Each year my good friend Betsy at My Five Men runs a Random Act Of Kindness Adventure where RAKs are posted on a Friday once a week for a month, and we are encouraged to spread a little kindness and treat someone in a special way with a little love, totally out of the blue. It is a wonderful idea to make someone happy and brighten their day.
This year, 2015, the first RAK is scheduled for 13 Feb, followed by 20th Feb, 27th Feb and 6th March. For examples of RAKs Betsy has listed many suggestions on her blog. If any reader of mine would like to participate . . . see HERE for the suggestions and the instructions about linking blogs to share what we have done, to inspire each other.
We have a saying here in England that a Friday 13th is unlucky for some, in fact at the boarding school I attended the ghost of it's founder was rumoured to haunt the school, roaming the dormitories, thus frightening all the new little boys, including myself once.
I hope this Friday 13th is a lucky one for some and it puts a smile on people's faces.
My first Random Act Of Kindness is to an 18 year old Rumanian girl with two young children. I am not the only one in my town helping her, there are several of us, and it is not just this week ~ it is continuous.
Anna is a delightful young lady, likeable, intelligent and very friendly, but she is in rather difficult financial circumstances until she is able to find a job, and before she can find one she needs some education. She is determined and trying her best to improve her life and is learning to read and write, assisted by a retired teacher who actually taught both my son and daughter. I had lunch with the teacher today in fact.
While studying, Anna sells newspapers, called "The Big Issue", on the High Street for £2.50. She gets up at the crack of dawn, leaves her two children with her mother, calls in and queues to buy her papers, taking a chance that she can sell them all ~ if not she loses money. Then she faces a long journey by bus to my home town where three days a week she is out in all weathers selling her papers, and then of course she faces the journey back where her work starts again with the children.
Several of us just give her the £2.50 so she can sell the paper to someone else ~ if we can afford it we give her more. Also people give her nappies and things for her children, including clothes and toys, and food. People like her and she usually sells out of her papers, and returns home with a little hope in her soul.
Eventually she hopes to get a well paid job when she gains some qualifications. I admire her immensely for her attitude and her willingness to work hard to better her life and it is a pleasure to give her something now and then when I can afford it.
Once a month our church organises a Parish Meal for widows and widowers and anyone else who wants to come along. As a widower I always attend and it is run by a very good Christian friend of mine, Pat, who also runs the residential care home where my wife used to work. Anna is always invited to the meal and we take turns to pay for her meal.
So it is not just me showing Anna RAKs ~ several of us do so and it is on-going.
Anna shows great interest in my grandson, Peter, and I was quite touched this Christmas when she handed me a Christmas Card from her and her family.
My next RAK for week 2 will be shown on Friday 20th February.
Please link back to Betsy HERE
To see what she and others participating have been up to click on the links set up at the foot of her post and read the comments.