One of the companies (The Blank Quilting Corp.) under the Jaftex umbrella is having a challenge. Hopefully you know all about it already, but if not, please check out this link. Since the challenge relates to honoring troops that died in the line of duty, the America’s Mighty Warriors charity was selected as the recipient of all donations.
After contacting the charity, I learned that Marc Allen Lee was the first Navy SEAL killed in Iraq defending his teammates. He received several amazing awards for his heroism. Marc’s Mother, Debbie Lee, founded America’s Mighty Warriors to honor her son. Long story short, Marc wrote this amazing letter to his mom which I am going to quote below:
“Our country is a great country, don’t get me wrong on this, otherwise none of us would be living there. My point of this is how can we come over here and help a less than fortunate country without holding contempt or hate towards them if we can’t do it in our country. I try to do my part over here, but the truth is over there, United States, I do nothing but take.
Ask yourself when was the last time you donated clothes that you hadn’t worn out. When was the last time you paid for a random stranger’s cup of coffee, meal or maybe even a tank of gas? When was the last time you helped a person with the groceries into or out of their car? Think to yourself and wonder what it would feel like if when the bill for the meal came and you were told it was already paid for. More random acts of kindness like this would change our country and our reputation as a country.”
I love the idea of random acts of kindness (RAOK) and I can’t agree more with Marc’s amazing words. It reminds me of that movie Pay It Forward. So since my blog subjects have whittled down in to the summer, I am going to create my own random acts of kindness. You see this picture below? I need to make these disappear because they are cluttering up my office.
In my office is this pile of lovely precuts. In an effort to bless some people with some random acts of kindness, this is what I need you to do. First you need to comment on this blog and let me know that you will be emailing me a RAOK request. Next email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and give me the name, address (US only) and phone number of someone (no family members) that you think could use a random act of kindness of fabric. Finally, provide me with one or two sentences as to why they could use a random act of kindness. I will review all the submissions and start sending out precuts to those that I think deserve it. I will let them know that you chose them. Thank you. Let the randomness begin.
I am a pretty trusting guy (unfortunately), but I trust that you will be honest with yourself when selecting who should get the RAOK. In other words, please don’t submit your own name or try to be sneaky to get this for yourself or a family member. The beauty of this is the RAOK and you want the recipient to know that you are thinking of them and they could use a RAOK from me. We all could use a RAOK. With that, how about you performing some random act of kindness too? You will most likely make the recipients day and feel really good about yourself too!
Just a little something to think about!
Have a great week.