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Kindness Commitment Friday #3

For anybody just tuning in, I post a kindness story and update every Friday as my part of The Kindness Commitment Challenge. I personally think that making a concious effort to be nice will benefit ourselves and others alike. Please feel free to add your random act of kindness in the comment section every week – it’s great for inspiration and makes for happy Friday reading as well!

This Week’s Story from the News

Wow, according to this article, “Two-year-old Nathan Saavedra is celebrating Christmas with a new, healthy kidney — thanks to the generosity of a stranger.”

Apparently Nathan suffers from a disorder that leads to a lot of kidney problems and Chris Doing, a 38 year-old IT Security Analyst, saw Nathan’s story in the Elgin Courier-News in April.  He went to the hospital to see if he was a blood match.  6 months later, Mr. Doing donated his very healthy kidney to Nathan.

Here’s what Mr. Doing had to say when he finally met Nathan and his mother:

It was a very emotional meeting for his mom and I.  I can’t put it into words. Obviously, she feels a debt that she can’t fathom repaying and that makes me uncomfortable, because I don’t feel like they owe me. I was just glad to help.

Isn’t that amazing?!  I  joined the Be The Match Registry about two years ago and hope that I am able to make a difference like that someday.

My Personal Update

I didn’t do anything truly amazing this week, but I helped some friends feel better.  I also gave one of the homeless men on my way home the banana I had left in my lunch bag.

How did you do this week? Build any good karma? Have any ideas for us in the future?

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3 comments to Kindness Commitment Friday #3

  • I snow blowed my elderly neighbors driveway this week. She is a nasty old woman but she is also very old, so I feel compelled to help her out. It does pay off because she’s never called the cops on me and never yells at my kids.

    This is a double whammy because the opposite neighbor usually does her driveway on snowy days, so it gave them a little break too.

    It’s my way of paying it forward because a lot of times, my mom’s neighbors dig her out when they see her out there trying to do it herself.

  • @First Gen, yay for building neighborly credits!

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