Lee B., recently widowed, was sitting in a restaurant by himself for the first time since his wife’s passing. What he did next is both bittersweet and inspiring. A reminder that kindness matters.
Benny the Elf is a proud USO volunteer! I love this inspiring “Kindness Elf” story from Christmas 2012. Thanks to Shell for sharing it with us.
“Benny the Elf was up bright and early today, but not to head back to the North Pole. He had a MUCH more important task at hand. Benny volunteered with the USO this morning to welcome our soldiers into our airport and make them as comfortable as possible on their long journey home or on their deployment out.”
Read more and see all the photos of Benny the Elf in the Mommysavers Random Acts of Kindness Forum.
Christmas caroling is long-standing holiday tradition that not too many people do anymore. Don’t let this tradition die out! Your kids probably will be hesitant to go caroling by themselves, but if they’re in a group it’s less intimidating. Organize a caroling outing with your church group, Girl Scout or Boy Scout packs, other service organizations. Last Monday, my son’s Cub Scout Pack sang at our local assisted living home. It’s a service project they do each year.
I’m not quite sure all the boys enjoyed singing (I’m pretty sure my son was lip-synching while hiding in the back row) but I love how it teaches them that this season is about doing things for others, whether you’re “into” it or not. They were so cute! They also made Christmas ornaments to hand out to each of the residents.
Although singing is not his favorite activity, I’m pretty sure he felt great about the fact he had brightened the day for so many others.
Pets need attention this time of year too! Today we sent our dog’s canine friend, Moe, a little care package in the mail. He’s the terrier mix pictured below with our Goldendoodle, Penny. My son found a cute squeaky toy at Target that says “I dig you” on it. It was perfect! I can’t wait to hear what Moe thinks of his surprise.
Shovel Someone’s Driveway
Last week we got our first snowfall that we knew was going to stick (…and STICK it did, literally. We got slush again over the night and whatever wasn’t cleared from driveways was stuck on for good). Before that could happen, my son and I decided we’d strike again as “Kindness Elves” and clear our neighbor’s driveway. He is always so good to us – mowing our lawn, doing us favors, etc. This was something we could do that would help him out too. Plus, it was something my son and I could do together and get a little exercise while we were at it. Shoveling wet snow is quite the workout!
Later that night, I was tired and cranky. The kids had been fighting, and I was feeling overwhelmed with all the things on my to-do list. That’s when I got a call from him thanking us. It came at just the right time, because his call lifted my spirits. That call was nice example of instant karma.
Kindness Elves: Make a Double Batch
Today I wasn’t sure what the kindness elves would do. The members of the Kindness Elves Facebook Page shared some wonderful ideas, but I was neither motivated to do them nor had enough time. Sometimes it’s nice to have some quick-and-easy RAK ideas on hand.
A friend of mine who used to live next door recently gave me Miss Kay’s Duck Commander cookbook as a gift. I used to cook for him a lot, but since he had moved it was harder to do. I whipped it out and made one of the recipes he had starred – Jep’s Meatloaf. I’d make one for us, and freeze one for him.
What I decided to do was simple and only required a few extra minutes in my day. When I was making dinner, I doubled my batch of meatloaf. This is something I often do anyway, simply because I don’t always have time to cook every night. Keeping my freezer stocked with meals is a way to feed my family good meals without spending hours in the kitchen.
His meatloaf is now in our freezer, waiting for the next time I see him.
Kindness Elves Day One: Bake Treats for the Neighbors
My son is ten years old and already knows his way around the kitchen better than most adults. He’s always had aspirations to excel in the field of culinary arts. In fact, when asked in preschool what he wanted to do when he grew up, he replied, “Be a baker.” Although his early dreams have since given way to thoughts of being an NBA star, his baking skills are still being honed on a daily basis. :)
Since today’s elf task was to “Bake a Treat for the Neighbors” and he was on top of the job. Not only did he make them all from start to finish, he delivered them with a smile. The four-year-old next door was excited to be on the receiving end of his act of kindness!