We've been thinking for quite some time about starting a series of short, feel-good posts about acts of kindness performed in Los Gatos.
Nothing makes a person feel better than to know he or she is loved, appreciated and cared for, not only by hearing words of appreciation but by receiving that charity in the form of service.
A kind act, whether it's cleaning up graffiti, picking up garbage, feeding the homeless, doing someone's yard work, etc., is the best way to tell the recipient that he or she matters and has a friend to count on.
In our Sunday faith children's group, our leaders are encouraging volunteers like myself, to help our students do a "secret service" act of kindness for someone.
The children have received small green cards they can leave for the recipient after the act of kindness has been performed. The recipient is then encouraged to pass it on to someone else.
I'm hoping this article serves as an official call out for such stories leading up to one of my favorite service-oriented national observances in the year—Make A Difference Day on Oct. 26.
If you have an act of kindness you'd like to share with us for this series, whether you've performed it or has been bestowed on you, email your brief description to Patch Editor Sheila Sanchez at email@example.com.
The stories shared will begin appearing on Oct. 26 in celebration of the largest day of service in the country, when millions of people unite to improve the lives of others.
We'll run as many stories as we receive. Stories should be short, no more than 300 words and a picture/photo would be great to go along with the post. Make sure you own the copyright to the image you'd like to share.
Thank you for participating and let the acts of kindness begin!