Random Acts of Kindness and My Sisters
About 7 years ago, my sister and a friend set out to make someones day. They decided to randomly give a gift of new matching outfits to a friend with twin boys. The gift was not expected and brought so much joy to our friend when she got something in a gift bag on a random day. At the time, Monikka and Megan were only 19 and 20 years old, but they wanted to bring joy to someone else in the form of giving a random gift.
They continued to make every Tuesday a day to give a random gift to an unsuspecting person for the reason of just wanting to make their day! I can’t even begin to tell you how much of an impact this made in our tight knit community.
Paying it Forward
The idea that someone would randomly give a gift, big or small, was just not understandable to most people. However, everyone was so grateful to receive a gift and that generosity became contagious. Once someone received a random gift, they were likely to pay it forward and give another person a random gift.
Shortly after Monikka and Megan began this venture, I started to notice the trend of people buying coffees for the person behind them in the drive-thru at Starbucks. Of course, most people then continue paying it forward by then buying for the person behind them and the random act goes on and on.
Make Someone’s Day
I try to do this as often as possible because it is just nice to do an unsuspected nice thing for a stranger. For those of you who know me well, one of my love languages is gift giving. I seriously enjoy giving gifts to people maybe even more than they enjoy receiving the gifts. It makes me feel so happy that I am maybe giving someone something that they wouldn’t necessarily buy for themselves. For example, when someone is pregnant and focusing on the baby shower and everyone is giving gifts for when the baby comes, I like to give the mom something that she can have for herself to spoil herself.
My oldest sister, Cassie, very recently gave birth to a beautiful baby boy! My first nephew and I am so in love! He has a sassy and adorable older sister that I know will be keeping mom busy all hours of the day. So, before I get off topic going on and on as one of my favorite rolls of Auntie Yoya, I’ll get back to what I think is something every mom needs: something to spoil herself. I didn’t do anything extravagant, but I sent her some goodies to take care of her skin and some easy use makeup that goes on just like a moisturizer. I knew once the baby came she would need a little something for herself!
Spread Happiness and Generosity
In the hopes of turning this crazy time during a pandemic into a time where we reach out to make someone else’s day, I would encourage everyone to think of something nice they could do for someone else in your community, or a complete stranger! Spread happiness and generosity. It’s as easy as taking the time to do something unsuspected and nice for a neighbor, family member, stranger, or friend!
When you go out and do your random acts of kindness, post a pic with the hashtag #GivingTuesday. Let’s spread some joy!
Leave your ideas of great gifts to give on a #GivingTuesday in the comments below!
Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!