been to an activity recently where we put together some kindness bags for those who we might pass on the street who are asking for money or help. I had seen the bags in the car on several occasions and had forgotten about them. Mom had remembered them and asked William if he would like to give one. William with Bella beaming walked to this young man and gave him the bag of kindness. Chocolate Bar, granola bar, toothpaste, Kleenex among the contents. The Young Man was surprised! I will not forget the look on his face. He did not expect that. What was even more unexpected was the emotion expressed by William and Bella as we drove away waving bye. “That feels so good!” William said with an expression of happiness on his face and in his voice. This month of Thanksgiving, I am grateful for the kindness bag and to see my son and daughter delight in the gift of giving.
In case you would like to put together a kindness bag or a few this holiday season here are some ideas! Keep them in your car.
1) Grab a Gallon Zip lock bag or any type of bag you would like
2) Fill it up with:
*Fun Treat (Chocolate)
*Toothbrush and Toothpaste
*Anything you can think of!