It happened more than 19 years ago in the Lone Star State, just days after I had delivered my fourth child. It had been another crazy morning trying to feed the baby, do three girls’ hair, prepare sack lunches, and get my older two outside to catch the bus. The phone was ringing and I thought, “Who in the world is calling me?” I answered, softening as I recognized the voice on the line as an acquaintance from church.
“I’m heading to the store this morning. Is there anything I can pick up for you?”
How did she know we were almost out of toilet paper and milk?! I was so amazed that someone I hardly knew would do something so thoughtful for me! I didn’t need a home-cooked meal or someone to babysit my kids; I needed toilet paper and a gallon of milk! I have never forgotten that random act of kindness.
We all know that February is the month of LOVE. What if we celebrated that love by reaching out to others – by being daily doers and creators of community kindness- by becoming RAKtivists! Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Week is February 10-16. But I am proposing that we stretch it out for the entire month.
Here’s a list of kindness ideas to get you and your family started. Get a heart-shaped notebook (or any kind will do) so your kids can record their RAKtivities and also kindnesses shown to them. Share your experiences at the dinner table. It creates a greater awareness and willingness to help others. So, here’s to world changers – join the RAKtivist movement!
For more info go to randomactsofkindness.org.