This weekend, I went with some of my students to ring the bells for the Salvation Army. I love taking time to give back to my community, and I love it even more when I can share that experience with my students. I am aware that my life is a life of privilege and any chance I can, I try to use that privilege to give back to those around me.
So this weekend, with the help of some incredible kids, I stood outside Wal-Mart and rang that little bell and greeted everybody that went by. My students sang Christmas carols with gusto and joyful hearts. We wore Santa hats and reindeer antlers and elf ears. And we had a good time hanging out, getting to spend time together in a less formal setting than in the classroom.
But most importantly, we got to see people with the biggest hearts donating their money to help other.
Watching so many people go out of their ways to donate to others was a beautiful experience. I was touched to get to interact with so many strangers cleaning out their pockets and the coin catchers in their cars and giving their change from the store. In many cases, it wasn’t much. But it was something. Small acts of kindness can all add up to do big things.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.Aesop