Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Day 346: Passed Out Candy Canes To Strangers

I've had a lot of fun doing random acts for strangers.  Seeing the surprised and quizzical reactions on people's faces has been something that has really made 366 Random Acts fun for me.  From hugging random people on a busy street corner to complimenting total strangers, putting kindness out there to people who didn't expect it at all has been something I will never forget.  I wanted to do something along those lines again before the year was out, and I was in a place today that was going to be super busy.  Today, I was working in the Chicago Loop and I knew that I would be close to the Christkindle Market in the middle of Daley Plaza.  The Christkindle Market is an annual event where people can go enjoy delicious food and drink, as well as buy Christmas ornaments and other holiday items.  On my way into work, I was inside of Walgreens and saw a huge display for candy canes.  It hit me that I might be able to make people's days by giving them away for free by the Christkindle Market.  So today, for my random act of kindness, I passed out candy canes to strangers and wished them Happy Holidays as they passed by.  Some people seemed hesitant because...well I mean...giving away free candy on any day but Halloween is kind of creepy.  Most people were more than happy to come up and take one.  While I was passing them out, Frank Mathie from ABC 7 Chicago (who did the first ever story on 366 Random Acts) interviewed me for a follow up on my year.  If you are in the Chicagoland area, you can see the story on the 5 o'clock news.

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