Random Acts of Kindness From Across the Country

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop.

Prepare for your day to get a little brighter with these stories of Random Acts of Kindness!

Have you been touched by a random act of kindness recently? Perhaps it was a stranger buying your Starbucks latte or someone holding the door open for you unexpectedly. Especially this past year, we’ve all seen the best (and worst) of humanity. To follow are a few quick hits of kindness by ordinary people doing good in the world. Enjoy!

1. Juice Bar Workers Were Shocked By a New Year’s-Themed Tip of $2021

Staff at a Miami juice bar got the shock of their lives when a customer left a $2,021 tip for the new year. The generous customer ordered $71.84 of goods. The gratuity she left on Friday? Well, that equated to a 2,814% tip. When staff received the regular’s bill, they thought she must have meant to write ‘$20.21’.

Miami Squeeze owner, Kelly Amar, told CNN that her employees went up to the customer to confirm. “I’m so grateful for you guys,” the regular explained, “and I want to give back … I want to start the new year out right and give this to you guys.” (CNN)

The tip was made by a regular customer who just wanted to give the restaurant’s staff a gift. This was such an incredibly generous act of kindness.  Photo courtesy of @MiamiSqueeze/Instagram

2. Ohio Newlyweds Donate and Serve Wedding Reception Food to a Local Shelter

Before the pandemic hit, Tyler and Melanie Tapajna of Parma, Ohio, had arranged to celebrate their nuptials in a more traditional way. They had organized a 150-person party to help ring in their big day in August. But as venues began to cancel events due to coronavirus, the couple had to change their plans.

The couple opted to ditch the large gathering and donated what would have been the food at their party — from an Ohio-based food truck and catering service Betty’s Bomb Ass Burgers — to a shelter.

On Saturday, after a small backyard wedding with immediate family members, the newlyweds headed over to Laura’s Home — a women and children’s facility run by The City Mission in Cleveland, Ohio — to make their donation.

Tyler, dressed in a black and white tuxedo, and Melanie, who wore her white lace wedding gown, kept their face masks on and put on gloves and hairnets to serve the food. They served fried chicken, green beans, salad, and mac and cheese to a total of 135 women and children.

“This was different to what we planned; overall, we made so many more friends in the process,” Melanie said. “You normally invite the people you know. We never thought we would have met so many amazing people planning this. We could not be happier with the outcome. I would do it all over again.” “You can definitely give back in times like this,” Melanie said. (CNN)

This random act of kindness is truly heartwarming.

couple donated and served all their wedding food to a women and children's shelter as an act of kindness

Melanie and Tyler Tapajna donated and served all their wedding food to a women and children’s shelter. (Photo courtesy of Candice Salsbury)

3. A Los Angeles Family Posts Riddles in their Front Yard- to their Neighbors’ Delight as a Random Act of Kindness

When the pandemic began, the Larson family started pondering ways to spread some cheer in their neighborhood. The epiphany came in mid-March when one of their two kids, 6-year-old Reid, suddenly offered up a riddle. “Dad, do you want to know a difficult question?” Jay Larson recalls Reid as saying. “What letter holds the most water?” (the letter C). Thus, the riddles were born.

Soon after, the Larsons started posting riddles on a signboard on their lawn, far enough away from their front door that they could safely interact with neighbors. Kate Larson and their kids, Reid and 4-year-old River, hand-paint the riddles each day, posting the answers on the back of the sign. Soon it took off. Others in their Mar Vista neighborhood started adorning their yards with riddles, jokes, and brain twisters. Stir-crazy house dwellers organized their daily walks around visiting the yard displays, often connecting with neighbors they had never met before.

“At times like this, you are craving the social interaction you are lacking everywhere else,” said Kate. “It is so important to have those distanced relationships that are still meaningful and fun. Something lighthearted.”

Asked to share their favorite riddles, the Larsons included this one: when times get tough, what do you have that you can always count on? (Love). (Los Angeles Times)

Family posts riddles in their yard to lighten the mood as an act of kindness during the pandemic

Jay and Kate Larson, with their children Reid, 6, and River, 4, started posting a riddle on the front lawn each day to brighten the lives of Mar Vista neighbors after the lockdown began. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Marina Bonanni, walking her dogs Milo and Louis, checks out the answer to the riddle of the day posted in the Larsen front yard. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times)

4. Members of NYC’s Running Clubs Run Errands for the Needy during Coronavirus Pandemic

Running clubs chased out of New York City’s parks in the coronavirus pandemic have put members’ heels and soles to good use while still getting in a little exercise.

Prospect Park Track Club captain Adam Devine said that since his group shut down activities, members have volunteered to run to pharmacies and other essential businesses to fetch supplies.

Though Devine’s group seeks to help others, he also sees exercise as a way of personally surviving the pandemic. “We’re trying to maintain our mental health and well-being,” he said.

Similar to Devine, when racer Beth Dukes’ running club, the Brooklyn Rogues, suspended operations in March, she teamed up with a community group near her home in Bedford-Stuyvesant. She delivers groceries and medical supplies on foot to those in need. “As a runner, the idea of walking a mile does not intimidate me,” the 31-year-old library worker said to the Daily News.

Runners hand deliver items to those in need as an act of kindness during the pandemic

Prospect Park Track Club member Ryan Cote left, delivers to another member, Dominique Gagne. (Prospect Park Track Club). (Daily News)

5. Woman Celebrates her 53rd Birthday by Performing 53 Acts of Kindness

Debra Ferrell turned her birthday into a day of service, asking friends and family to suggest 53 acts of kindness she could perform in honor of her 53 years of life. Ferrell, a Roanoke resident, Virginia, told The Associated Press it’s “one of the hardest times in my history, so I figured why not make other people smile.”

Several friends and relatives sent Ferrell their ideas. One pal asked her to send a gift basket to a doctor working in a COVID-19 unit, and another requested a note of encouragement for her daughter as she navigates virtual learning. Ferrell and her granddaughters also painted signs to leave in people’s yards, with messages such as “the world needs your light” and “let your awesome out.”  Ferrell told AP, “if one random act of a yard sign can make someone smile at this time, then … it’s more than worth it.” [The Associated Press]

Woman performs 53 acts of kindness for her 53rd birthday.

In this Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, photo, Debra Ferrell and her husband, Jun-Jun, take a photo together on her 53rd birthday in Roanoke, Va. Ferrell’s family couldn’t gather to celebrate due to the pandemic, so she decided to give back with 53 acts.

Did these stories inspire you? Which one touched your heart the most? If you have a story that demonstrates random acts of kindness please let us know. We would love to share it!

 

For a list of random acts of kindness ideas, check this out.

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