KINDNESS IS THE MOST VALUABLE GIFT WE ALL HAVE TO GIVE. Thank you Hope Café Community, you have now submitted over 45 awesome acts of kindness. Check them out below and keep them coming. Email your act of kindness to donna@hopecafe.net

I was at Tim Horton’s and there were two little kids who were quite loud. All I could think was ‘oh that poor mother’. Then I realized it was excitement I was hearing because Mom finally let them out of their seats to do their good deeds. They ran around dropping off $2 Tim’s gift cards to customers. It was so sweet and certainly deserves a pay it forward which I intend to do!

After spending hours in the hospital with my husband and filled with worry I went home to shower. On the way back to the hospital I went through the Starbucks drive thru and someone had paid for my coffee. I burst into tears. It was a small act but it meant so much to me.

Yesterday I was in line at Safeway and noticed that an elderly woman two people in front of me was flustered and becoming increasingly upset as she tried to use her debit card to pay. The cashier was incredibly kind and patient with her, even coming over to stand beside the woman to guide her through the steps and reassure her along the way. This calmed the woman right down and allowed her to complete the transaction. When I got to the till I told the cashier how wonderful it was to witness such kindness in action.  She was so gracious – you could tell she’s  just one of those people who naturally brightens people’s day with her kind heart.   

I ran into the grocery store to grab some milk. An elderly man beside me in the dairy aisle asked if I knew where the cream of wheat was. I was in a hurry but of course I had to help him! On the way to the cereal aisle I found out that his wife had a stroke and was now in a nursing home. She made him cream of wheat from scratch every morning. So I showed him both the traditional package and the new kind where you just add hot water – boy was he happy to learn about that!

After working at Stampede set up for the day, I had to take the C-train home from the Stampede for the first time. I didn’t really know where to go, so one of my co-workers walked me to my station and gave me her cellphone number in case I got lost. She was really kind to take time out of her schedule to help me!

My neighbour has a small patch of grass and no lawn mower so whenever I cut our grass I cut his too.

Dogs can be kind, too! My son was recently sick with strep throat and our dog would lay beside him with her chin on his lap. I swear it helped him feel better. 

I lost my cell phone, which had run out of battery power. The lady who found it charged it and called a few contacts until she connected with someone (my sister). I had just bought it a few months earlier and was so relieved to get it back.

A friend of mine carries $10 gift certificates for Tim Horton’s in her purse and gives them to people who are homeless.

My mom has Alzheimer’s and lives in a wonderful residence. Not only are most of the staff what I call ‘angels on earth’ because of their kindness and dedication but there are also regular volunteers who provide the gift of music. They sing and play the piano or guitar and all residents, regardless of cultural background or stage of the disease, JUST LOVE IT.

Every year for four years now, I help organize and run a  community garden in my neighbourhood.

It was an awful day at work and I was feeling in over my head and basically incompetent. I called my boyfriend to talk and ended up crying on the phone. He showed in my office a little later with my favourite coffee drink, bouquet of daffodils, …  and a hug! I still felt incompetent but at least it helped me face the rest of the day. 

I was carrying groceries from the store to my car last week when one of the bags broke and the groceries went falling and rolling to the ground. A teenaged boy appeared from nowhere (I guess he was walking behind me) and helped me pick them up and get them to my car.   

I held the door open for a man the other day. He looked surprised but I know he liked it. 

Last summer I was really lost trying to find the address for my friend’s baby shower. I stopped in the neighbourhood to ask a man who was doing yard work if he could direct me. He said he knew where it was but it was kind of hard to find. “Follow me!” he said. He got into his car and he led me right there! 

 A friend in our neighborhood, who is a single parent undergoing chemotherapy treatments for cancer was lacking an appetite and the energy to prepare meals. I cooked extra portions of the meals and baking that I prepared for my family, freezing them in small portions. I then delivered these as a care package once a week for several weeks.

I was having a really crummy day at work (project was not going well and management was not happy). A colleague showed up at my office door and asked if I wanted to talk about it. We went for coffee and it helped me to feel better because I was able to discriminate between what I was responsible for and wasn’t and gave me some ideas about how to handle the situation. I see what my colleague did as an act of kindness because he could easily have not said anything to me and gone about his business, but he took the time to connect with me and I really appreciate that he did. 

My husband is very ill and as a result we live in what I call a bubble. I can’t leave as he is very vulnerable. We know hardly anyone is this acreage area. We have strong emotional support where we previously lived but almost no practical help However, twice someone has called and said “E mail me your grocery list” and later has dropped off the groceries. Those gestures are not small and are greatly appreciated. It is something I will remember to do when I am the neighbor!

I got flowers from my husband today – for no reason at all!

Someone picked up my dog’s poop for me at the dog park! No kidding. My dog had done his business close to this man and his dog. As I was making my way there he scooped up my dog’s poop for me so I didn’t have to walk the whole way there. Lot’s of nice people at the dog park but he’s my favourite so far!

My husband polished my boots for me the other day. Without me asking. 

My daughter lost her very expensive purse filled with a very expensive wallet, all her ID, lots of cash, her phone and a whole bunch of other stuff at a bar (she actually thought it was stolen). A couple days later a young lady who worked at the bar found the purse shoved under a booth. She looked at my daughter’s ID and messaged her on Facebook. My daughter got absolutely everything back! She took that lovely  young lady a gift certificate to show her appreciation. 

My wife drew me a bath the other night after a very long, tough day. 

My family went to a restaurant recently and the customer at the table beside us was very rude to the server (who was also our server). The poor server was doing his best, the customer was being very unreasonable. We were sure to acknowledge this to our server and let him know that he was doing a great job and not to let it bother him. We also gave him an extra good tip (she left nothing!).

I was having a rough day and my friend sent me several texts throughout the day with words of encouragement. That meant a lot. 

Someone at work (still don’t know who) put chocolate bars into everyone mailboxes. Made my day!

When I’m sick or sad my dog just knows and nuzzles up beside me. He puts his chin on my lap and is such a good boy. I love my dog.

I surprised my mom by baking her favourite cookies. I picked up coffee for us and went there for a visit.   

When I was growing up my family went on a lot of camping trips.  I recall one time an RV was stopped alongside of the highway.  My Dad pulled over to see if he could help out.  He helped the gentleman with his mechanical problems and managed to get the RV going again.  The fellow went to pass my Father $100, for helping him out.  That was a lot of money in the early 70’s for a young family struggling to make ends meet.  My Father graciously thanked the gentleman and simply said “No thanks, you can repay me by helping the next fellow you see stranded on the highway.”

Last spring I couldn’t attend a workshop I really wanted to and was very disappointed to miss it. A colleague was able to go and she not only bought me the presenter’s book as an unexpected gift but had them sign it for me, too!

I recently bought a homeless man coffee and lunch.

I’ll never forget a couple winters ago the roads were really icy and my car got stuck going up a slight hill, my wheels were spinning and I was trying everything I knew to get out of the bind but nothing was working. Out of the blue (I still don’t know where they came from) two men started pushing my car and saved the day. My winter angels!

When a huge windstorm downed the biggest tree in our yard three neighbours showed up with saws and other equipment to help us out.

I had to pick up a can of cranberry sauce at the grocery store  the day before Christmas and the place was packed. Not one, but two people in the checkout line let me go ahead of them!

I was grocery shopping one day, when I stopped at the Customer Service counter to buy some transit passes.  I was the first in line behind an elderly woman at the counter.   When it was my turn at the counter, I let the clerk know what I needed, and she said “Oh, I can give you these, the lady who just left was going to purchase them but her debit card did not work.”. As I drove out of of the parking lot, I saw the women walking along the sidewalk and thought “Oh no, now she has to walk home, she wasn’t able to purchase her tickets.”  I parked my car and ran to catch up with her.  I passed her the transit tickets and told her “I believe these are yours”.  She look surprised and said, “Oh no they are not.”  I said, “Yes, they are, I just got them for you.”  She smiled and reached into her purse and handed me a business card. “Dear, I am a seamstress, the next time you need some pants hemmed, just give me a call, they are on me!”.

My friend remembered the anniversary of my mother’s death and called to let me know she was thinking of me. It was so thoughtful and meant so much to me.

Our dog got out of the yard without us knowing and a family a block away found her and managed to entice her with treats so they could read the information on her collar and call us. We were SO GRATEFUL to them for doing that!

My wife and I had incredibly good service when we were out for dinner recently and gave the server an exceptionally good tip that made her very happy. It made us happy too.

I was working late one night and it was freezing cold and snowing real hard while I was at work. When I left to go home I very happily found that someone had swept all the snow off my car for me. It turns out it was my boyfriend being very sweet and thoughtful.

When we moved into our new home a neighbor showed up with fresh gingerbread cookies she and her little boys made. It felt so nice and welcoming, we needed that!

When my father passed away a thoughtful friend dropped home-made muffins off at my front door – 3 kinds!

Recently, a loved one shared a story of kindness with me that I found so inspirational . . . they said that every Christmas they, and every member of their now adult family, – put together a package of new, warm, wool socks, oatmeal cookies, and small bills (amounting to roughly $20), and then heads downtown in Calgary to find a homeless person whom they give the package to as a gesture of Christmas kindness.

I work at Starbuck’s and sometimes people pay for the drink of the person in line behind them.

A colleague at work recently moved into the city and mentioned how he was going to miss his mother’s Christmas baking this year. So I packed up some baking my family did and gave it to him as a gift.

When my sister and I were driving on the highway last summer we stopped to help a woman change a flat tire.

A very special thing happened one Christmas for my family. Every evening on the twelve days before Christmas the doorbell would ring and we would step out to find some treat, craft, ornament, candle, etc. and depending on how many days it was before Christmas we would get that amount of whatever it was (3 candles for example). We never found out who did it but it felt so special and magical.

My wife secretly tucked a note in my wallet that said ‘I love you’.

My nephew saved me some of his Halloween candy and had it all ready for me next time I saw him. He was so happy to share it with me and I was happy, too!

Email your act of kindness to  donna@hopecafe.net