When is the last time you did something thoughtful for a friend or family member? Can you remember the last time you did a caring act for a stranger? Just over a year ago, my husband had a sudden medical emergency and was airlifted to another city for emergency care. At the time, I was told that if he survived he would be in the hospital in another city for at least three months. I was terrified. As I sat at home with my two-year-old son waiting for a phone call from the surgeon in another city, the news started getting out to family and friends. No matter how far away they were, kind words and messages of support started flowing in. Our neighbours started talking to each other and quickly put together a plan to help us out. Although we had lived in this home for seven years, we didn’t really know any of our neighbours. We had never been to one of the annual block parties, we hadn’t invited them over for a summer BBQ, we had never taken the time to get to know anyone but when the time came to offer support, there was no hesitation from these people that we didn’t know. I was so touched at their outpouring of support and their acts of kindness. Now that things around home have settled down, I’ve started to think more about how I show my caring side to others. Not just to the people I call my friends but to those around me who may need support.
This is why I’m so happy to be a part of the Share Kleenex® Care initiative with the Chatelaine Tasters & Testers! It gives me an opportunity to show my caring side with people that could use a caring act. For five consecutive days, I am to go about my regular day-to-day routine while looking for people that could use a Kleenex® Share Pack. I’ll be looking to share the packs with someone sneezing, someone crying, someone spilling something in public, someone dabbing their lipstick, and/or someone coughing. I don’t know where or when I’ll meet each of these five people so I’ll carry my Kleenex® Share Packs with me while paying closer attention to my surroundings.
Want to join in the fun? Follow the #ShareKleenexCare hashtag on social media. Carry Kleenex® with you and pass them out to someone you think could use it. Here are some examples:
- At The Airport: There are always tears at the airport – happy tears for loved ones coming home and sad tears for loved ones leaving.
- At The Movies: Do you cry during sad movies at the theatre? You’re not alone! Offer some Kleenex® to the people next to you when you see their tears start to flow.
- In The Mall: From someone sneezing in the shopping aisle to someone spilling coffee in the food court, there are sure to be plenty of opportunities to Share Kleenex® Care while at the mall.
Stay tuned next week when I’ll be sharing the results of my 5-day Share Kleenex® Care challenge. Follow Moms & Munchkins on social media to see my progress throughout the week. In the meantime, print your Kleenex® coupons and start showing your caring side today!