Here are some of the latest acts of kindness that are truly out of the ordinary. I love random acts of kindness and other stories of kindness, and find more extraordinary achievements in benevolence daily. Everyone is encouraged to do their part to make the world a better place for all. These stories are some of the most touching and memorable acts of kindness collected so far.
79 year old Jo Parry had recently been diagnosed with macular degeneration and completely lost her vision. A widow with no children or family members in the area, Parry wondered how she would deal with her condition. But thanks to some generous people in her area, she is supplied with the necessities. Deli chef Mike Reed noticed her having trouble reading the menu and noticed how frustrated she became. He now delivers food to her once or twice a week. She call in her order and he drops it off at her house, claiming it’s on the way home.
“I tell her her house is on the way, but it’s not quite,” says Reed, who drops by after his shift. “It’s not too far out of the way,” said Reed.
Parry’s hairdresser also picks her up for her appointments.
Healing a Soldier
Inga Guen still recalls the day when her son supplied her with a life changing phone call.
Her son Karim is part of an organization that visits recovering soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and told her about one unforgettable victim.
Sergeant David Battle is a tank gunner who had been blown up in Iraq and lost both of his legs, an arm, and a hip. Battle was raised by his grandmother who had died while he was overseas, so he had no family left. He had woken up from a coma and didn’t want to talk to anyone. Karim thought that Battle would open up to his mother, so she nervously accepted and began visiting Battle. She now visits him once a week and brings him his favorite foods as well as new clothes that are easy to slip on. She had a ramp installed at her home and brings Battle to the beach. Guen continues to give Battle hope and encourages him to get an education, referring to him as her adopted son, one of her dreams for him is to have a car constructed so that when he leaves rehab he is able to drive.
When Guen visited Battle on Mother’s Day, he gave her a gift. “I opened the box,” she says, “and it was his Purple Heart.” With his good arm, Battle hugged her tight.
Sing me to Sleep
Linda Cassell had known Jumoke Adebimpe only a few weeks, but there was Adebimpe, curled up in a hospice bed next to Cassell’s one-year-old son, singing the boy to sleep.
Christopher Cassell, Linda’s son had shown signs of developmental problems his whole life, and at times woulds top breathing. An MRI showed that his brain had stopped growing, most likely from a mitochondrial malfunction. Adebimbe had learned of Cassell’s plight through Grace Community Church in Arlington. As soon as the Cassells were recognized by the church for outreach, people begun performing numerous acts of kindness to help them through their suffering.
In an e-mail Adebimbe learned that doctors had given Christopher only days to live, and he was being taken to Capital Hospice in Arlington. She hadn’t yet met the family, but the urge to provide any comfort she could was strong. She drove to the hospice.
When Cassell mentioned that her son loved music, Adebimbe began singing to him. Adebimpe, 29, has a beautiful voice—a contralto, she’d sung in an opera group at George Washington University. She would serenade little Cristopher; if he was restless, he would fall right asleep.
When Crisopher died, Cassell asked Adebimpe to sing the song “For Good,” from Wicked, at the funeral. Her kindness helped Cassell through an extremely difficult time and is still a large part of her healing process.
Julia Kramer and Tom Oberdorfe were looking for a better wedding gift that the conventional registry gifts. They decided to have their loved ones donate the money they would normally spend on gifts to a worthy cause. This came in the form of a non-profit organization Northern Virginia Family Service. The NVFS was created for single mothers and their children, offering not only housing, but education on parenting, job hunting, and budgeting.
Kramer and Oberdorfe have hosted 3 fundraising events for NVFS where over 100 friends and colleagues have dished out $150 each for a night of dinner and dancing. So far the couple has raised $65,000. They haven’t raised enough to buy a townhouse in Virginia for a needy family, but are well on their way. They continue to organize events in hopes that they can make a positive impact with their generous act of kindness.
Written by Sonia