Last week, the 17th February was Random Acts of Kindness Day – a fantastic day to celebrate kind acts, and hopefully inspire people to do them every day! Here we round up some lovely, kind acts that will make you smile.
Kind Acts take patience
In Miyazaki, Japan, a man and woman, Mr and Mrs Kuroki who were married for 30 years, experienced a sudden change when the wife encountered a problem with her eyes, causing her to become blind just one week later. This also came before their planned trip of a lifetime around Japan, a devastating blow to the once very cheerful and happy Mrs Kuroki. One day, Mr Kuroki saw a pink shibazakura flower in the garden and it occurred to him: flowers can be both experienced by sight and smell. He then spent the next two years planting the seeds of these flowers around their garden. Their garden is now a pink, blanket of beauty and attracts visitors from all over. And Mrs Kuroki is beaming again.
Kind Acts are selfless, unconditional and thoughtful
When 6 year-old Abby Stout got a hamster for her birthday, her older brother Daniel fell in love with the pet and started doing extra hours of housework to earn money and get his own. One day, Abby said to her Mum, “I want to surprise Daniel and buy him his hamster. He has been working soooo hard.” She decided to tot up all her birthday money and gift cards with her Mum to discover she had $55, enough to buy a little hamster for her brother. When Daniel was at a weekend sleepover, Abby and her Mum bought the hamster he wanted and surprised him with it when he returned. Watch the beautiful moment when Abby presents Daniel with his hamster below, and see if you can hold back the happy tears from this lovely, kind act of generosity.
So ever since Abby got her hamster Daniel had been busting his butt doing extra chores and going above and beyond to earn money to buy himself one. We added up Abigail's birthday money and gift cards and she had $55 total. I asked her what she wanted to do with her money and she says, "I want to surprise Daniel and buy him his hamster. He has been working soooo hard." I asked her numerous times of she was sure that's what she wanted to do with her money and she never faltered. Daniel went over to a friend's house to have a sleepover and we took Abby to pet smart where she asked for the exact hamster Daniel said he wanted, held it to make sure it was nice and excitedly told the woman all about how she was surprising her brother. We got it home, set it up and she she couldn't wait for him to get home from his sleep over so he could be surprised and meet and name his hamster. This is the video of him meeting "Cubby." Daniel Stout
Posted by Rachel Stout on Monday, February 15, 2016