“Random Acts of Kindness” – that’s a phrase that inspires others! A few weeks ago, Helen Woodward Animal Center’s program, AniMeals, was the lucky recipient of one such act of from someone very special.
It began as an ordinary day for AniMeals Manager, Wendy Brown. She came in, checked e-mail, and got to work sorting food donations which help feed the pets of San Diego home bound seniors. When she made her way to the food drop-off area in the lobby, something caught her eye. It was red, blue and gold card taped to a bag of food.
Intrigued, Wendy bent down and gently detached the card. What she read was both heart-warming and heart-breaking:
Amy Looney, widow of Lt. (SEAL) Brendan J. Looney, donated food to the AniMeals program as part of a “random acts of kindness” project she had created to honor the memory of her husband on the second anniversary of his death. In her article in the Union Tribune, she challenges others to get out and do the same.
An excerpt from Amy’s article:
In the two years since the Sept. 21, 2010, helicopter crash that killed Brendan and eight of his Navy and Army brothers, I have tried to live my life in a way that honors my husband and his fellow troops.
Lt. Brendan Looney [my husband] was proof that one could be a warrior for freedom and ambassador of kindness at the same time. By following the selfless examples set by courageous men and women who volunteer to serve, many of the world’s problems might not seem as impossible to solve.
Wendy comments that, “Amy’s message is both heart-breaking and inspiring. If someone who lost the most important person in her life can do 10 random acts of kindness for others, why can’t the rest of us? I would like to honor Amy’s compassion and spread her inspiration out to our fans.”
At the end of her article, Amy issues a challenge to anyone and everyone:
To honor the memory of all our fallen heroes and show support for their families, I would like to challenge every American to perform 10 acts of kindness before 2012 concludes. By uniting during such divided times, we can show the world that America is still the world’s brightest light.
We are honored and humbled to be a part of Amy’s Random Acts of Kindness quest. And we want to ask you, our readers, will you take up Amy’s challenge and perform 10 random acts of kindness to help others?