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Last Thursday, Glenn challenged his listeners and viewers to perform a random act of kindness for people in need. In doing so, he hoped that participants would shatter the stereotypes of conservatives – that they are selfish, racist, and stupid. Many [participated, and below are some of their stories:
One person sent their story in early, explaining what they planned to do:
“On Thursday my husband and I will be taking groceries and toiletries to The Place Of Hope, a men’s alcohol and drug rehab center outside of Nashville, Tn. where we live. It’s not one of those “fancy” rehab centers. It is run by a dear sweet man with a wonderful heart and if you want to take your first steps to sobriety and have not one penny in your pocket, you are welcome there. They take no Federal funding, they rely on private donations only and they have been open for over 10 years!”
Others wrote in after, and some even encountered resistance to their act of good will:
This was a difficult sell. The director of The Peace House called me VERY UPSET that I was doing this "service project" with The STAR Forum, the name of my 9.12 group here in Park City. I think she is a liberal. It was an awesome phone call. After I finally calmed her down and assured her that we knew we weren't going to the actual shelters, but to the admin office things were a little better, but only a little. She made reference to "my political agenda."
I asked her if she didn't want our help because we were a fairly conservative, liberty-minded group. This took her off guard. The spirit of the Lord overwhelmed me and a ton of things came out of my mouth that I never intended on saying. I actually cried a bit, when I told her how hurt I was that she would believe I had ulterior motives. I explained it is the responsibility of citizens and business and churches to care for the people in our communities that are in need, not the government. That was our belief, but that it was not a political agenda, but a desire to help people realize that the right thing to do is care for each other... regardless. I explained what 9.12 meant and that we are all Americans. We are in this together, and my group chose her organization because we really wanted to help. Her heart was very softened, and I believe she is actually excited about tomorrow.
Some took the opportunity to help those who had been impacted by natural disasters:
As you know, Texas has been literally on fire for at least the past 10 days. This past week, we have had a massive wildfire that has burned over 150,000 acres of ranchland in Tom Green County (San Angelo) and Coke County (Robert Lee-Bronte) in West-Central Texas. Many evacuations of homes were ordered (including mine) but because of the relentless hard work and dedication of our VOLUNTEER Fire Departments, no homes were lost and, reading this morning, the fire is not 75% contained. We had some help from Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene and Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo. Without them, things would probably have turned out much different and for the worse.
Last Friday, when the fire was at it worse and threatening approximately 400 homes, the temperatures here were in the 90s, and our firefighters were exhausted. Then the call went out from the coordinating VFD for help from the community. They needed bottled water for the guys to drink, snacks, eye drops and face wipes. They also needed cash for fuel.
This was our TEA Party groups opportunity to give. We already help at our local soup kitchen and some other charity organizations. I put out an e-mail blast at about 12:00 noon on Friday and by the time I got the message that my community was being evacuated and had to leave work at about 3:30 p.m., I had collected $272.00 and eyedrops which I delivered to the Fire Department. Our TEA Party group is not a large group. We have about 75 regular members, but for our people to respond so quickly, it was amazing!
As I handed the collection to the VFD, the gentleman taking the money nearly had tears in his eyes and was so grateful. He said they were really being strapped for cash for fuel and that they were really thankful to our TEA Party group. This was our opportunity for a Random Act of Kindness and I feel that, at the time, it was the best choice for that act of kindness
And other saw this as a first step to further acts of kindness:
I grabbed a couple grocery bags and filled them with items from my pantry. I found a local food distribution site (a church in the area) and stopped by to deliver the food. I included a note in each bag that read: “You are appreciated. Please believe and know that there is always hope. With sincere love – from a conservative, Tea Party member.”
While delivering the bags, I chatted with the church lady and I was surprised to learn that this small church serves food to 72 people each month. As a result of my visit today, I plan to make many return visits to the church to help where I can.
Another mentioned how gracious spectators were:
Actions speak louder than words...and so it was with our first Random Acts of Kindness event. Volunteers collected food and money and then packed up bags of groceries which we distributed Thursday, April 21 at the Employment Security Department. Needless to say, any act involves regulation which we worked around in order to proceed with our event. It's difficult to measure just who was the recipient of this giving. Those individuals with families who are unemployed and actively looking for work certainly appreciated the food assistance. On the other hand those of us who had the privilege to give were unprepared for the warm reception we received from all who witnessed this act. One gentleman gave money to contribute to the cause and two others asked how they could become involved. We learned that it truly is better to give than receive and that the innate goodness in people is still alive and well in America.
My parents and I decided that we would take up this challenge ourselves, remembering the many times when we had be out of work for years at a time, and people had helped us with love gifts.
So today was the big day! After I finished school and some other things, mom and I got into the car and decided to head over to Wal-Mart to pick up some things. Before we left though, mom got the idea that we should get a Wal-Mart gift card as well as some food. We put our money together and got a $30 gift card and several bags a groceries.
As we got into the car to head off to the Workforce mom said, “Karen, we need to pray about this and that God would direct us to the right person to give this to.” I agreed, and as she was driving, I prayed for God’s guidance and will to be done with this gift, and that He would help all of those around the country that were doing the same thing.
After going on a wild goose chase to find the Workforce (that’s a whole other story in itself), we finally made it to the parking lot. As we walked up to the doors, a woman came. I stopped her and asked if she was unemployed. She said “Honey I’ve been unemployed for a year and I’m on disability.” She was in a hurry, but then I asked, “Do you have children?” She sighed and said “Yes I do.” I then pulled out the gift card from my pocket and said “This is a $30 Wal-Mart gift card that we would like to bless you with, and we have some bags of groceries if you want them”
The Blaze also received lots of stories, you can see links to some of them below: