Saturday, April 28, 2012

Day 119: Rewarded/Thanked Someone For Kindness

Since Pay It Forward Day was earlier this week, and I had a random act based on Paying It Forward, I have been thinking about how I can show appreciation for people who have helped me with acts in the past.  During the first month of this journey, I received a message from a woman named Myrna Mendoza.  Myrna, in an effort to honor the past kindness of her late mother, donated food and mylar blankets for me to give to the homeless.  It was a completely selfless act that blew me away.  Since that day, I have been wanting to do something for Myrna, but have been waiting for the right opportunity to reward her for her kindness. So today, for my random act of kindness, I am thanking/rewarding a wonderful woman for her kindness.

Last night, I received a text from my friend Jared saying that I needed to call his mother ASAP in regards to random acts.  I gave her a call where she mentioned that she had been discussing 366 Random Acts at dinner with friends.  One of the friends, Mark, works at the United Center, and after hearing about the mission, wanted to donate 2 tickets to today's Chicago Bulls playoff game against the Philadelphia 76ers.  I knew right then that this was my opportunity to thank Myrna for her selflessness.  I texted Myrna asking if she would be interested in attending, and after being shocked by the text, she said that she would, but that she needed to find someone to go with.  I figured this would be a simple task as I am sure any of her friends would leap at the opportunity to go.  However, in her typical fashion, Myrna had other ideas.  Myrna reached out to one of her friends whose son is a gigantic Bulls fan, but has never had the chance to go to a Bulls game.  So of course, Myrna continued her kind ways and is going to take him to today's Bulls game.  The Bulls are going to be throttling the trash talking Evan Turner and the 76ers, while he and Myrna see it first hand!


  1. Dear Kind person,
    While I understand the meaning of "random" I ask that you consider performing an act of kindness in honor of my birthday April 29th Sun. While at first this may seem selfish but I can explain. I have lost my home, my business and most of my material possessions due to acts of "Domestic Violence" over a period of 17 years or longer. The loss of my life's work and health has had a profound impact on my life. So I wanted to do something to change my life by helping others. I donated everything I had left and started a non profit to help those who are victims of DV. In addition to setting up a large sewing and creative studio in an office park and committing to a three year lease, I started a blog on April 23, 2012 to announce the studio and to encourage people to join my blog so that I can try to help those suffering. I look everyday, sometimes twice and so far no one has posted a comment. I want to make a difference in peoples' lives. Would you consider posting tomorrow, on my birthday, with some words of inspiration?

  2. I did something nice for my cousin today! :) She's been such a trooper, working hard, and struggling through her college classes. She relies on me for transportation, so I spend a lot of time with her in-between both of our school schedules. I gave her some emergency money today and thanked her for being such a good & helpful person!

    - Esther