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United Way Staff Share Random Acts of Kindness Stories

All week, we’ll be sharing our own experiences of performing random acts of kindness. Today’s blog is from two of our staff members, who are reflecting on Random Acts of Kindness that they have benefitted from.


CARSOne staff member shared that she was recently a recipient of a Random Act of Kindness after her son had surgery. It was a Saturday night around 11:30, and her baby woke up screaming with a high fever. She and her husband were worried, because her son had undergone surgery just 36 hours earlier, so they called 911.The wonderful people at CARS (Charlottesville Albemarle Rescue Squad) responded quickly and were so kind. A friend’s husband is a volunteer at CARS and he happened to be there that night and heard the call come in. He mentioned the call to his wife and she dropped off a wonderful breakfast care package the next morning. The breakfast care package was so thoughtful!


2013-07-08-BuschGardensResizedAnother staff member shared an experience her son had over the summer. She said that her cash-strapped college age son and his friend had received free tickets to Busch Gardens last summer from a former teacher who could not use them. Halfway through their day at the park, a couple of strangers came up to them and said that they were leaving for the day, and gave them their Quick Queue passes. Their fun quotient for the day quadrupled as they were now able to bypass the long lines for each ride! They will always remember that random act of kindness.


These are great reminders that it isn’t difficult to make someone’s day and to get involved in Random Acts of Kindness Week! It’s as simple as offering a compliment, eating lunch with a new coworker, dropping off snacks at your local rescue squad/fire department/police station, or writing a recommendation for someone on LinkedIn. 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.

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