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An Apple A Day

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An Apple A Day

Hello!! For those of you who don’t know, my big girl job is as an Independent Provider for people with special needs. I love my job always but in the summer and fall, I feel particularly thankful because I am constantly being spoiled with produce from gardens and apple orchards. Each family I work with does a garden every summer and, I swear, I never went a week without delicious, homegrown veggies in my apartment these past few months.

This past week, a client and his family visited an apple orchard and I had such fun hearing about his outing. Fast forward to when I was about to pull out of their yard to go home and his mom comes running out to stop me with a huge bag of apples. SO sweet!

All of the families I work with consider me an “honorary” member of their household and it is an honor for me. So, to come home with a bag of apples or veggies is special to me because it’s a reminder of how much we all care for each other. I would be so lonely without all of the wonderful families I get to help out and, god forbid one of us gets sick or goes on vacation, because we all end up missing each other like crazy!

Like I said, my client’s mom ran to my car with this beautiful bounty and it was like getting the most fantastic hug. Small and simple acts of kindness are often the best so be sure to offer an apple (pumpkin or gourd!) a day to someone you love if you visit an apple orchard or pumpkin patch this fall. You have the Lil Red Guarantee that it will be oh so appreciated. ❤

What was the last random act of kindness you made? What do you like to grow in your garden? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Valentine’s Day Card Call To Action

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Valentine’s Day Card Call To Action

Hi everyone! I often see people post different news articles about an individual asking for a bunch of cards in the mail for a holiday or birthday. I used to think nothing of it but, when the holiday season hit, I figured that it was the least I could do to send a little holiday cheer to someone who is down on their luck, struggling, or could just use a smile.

Now, every time I see a post on Facebook of someone with a card request, I happily comply and send some snail mail their way. I also like to publish it on lifewithlilred so a larger, world wide platform can be reached for those who would like to make a Random Act Of Kindness.

A few days ago, I saw a post about a 104 year old WWII veteran asking for an overflow of Valentine’s Day Cards. You can read the full article here and send a card to the following address:

Operation Valentine
ATTN: Hold for Maj Bill White, USMC (Ret)
The Oaks at Inglewood
6725 Inglewood Ave.
Stockton, CA 95207

I hope that Maj. White enjoys his Valentine’s Day and the influx of cards that he is sure to receive. He is going to keep every single one and it makes me happy that one of them is going to be mine! 🙂

How do you do Random Acts Of Kindness throughout the day? What is a Random Act Of Kindness that you have received recently? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

A Deeply Concerning Incident

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A Deeply Concerning Incident

So when I was in Madison, Wisconsin this past weekend there was an incident that occurred that really disturbed me. While my family and I were leaving breakfast as McDonald’s, there were two elderly gentlemen walking behind us. Both of them looked like they were struggling a lot to walk, but they were still carrying on with their conversation as if nothing was wrong. I was bringing up the rear in the family, so I lingered behind to hold the door open for the gents, then as they walked through I ran forward so I could get the other door for them. Both of the men were so thankful for this small act of kindness. They called me “little lady” and one of them told me that “not many people would do that” after he thanked me. I was genuinely shocked by this comment, and as I waved the gents off for the day with a smile and well wishes I couldn’t help but feel really sad. Here were these two elderly men who looked like they were in pain as they were walking – and yet not many people would hold open their door or flash them an extra smile? There’s something so severely wrong with that. The fact that I made those two strangers days a little bit better just by something as simple as holding open their door made me wonder why people don’t do that all of the time. For one, it took literally no extra energy to stay behind and hold the door open and for two, it took approximately one minute of time out of my day to pause and chit chat with the gents afterwards before going on my merry way. So to spell that out even more for you, here’s the numbers behind the brief chat and small favor:

  • No extra energy
  • One minute lost
  • Three days made (Mine included!)

I really like the looks of that. There are sooo many small things that people can do throughout the day to make someone else’s better. It can range from asking a stranger how their day is going, waiting those extra seconds to keep the door open for someone, or just shooting out a compliment at someone who looks like they’re having a rough day. When I had my run in with those two gentlemen I saw how much of an impact that one tiny act of kindness can have on someone, and the fact that people choose to hurry past these situations even though they take a minute of time or less kind of sickens me. I don’t understand how someone could let the door slam in front of an elderly man or why a passerbyer wouldn’t offer some extra attention to a person clearly having a bad day. Next time you see a stranger whose day could be improved – I suggest you jump on the opportunity to assist their situation. I’m very confident that both of you will end up feeling a lot better afterwards.

I guess this post is just a Lil Red PSA reminding everyone to be kind to one another – because you really never know what a stranger is going through. Has anyone performed a random act of kindness lately? Has anyone recently made your day with a RAK? I wanna hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah