Kindness Cards are postcards with illustrations of stories from people in the San Francisco Bay Area and Pacific Northwest. Their definition of kindness and a moment where they experienced kindness is illustrated. The cards are meant to inspire others to be kind to one another and appreciate the small gestures people do each day.
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I volunteer at a local foodbank and many of our clients struggle with many things in their lives. There was one family in particular that was in dire need of basic necessities so I helped them out by getting some for them. It made me feel good to know that I helped the family and gave them some breathing room and in return I got the biggest and most sincere hug I’ve ever experienced.
—Gayle S., Longview, WA
After a major surgery, several friends and family members showed up with cards, flowers, gifts and meals for me and my family. I felt so incredibly grateful and loved. This continued for weeks and I was overwhelmed with kindness.
—Julie W., Vancouver, WA
When getting asked if I wanted to hangout and going to the movies, I told them (my friends) may be another day because I was short of money and didn't want to burden someone with buying me a ticket. They reassured me that was not the case, that they wanted me to come and spend time with them. They didn't care about the cash, they wanted my company.
—Janet A., San Jose, CA
There was one time my family went out to eat at a restaurant a few years ago. We were seated somewhat near the center of the room. Once our food arrived we linked hands and said grace. About 15 minutes later one of the servers said that our entire meal had been paid for. A man walked up to our table afterwards and said he was glad to see our entire family in prayer & that he wanted to bless us by paying for our food. It was an outstanding act of kindness. I was very astonished that any person would do such a generous act.
—Jaime H., San Jose, CA
It's hard for me to remember nice things I do for others because I usually discredit myself. Recently, it was my mom's birthday. I bought her tickets to see the ballet and wanted to make her birthday special because she does everything for me and my family and doesn't get enough appreciation. Lately things have been especially strained in my family which has taken a toll on her and her other children don't really show her the love and appreciation she deserves. I love her more than anyone else in the world and so for her birthday, she also asked me to get a cake. When I picked up the cake I also got her flowers and balloons because that's what she always does for me and I know she would like it. I felt satisfied knowing I made her birthday a little better when she's going through a hard time so she knows people care and appreciate her.
—Ariel S., Hayward, CA
When I was homeless. Beginning of summer 2018, a friend offered to sub-lease their living space to me. I was thankful for it. Upon receiving the key and inserting it into the lock, that was when a wave of overwhelming joy hit me. I spent 1.5 years without unlocking a door to a place I could call home. I fell to my knees and silently cried. Holding the key in the air and giving it a kiss. That key symbolizes the start of a new and better life.
—Andy N., San Jose, CA
I helped my boyfriend move to his new house. It felt good because it felt like I was contributing to the design of his room. It was also tiring because there was a lot of lifting but in the end I felt good that we accomplished something together.
–Natalie R., San Mateo, CA
Every time I’m driving and yield to someone and they wave “thank you” at me I always feel good inside. Sometimes I don’t even do it by choice, they sort of force their way in and that usually annoys me; but the second they wave their hand it makes me feel calm.
–Seth Z., San Jose, CA
–Anonymous, San Jose, CA