Friday, February 10, 2017

Random Acts of Kindness Thrive in 2017

Now and then I talk about my crafty sisters and friends. They're generous, kind people who do good things for others in addition to the many tasks accomplished every day. At times they need help, too.

Old Man Winter did a number on most of us, starting in the fall of 2016 and working his way forward. Miss Carolyn's Quilt Shop in Idaho City (about 50 minutes from Boise in good traffic and anybody's guess through the snowstorms and terrible road conditions over the last few months) hasn't been open much lately because it's not always possible to drive the few miles from her home to the main area.
Things have been rough lately because it's been a challenge to access the shop. It's like someone turned on the snow machine and forgot to shut it off. Add everyday situations and it becomes overwhelming. Here's a picture of how it looked early February 8, 2017 and an unexpected change later that day thanks to  unknown individual(s).                                                                

Later that day

Miss Carolyn wants the Guardian Angel (s) in Idaho City and people throughout the land to know how thankful she is for the miraculous change to her little red brick store on Main Street. Road closures due to the piles of snow limited what she could do to clear the ice and packed snow. 

She got a phone call from Ruth, who told her someone plowed a path from Main Street to the front door, from the alley side to the porch, and the shoveled the snow off the porch.  The large branch that trailed across the front of the yard was gone. In Carolyn’s words, “It was like it vanished!”  She says when she got down to the store, she was speechless and cried with joy.

Carolyn also said “There are no words in any language that can express the gratitude I feel. I am stunned and that is probably not the right word. All I can do is say a heartfelt thank you. Know that you will be rewarded many times over and carry this blessing in my heart forever.”

This unannounced random act of kindness in Idaho City required a lot of physical labor and demonstrates the care that people display when they quietly help another person. 

Even during the darkest hours, miracles happen and chase away the darkness. Has something happened to add sunshine in your circle of friends lately?


  1. I love this! Our neighbors really come through for us when something happens in our neighborhood. Last year, when I was pregnant and unable to do a lot myself, there were so many people who helped us out!

    1. I'm so glad to hear about your wonderful friends and neighbors. Thanks for sharing the information about the good from others and how much it means.

  2. This makes my heart happy. There is far too much "me" thinking in the world and FAR too little thinking about others. This is just great.

  3. I love hearing about random acts of kindness. It is always nice to know that there are nice people out there.

  4. I love to hear stories of neighbors being so generous to others. I am so glad that snow got plowed. What an undertaking!

  5. Wow that was a lot of snow. It is so good to see that neighbors are still taking care of each other. I would love to check the store out if I'm ever in the area.

  6. I love to see others leading a helping hand, especially when they do it anonymously. I've woken up to a snow free walkway several times through the generosity of my neighbors, and my hubby will secretly do some of the neighbor's areas too when we get heavy snowfall.

  7. This is an awesome post. It is so nice to think of others' needs.
    It also makes one thankful - I know I am for my family members.

  8. I love reading great stories like this! It really makes my day whenever I hear stories about random kindness. I hope more people will do this.

  9. What a heartwarming story! It's not often people are willing to go out of the way to help others out like this. It's encouraging when you do hear about it!

  10. God bless those people who helped clear the snow. It was so nice of them to do that. In my circle of friends, we have what we call "Prayer Warriors." We pray for a family member who is ill, for guidance in making decisions, for provision in times of need. We also go out of our way to help (physically, emotionally, financially) to spread kindness to those who need it most.

  11. This is so great! If we all gave a little, it would be a better world! Our neighbors came over to help us with the snow in the driveway and we were so thankful!!!

  12. You are lucky with your neighbor. Cleaning much snow is really dirty

  13. Oh what a great post! I am all about random acts of kindness, and have my children do them daily!

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