Mom Models KindnessSubmitted by Breanne Nicholson
My one is my mom! Cliché, I know, but true nonetheless. She taught my siblings, me, and everyone in our community to be kind before it was a "thing". She would spend days (and I don't even want to guess how much money) baking and boxing up treat boxes for the seniors in our community and then drove us kids around to deliver them for every single holiday. Whenever we are having a hard week, she finds ways to cheer us up; she'll mail us a cute card, send a bouquet of fruit or flowers, or even just a "good luck" text before anything big. If that weren't enough, as a bus driver, she initiated "Stuff the Bus" at our school to encourage everyone to quite literally stuff the bus with as much food, toys, and other donations as full as we could at Christmas time and then she delivered it to the local shelter and food bank. She always leaves generous tips for servers, and without fail she will buy the coffee, burger, and one time an entire two dozen of donuts and muffins with a "Take Twelve" of coffee for the people behind her in the drive-thru without batting an eye. For as long as I can remember, she encouraged us to do the same. She taught us to appreciate the little things in life and she encourages us to not only be kind when the opportunity presents itself, but to find opportunities to be kind. So for RAK Week and for the rest of my life, I will find opportunities to be kind on behalf of my Mom and the amazing things she has done for me, and so many others. Here's to you Mom!