With the holidays approaching, it is so important to remember to give back. The best way you can give back is to be kind!
Today, November 13, is World Kindness Day, which is a perfect day to pay it forward and do a Random Act of Kindness. Treat your friend (or a stranger!) to a coffee, grab the newspaper for your neighbor, call your grandmother, or simply check on a friend in need.
In the spirit of spreading JOY, the JoyRide team has recalled their favorite Random Acts of Kindness that someone has either done for them or that they have done for someone else. Read on, share joy and pay it forward!
Rhodie Lorenz (Co-Owner/Instructor): “A very special woman named Lucianna helps me with my never-ending laundry at home. At the age of 31, she was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. I bought her a wig when she lost her hair to chemo and assisted her in navigating the medical billing for a foreign student without health insurance. I also advocated that a portion of SpinOdyssey funding go directly towards her care. I’m ecstatic to report that today she is cancer-free!”
Debbie Katz (Co-Owner): "When I was pregnant with my son, Miles (like really pregnant, due in a couple of weeks), my husband, Marc and I went to see the show Avenue Q in New York City. The bathroom line at intermission was really long, obviously, and I was standing way at the back and up the stairs. This woman who was right at the front looked up, saw me and walked right over, took my hand, and put me at the front of the line, announcing that I was 'next.'”
Amy Hochhauser (Co-Owner): “I bought a hot chocolate for a kid I didn't know. He was standing next to me on the soccer sidelines wet and freezing but still there to support his friends.”
Meagen O’Connell (Instructor): “My running group, Girls Gone Miles, has decorated each others’ mailboxes before a big running event to wish them luck, left cookies on the doorstep when one of our runners lost their dog, and dropped off a care package when someone’s dad was sick.”
Alison Vitolo (Instructor): “Driving home from a night out on the town, at a stop sign, I saw a woman lying down. I stopped to see if she was okay and she started crying that she had gotten in a fight with her boyfriend and had nowhere to go. I put her in my car and bought her a hotel room for the night.”
Mo Prester (Instructor): “I celebrated my birthday this week at JoyRide and a rider surprised me with a birthday cake!”
Emily Swet (Instructor): “Last spring, I stopped at the rest stop in Darien on 95 on my way to NY. I bought a water, a snack for my son - and made nice small talk with the store clerk who sold them to me. Later, I realized I had left my son's med bag containing his Epi-Pen and other rescue meds. I have dupes and could easily order more, but a stress and pain nonetheless. A day later, I got a call from my son's pediatrician in Milford. The store clerk dropped my son’s bag off for me at the office."
Julianne Mulvey (Instructor): “This morning, I paid for a woman's shipping at the post office because she didn't have her wallet in her purse and needed to overnight a care package to her daughter at college who had had a bad day."
Marni Lane (Public Relations): “The day we moved into our new house in July, my friend brought over four bags of groceries, prepared foods and wine and stocked my empty fridge!”
Lesley Osborn (Marketing): “I helped out with an event last week, and my friend dropped a heartfelt thank you note, as well as a gift card for a pedicure in my mailbox.”
Remember to be kind today, on World Kindness Day -- and every day! To celebrate, we would love to see your favorite Random Acts of Kindness. Use the hashtags #payitforward #spreadjoy #helpothers #worldkindnessday and #raktivist so we can all follow along!