Happy Worldwide Day of Giving!!!
Posts Tagged ‘kindness’
Posted in Gave the money to someone else, Refusals, tagged $10, capital, DC, friendliness, giving, hospitality, kindness, OR, Portland, tourists, vacation, washington, white house on April 21, 2010| 11 Comments »
I am still working on responding to so many of your truly inspiring emails and comments. Thanks so much. So many of you are planning to participate in June 15th’s Worldwide Day of Giving. I can’t wait. The more people you tell the more amazing this could be. Imagine if this goes completely viral and people all over the world are doing this. I will tape a short video explaining the Worldwide Day of Giving and post it on YouTube. Several of you have asked for tips on how to approach someone successfully; I will post some tips and other helpful information on www.yearofgiving.org and on my Facebook page.
Last Saturday I took a walk around the city and spent some time in front of the White House. I often take it for granted, but it is pretty amazing to be able to walk 10 blocks and sit and relax in front of our President’s home (ok, so sometimes it’s not all that relaxing with thousands of people taking photos). I found a man sitting on a bench and I approached him to participate in the Year of Giving. He was with a few other people and said he had to go. I was disappointed, because he was from Canada and I don’t have any Canadian recipients yet! (That’s ok, the Caps beat his team in hockey that night!)
Then I found Lindsay and Javier. If they didn’t know better they would have thought I was stalking them because we later found out that I almost ate lunch at the same place they did, instead I ate across the street. Anyway, the couple is from Portland and Javier was here attending a geography conference and brought his wife along and made a mini-vacation out of it while grandma and grandpa helped them out by watching their two children. They went to the National’s baseball game (I was also there…seriously I was not stalking them), toured the US Capitol, took a river cruise on the Potomac (I was also on the river boat…ok, not really, I just made that up), visited several museums, and then ended up sitting on a bench in front of the Obama’s pad at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
This couple made me appreciate the city I live in so much. They were so impressed with how nice people were to them here. They talk about their impressions of the people of our nation’s capital on this video…which could almost be a commercial for Destination DC!
As for the $10, they plan to give it to one of the nice people that have helped them during their stay. I walked with them to look for a woman they told me about, “C. Thomas”, who works for DC’s Safety and Maintenance organization. She was no longer there, but they told me how she helped them earlier in the day and even gave them a hug when they left! I am going to write to that organization and tell them what an impression Ms. Thomas made on Lindsay and Javier!
We then walked over to the Metro station where we said goodbye and they headed back to their hotel in upper Northwest, DC. What a nice couple. I wish they lived here so they could be my friends.
I am still pouring through your emails and comments. So many amazing stories of people who have been motivated to start their own giving projects. I have heard from people in Saudi Arabia and Brazil who want to start giving $10 a day in their country. I have received numerous offers to help recipients on the Lend a Hand page. Others have told me how they are helping their churches, local schools, community centers, random strangers, neighbors, etc. Numerous people have offered to help me directly.
I firmly believe that people are inherently good. When we hear about someone else spreading kindness it triggers something that awakens passive thoughts of kindness that we carry inside us.
I continue to answer your emails and comments one by one…please be patient if I have not responded to you yet.
Today my story is about Patrick, but before I get to him I want to share something that happened to me today. I keep all my notes in a small black notebook which happened to fall out of my book-bag today as I took some photos in front of a Barns & Noble. I went to dinner with my brother, his wife, and a cousin of mine and then walked home. On the way home I stopped in to see Larry from Day 90 at Starbucks to tell him that so many people have voted for him to go to Clyde’s with me (see this post). It was then I realized that I didn’t have my notebook.
I took a cab back to the restaurant but they didn’t have it. I started to walk home and decided to look around the Barnes & Noble. There is so much foot traffic there though that I was sure it wouldn’t be there. For some reason I decided to go in and ask if someone had turned a notebook in.
Would you believe that two women had turned it in! YES! THANK YOU! They gave it to a Security Guard named George who gave it to Sultan who was working behind the check-out area. I tried to give George $10 but he would not accept my money. I have agreed to try to go back and find him one day and maybe buy him a coffee or something. I did get the name of the company he works for and will write them a letter telling them of his good deed. I will also write a letter to the Barnes & Noble to tell them about both George and Sultan.
Phew….I thought I lost my book. Ok, back to day 97.
On Sunday night I thought I would look around for someone to give my $10 to at the McDonald’s at the Woodley Park Metro station. There was nobody in the fast food restaurant so I walked around to the Connecticut Ave. side and found Patrick kicking a soccer ball on the sidewalk into some plastic crates against the wall of a bank. It was around 11pm so I figured this guy’s gotta have a story to be out here at almost midnight practicing soccer by himself.
I spent some time just watching him juggle the ball with his feet and knees as well as taking shots on “goal.” Then I chatted with him some.
The 23-year-old DC native says that he comes out there and practices against the wall of the local bank several nights a week. A lot of people know him as “crazy soccer guy.”
Patrick is unique. He has never owned a cell phone and swears that he will never get one. He is writing his own Philosophy book. He enjoys theatre. He designs his own jeans…the list goes on.
Rather than me talk about him…check him out for yourself. He’s a trip…I’m warning you. He uses my $10 for something nobody else has done so far.