Jim Cantwell, who writes a wonderfully inspiring blog (read the one about his wife graduating from nursing school, it will bring tears to your eyes) at http://jimcantwell1.wordpress.com/ forwarded me the address (http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/local_news/water_cooler/man-hands-out-cash-on-road-for-his-birthday) to the following news item. I have copied it from their website, which I hope will not cause me to receive any legal notices. But I wanted to make everyone aware of yet another random act of compassionate kindness.
Also kudos to ABC Action News and CNN for publishing and airing this piece. They didn’t have to, but someone made a courageous decision and ran with it.
This type of impulsive kindness is what I am writing back. I hope this will continue to spread globally. If anyone has any information about other acts of compassion please forward them to me via the comment section of this blog or my private email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please folks all it takes is a smile, a happy tone in your voice, a thank you, a please, or sometimes just a slight nod of your head to make another human being feel better.
Instead of being showered with gifts on his birthday, an Oklahoma City man is showering strangers with money.
As Doug Eaton’s 65 th birthday approached, he turned to his friends for advice.
“I asked a bunch of my friends on Facebook what should I do on my 65th and I got a whole long list of stuff and one of my friends said, ‘Why don’t you do 65 random acts of kindness?’”
Many people are used to being asked to donate money at intersections in the road, but Eaton was inspired to do something unusual: hand out $5 bills to people who passed the corner of intersection where he stood.
He stood at the corner of 39 th St. and May, holding a sign as many homeless people had done time and again.
Eaton handed out cash out for 65 minutes, symbolic for his 65 years of life. People were unsure what to think, and some drove by several times to make sure they read the sign correctly. Others told Eaton to continue paying it forward.
“Doug doesn’t need the money, so he is just having fun,” said one of his friends.
For Eaton, the act of giving turned out to be its own gift.
“ It’s just been fantastic. Some people who don’t take the money say, ‘Man, I love what you are doing. I won’t take it but give it to somebody who needs it.’”
Read more: http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/local_news/water_cooler/man-hands-out-cash-on-road-for-his-birthday#ixzz21CfBonTr