It has been our tradition on the Voice of Scouting to post inspiring Scout messages based on the Scout Law for twelve days leading up to Christmas Day. The sixth day of the 12 days of a Scout Christmas reminds us that a Scout is kind.

Karin Heimel-Heck of Dover, Pennsylvania shared a story of true kindness. The giving stranger in the story was persistent because she remembered a time when she had been in the same situation.  

“I was at the drugstore to buy groceries for my family recently. To my dismay, when I got to the checkout counter, my debit card was declined.

Sheepishly, I took out my two boxes of garbage bags and asked her how much the bill would be without them. Before the clerk even had a chance to remove the items, a very pleasant woman behind me said, “No, I will pay for them,” and gave me $20 to cover them.

Again I tried my card, hoping there would be enough in my account this time, and again it did not work, so I put back my coffee creamer. Again, the woman spoke up and said: “I’ll pay for that, too.”

I was very embarrassed at this point and prayed my card would work to cover the rest of my bill. Again, it was declined. I apologized to the line that had formed, thanked the women who had helped me and told the clerk that I would need to put my order back.

The woman who had helped the previous two times spoke up and said: “Here is my credit card. I’ve been there before.”

I was totally flabbergasted! My entire bill came to $95, and she paid the entire bill.

I have never been on the receiving end of this amount of generosity. For those who believe there is little good left in the world, I beg to differ because one generous stranger can truly make a difference.”

Sometimes kindness is difficult. You don’t get anything in return, it can be hard to pick up on the little things that would make a difference, and doing things for strangers could be awkward. But, in the words of Coldplay, “No one said it would be easy”. Take a moment this holiday season to spread the joy around. Pay it forward, a little goes a long way. Encourage your Scout to look for ways to help the people around you. 

Check out this article about why anonymous Christmas giving is a good thing: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-should-you-give-someone-anonymous-christmas-gift-today-germanos

Look at these articles for other ideas of ways you can spread kindness this Christmas: http://www.costumedetective.com/give-a-christmas-jar-as-a-caring-holiday-tradition/  http://christmasanonymous.org/

Kindness doesn’t always have to be about money. Check out these alternate acts that still show kindness without having to write a check: https://holidappy.com/holidays/give-a-stranger-a-merry-christmas

For the next twelve days, visit the Voice of Scouting to find inspiring Christmas messages based on the twelve points of the Scout Law: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, braveclean, and reverent.

Sources:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2017/11/13/the-kindness-of-strangers-seven-tales-of-totally-unexpected-benevolence-from-our-readers/?utm_term=.bf377cbd3f4e 

http://www.skywriting.net/inspirational/stories/kindness_is_contagious.html

 

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