You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have.
Another program that I found to donate to is called Pregnancy Care located in Akron, Ohio. They “provide tests, emotional support, educational services, and material goods free of charge.” They create layettes for new mothers with items such as bottles, blankets, clothes, diapers, etc.
I don’t have any children, but I know that if I suddenly became pregnant it would be a big expense to add to my budget, and I like that this organization helps new mothers find ways to cope with expenses so that they can focus more on being with their baby.
Here are some of the things that I donated to Pregnancy Care:
If you are interested in donating to this organization, you can go here to see their wish list and address: http://www.pregnancycareonline.org/layette.html
Sometimes the things we cannot change, end up changing us.
While searching for random acts of kindness, my sister told me about an organization started by two teen girls who created a program to make Blessing Boxes for children who are struggling with illnesses. Many of the children are fighting cancer or other life threatening illnesses. It Is sad to look at their page and realize all of the children who are fighting every day for their lives, but it also reminds me to think about the importance and blessing of my own health and my family’s health. I don’t know how well I would be able to cope with having a child with an illness, or having a life threatening illness myself. I think these girls are doing a great job to find a way to take a situation that we have little control over, and finding a way to make a difference in their own way, or at least let these people know that others are thinking about them.
The girls asked me to make a Blessing Box for a boy so I found some toys, games and other items I thought a boy would like. These are some of the items I included:
I live close to the girls so I can drop the box off to them, but they take donations and will make or find someone to donate to a child who is ill from anywhere in the country.
You can also keep up to date on the children who are ill, or if you are interested in helping this cause in some way, you can go to their Facebook page here and send them a message: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blessing-Boxes/210141859078505?fref=ts
As one of my random acts of kindness, I made a painting/poster for a someone who I know really likes the quote, “Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.”
I think it is an important quote because there are a lot of times I wish that someone would apologize for what they have done, but it only hurts me to continue to wait for that to happen. Sometimes you need to move on and do what is right for yourself even if you don’t get an apology.
My sister has put up with a lot from me in the past couple of years. I thought one of my random acts of kindness should include her too. I found this reusable red Solo cup at Target, which reminded me of a summer night around a bonfire. I added some Jamacian Me Happy and some mosquito wipes so that fear of West Nile Virus doesn’t ruin the night.
As summer is getting closer and I continue to do some couponing, I came across some deals to benefit someone with a little one. I created a gift basket for my cousin and her baby girl so that their family can start the summer off with some fun!
I was able to get her some little swimmers, some SPF 50 and a new sippy cup, and of course, being summer, she needed to have some peaches to eat. I was also able to get her some wipes and another package of diapers. I hope they are able to enjoy the gift and do something fun this summer! Maybe a kiddie pool is in their future!
I have seen a lot of people post about leaving random notes in women’s bathrooms, to remind women that they are beautiful. I liked the idea a lot, and I felt it would be a great way to randomly be kind to others, and also be aware of how much women often put themselves down when they see their reflection.
So this is me leaving random messages for women to remember they are beautiful. I guess I have a hard time remembering that too because I purposefully left myself out of the photo.
A friend recently posted this poem, which I really liked and I think speaks well to this topic:
the world is heavy
but your bones
(just a cubic inch)
can hold 19,000 lbs.
ounce for ounce
they are stronger
atom for atom
you are more precious
and stars have died
so that you may live
you need to remember
these things when you
say that you are weak
“You have never really lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
So, while I was trying to come up with random acts of kindness I was driving by someone’s house who was selling eggs. I thought that they might sell more eggs if their sign was bigger or brighter, and it reminded me that my sister, Maria, makes a lot of signs for people. I decided as one of my random acts of kindness to make a sign myself and leave it anonymously in the person’s yard. (Partly because I wasn’t sure if they would be happy that I made them a new sign, or upset that I didn’t like their old sign.)
I created this sign so it is two sided, and painted on wood. Then I sprayed it with clear coat. I have to say that my brother, Donnie, did attach the hinge so that the sign can be stored if they want to bring it inside.
I think this was the most random thing that I came up with!