Yesterday was Acts of Kindness for Henry day. Henry Louis Granju was an 18 year old that overdosed on heroin. Annually, acts of kindness are performed in his name. Henry’s fund works to end teen and young adult drug addiction through treatment funding, education, support and advocacy.
So I joined.
I decided to kick off the day by giving a dozen farm fresh eggs to the doughnut store owner when I got my coffee. He was thrilled, in return he gave me 3 doughnuts.
The last mile to the office my car started making an awful racket. I stopped and called AAA (I’d renewed my membership just the day before as I was expecting a check so I had some extra cash).
I was towed to the garage nearby. I gave one of the doughnuts to the tow driver, he gave me a hug.
$700 for repairs. Sheesh! The garage loaned me a car to get to the office. I gave the other two doughnuts to two of my favorite guys working in the shipping area.
After work I returned to the garage and gave the owner a dozen eggs, he in turn told me that the actual damaged part was adjacent o the part he’d quoted. With an oil change and recharging the A/C, the total was $350.
I stopped by the grocery store for cat food. The produce manager knows that I have chickens and saves lettuce for them occasionally. She got all excited when she saw me and I left the store with a grocery cart piled high with bags of lettuce.
I got home and realized that i still hadn’t done an Act of Kindness for Henry as each action I performed was repaid to me in full. So I went online and made a KIVA loan in Henry’s name - I chose Udom from Rong Kwang, Thailand in the heart of the Golden Triangle in Northern Thailand. Udom has a compelling story as well. Read it here. The funny thing is that I’d just received repayments on several other loans so that I was only out-of-pocket $2.50
When I logged onto my computer last night, I realized that it wasn’t Henry’s Acts of Kindness day at all. That was Tuesday, and I’d missed the window. Lol. Well, I hope that Henry finds it amusing. I know I did.