To say that I have been in awe of the response to this mission would be a tremendous understatement. The outpouring of warmth from people via text, email and posts has been absolutely incredible and I am so thankful for everyone out there. It is very rare that I am left speechless, but the actions of one of our Facebook followers accomplished that feat.
Myrna M's parents came to the United States from Mexico in the late 1940's, knowing no one but looking for a new beginning. During their early years here in the States, they were befriended by a number of caring and generous neighbors who helped them through tough times, most notably during Leonor's (Myrna's mother) pregnancies. Leonor never forgot the generosity of her neighbors, and although she lived modestly, she always gave back to others including sponsoring students at Native American schools, donations to the American Red Cross, time spent at St. Jude's Children's Hospital, and deliveries to church food banks. It was her way of giving back and thanking those who gave freely to her, and she kept up this mission her entire life.
Myrna reached out to me about a week and a half ago via Facebook. She appreciated what I was doing, and as an honor to her late mother, wanted to help spread kindness. Myrna told me that she had a donation that she wanted me to deliver on her behalf for one of my random acts of kindness. I met up with her last Friday so that she could give me her donation. I was absolutely floored by her generosity. She opened her trunk and handed me dozens and dozens of bags of chips, fruit snacks, cookies, granola bars and crackers. On top of that, Myrna had purchased more than 15 heavy duty mylar blankets, used to withstand bitterly cold temperatures, for me to give to the homeless. So on behalf of Myrna, and in honor of her mother, my random act of kindness for today is to deliver these goods to a nearby church that hands out care packages to the area homeless. Myrna, I can't put into words how much I thank you and how extraordinary of a person you are. Thank you so much.