On Valentine’s Day, my daughters and I put a little happiness in one of the most unsuspecting places for people who least suspected it.
We remembered those who are often forgotten. And the results were profound.
Our trash collectors were completely dismayed to find colorful bags of goodies sitting next to the trashcan. When we saw their reaction from our upstairs window, it appeared as though they may have never seen such a sight.
After the shock wore off and they realized the bags were actually for them, it was just about the most joyful expression I have ever seen on faces that seldom wear a smile.
A few days later, I found out that our mail carrier also had quite a reaction to her unexpected Valentine sack. A neighbor of mine found out directly from the mail carrier how she reacted when she discovered her treats in our mailbox that day. A handmade thank you note and cookies from my daughters brought her to tears. Brought. Her. To. Tears. Really? That is all it takes to touch someone deeply?
Well, in that case, treats for the forgotten and underappreciated will be happening more often around here.
In fact, the girls and I will be placing Easter baskets in the most unsuspecting places for people who least suspect it…again.
Something tells me that even though they received a treat at Valentine’s Day, they will not expect to find an Easter basket next to the trashcan and in the mailbox.
Luck like that doesn’t typically happen twice.
But we’re making sure it does.
Would you care to join us?
The Dollar Store is a great place to start…
My oldest daughter proudly used her own money this time because she has learned that even small hands and inexpensive things can mean a lot to someone else.
My youngest supervised from the cart. Eggs: check! Candy: check! More candy: Check!
They both loved stuffing the eggs all by themselves.
They made sure to add extra sprinkles and extra sugar because “Being a trash collector is hard work,” said my four-year-old.
They enjoyed making the signs so there is no confusion as to who the gifts are intended.
And whether or not we are around when Miss Jackie opens the mailbox, we’ll know. Oh yes, we’ll know.
There will be tears.
How many trash collectors and mail carriers do you think we could impact this week? How many unappreciated and often forgotten people could we make feel loved this week? Readers from New York to California, grab your kids, your neighbor kids, or your grandkids and show them that little hands hold the power to make someone smile. I welcome you to send me the joyful details and even pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or post them on The Hands Free Revolution Facebook page. Now click “share” below and spread the good news that this is the week to go Hands Free To Make Happy Hearts! Who knows just how much you will touch a life? There may even be tears.
UPDATE: To see the results of our actions, check out “No Thanks Necessary.”
jyl from @momitforward says
We made a gift, my son created a card, and we ran down to the mail box in the cold tonight as a family to set it all inside the mailbox to say as a holiday thank you gift to our mail carrier. My kids were so excited to do this.
Thanks for the inspiration!
Rachel Macy Stafford says
Oh Jyl, this makes me so happy! I saw that this post had suddenly come to life again and was making its rounds. How lovely to read how you and your family put this message into action!!! Thank you!!!
Our family has been doing this at Christmas for the past few years..