MOUNT VERNON — The phrase “A little smile goes a long way ...” took on real meaning recently for friends Ami Workman and Kristina Keiffer. Numerous Mount Vernon area residents were the beneficiaries of their generosity on Monday when they decided to pay it forward by performing various random acts of kindness — all for the purpose of making people’s day a bit brighter.
“We just want to put a smile on people’s faces and inspire others to do the same,” said Workman. The idea came from a similar incident they heard about where a woman took her children out on her 35th birthday to perform 35 acts of kindness. Further research showed that the idea has caught on and others have been performing similar acts.
Instead of spending their money on each other for birthday gifts, they decided to spend that money on other people by performing acts of kindness. It may not be anything big or of great value; but it’s something unexpected and greatly appreciated.
The duo planned to take the day off of work and action was then set for Monday. Supplies were purchased, bills and change were gathered up and a schedule for the day was then laid out. The two “do-gooders” then took to the streets of Mount Vernon to complete their task.
Students at Mount Vernon Nazarene University were presented with donuts and cups of orange juice upon entering chapel service, as well as a big hug. This was a huge success as the food and drink all ran out. A goal was set for next year to provide more juice and donuts, plus hugs.
A local thrift store was then visited where dollar bills were hidden among the merchandise with “pay it forward” cards attached, encouraging others to be kind with their acts as well. In the parking lot, a new pair of gloves would be hung from a car’s antenna. A pack of handi-wipes was left in a child’s car seat. An ice scraper was left on a car with a note attached to “pay it forward.”
Breakfast and snack items were dropped off at The Winter Sanctuary for those who were leaving for the day.
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