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A Little Help At The Cash

I was at Thrifty Foods this afternoon, and the little old couple in front of me were holding up the line because their debit and visa cards kept declining. They were getting frustrated, as were most of the other people in line. They tried absolutely everything including a gift card that the lady pulled out of Christmas card that she had received however it was for a different grocery store.

Finally she pulled the last of the cash she had out of her wallet, $25 and paid down half the bill, trying all her and her husbands cards again to no avail. I could see the frustration and embarrassment as they kept apologizing to everyone in line for the inconvenience.

As she started to take groceries out of her bags so she could afford the bill I took $25 out of my wallet and paid for the remainder of their bill. They were amazingly grateful and it felt amazing! Thank you to WestJet for the inspiration from yesterday!

I refused to give them my name or phone number even though they pleaded for it, but instead told them that when they were in the position, to Pay It Forward to someone else.

I share this not for your praise, but to inspire you to do the same, in whatever way that you want, or can. Make the difference in someones day. Be the Change you wish to see in the world! Starts with you, baby!

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Today’s story is from Sarah at More Than Your Average Mom. If you have a story you would like to share with us, please head over to the Submit a Story page.

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Serenity’s Kindness Kookies

I don’t think there are many people who have not been moved by the devastation of the typhoon in the Philippines, but one little girl in Kanata was inspired to take action.  This is the story of Serenity’s Kindness Kookies.

One Sunday morning before church, while dining in a restaurant with her parents, Serenity caught sight of news footage out of the Philippines.  She was full of questions and wanted to know why the people were so sad and what was happening.  Her parents explained that there had been a big storm and many people had lost their homes and needed help.

When they returned home from church, Sera ran up to her room where her mother found her packing up her toys and books.  When her mother asked her what she was doing, she said that she wanted to send them to the children she had seen on TV.  She had determined that since they lost their houses, they would not have toys to play with and she would be happy to share hers.  Deeply touched, Sera’s mom, Samantha, then explained that while this was such a kind gesture, there was no way to get the items to the children and what they really needed was money to buy food and build houses.  It was then decided that when payday came around, money would be sent to the Red Cross to help the people in the Philippines.   Seemingly satisfied with this, Sera settled down for a nap.

Later that day, Sera went running to her mom with both fists full of pennies from her piggy bank and asked that it be sent to buy them new houses.  She figured she had enough in those little hands of hers to buy some.  Mom explained that while that was very generous, and the money would be sent, that it takes a LOT of money to build houses.  It was then that Sera decided that she should bake cookies to send to make them feel better.  Again, the logistics of sending cookies were lost on her and so mom agreed that cookies would be baked but they would sell them and send the proceeds.  Serenity insisted that treats from her trick-or-treat bag be used and so a big batch of Smartie cookies were made.

A post on mom’s Facebook page explained to friends and daycare clients that cookies would be sold with donations going to the Red Cross. Sera set up a little table by the front door and decorated it with her play silks. A logo “Serenity’s Kindness Kookies” was created and she set to work wrapping the cookies in plastic wrap and taping on the logos.  (Mom tells me that two rolls of scotch tape were used on that batch!).  Friends and family stopped by that day to visit her cookie store and she eagerly stood behind her table in the front waiting for more “customers”. Former daycare kids brought pocketful’s of change to buy cookies and all of their Smarties from their trick-or-treat bags to contribute and make more cookies. Another 4 batches of cookies later and the next day, Serenity went with her father to work were she raised $200.00 and had requests for more cookies!

The response has been overwhelming.  Friends, colleagues and even some strangers contributed.  In the end she raised $600.00 and her father’s workplace matched donations bringing the total to $1200.00.  With the Government of Canada matching all donations – this sweet girl has raised $2400.00 through her kindness.

“Serenity’s Kindness Kookies” – Kindness Indeed!!

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Food Bank Fridays

Food Bank Fridays started over a year ago as a way to keep my little sorority group of ladies motivated to donate to our local food banks on a regular basis. Then I wondered why not involve more people, so I started a blog with Food Bank Fridays as one of my core components. And now I have my hardcore group of 10 ladies plus a small following around the world (a food bank in England is tweeting a link to my challenges!) It feels great to take what is such a small gesture and amplify it.

What is Food Bank Friday?

I’d noticed that the Food Bank bin at my local store is always empty or nearly so. It is often hidden away in a corner. Out of sight, out of mind. I try to remember to grab something most trips to pop in on my way out of the store. I rally my ladies group in the fall to do a little food drive. I had this idea that I could do more. More to help people in my community. And I could help others help people in their communities. Food Bank Fridays.

Food Banks need donations and support throughout the year. There is an ongoing need to keep the shelves stocked. Families in need don’t just pop up at Christmas time and then conveniently go away right after. There are people that need the Food Banks assistance January-December, so why couldn’t I do a little part to remind people.

I come up with a theme or category for each month and then send out a weekly challenge every Friday. People post it to their Facebook page or forward the email to as many people as possible. The challenges are just something to get you thinking of ways you can help out your local food bank. They are a way to remind you that the need is out there and YOU CAN HELP. You can choose to follow the challenge to the T or you can go all rogue and buy something different or heck even ask the cashier to scan in a donation. The choice of what and how much you do is up to you.

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Today’s story is from Tennille at Frugalista Mamas. If you have a story you would like to share with us, please head over to the Submit a Story page.