I was at Target the other day trying to find an air conditioner, this was my fifth stop, to cool down my apartment during that stretch of 90+ degree days last week. I found one, but had trouble lifting it into my cart. After struggling for a solid five minutes I finally got it into my cart. After paying I was trying to figure out how I was now going to get this massive thing out of my cart, and into my car. As I popped the trunk and struggled again to get the cart to stay still while I tried to get a hold of the box, a woman and her son walked up to my car. She asked if I needed help, and before I could even say yes, she was already directing her son to hold the cart as she grabbed for the box.
Small gestures like this one always seem to amaze me because I feel like I’m very rarely touched by kindness like this.
American Bear and Guerilla Goodness are collaborating to bring you Kindness Captured: A Day of Bravery and Kindness in Syracuse, Richmond, New York City and Dallas. (This link leads you to the Syracuse page.)
All around the city we will be placing Kindness Kits — complete with a draw your own mission envelope, the props you need to complete the missions, instructions, and a disposable camera to document your adventure.
You show up, with a friend or two in tow, follow the directions and have an amazing time.
All you need to bring is $5 (some of the missions require a bit of change), yourself and an adventurous spirit. If you want to show people the amazing things you are doing in real time, we recommend a cell phone or digital camera — disposable photos take some time to develop.
We played a show at Lovejoy’s. The next morning I was hungover, sleep deprived and had 8 dollars to my name. I go to the nearest gas station by our hotel. Grab an energy drink and ask for a pack of smokes. The girl behind the counter is listening to really loud rap, its cool, I like rap. She says “that’ll be 7.50” I pull my money out of my pocket, its only 3 dollars! “Oh no” I think, I must have spent it on tacos, now I’ll be smokeless in Texas. An older woman taps me on the shoulder… “excuse me sir, you dropped this” She hands me my five dollar bill. I’m ecstatic! “Thank you so much!” I say, and hand the cashier the money. The girl replies “Welcome to Austin, hope you enjoy your stay” And I did enjoy my stay, very much. Kind strangers down there.