A few weeks ago I shared the story of a local bank professional named Jess with my Facebook friends. As a small business owner, I go into my bank multiple times a week. She is young and vibrant and always has a great attitude.
Jess was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Being the badass she is, she’s still working. She rocks her bald head, helps her customers all day, all while going through chemo at Johns Hopkins. Her amazing attitude and spirit hasn’t changed one bit. She is such an inspiration to me.
I heard about the Frederick Mental Health Association’s Random Acts of Kindness Challenge, and I decided to challenge my friends and family via Facebook to secretly help Jess. And oh boy did they answer the call. For the last couple weeks, my mailboxes (email and snail mail) have been full of wonderful surprises for Jess.
Yesterday we delivered over $1,500 worth of gift cards and items to her. It was so emotional.
Think about all the trips to the grocery store where her bill will now be ZERO.
Imagine for a moment Jess in JoAnn Fabrics (and Michaels and Target and Barnes & Noble and Amazon!) and that moment when she realizes she can buy items for any project she wants to work on at no cost to her because kind people, some who live hundreds of miles away and who don’t even know her, care about her.
Close your eyes and smile when you realize Jess will have a full tank of gas and a full bag of books and art supplies for her next chemo treatment. It’s all because Facebook friends answered the call.
How to thank all those who helped? I’m not even sure how to begin… but I’ll start by saying, you know there’s a lot of people involved when you have to keep a spreadsheet to keep track!
From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Facebook is a dicey place sometimes (especially now with political stuff!) but it can also do incredible things.
By my count we added 51 Acts of Kindness to MHA’s Challenge.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. #211ActsofKindness