- Say hi. Smile at them. Introduce yourself, ask how they are, listen to them, ask them what they need most. They’re people, treat them like human beings.
- Buy them food. (Make sure to choose items that do not require plates or an oven!) Some ideas are: Granola bars, beef jerky, a banana.. Basically anything you can open and eat. If you give something that requires a spoon, remember to hand them a plastic spoon as well etc.
- Buy them something to drink. Water bottles are a great idea, not only because water fights dehydration the best but also because they are refillable.
- Buy them toiletries (Choose small sizes or else they’re too heavy for them to carry around). Some ideas are: soap, a toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo, feminine hygiene products, deodorant, tissues
- Buy them new underwear and socks. Those are very vulnerable when you’re living on the streets!
- If you want to give them blankets or clothes, ask first if they need them. Keep in mind: Gently used is okay but never give them dirty or torn items, they likely won’t use them and it’s respectless.
- If you have multiple items (for example 5 pair of jeans, 3 shirts, a pile of old toys), donate them to a homeless shelter rather than dumping them all on one person. You mean well but you would just put a burden on the person as they can’t carry or store so many things without a home.
- Give them money. Unlike you were probably told, not “every homeless person will spend it all on drugs anyway”. Giving them money (or gift cards to easily accesible supermarkets) gives them freedom to buy exactly what they need when they need it - and in most cases that’ll be a water bottle, a bus ticket to a shelter, tampons or another essential item that people usually don’t donate.
It’s two days before valentine’s day. There’s a club at my school called the random acts of kindness club. it’s kind of a secret; no one knows who’s in it and when it meets. This club made over 1100 hearts for every kid in my school and put them in each locker. Every single one. Each said “you are loved”. So many people were smiling when they saw what was in their locker. It amazes me what little acts can make such a big difference in someone’s day. I guess going to school sometime really doesn’t suck. :)
A French man with Down syndrome has received more than 40,000 birthday cards from strangers all over the globe after his dad posted a simple message on Facebook asking if anyone might be willing to make his son’s special day a little bit brighter.
Last month, Lucien Parisseaux sent his 25 Facebook friends a plea. His son Manuel, who has Down syndrome, was going to celebrate his 30th birthday at the end of November, he wrote. He asked if they would consider sending him a birthday card. The post started a chain reaction, and it was shared more than 100,000 times.
Thousands upon thousands of them were sent to Manuel’s home in Calais, France.
On the Friday morning before Manuel’s birthday, the letter carrier reportedly had to use a truck to deliver the 5,000 letters and cards that had arrived for the young man. “In the 20 years I’ve worked for the postal service, I’ve never seen this before,” the postal worker told France 3.
Okay so tonight I was supposed to work 8 hours but I ended up working 10 and a half because we got slammed and a bunch of people called off, and everyone was tired, and we all just wanted to go home, and I’m working the fucking drive thru by myself (order taking and register operating) so I’m losing my goddamn mind, and then this older woman, probably in her 60′s, pulls up to the window and says:
“Hi, I have a sort of odd request: can I pay for the next three people in line behind me?”
So of course I’m like, “Uhhhh, I guess if you want to. Do you want to know how much their orders are, or…?”
And she’s just like, “Nope, whatever it costs, I can pay.”
And I’m standing there, slack-jawed like “holy shit okay rad” and I ask her why? Why does she want to do this? And she answers:
“About 8 months ago, I got laid off and I was struggling really bad and a lot of people supported me with these little random acts of kindness, and I’ve got a new job and come into some money so I want to return that; good karma and everything.”
So I ring her up, and she thanks me and pulls away, and at this point I’m just like all sparkly anime eyes, and then the 1st person whose order she paid for pulls up, and it’s a young woman, maybe 19 years old, and she goes, “I’m so sorry, I thought I had a $10 bill but I only have a $5, can I take something off? I’m so sorry.”
And I get to look at this girl and say, “Ma’am, there’s no need to worry about it, the woman in the car in front of you paid for your meal.”
And the look on this girl’s face…good god, she actually CRIED a little bit, shook my hand, and told me that the next time she had money, she was going to do the same for someone else.
The 2nd person that the woman paid for pulls up, hands me a $20 bill, which I hand back to her saying, “Your meal was paid for by another customer.” This lady gives me a blank stare, slowly withdraws her hand with the money, and whispers out a choked up, “Wow…wow, thank you; thank you.”
And the 3rd person whose meal was paid for (here’s the kicker) gave me a $50 bill to cover his $48-and-some-change order, and basically yells, “WHAT?!” when I tell him that it’s been paid for. He then declares, “Well, then I’ll pay for the next two orders; are they under $50?” (yes, they were) “Alright, fantastic.”
And after that, for the rest of my shift (another 35 minutes!), every person that came through paid for one or two cars behind them; some were simple 4 or 5 dollar orders, some were $45+, but everyone, regardless of how much their original meal was and how much the person’s behind them was, paid it forward.
As far as I know, it’s still going on. I’ll have to ask my manager how it ended tomorrow.
My faith in humanity has been restored; I’ve cried happy tears for the first time in a very long while; and today was a really good day.
Michigan Police Officer Ben Hall was on patrol when he pulled over a driver who had a small child in the car without a proper car seat. The drive, a young mom named Lexi DeLorenzo, explained that she knew her daughter should be in a proper seat, but her family had fallen on hard times and she couldn’t afford one. Rather than give DeLorenzo a ticket, Hall drove with her to a nearby Walmart and bought a car seat for the family with his own money.
(Photo via Emmett Township Department of Public Safety/Facebook)