Independence Day cookies greeted a Sparks garbage collector this Fourth of July. Days later, a Southwest Airlines passenger found a drink coupon waiting for them at their seat. Across the country one day later, a lucky driver took a toll-free trip over east coast bridges. These were all acts of kindness thought up by a northern Nevadan.
Alison Thomas is on a mission. She challenged herself to complete 30 acts of kindness before she turns 30 on August 4th. We met up with her buying a box of ice cream bars for her co-workers at Nevada Connections Academy. Their faces lit up when Ali stopped by to surprise them. "I came to bring some ice cream treats for you guys. It's my act of kindness for today!" Being kind is nothing new to Alison or many of her co-workers. "We all try to treat each other with that kind of kindness and respect, but leave it to Alison to take it to the next level!" Rochelle Brassard said with a chuckle. She said Alison is inspiring many people to perform their own random acts of kindness now.
Alison has come up with some pretty creative ideas for her kindness campaign. For example, she left a Starbucks gift card in her mailbox for her mailman. She also welcomed a new pet to a friend's family with a bunch of kitty treats. She sent both of her grandmothers cards just to say hello. She also dropped off old clothes and purses to Goodwill and plans to donate blood next.
While most people are very appreciative of her efforts, some of Alison's good deeds have caught people off-guard. While vacationing in Florida recently, "I did get turned down on an act of kindness," she laughs. Alison offered to take a picture for a group of tourists. "They were all trying to cram in a photo and somebody was always left out, so I said, 'Hey, can I take a picture for you so that you can all be in it?' And they said, ‘No, that's okay.' It was kind of awkward."
All in all, Alison's efforts have generated lots of smiles; not just for those who benefit, but for Alison herself. She hopes her 30 acts of kindness will continue - long after her birthday - as others pay them forward. It does not have to cost much or be elaborate. "It's just taking time to be mindful of how you treat people. Even if it's a smile or a thank you, it goes a long way."
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Written by Kristen Remington