I have joined the Kindness Challenge. My week two was about my mother and the acts of kindness I witnessed. However, I told Niki I really wanted to focus on kindness in the news and photos. I decided to do another short retake of week 2 and was challenged to find “positive news”. I did have to do some searching but did manage to find some very beautiful acts of kindness in the news.
Random acts of kindness in the news
- A college student started a free lawn service for people who are elderly or disabled (May 10, 2016)
- Back in October, a 5th-grader named Cody decided to start saving his money for something special. He did extra chores around the house, babysat, helped the neighbors with random jobs and set aside his Christmas and birthday money.It took him six months but once he raised a little over $200, he went to his mom and told her he wanted to invite all the teachers he has had at Northern Hills Elementary school to a nice dinner to say ‘thank you’ for everything they have done for him before he heads off to middle school.He designed invitations, delivered them to all his teachers (some had moved beyond the teaching profession so he had to track them down) made the reservation at a nice restaurant, and bought each teacher flowers.On the night of the dinner, he read a speech he had prepared thanking each teacher for all they have done and said he wanted to show each of them he could work hard for them like they all had worked hard for him. He then informed them he would be paying for the entire meal.
When asked why this was important to him he simply said, “I love my dad. He works so hard for his students and even misses most of our things so he can tutor kids who need extra help. I know my teachers work hard for me so I want to say thank you and show them I can work hard for them, too.”
That’s teacher appreciation at its finest. He’s only 11, but he gets it.
- Packing Brighter Futures
Jackson Kelley Age 11, Tristan Kelley Age 9
West Roxbury, MAHow many boys get excited about school supplies on sale? These two. When Jackson and Tristan were researching local charities for their annual Christmas donations, they learned that many kids in the area needed backpacks. So when they noticed a huge sale on school supplies, they begged their parents to let them buy things for kids who couldn’t afford them. “We thought that to get good jobs and have a good life, you need a good education,” says Tristan. They each used $50 of their own money, and their parents offered a match. That was the beginning of Backpacks for New Beginnings. Since 2009, the nonprofit has donated more than 400 new backpacks stuffed with school supplies to local social-service agencies. Their goal this year: 300.
- Every wedding anniversary is worthy of celebration, but a 70th anniversary is one that deserves something truly special. Chinese couple Deyi, 98, and Cao Yuehua, 97, were married in 1945 at Northern Hot Springs Park in Chongqing. They had four children who, this year, helped them to recreate the wedding photo from so long ago.“My parents are 98 this year,” the couple’s youngest son, 60-year-old Cao Pangpei told CNN. “They have been together for so long, going through the war, the political turmoil and diseases, and can still stay with each other and love each other. We want to help them to commemorate their love.”
- What a beautiful act of kindness to honour and obey your husband and wife for 70 years.
2 Peter 1: 4-10
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shallneither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: