Last month I heard news of a gentleman in my community who is silently suffering. It immediately weighed heavy on my heart, and I just wanted to do something, anything I could to help him. I immediately started typing a message to some of my Facebook contacts:
Dear Friends –
As some of you may already know, I have committed myself to carrying out 26 Acts of Kindness in honor of the lives lost in the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, CT. Today, I am writing to you to ask for your help in what will be my Act #10.
As I write this, my heart is heavy having just heard of a man in my community who is silently suffering. He is too proud to ask for help and I don’t want to give too many specific details to respect his privacy. He has only shared his situation with a few.
This gentleman suffers from a chronic, debilitating condition which has progressed quickly, keeping him from being able to work to bring in an income and he is rarely able to leave his home. He does not have any immediate family in the area. He has been an instrumental part of the Peekskill-Cortlandt (NY) community and given so much of himself over the years, and in his time of need I feel it only right to help him as he has helped so many others. I can only do so much alone, so this is where you come in, if you so choose …
If you can make a donation no matter how big or small to help this gentleman (and he is a Gentle, Kind and Caring man) I believe that we can make a difference, not only financially but by sharing compassion. He has not been able to pay his rent for quite some time; any financial contribution gift that you make would be used to help pay his back rent, and hey …. let’s think BIG here … maybe even perhaps pre-pay months to come!
I realize that I am not a non-profit organization and don’t have a 501c3; I am asking you in good faith to help someone, not just a tax write-off, a gift of compassion to a fellow neighbor in need. And to trust in me in this effort. I do know who the landlord is, so anyone who would prefer writing a check out to the landlord directly rather than to me I can provide you with that info.
My promise to you:
#1: ALL funds collected will be used solely for helping with this gentleman’s rental costs.
#2: I will make you a crocheted something to keep you warm and to thank you for your kindness. A scarf, a hat … you can choose. And hopefully it will be something that will always remind you of how you helped a man in need.
#3: I will publicly recognize you as a participant of Act #10 in my Acts of Kindness efforts; when I say publicly, I mean through a post on my blog, Facebook, Twitter and any other way I can creatively find to thank you for your selfless act. Maybe not a huge audience. But I will put your name and good deed out there into the universe.
#4: You will feel amazing for helping another! I PROMISE YOU WILL, and if you don’t I’ll find a way to pay back.
#5: The good you put out into the world will come back to you.
If you are interested in being part of ACT #10, please message me individually, don’t “reply all” to this message, and I will give you my address info and/or the landlord’s. You can contact me here on FB or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, whether you are able to participate or not, I know that times are especially trying in this economic climate. THANK YOU for just reading this message. And, perhaps if you can’t help with this, you can find another way to give back with a random act of your own.
I was touched by the response that I immediately got. I am connected to such wonderfully giving people; I’m truly blessed.
While I have collected some money toward my ACT #10 effort, in honor of Valentine’s Day I thought I’d take to my blog and a (slightly) wider audience. So, if you’re reading this and are compelled in some way to help, big or small, please reach out to me. I believe that it feels good to do good, and those who put unconditional love out into the world experience a fuller, more meaningful life.
Whether you decide to help me with my ACT #10 or not, I hope that on this Valentine’s Day and more days to come you will spread love and compassion with an act of kindness.
Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours!
Love & Compassion,