We were very excited to read this lovely story from Jeremy's sister, Gail, about her random act of kindness. What a kind and thoughtful gesture to make sure someone else had a nice warm meal to enjoy. Thank you for sharing your story and helping us to share our love!
Act of Kindness Story submitted by Gail Mohr:
As a daily transit rider I am often missing my bus or connecting bus and I have to admit that there are internal temper tantrum's about these occurrences. Yesterday I decided to try and see a Silver-lining in this situation, and after missing my bus I popped across the street to grab myself a coffee. The line was long and prompting some more internal grumbling and while I was not so patiently waiting in line a young man approached and asked if I could spare some change for food. I'm confronted with this question on a regular basis and I am never consistent with my reply or my offering because I'm torn with what to do. On one hand we are advised not to give money because this encourages panhandling, but on the other hand I've been taught by example after example by Jeremy's Mom Marlene and our Dad Dale that we help when we can. This time I decided to reach for my change purse and handed this young fellow a Tooney. He thanked me and I returned to wishing the lineup would move a little faster and ponder my big life decision of whether this was going to be a medium or large double-double day. The young man stepped into line right behind me, so I was happy to know that the change given was going to be spent on food or drink. As he was waiting in line he turned around and asked another gentleman if he had any change to spare for food and the gentleman said "yeah Brother I've been where you are now and It ain't easy". I began to think about how hard this young guys life must be and here I am being annoyed by missing a bus and having to wait in line. I turn to the young man and asked him what he thought he would order and he replied I'm thinking an ice cap and a couple of donuts to which I replied "that's no kind of supper". I told him that I wanted to buy him supper so could he please choose one of the meal combo's - he told me his preferences, I placed our order and tapped my payment into the debit machine. The transaction was incredibly easy for me, I have a good job, roof over my head and always have more than enough of everything. We shuffled along the counter to where our order was to be completed and when my coffee was ready he placed a sleeve over it and handed it to me and looked me in the eyes and said "thank you Sister." I know I have two wonderful sisters and two awesome brothers and I am super excited to gain another fabulous sister through this wedding, but I am reminded that we need to share our love with all our brothers and sisters of this world.
How lovely to receive this story from Jeremy's Aunt Doreen today. We were very touched by her quick and thoughtful "pay it forward" gesture at the theatre and are sure the family who were the recipients felt the love too. Thank you for sharing your story and helping us to share our love!
Act of Kindness Story submitted by Doreen Mohr and Ed Arndt:
Ed and I were purchasing tickets to go to the movie, Hidden Figures, when I heard a young mother (accompanied by her daughter ) exclaim "oh no, I. Left my wallet at home". So I said let us buy your tickets. And we did so. It is a small act of kindness but one never knows when a opportunity to act will present itself. We were happy to help in this small way.
Today we received another story from a guest who wishes to remain anonymous. This wonderful person has generously contributed her time and money to multiple charities and we were touched to hear her story. Thank you for all you do and for helping us "Share our Love"! We are so inspired and very lucky to have such a kind and generous friend in our lives.
Act of Kindness Story submitted by "anonymous":
During the year, I support several worthwhile efforts -- such as school supply drives, support to the YWCA shelter and My Aunt's place, and support for Regina's homeless population. I have made a commitment to spend at least $25.00 every payday during 2017 -- and enjoy the hunt for fabulous gifts at reasonable prices. So far I have accumulated winter scarfs/shawls, body shop gift sets, back packs and lunch kits, slippers, socks and toiletries.
I have treated several marginalized people to lunch and recently had an Angel Baby birth plaque made for a grieving family.
I am looking forward to my first volunteer stint at Camp fYrefly Saskatchewan in August of this year.
Jeremy's Uncle Bill shared his story with us on Facebook. Thank you for being so thoughtful. We love that you are helping to take care of the yards around your house - a real benefit to your community and I'm sure the neighbours appreciate it!
Act of Kindness Story submitted by Bill Relf:
Neat and tidy lawns are the order of the day On either side of my home are two single ladies; one is a school teacher at a Hutterite Colony, and my sister-in-law is on the other side. They both have big yards, so since I have a riding lawn mower, I help out by keeping their grass cut during the summer, in the spring and fall I usually rake leaves, and over the winter use my snow blower on their driveways.
Jeremy's Aunt Olga shared her story with us on Facebook. How thoughtful to help a friend celebrate her birthday when her family is too far away to help her celebrate in person. Thank you for sharing your story and helping a friend know she is loved by many!
Act of Kindness Story submitted by Olga Relf:
People have told me I have the gift of hospitality. One of my enjoyments is entertaining ; family, friends and acquaintances My "Share The Love" has been to celebrate an 84th birthday for a special friend whose daughters do not live close by (Italy, Vancouver) I invited a few of her close friends to a birthday luncheon at my home There were eight of us. Food ,Fun, Fellowship were the order of the day!
This weekend, we received another story from a wonderful friend, Marcia. Her act of kindness was very inspiring as she has made a real difference in the life of a new Canadian. Thank you for sharing your story for us!
Act of Kindness Story submitted by Marcia Williams:
Imagine how thankful I am that my act of kindness has also enriched my life! Since retiring from teaching, I have been spending time helping a new Canadian with her English. The goal is to assist her with oral communication and also help her find appropriate employment. Meeting her family, learning more about Poland, their culture and traditions, plus just talking about everything under the sun has been great fun!
My former principal and friend Simone recently shared her act of kindness with us. How wonderful that her mother was the inspiration for her gift. Thanks to her generosity, future patients in Gravelbourg will be kept warm and comfortable with warm blankets while in the hospital. Thank you for sharing your story and for helping to make our wedding wish come true!
Act of Kindness Story submitted by Simone Verville:
A few months ago, my 92 year old Mom who resides in Gravelbourg underwent day surgery in Regina. She was very happy with the care provided; of particular note, she was kept comfortable with warm blankets. She shared with me that the Gravelbourg hospital auxiliary, a group of dedicated volunteers, was fundraising in order to purchase a blanket warmer for the local hospital. To help make your wedding wish come true, I have decided to make a donation towards this piece of equipment.
Unfortunately our friend Mary Wallace is unable to join us to celebrate our special day, but was thoughtful enough to make a donation the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation to help provide an education for a young girl. Since her retirement, Mary has volunteered countless hours to help organize events in Regina with other local grandmothers to raise funds to support grandmothers in Africa.
African grandmothers are central to the life of their communities. With almost no support, they have stepped forward to care for millions of children orphaned by AIDS, sometimes as many as ten to fifteen in one household. They display astonishing reserves of love, courage and emotional resilience, even while grieving the loss of their own adult children.
According to the Stephen Lewis Foundation, Canadians have raised more than $24 million for African grandmothers through the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. Resources from the Campaign are invested directly at community level, with grassroots organizations that provide grandmothers and the children in their care with supports that include food, educational supplies, uniforms and school fees, medical care, HIV counselling and testing, adequate housing and bedding, counselling and support groups, home visits, and much more.
Thank you Mary for your generosity and for your thoughtful gift.
Unfortunately my friend Karen and her husband Ralph are unable to join us to celebrate our special day. Karen was thoughtful enough to do an act of kindness and share her story with us. Thanks to her generosity, another teacher will get to use a fantastic mental health resource with their class next year. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of so many children!
Act of Kindness Story submitted by Karen Leniczek:
I have made a money donation to Child & Youth to purchase a Friends Resilience program (a mental health initiative) to be used in an elementary classroom in Regina. It is a social and emotional learning program to help give students coping skills when dealing with adversity. It is a play-based training program for building resilience, to help children cope with feelings of fear, worry and sadness and give them strategies that they can continue to use in the future. Last school year, I was given the opportunity with our school counselor to use this program in my classroom. I wish to give another teacher the opportunity to use this resource in their classroom to help other students and to improve mental health for all.
Tonight we received another lovely "gift" - a story from Jeremy's Aunt Martha - about her donations of hundreds of knitted mitts and socks to those in need. Thanks to her skillful knitting needles, not only have many strangers benefitted from her generosity, but many lucky family members as well! Thanks Aunty Martha for your generosity and for helping to ensure everyone's fingers and toes are toasty warm in the winter.
Act of Kindness Story submitted by Martha Borst:
I learned to knit many years ago from my mother, Rosalie Splett, Jeremy's grandmother. Over the years I can't begin to count up how many wool socks, mitts, hats, scarves, and afghans I have completed. Since returning to Canada from USA in 2006 l'm sure I've knit over 500 pairs of mittens. I have donated to Selkirk abused women's shelter and via the church ladies group to a Ukraine orphanage. One other thing is that since people have learned that I love to knit as a pastime they donate leftover yarn from their projects or else I find great bargains at garage sales. I have shared my projects with family members and friends. I think Jeremy and Joanna both have a pair of wool socks that I've given them.
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Joanna and Jeremy are getting married! They will celebrate their wedding on June 3, 2017 in Regina, SK.
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