Every year around Thanksgiving time our church packs up shoeboxes loaded with all sorts of useful things to be sent to children all over the world. Other churches in our community do the same thing. I read a very heartwarming story about one such shoebox. In the year 2000 a seven year old boy from Idaho packed his shoebox. He included a photograph of himself along with his name and address. That shoebox ultimately was given to a little girl who lived in Quezon City in the Philippines. She sent a letter to the little boy from Idaho but he never received it. Years later she still wanted to contact him so she went on Facebook. It worked. They made contact and started a yearlong exchange that grew more and more serious. Finally the young man went to the Philippines to meet his Facebook friend. To make a long story short, they ended up getting married. We never know how little acts of kindness might have long term effects. The things that we do may seem insignificant to us but they also could change lives. Sometimes we get to know these outcomes and sometimes we don’t. As we celebrate the Thanksgiving season we should stop to consider how our little acts of kindness might improve the lives of others. We should be genuinely thankful for opportunities to help others, even if the only effect is to make them smile.
Lynn Jinks is an attorney with Jinks, Crow & Dickson, P.C.