Let's show the good that's happening around our area! Tell us about a Random Act of Kindness you did, or benefitted from and we'll post it on WTOL 11's Facebook page! Have a pic or a video? EVEN BETTER!
I have been followed by your station on the families coping series for years but have another chapter to share.
Recently a friend of my daughters who has a 17 year old son contacted me with a situation where his son had no where to stay. Apparently he was staying with brothers but they lost their jobs and told him he had to leave. Dad had just stated working again and was drifting around with no place either so just before was leaving to take extended vacation to family for 4 weeks I brought this young man into my home for safekeeping. It has not been easy as I have just recently retired and leave on a tight fixed income but having been a foster child and bounced around in my youth could not see this boy out on the street.
His name is Justyce and is a very polite young man who only needs some security and love to complete his world.
He stays at my home and has made changes with my help to start his own life, part time job, bank account, etc. etc. I just wanted to share this to inspire others to make room for others in your world no matter what the cost.
A few weeks back I was in the checkout line at Walmart in Perrysburg, my 3 kids were with me and my youngest son kept trying to take chips out of the bag, my oldest daughter says to me "mom hes being bad isn't he" and I said "no baby, just because he is grabbing this doesn't mean he is bad. He is still learning." Right after I said that a gentlemen behind me asked if I minded if he paid my grocery bill. It was $70. I was so shocked and so grateful. 💜 This man didn't know us and this kind of thing just doesn't happen to my family. It was wonderful.
I was at Wal-Mart shopping and killing time while my soccer player was at practice. I was wearing my "military mom" sweatshirt that says "I'm a proud mom of a Navy and Air Force son!" A lady came up to me and said thank your boys for their service for me and gave me a hug! I was very thankful and said I sure will!
Then a few minutes later she came back and handed me money and said "God told me to give this to you," I was shocked, (because of her kindness to a stranger) I thanked her and used half of it for my groceries and the other half to pay it forward!
A few days later my husband and I went out to eat and paid for a dinner of an elderly couple where the husbands hat said veteran of the US Navy!
I was in Kroger the other day and while in check out behind me was a young lady with a beautiful smile, I noticed in her shopping cart several box's of Mac & Cheese as well as at least 20 packs of kool-aid and a pack of bologna.
I asked her if she was in school and she said yes, Bowling Green studying accounting as she wanted to work for the FBI.
Somehow I knew she was on a limited budget and as I was leaving I said every month I try and do something for someone and this month it is you and I handed her a $20 bill. She said thank you so much and said she was going to cry. She made my day as well as I made hers
Here in Toledo during our last water crisis I was working at Meijer in Oregon Ohio as a floor supervisor. We were crazy busy with people coming in on the first day and buying up all of our water. An elderly couple came up to me and asked if we still had any water at that moment we did not. They were so worried but very polite and said they would just check later. A family was in line waiting to pay for their water purchase. They had 4 big packs of water. The Dad told his wife to go get another cart as he paid for his water quickly. He then put 2 of the 24 packs of water in the other cart and him and his little son took the water over to the couple and told them they were giving it to them. The couple was so appreciative and they tried to pay him but he would not take any money. The Dad even took the water out to their car and put in in their trunk. The little boy who was about 8 years old asked his Mom why did Dad give them our water? And the Mom said because it was the right thing to do. I was in tears I was so impressed with that act of kindness and I will never forget it......❤
I have an adult son, Scotty, with autism who is blessed to have exceptional Direct Care Professionals from BVRSI. April Huffman, DSP, started a BVRSI Blessings Club. April and DSP Sue Johnson have shown Scotty the joy in Random Acts of Kindness.
From treats to flowers to bottles of water are dropped off to neighbors, friends, and strangers with an encouraging note attached. Scotty, with assistance, paints rocks which he places in parks which is an activity called Findlay Rocks! The creativity and kindness by these individuals help bring awareness to the “special” neighbors in Findlay, Ohio and assist Scotty in being part of his community.
My five year old daughter, Isabel, made "Stay Cool" bags for local police officers. The bags included a bottle of water, gum, candy and playdoh. All of her favorite things to share with the officers on a hot day. She passed out 40 bags to four area stations on July 4th. She recorded a video talking about how police officers are nice and why it's good to do nice things.
Around a month or so ago, my wife called and asked me to take her to lunch. Well to say that I wasn't prepared to go out, I got dressed and threw one of my Cleveland hats on and we went to Big Boy in Fremont Ohio.
We got seated beside a table with a couple of ladies and a teenage boy in a wheelchair who was non verbal. He kept looking at me with a smile and his Mom says that he likes your hat. Turns out he's a huge Cavs fan who had a special day for him at a Cavs game.
I thought hey, why not make him smile and see if he wants my hat, knowing my hair is a mess and just sat down to eat. My wife asked if he would like the hat and when she put it on him the smile said it all. Wish I would have have taken a picture but I didn't.
The end of the story is when I left I had other stops to do, but with my hair like it is, no way. I stopped at the local Goodwill to get a hat and when I went to were they put the hats, staring right at me was a brand new Cavs 2016 Championship Hat.
So you see, a little random act of kindness can also end with a New hat. Special needs kids only need to be recognized to be happy. I know this because I have a grandson who is special needs and non verbal. They may not be able to talk, but they do have alot to say!! Attached is a picture of my grandson Jace, who has Angelmans Syndrome, since I didn't get a picture of the fella at Big Boy
My wife, Michelle Shark who is a registered Nurse recently donated part of her liver to her 2 year old nephew Gavin. Gavin suffers from a rare genetic deficiency disease and the doctors felt a liver transplant could benefit him.
When they decided a liver transplant could help, Michelle didn't think twice about it and was first in line to be tested to see if she was a match for Gavin.
On June 8th, Michelle and Gavin underwent surgery in Pittsburgh and are now both on the road to recovery. Gavin's family currently resides in San Diego CA but have been living in Pittsburgh since March and will be there a few more months while he remains hospitalized and recovers.
Michelle has one of the biggest hearts I know and in my opinion is a true life hero to undergo surgery to try and give 2 year old Gavin the best chance at life as possible!
Thank you. Matt Shark
Flew in from Nashville yesterday and stopped at Chick-fil-A on Airport Hwy in Holland. Ordered for 3 and pulled to window to pay my $12.00+ but was told that the car in front of me paid our tab. I was astonished...so I said, let me pay the car behind me to which the clerk said, are you sure? Absolutely. Very nice gesture, Toledo resident, haven't been pleasantly surprised in many years. Very nice
-Lee Cohen Nashville, Tn
While walking into Dollar Tree last week an elderly man got out of his car and I noticed he was having trouble walking from the parking lot into the store. I offered my arm for him to lean on until we were inside and then gave him a cart to hold onto and use. He told me how very kind I was to offer an old man and a stranger a very helping hand.
This brought back memories of me and my Father going into the same store so many times, not so long ago. I'll always offer help to anyone in need. These days my own legs are not so dependable. Maybe I'll need a little help myself some day.
This past year I have had 3 instances of car trouble. A blow out on a freeway, a bunch of blown fuses and an out of gas situation. All of them were while driving other people's cars which, for some reason, makes it worse on an emotional level. One of the instances, I was on the side of the road for close to 4 hours. Big jeep, blown rear tire, had a spare but no jack. I had signs in the windows of the car, big signs that said NEED A JACK and offered money. No dice.
Right as I am about to give up a van pulls over and dude bounds out. He sizes the situation up and calls for his youngest daughter who speaks English. He conveys through her that he has a jack but it is too small for the Jeep so we will need to brace it. He produces a saw from the van and cuts a log out of a downed tree on the side of the road. We rolled it over, put his jack on top, and bam, in business. I start taking the wheel off and, if you can believe it, I broke his tire iron. It was one of those collapsible ones and I wasn't careful and I snapped the head I needed clean off. Oops. No worries, he runs to the van, gives it to his wife and she is gone in a flash, down the road to buy a tire iron. She is back in 15 minutes, we finish the job with a little sweat and cussing (stupid log was starting to give), and I am a very happy man.
We are both filthy and sweaty. The wife produces a large water jug for us to wash our hands in. I tried to put a $20 in the man's hand but he wouldn't take it so I instead gave it to his wife as quietly as I could. I thanked them up one side and down the other. The little girl asks if I have had lunch and when I told her no she gave me a tamale from their cooler, the best tamale I have ever had.
So, to clarify, a family took an hour or two out of their day to help some strange dude on the side of the road. Wow... But we aren't done yet. I thank them again and walk back to my car and open the foil on the tamale cause I am starving at this point and what do I find inside? My $20 bill! I whirl around and run up to the van and the guy rolls his window down. He sees the $20 in my hand and just shaking his head no like he won't take it. All I can think to say is "Por Favor, Por Favor, Por Favor" with my hands out. Dude just smiles, shakes his head and, with what looked like great concentration, tried his hardest to speak to me in English: "Today you.... tomorrow me."