Random Acts of Kindness

A little while ago my beautiful wife had a milestone birthday, one of those that requires a party and all our friends kept asking "what should I get her?" and "what does she want?" What an opportunity that presented me to give Laurie a gift that she would not only appreciate now but will make a positive difference in the lives of those it touches.

With a few emails and a Facebook page I started the "50 Random Acts of Kindness in 50 Days" campaign. I asked friends and family to consciously do a "random act of kindness" and think of Laurie when they did it.

I'll admit that I was a little nervous asking people to be "kind" - it's a lot more comfortable to go to the store and buy a gift than it is help the homeless or give your seat up to a stranger. The response was better than expected and these RAoK took on a life of their own. There was a ripple effect that has carried on many months past her birthday. Take a look at her "gift".

What does this have to do with hot sauce and Hot Sauce 4 Good? Not much. But it certainly has a lot to do with what St. Francis Breadline and World Vision Micro are doing.

Each morning the friars and volunteers feed the hungry who line up at St. Francis cathedral on  31st Street in New York City. That sandwich, that cup of coffee, that handshake may be the difference between starving (literally and figuratively) or feeling the love of a fellow human being.

Each day an entrepreneur has a loan funded through the generosity of a stranger through World Vision Micro. That donation of $25 will empower a single mother starting a sewing business, help her to buy her first foot powered sewing machine. It can help a young man to become a carpenter by giving him access to enough money to buy his first saw.

That $25 will have a ripple effect. The dress maker can earn enough money to feed her family, possibly buy a second sewing machine and employ another villager. Maybe the carpenter earns enough money to buy a second tool and takes on an apprentice. As those loans are repaid, the ripples are strengthened and that money is reinvested in another loan that empowers the community.

One RAoK leads to another. One good turn begets another. Love one another as I have loved you.

Mathew 23:37-40 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’’

Do Good, FaithBob Ferretti