So we have been a bit slack at updating our blog over the last two weeks but we have been slaving over our scarf making and getting to the stage where we could start handing out.
After our appeal on the blog and Facebook a few wonderfully generous people donated enough money for us to make 40 scarves and sandwiches! It is so lovely to see the generosity of friends and family and to know we have so many people support.
So those of you in Cape Town today will know it is a super wintery, cold and wet day today so we decided it would be the perfect day to go out and spread some love and warmth.
I bought two loaves of fresh bread, the bag of scarves we had completed so far and some freshly made soup that was still piping hot and went to fetch Cayden and his friend Lucy from school.
On the way home we stopped where we saw people and handed them each a scarf, two pieces of bread and a cup of thick, warm, nutritious soup! It was such an amazing feeling to be able to give to people that really needed it and to meet some new, lovely and friendly people!
We got to give food & a scarf to that sweet old man who has been standing at the robots near Cayden’s school for as long as I can remember, if you come from Cape Town once you see him you cant forget him, he has the most weird teeth and fulls the funniest faces and makes crazy noises to make the kids laugh. I have always thought he has such a genuine, kind look about him! We then met Markus along Imaam Haraan rd and then went on to the Spar to try and find some of the friends we usually take food and coffee to. They were unfortunately not there but we had the pleasure of meeting Thomas, Nicolas and the sweetest old lady called Frances who had the most beautifully lined face and happy smile (pics to follow!).
Then lastly on our way home we stopped off opposite the Claremont police station and handing out our goodies to a group of 5 people who were huddled under a overhanging outside one of the shops. We had met the lady Charlotte before but not the rest of the guys she lives with. They were most appreciative and allowed us to take a pic of them. Charlotte was most excited when I said I would print her a copy and take it to her as she wanted to send it back to her family in Stellenbosch.
All in all it was a most rewarding afternoon and we hope that the small kindness we have shown today will ripple out and continue to spread throughout Cape Town in this last few cold weeks of winter!
Never forget a kind act no matter how big or small never goes to waste!
Its flippen cold in Cape Town at the moment & Cayden & I are on a mission to try and spread the warmth with those less fortunate than us!
We are busy making fabulously warm and cosy scarves like in the picture below in green or red.
For only R20 you can sponsor a scarf & a sandwich for a needy person in Cape Town. We will package it up nicely and add a little card saying that this gift was sponsored by you.
If you are interested send us a private message or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the banking details.
Have a gr8 day and together lets SPREAD the KINDNESS!!
6 Unconventional, Scientific Ways to be Happier
Wow such a interesting article! Totally agree with all 6 points – definitely worth a read.
So our Kindness Challenge has kicked off with some early morning kind words being shared with our neighbours and family members 🙂
How are you going to spread your kind words today??
Starting Monday 29 July 2013…
Lets infect the world with Kindness!!
So we are starting our first 5 day Kindness challenge on Monday the 29th of July!
Young or Old we would love you to join in this quick and easy 5 day challenge and see how much kindness we can spread in just one week.
It will be quick, easy and not cost a cent (unless you want it too)!
Email email@example.com for more details and to sign up…
So on Tuesday Cayden, a good friend of his and I set out armed with muffins, inspirational notes & tea ready to share some kindness around our neighbourhood.
We got to meet Thomas a homeless man who has a one day a week job but is struggling to find other work, Louise a mom of two who begs at the robot near our local Spar to feed herself and her children and Charlotte a lady who is living under a shop door trying to get shelter at night from the rain.
It was great to be able to warm them up a little with a hot cup of tea and to just sit down and have a small chat with them. It is so easy to forget that they are humans just like us that have a name and a story!
To end of a successful afternoon of kindness the kids decided by themselves to pick up a bunch of rubbish from the pavement and toss it in the bin.
What a perfect world it would be if every kid grew up wanting to help others and the planet!
So with our kindness drive Mandela Day fit in perfectly with our mission to infect the world with Kindness and instead of just sticking to the ‘required’ 67 mins of kindness we made a day of it!
While Cayden was at school I started off the morning at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital (http://www.westerncape.gov.za/your_gov/5981) visiting two of the wards and playing with the children there. As a mother of two boys it was absolutely heartbreaking to see so many sick kids, however the Red Cross has an amazing volunteer program and big ups to all the volunteers that spend hours there each week just bringing a smile to these sick children.
Then after school Cayden and I went through to Operation Smile’s offices in Woodstock (http://southafrica.operationsmile.org/). What an awesome organisation:- Operation Smile South Africa provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe!
Cayden was super proud to be the first kid to volunteer there on Mandela Day and was keen to get started. So we started packing Smile Bags (gift bags that each child receives after the operation is over). Cayden took great care in choosing toys that he thought were pretty awesome and the boys would particularly like and packed more Smile Bags than any of the other volunteers there. He worked tirelessly for 2 hours before decided to move on to another area before we had to leave.
We ended up in the ‘creative corner’ where they had scraps of material, needle, thread etc and anyone could just make whatever they liked to be included in the smile bags and given to the children. The sweetest thing was that Cayden wanted to know if we had to pay to make something there…. Needless to say 45mins later when we really needed to get home I had to drag him away with must protesting. His final words being when we come back here again can we come on a Saturday so I don’t have to go to school first and we can stay all day!
After a day fulled with fun, gratitude and kindness it was great to know that it was just another day for us and that our acts of kindness were not just saved for once a year, people often get so caught up in the ‘Mandela Day’ vibe that they forget that there are 364 other days in the year that we can help other people on.
So here is to making everyday a Mandela Day and being the change we want to see in the World!!
So this morning we had the pleasure of going up to a township school in Knysna with Cayden’s Grandmother, Shelley.
Shelley runs a amazing feeding program for children in Knysna and the surrounding areas (http://www.epapfeeding.co.za/) and organised for us to go up to one of the schools where she distributes Epap.
We took along some biscuits to decorate and some toys to play with and had a fantastic morning playing with the children.
Cayden helped them make racing cars and marie biscuit faces. We then headed outdoors and blew bubbles for the kids to chase and made puzzles.
It was such a wonderful morning watching the children play together. Most of the kids could only speak Xhosa and a couple of kids Afrikaans as well as Xhosa so communication was challenging but it is amazing how kids can really connect with each other even if they don’t speak the same language.
I left the school feeling so grateful for the opportunities and things that I so often take for granted and was truly amazed at how friendly, patient and well behaved the children at the school where. They made the biscuits and then had to wait about 45 minutes before they could eat them but none of them nagged or tried to sneak a bite at all they just patiently waited. They were so cheerful and thankful for the time and treats we had given them it is a good lesson for those of us who have so much but are still not ‘happy’ with what we have.
Sometimes the simplest pleasures in life are the most precious!
Check out our facebook page to see the rest of the pics – http://www.facebook.com/CaydensKindness
What a special morning visiting a township school this morning in Knysna.