Someone gave me a gift of money and instructed to help someone. Nothing came to mind immediately so I tucked it away- and took it out again when Jesse called me from jail. Not a friend in the whole world, although Jesse has been just about everywhere. Chronically homeless, he finally got a place some months ago, and his place was secure as it was paid immediately through Welfare.
I bought him a pair of jeans, underwear and gathered some other stuff from our donation pile. I had $15 left, and knowing that Jesse would never have anyone give him any money for tuck, deposited it in his account. I didn’t have an appointment so we could not visit, so I dropped the stuff off and left.
Then I got the letter.
Here are excerpts:
Hi Ken. Thank you for everything you did. I was surprize with the cloth and picture… You Didn’t have to leave me money. you. God Bless… Say Hi to everybody for me. Your pray save my life… thank you for Helping me out, when I ask you went out of your way to bring me the thing I needed. I was so surprize, Happy (Tears) came Rolling down my Face. the Guard ask me Jesse you (OK) I say I am in (Heaven)… you are my Best Friend who care you go out of your way and I thank yo. You Best Friend (Jesse)
No big deal for most of us… but these small things, thoughtful gifts, acts of kindness make a lasting and significant impact on the lives of our friends (even Best Friends!).
Question: How has a ‘little kindness’ you’ve done, make a lasting impact? Briefly, tell me about it…