The Kindness of Neighbors

newspaper3In my apartment complex, there is an elderly woman who lives on the first floor. This woman has an oxygen tank and it’s difficult for her to get around. She had made several signs in the main hallway asking people to stop stealing her newspaper (it was clearly labeled on the plastic).

I thought it would be nice to bring this lady’s newspaper to her, minimizing the chances of it getting stolen and saving her a trip outside. Every day, for two weeks, I left her newspaper in front of her door and prayed she didn’t open it when I dropped it off.

To this day, my neighbor has no idea it was me leaving the newspaper at her door!

~ Trista, College Student

Posted in Colleges and Universities, Extra Credit Assignments, Sequin Stories | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Kindness of Donations

UnknownI recently donated a crib, pack and play, and some other baby items to a local charity called Care Net Pregnancy Center in Nashua, NH. They provide education, medical care, and materials free of charge to women, as well as men, who need assistance.  I was helped immensely by this organization almost a decade ago when I found myself in need.  I choose to give back to them as often as I am able because I understand the great need for their assistance within our community.

~ Lindsey, College Student

Posted in Colleges and Universities, Extra Credit Assignments, Sequin Stories | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Kindness of Sharing a Home

flint-clipart-eTMyr78TnMy husband and I have invited people to share our home that were either struggling with money or needed a change in their environment. Over the past few years, we took in five people. Some were family and others were people we knew from work and they became family.

I do what I do to make people smile and make their day a little better : )

~ Adrienne, College Student

Posted in Colleges and Universities, Community Projects, Extra Credit Assignments, homeless children, Sequin Stories | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Yoga Kindness

k6484129I volunteer my time to help at the local yoga teacher training once a month to break down and clean up because the students are very tired from long weekends practicing yoga. I also volunteer my time to run the store filled with supplies for relaxation and education on the weekends. I like doing it because I get to meet all the new students in the trainings and because everyone is so tired after the weekend they really appreciate the help.

~ Naresa, College Student

Posted in Extra Credit Assignments, Sequin Stories | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Kindness For a Classmate

20100218_pid55756_aid55755_classnotes_w400A classmate of mine became unwell and could not make it to class. I offered to take detailed notes and show her what we did, in the class that she missed. She was kept up to speed and could return to class informed and without a beat :)

~ Jean, College Student

Posted in Extra Credit Assignments, Sequin Stories | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Kindness of Aaron’s Presents

logoMy name is Leah Okimoto, I started an organization based in Andover, MA called Aaron’s Presents in memory of my infant son. It is a unique grants program that invites young children in 8th grade and below to apply for a grant of up to $500 in materials and services in order to carry out a positive, thoughtful project of their own design.

Aarons presents Celebration eventThe goal is to encourage children from an early age to start to view their lives in terms of what they can give, rather than what they can expect to receive, at every age and stage of their lives. Through the process, they start to regard themselves as members of a community, with the ability and responsibility to contribute, help and problem-solve, to think of others’ needs alongside their own, and to create meaningful connections between themselves and other human beings. I believe that this outlook will infuse their lives, actions and achievements with purpose, meaning, true happiness and a way to cope and heal through difficult times. In the process, they will also learn valuable leadership and project management skills.

Aarons presents Celebration eventIn the spring of 2014, I piloted the program at the Lowell Community Charter Public School in Lowell, MA and the Youth Development Organization after-school program in Lawrence, MA. I worked with 26 children on 12 wonderful projects that directly impacted over 1,000 people. This fall, I will be working to spread the word in all types of communities, cities and towns within a 30-mile radius of Andover and is excited to see what these creative and kind kids come up with!

Please check us out, we appreciate any support you are able to give.

~ Kindly, Leah Okimoto – hello@aaronspresents.org

Posted in Global, Middle Schools, Sequin Stories | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Kindness For A Stranger

I moved to New England two years ago and accepted a position at a spa. I drove down Amherst Street every day to get to work. In the Fall I noticed a young man walking down the street pretty much every day. He appeared as though he was physically challenged. He had difficulty keeping his limbs still while walking. I must have driven past him 10 or 15 times in the morning when I would be on my way to the spa. It was in the Fall so it was cool outside, but he wasn’t trudging through the snow.

music-headphonesOne morning I saw him walking and I decided I wanted to meet him. He had no problem getting to where he was going, but I thought maybe today he might like a ride. He just so happened to be walking in front of my work, so I pulled into the parking lot and said “hi my name is Megan”, he introduced himself. I asked him if he wanted a ride and he accepted. He was on his way to Bonhoeffer’s Cafe where he would look for work on his computer while having coffee. He was from Indiana and he moved here couple years ago and he loved listening to music. His head phones to his CD player were old so when I dropped him off I gave him a pair of ear buds that I never used.

We parted ways and I never saw him walking down the street again. He told me many people would give him rides, so I wasn’t the only person being kind to him. We had a nice chat that day. I really hate that I haven’t seen him again. I’d love to know more of his story.

~ Megan, College Student

Posted in Classroom Assignments, Colleges and Universities, Extra Credit Assignments, Global, Sequin Stories | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Kindness of Reiki

reikiEarly one morning I received a strange text from an unknown number. The text read “Had a bad fall, please send healing”. I questioned the texter of their identity only to be confused; thinking that it had been a family member/close friend. Having taken energy healing classes such as Reiki 1 and 2, I decided to sit down and use all that I knew to send this person some long distance Reiki. I let her know what I was doing and asked for her name. I spent about a half hour picturing this woman’s pain decreasing and sending as much healing energy as I could.

The next day the woman called me on the telephone. She was so touched by my good deed that she invited me over to her house so she could thank me in person.  I was very hesitant of doing this learning about “stranger danger” growing up…but she lived close and I took my best friend with me for protection. When I arrived, the woman explained that she was a Reiki master and had studied with many of the original, and highly acclaimed, Reiki practitioners. I felt blessed to have met her and to repay me she gave me a very powerful 45 minute Reiki session; I was very grateful. I am so thankful for unique and beautiful moments like these.

~AC College Student

Posted in Classroom Assignments, Colleges and Universities, Extra Credit Assignments, Sequin Stories | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Kind Volunteers at Soup Kitchens

logoAs an act of kindness I have volunteered at Share Outreach in Milford NH. Two Tuesdays a month they have a community dinner and this week we had free range chicken soup. The chickens were donated! I washed dishes after the meal with a beautiful group of people, it was great fun.

~ College Student, NCC

Posted in Classroom Assignments, Colleges and Universities, Community Projects, Extra Credit Assignments, Global, homeless children, Sequin Stories | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Kindness for a Senior Citizen

10765217-a-silhouette-of-a-full-length-portrait-of-a-karate-child-exercising-isolated-on-white-backgroundMy 8-year old son participates in music and karate at two different studios. One night we were hurrying from one studio to the another. It was a snowy and cold winter evening. We noticed a senior citizen carrying a heavy bag in one hand holding a cane in the another.  She was having a difficult time walking, she walked very slowly and carefully.

I told my son that we should help her, but we would definitely be late for his karate class or even miss it. He liked karate so much, but he decided to help the woman anyway. We assisted the woman to her home and missed the karate class. When we arrived at her home, we could see that her family were very worried about her. They did not know that she had decided to go to a shopping. They were so thankful to us. My son and I were glad to help this woman. I was so happy and proud of my son because he chose kindness over his favorite class.

~ College Student, NCC

Posted in Classroom Assignments, Colleges and Universities, Global, Middle Schools, Sequin Stories | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment