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A Coffee Shop Kindness

All week, we’ll be sharing our own experiences of performing random acts of kindness. Today’s blog is from our Volunteer Center Director’s husband, who is also enjoying the celebration of Random Acts of Kindness Week.

Just the other day, I sat in a coffee shop working on my laptop. As we all know, it's pretty easy to get caught up in our own work and not pay much attention to those around us. While taking a quick break from my emails, I noticed a college student clearly frustrated and struggling with an assignment.

I decided to step outside of my comfort zone and ask him if he was okay. He shared that he had just started a difficult math class and was stuck on a word problem. After reviewing the problem, I remembered sessions that I had with a tutor in high school and a trick she had taught me to easily remember how to solve this exact type of equation. I shared it with the student and together, we were able to work through the assignment. 

It may seem insignificant, but that moment meant a lot to both of us. The student was able to complete his assignment and will remember the trick that my tutor taught me many years ago. And I will now carry with me that feeling of joy in helping someone and the reminder that stepping away from the laptop in a busy coffee shop to share a smile or say hello can really make an impact on someone.

Don’t miss out your chance to get involved in Random Acts of Kindness Week! It’s as simple as offering a compliment to a friend, writing a thank you note to your child’s teacher, or finding ways to volunteer during your lunch break. Please share your stories with us by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , on our Facebook page, or through our Volunteer Center’s Twitter. Be sure to use the hashtag #RAKweek on Twitter.


Posted by: Jessica Snyder


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