Kindness Spreads Happiness

Ok, I’m not going to lie – I’m not as motivated to get on the computer and write when I don’t have a glass of wine in hand, hence the lack of posts lately. It’s pathetic – I get it –  and I shouldn’t admit it, but there’s something appealing about opening a bottle of wine, turning down the lights, listening to new/undiscovered music and sitting on the couch with a pair of cozy socks on! I know that sounded like the beginning of some sort of romance novel. . .until I got to the socks part 🤣!

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However, tonight I am motivated to write after another school shooting happened today. I wanted to bring a small, tiny glimmer of kindness that I experienced from a coworker last week and thought this would be a great opportunity after such a tragic day.

But before I get to that, I’m going to go on a semi-rant and some may agree with me, most likely will not, but I REALLY hate the way the media portrays these horrible stories. I know it needs to be covered, but I don’t think it should be the top of the headline. It’s not that I’m unsympathetic because that is not the case AT ALL!!!  I think we need to have more positive headlines and I believe that all the negative headlines are giving crazy people ideas and a sense of fame – I also believe their  picture or name should not be published, if that’s even at all possible. . .who knows, it’s way beyond my realm of knowledge.

On that note:  My heart and prayers go out to the families, communities and everyone affected. 😞

Ok, back to the topic at hand. I walked into my break room the other day and a coworker was talking about this story she heard on the news. (I’m ashamed to say that I watched the same exact story and did not take the highly admirable action that she did. . .to my defense, I was sick when I was watching it, but in reality, I think I would’ve wondered what I could do, but then end up not doing anything about it.)

Anyway, the short version of the story: a former JSO reserve officer, was using the Meals on Wheels program and couldn’t pay his monthly fee, they stopped the service.  He was living off peanut butter and bread and owed close to $200.  My coworker said it just really bothered her and was up all night thinking about it 💗, so she went down to the news station asking to speak to the reporter and receptionist looked at her like she was crazy.  She finally was able to get in contact with the reporter and he put her in contact with someone from Meals on Wheels and paid the former JSO reserve officers balance of $192 to Meals on Wheels.  She got in contact with the gentleman and said he could not have been more appreciative.  She assured him that she would do anything to help him out and he said that his neighbors brought him some more peanut butter and he was fine for now.

I haven’t heard the rest of the story to see if his Meals on Wheels service was re-issued, but I will certainly look into it and give a full report. Stories like this prove that there are great people in this world, people who are incredibly selfless and willing to help others less fortunate!! And I believe it’s these stories that need to be published more 💖 (In fact, when I started this blog, this was one of my main reasons.  I haven’t published much in this category, but I do intend to in the future!)

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Random Fact: This picture (minus the saying) is the background on my phone – was taken a few days after my grandmother passed away and always makes me think of her. 💞

Helping Neighbors to the South

IMG_6149.JPGMy brother and sister-in-law lived in Cudjoe Key for five years and absolutely loved it. They made lifelong friends down there and endless memories only few have from summer vacations.

The small little island (that I keep getting reminded doesn’t even have a gas station) was hit directly by Hurricane Irma and made national news. They were devastated and watched the news fearing for what their friends would see when they returned.  Fortunately, none of their friends sustained MAJOR damage, but they knew they had to do something to help the community that they love!

Prior to the storm, they had vacation scheduled to take a road trip across the US, but after the devastation of the Category 4 storm, they cancelled these plans to bring donations and drive down south to help clean up the storm damage.  They reached out to family, friends and coworkers asking for anything they could provide and were overwhelmed with the contributions received.  Approximately $1,000 that they raised was donated to the elementary school and various charitable organizations in the community. In addition, their SUV was filled with school supplies, cleaning supplies and miscellaneous items that aren’t easily accessible on an island (but definitely needed) such as sunscreen, bug spray and lice treatment.

They were down there for a total of four days and described it as “it looks like a nuclear bomb went off” and “pictures don’t do it justice”.   They visited their old home which is virtually uninhabitable and saw their old boat that is on land and covered by trees. They came back with blisters and achy bodies from cleaning up debris, but were grateful they could go down there and bring supplies that were needed and help as much as possible.

They are still happily taking donations, so if you have anything you’d like to give, please reach out to me. THANK YOU!!!

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