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Spread smiles with good deeds

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February was I Love to Read Month and I was honoured to be asked once again by a few schools to read to their children, usually Grades 1 to 3. 

After finishing a reading and answering such sweet, simple questions for inquisitive minds, I had a smile on my face and in my heart for the rest of the week. The children definitely gave me more than I could have given to them.

It can be far too easy to forget how a simple act from us can mean so much more to another. For example, just last evening after another dumping of 10 cm of the lovely white stuff (I don’t even want to say the word anymore) fell into our driveway and before I could push my feet into the snow boots waiting at the front door, I heard a growling sound outside my living room window.

To my surprise a neighbour from two doors down — one we briefly chit-chat with on warm summer days — was pushing his snow blower up and down our driveway and when he finished, he quietly went on his way.  

I was so touched that someone would be so kind. The next day my niece from Dryden (now living in Thunder Bay) made a short video for Facebook and put a challenge out to her friends.

She’d bought $60 worth of animal supplies and donated them to her local shelter and then challenged everyone who watched her video the to pay it forward within the next 24 hours. People could do whatever they wanted as long as someone or something benefitted from it.

I always knew our 21-year-old niece was special but she outdid herself this time!

Within seconds of posting the video people began to respond and you could feel the positivity spreading like a wildfire.

Even I decided to go straight to the phone and make a donation to our local no-kill pet shelter.

Then I got the same idea as my niece, Kyley, and decided to use this column to ask readers to do something completely unsolicited and nice for someone else within the next 24-hour period.

It doesn’t have to cost a dime and it can be very little... from buying a cup of coffee at your local coffee shop to donating some of your time to driving seniors to their doctors’ appointments, to baking muffins to say thanks to a busy co-worker who helps you out. The giving can be endless.

Imagine how one simple act within a 24-hour period can grow into something so much more. And the payoff is tremendous on both sides.

I would love to hear all the unique ways you can think of to make someone else’s day so wonderful!

Good luck to you who accept this challenge. Enjoy the moment.

Virginia Sperl is a Silver Heights-based writer.

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