Join Yahoo!'s Kindness Chain… what will you do?

I’m joining Yahoo! for Good in their Ripples of Kindness. As a member of the Y! Motherboard, I was invited to start a ripple,  using the $100 they sent me to get it started. This is not an opportunity to give to charity. This is an opportunity to make someone’s day as a surprise. To do something kind to make them smile. Each time I do something, I’ll also give them a Yahoo! card with Yahoo!’s Kindness website on it, and an explanation of the program. I’m really excited to be involved.  

I want to involve my kids, and we’ve been talking about it as a family every night this week. But we’re struggling on a decision of what we’re going to do. A few ideas that have come up:

  • buy all the kids at Toys R Us a set of Legos (Middle’s idea)
  • hand out ten $10 gift cards to people at Barnes and Noble
  • buy $10 gift cards to a coffee shop and give them as “thanks” to the people who help us… anytime
  • begin a neighborhood holiday chain, like this one: You’ve Been Jingled.

What do you think? What kind things would you do with $100, to bring others some happiness and joy this season?

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I have to share my story from this weekend, because someone was so kind to me! I was crazy, going to the mall on a Saturday in December with 2 kids…. to make returns. But we ran into a problem. We got hungry. So we ventured to the food court. The very busy foodcourt. I made it “simple”, ordering food for all 3 of us at the pizza place. Balancing all 3 slices, plus two drinks, on a tray, and 3 shopping bags. Middle attempted to push the stroller, but as he nearly hit 3 people, I grabbed the stroller and, attempting patience, asked him to just walk with me. An older man approached me.

“Can I help you with that?” he asked.

“No, thanks. We’ll be…” I replied while looking out at the packed food court and no open tables or chairs. I sighed. “Actually. Yes. I would really appreciate that.” I handed him my tray. “Except,” I continued, “I don’t think there are any tables and I’m not going to ask you to wait. You know what? Maybe we’ll just find a place and stand.”

“NO!” shouted Middle. “I won’t stand!”

“That’s okay,” the man said. “I’ll help you.”  As we weaved through the food court, he helped steer Middle out of crowds while I weaved and steered Little, the packages and the stroller. Finally, we noticed a table, across the food court, opening up. Middle and the man headed over while I excused myself and tripped over chairs getting there.

When we got to our table, I turned to thank the man. He explained that the last thing he wanted to see, on a busy day during the holidays, was a mom dropping her hungry children’s food because it was so crowded. “I didn’t want to see you stress. Or your children upset. This was nothing.”

Nothing? Nothing? This man did so much more than nothing. He saved me stress. He saved me, likely, tears. “Sir,” I said. “Thank you. I really do appreciate it. You’re so very kind.”

He turned and went to buy his lunch.

mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel (jewelryverse.com) and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

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Comments

  1. says

    Isn’t it amazing how a little of our time, patience and support can make such a HUGE difference to someone? I love that this man, who knew no idea that you were on a mission to spread cheer this season, reached out to help you. Thank you for sharing this heartwarming story. I can’t wait to hear how you continue his ripple!

  2. says

    OMG Julie, that man is a saint. It’s like a bible story where an angel showed up and then left just as fast. You’re story had me teary eyed.

    For me the $100 for sure would go to toys for Toys for Tots or something like that. This time of year the thought of any child not having a toy to open makes me oh so sad.

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