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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Act of Kindness No. 2

           It’s been a week since my last act of kindness and I have noticed a change in my spirit already. I am constantly on the lookout for kind things to do or ideas to add to “my kindness list.” I have 10 items already in the works thanks to your loving words and ideas. The act of kindness for this week is one that I could absolutely not wait to accomplish. I had to complete this act as soon as I heard about it. It is so easy and simple and fun that I can’t believe I overlooked it until now. This is something I should have been doing all along and something that I will continue to do for the rest of my life. This one moved my heart and brought me to tears…….
          The Make A Child Smile (MACS) Organization was founded in May of 1998 by Alexandra Bakker.  The group's mission is to inspire and offer hope to children with chronic or life threatening illnesses.  Volunteers and sponsors use their time and talents to provide financial and emotional support. 
          When I heard of this organization, I immediately realized that bringing joy to a child facing an illness was the next act of kindness I wanted to do.  There is nothing on Earth that is more heart-wrenching than a child facing a terrible sickness. One look at their little smiling faces can immediately floor us. No one knows the answer to why children face such things. My heart yearns for answers about why this happens…answers to why life is so unfair…answers that perhaps may never come until I see God face to face. To fully embrace this task, I had to come to a realization that it is sometimes hard to attach your heart to something so painful. Shame on me for not searching out a way to help sooner. I am thankful that I now know a way I can help brighten the day of a child and I am even more thankful that I can share this with you and you can share it with your friends and family.
            MACS provides everything you need to start volunteering.  The first step is to visit the website and find a child that speaks to your heart and you can immediately begin sending items that make a child’s day.
            For my act of kindness this week, I have selected four special children to send "Happy Easter" cards to. I have an overwhelming love for stationary so this project was completely free and easy to do.

I am sending love through the mail and it is an ingenious idea. A little glitter, a few stickers, some knock-knock jokes and four stamps later, I am ready to send out some sprinkles of love into the world.  My heart smiles at the idea that a sweet child will open my card and have a big smile.  That idea in itself should inspire you to visit the website, pick a child and mail out some joy right now. 


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