Visiting Angels July 2019

July 2019

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Kindness Changes Everything T his past spring, a billionaire named Robert Smith pledged to pay off the student loan debt for the entire 2019 graduating class at Morehouse College. This story quickly went viral as a great example of a random act of kindness. That said, not every kind act needs to be so grand to make an impact. How Little Acts Make the World a Better Place

A few months ago, a new Starbucks opened in Scotts Valley. The first time I went through their drive-thru and reached the window to pay, the young man told me I didn’t owe anything. The car in front of me had paid for my breakfast. I looked to see if I recognized the driver and the man shook his head. Apparently, the car in front of this person had paid for her, and she wanted to return the favor. Random acts of kindness are incredibly powerful. The person in front of me might have only spent a couple bucks for my coffee and breakfast, but she really brightened my day. These small acts can make all the difference in the world to someone who needs a little extra kindness, particularly seniors. Seniors often miss out on these kinds of positive interactions. It’s hard when you find yourself shut in at home, with few friends or family members nearby. This month, I want to help spread a little more joy and encourage everyone to practice random acts of kindness with the people who really need it. The great thing about random acts of kindness is that you don’t have to be a billionaire to make a difference. Just a little thought is all it takes. If you have a senior in your life, here are a few acts of kindness you can share with them: • Call just to check in. • Bring by a home-cooked meal or some extra cookies you baked.

“Random acts of kindness are incredibly powerful.”

• Offer to drive them to the store or go on a walk together. • Invite them over for a cup of tea. • Surprise them with a CD of their favorite music. • Ask for their advice. • Stop by to say hi at the end of the day. At home, I have a little plaque that reads, “Kindness changes everything.” I really believe this is true. Kindness creates more kindness in the world. Even just smiling at someone on the street can put a smile on their face. After that stranger paid for my breakfast at Starbucks, I happily paid for the person behind me. I don’t know if that person then paid for the car behind them, but I’d like to think I was part of a kindness chain that lasted all day at that drive-thru. If not, I hope the unexpected gift at least made their morning a little brighter too.

Cindy Saunders, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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