Let’s face it: Sometimes we tend to get a little too caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Between buying and wrapping presents, decorating our homes with twinkling lights and generally taking part in the local Christmas festivities (I’m an only child and just took my 25th picture with Santa this year…I’ll thank you not to judge me for that), we genuinely become too wrapped up in the season. Suddenly, it’s Christmas Eve and we’re found scratching our heads wondering what happened to the last month. There are so many things to get done in December that we oftentimes overlook some of the more important ones, like the spirit of kindness and compassion.
This holiday season though, The World Is Fun decided to kick–start our very first of the Random Acts of Kindness, in which we choose one special request for kindness from our active members to implement around our community. These random acts (which will continue once a month throughout the year) could be anything from cleaning up a neighborhood park to visiting a nursing home – anything that leaves a positive mark! On this particularly blustery evening, we set our sights on giving back to those without homes this holiday season. Partnering with Car2Go, we packed six smart cars to the bursting with hot chocolate, steaming coffee and bags of the essentials (like snacks, toothbrushes and, to keep things festive, candy canes) and hit the road.
The rain had been coming down in buckets since mid–afternoon and the streets were well on their way to becoming flooded when we started out. Our little caravan weaved around traffic with caution, losing sight of one another every so often as the torrential weather continued. Despite the obstacles though, we managed to stay together—partially because of the capable driving of the Car2Go crew—and partially because of the distinguishable silver bows that bedecked each vehicle. Our premier stop was downtown Seattle (specifically Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square and the base of Capitol Hill), followed by Ballard, the University District and (finally) Westlake Center.
We encountered a smattering of people wherever we went, each group crowding around us when we approached with our bounty, thanking us for the warm drinks and laughing over Christmas jokes. The high spirits of those around us permeated the bleak night with an unquenchable warmth, and though soaked to the bone, we clambered back into our cars following each excursion with renewed cheer. At the end of the day, our random act of kindness turned out to be a grand success, and it wasn’t some commercialized gimmick that made it so. The appreciativeness that we were greeted with at every turn served as a reminder that some holiday magic transcends the traditional presents and Christmas feasts that we so commonly turn to. Sometimes, all it takes is a little compassion.
-Megan Manning is a Social Media Coordinator and Blogger for TWIF