This Week in Kindness – April 9

It’s Sunday again, and though it’s been a busy week with lots of writing both for work and for here, there’s still time to share some of the good things happening in the world with you. Here’s what’s up in the world of kindness.

Someone from Vermont shared this:

Jake came through town this morning, with a load of sap coming toward home, and smelled the distinctive odor of a chimney fire. Sure enough, clouds of black smoke rolled from the chimney of a home on Central Street. He pulled over and ran to the door, finding an older woman who showed him the way to the wood furnace. Derrick came right along behind, with his load of sap, and pulled in to see if Jake was broken down. Both men are firefighters, and soon had the chimney fire under control, leaving as the fire department got there.

What if they hadn’t had fire extinguishers in the truck, to spray up the cleanout of the chimney? Maybe pump their loads of sap onto the fire?

All joking aside, I’m proud to rub shoulders with a crew like this, small town heroes.

Via the folks at Silloway Maple

Seven years ago, a person in New Zealand sent postcards to people, including random strangers, who wanted to get mail. She’s doing it again. I don’t know about you, but some days getting a piece of friendly mail can make my day.

If you want to get in touch with them, you can find the above post on Mastodon here. (Come on, you know you’ve been considering joining Mastodon for a while, why not do it now? Then follow me too.)

This artist in NYC just randomly redesigns people’s flyers and logos to make them more effective. I love that the second one he does is to help some people find more people to play Settlers of Catan with them.

In Mecca a man saw a thirsty cat. He didn’t have a bowl so he just gave him water from his hands.

Have you seen or participated in any kindness interventions where you live?

There’s been quite a bit of good news this week also:

  • Cats and libraries are both close to my heart. So I’m thrilled to hear that when the library did a fundraiser to help fund medical care for their 19 year old library cat, people stepped up and donated over $3,200 – when their fundraiser was for only $1,500.
  • Federal student loans in canada will no longer accumulate interest.
  • When a 3 year old boy left his bicycle outside a store when he and his mom went in to shopped, the bike was stolen. A woman who had recently become homeless and was living in her car bought him a replacement. Others, inspired by this, donated money to help the woman and a local organization is raising money to help her more. So far they’ve raised over $5,000 for her. You can donate here.

Don’t forget some of the simple actions you can do that I’ve mentioned before. If you are eligible to donate blood, why not stop reading this and go make an appointment. And if you are in Ontario or somewhere where you can get free Naloxone kits, stop by the drug store, get one and just pop it in your bag. You never know when and where you might need it.

Did I miss some kindness or good news? What acts of kindness or good news stories do you know about? Share them below!

Header image by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash.

One thought on “This Week in Kindness – April 9

  1. I am apt to say: Location, Location, Location—- as remind myself of Mother Teresa of Calcutta! I believe many who have witnessed the true harshness of life will state kind acts will go a very long way in some people’s lives. Make sure you’re not on the wrong side of history…..

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