All posts filed under: Kindness

Caffe Sospeso: The best cup of coffee

  Caffe Sospeso (“Suspended Coffee”) is a tradition in Italy that involves a customer buying a cup of coffee for someone who cannot afford it, as an anonymous act of charity. This started when cafe patrons in the working-class parts of Naples who experienced good luck would buy two cups of coffee and consume only one. The cafe would then reserve the other cup for a less fortunate person, and serve it to him/her for free. I thought that this story is an internet hoax because it just sounded too nice to be true. As it turns out, snopes (urban legend debunker site) confirmed it based on several personal accounts, and I’d like to believe it is. This is one way to spread good karma around — although simple, it shows people sharing their joy and caring for their fellowmen, strangers included. Thank you for the idea, Naples!

Grandpa Dobri

Grandpa Dobri from Bulgaria

Grandpa Dobri from Bulgaria is not a typical 99-year old man. In the past couple of decades, he has been walking 15 miles from his home to the city of Sofia daily, so that he can beg for money. He doesn’t keep the money however; he donates every single penny  to the city’s churches and orphanages. In this video clip, the church officials noted that Grandpa Dobri has given an equivalent to $52,000! I’m not saying that we should give away all of our income to causes we are passionate about, but I am sharing this story because I’m very inspired and humbled by this man’s perseverance, kindness, generosity, and greatness of heart. May love and light be showered upon you every day, Grandpa Dobri! Source: Humans are Free

Haircuts for hugs

  In the past two decades, 82-year-old Anthony Cymerys sets up shop in a Connecticut park every week to give haircuts for the homeless. His fee? A hug. “It’s all about being kind to people, and it works three ways. You feel good, the person you’re doing it for feels good, and people that are watching feel good,” says Cymerys. Although he is retired now, his active role in giving back to his community started in 1980s and he has not stopped since. Everyone else who complain that they “do not have enough time” to do this or that (including myself), we only  need to look at Anthony to be reminded that there is more than enough time, not only for ourselves but also for others. For Anthony’s full story, click here. Photo Credit: AP

Katie’s 34 acts of kindness

Some people want a lavish party or a fancy present on their birthday. Katie decided to celebrate by doing 34 acts of kindness, while urging the recipient to pay it forward. To me, this is such a good reminder that anyone can do something kind for a stranger. It does not have to be grand, it does not have to be Christmas, you just have to want to do it. You’re an inspiration, Katie! For more ideas on simple acts of kindness that you can do today, check out Source: Urbandale Patch

10 year-old donates his allowance to save cats!

A little boy melted my heart today, and his name is Evan. Why? I just found out that this 10-year-old from Philadelphia saves his allowance and donates them yearly to City Kitties, a non-profit rescue center for cats. How cute is that?! To top it off, his earnest letter is just too precious to not share … “Dear City Kitties, My name is Evan. I am 7 years old. And guess what? … I LOVE cats! They are my favorite animals and I got my cat at City Kitties as well! THANK YOU for letting me get my new cat! Thank you, City Kitties. Sincerely, Evan P.S. I get an allowance every week and I chose to make a donation to you. I love that you help cats find homes. I saved this money to help you help cats.” Evan, you inspire me.  <3 Photo Credit: Source:

Real Secret Santas

I first heard about real “Secret Santas” happening at a K-mart in Michigan last year, and I am so happy to learn that it has inspired others to do the same. Most recently, a $10,000 check was given by an anonymous donor to help payoff layaways in Walmart, and other similar stories have been reported across the nation this season. It excites me because that’s what the season is about: Giving, sharing, and spreading smiles wherever and whenever possible. At the end of the day, it’s not just about the money; it’s the invaluable and irreplaceable feeling that anyone is blessed with when he or she realizes that someone cares. There are times when I wish for this positive energy to be available all-year round; and I don’t think Christmas will be any less special if this was the case. For my part, I truly hope that I can keep up the message of joy, kindness, care, and love with everyone I meet in the coming years. Being appreciative and happy feels good. Making someone …

JK Rowling and her Hogwarts cash

Her rags-to-riches story is well-known and her achievements in writing one of the most popular series in the world are astonishing. Although tears almost accompanied my goosebumps when we visited “Hogwarts” in Orlando, I wouldn’t call myself a die-hard fan. I just always thought JK Rowling was notably impressive and of course, a great story-teller. Well, I also now believe that she’s an amazing person. Recently, I learned that she didn’t make it to the “Billionaires’ Club”  this time around because she made substantial donations to charity organizations focusing on children’s welfare, ms, poverty and illiteracy. This truly inspires me. While I donate what/when I can to charities and causes I believe in, I’d like to think that when I amass millions of dollars in the future (or in a parallel universe which is more plausible), I would follow suit and give as much as I receive. “You have a moral responsibility when you’ve been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently.”  – JK Rowling Source: Mother …

An Inspiring Disney Trip Giveaway

If you received an all-expense-paid trip to Disneyland, would you give it away? This includes airfare, mind you! Well, this wonderful boy did. In fact, inspired by the  red paper clip experiment, Brendan used Facebook and his toy soldier to trade up for credits and gift certificates, where he eventually accumulated enough for a Disney Trip  giveaway. The fun part: On Memorial Day, he randomly selected the name of a fallen soldier’s daughter and surprised her family with this lovely present in their Massachusetts home! So many factors blow me away here: There are 800 Million active users on Facebook, how many are giving away prizes out of the kindness of their hearts? He did not just donate his own money, he found a creative way to put a prize package together with the help of a community and social media. He honored not only one soldier, but he also reminded the world of the sacrifice that our soldiers and their families go through when they are on duty He is 9 years old. Watch …

The coolest 92 year-old pirate

I’m not advocating digital piracy or bootlegging movies, but “Big Hy” is a pirate worth noting. Why? This World War II veteran copies brand new Hollywood movies and sends them to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The cool part is, he doesn’t do it for profit — in fact, he uses his own dime to send hundreds and thousands of movies overseas! A quote from the NY Times article: As for his brazen violation of domestic copyright laws, Mr. Strachman nodded guiltily but pointed to his walls, which are strewed with seven huge American flags, dozens of appreciative letters, and snapshots of soldiers holding up their beloved DVDs. “Every time I got back an emotional e-mail or letter, I sent them another box,” he said, adding that he had never accepted any money for the movies or been told by any authorities to stop. Photo Credit: NY Times.

A gift for giving

This is one of the coolest gifts I received last Christmas. It’s the first time I realized this service exists but after I figured out that I needed to go to the website and pick charities I would like to donate my gifted funds to, I was smiling all the way. They have a huge list to pick from and I wish I can give to all of them — but to me, in the process of choosing which charity I’d like to support, it made my final choices all the more meaningful. It reminded me that my chosen organizations have objectives that I strongly believe in, and more importantly, they are close to my heart. I left the website with a warm feeling. The good kind that you only get when you know you’ve contributed to something in need of your support. This gift also reminded me to give, to pay it forward, to be selfless for a moment, and to continue rallying for causes I believe in, even when it’s hard enough to …