Random act of kindness changes man’s outlook

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Kaylee and Ryan Alexander pose with the note their father Stephen found on his windshield in the Pictou County Wellness Centre parking lot. With it was a Timcard given in honour of one of the young victims of the recent Connecticut shooting. CHRISTOPHER CAMERON – THE NEWS

Stephen Alexander didn’t know what was on his windshield one day as he walked out of the Pictou County Wellness Centre recently, but what he discovered changed his day and, in some ways, his view of things ever since.

He opened the envelope and inside found a Tim Hortons gift card and note.

It explained that the gift card was a random act of kindness being done in honour of the 20 young children killed in Newtown, Conn. The note explained that this card was given in honour of Josephine Gay. Josephine was seven when she was shot to death in December at her elementary school.

“I was kind of shocked,” Alexander said.  “It makes you think about things, when somebody does something like that.”

He said it makes you think about how you talk to people. The shooting itself makes him want to treasure times with his own kids more.

He decided he would help continue to spread the kindness and in the days that followed finding the card paid for some people behind him in the drivethru at Tim Hortons.

He hopes that other people might also consider doing acts of kindness for others.

He knows first hand how good it feels to have someone do something kind unexpectedly.

“I saved the Tim card and note,” he said. “I’ve got it on the counter at home.”

Organizations: Pictou County Wellness Centre, Tim Hortons

Geographic location: Newtown, Conn.

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  • Paying it Forward
    January 08, 2013 - 08:06

    It is wonderful that you shared this experience with your children so that they can feel the good feelings that come from receiving a Random Act of Kindness and then Paying It Forward. I am sure that your story will inspire others to step out of their comfort zone and give a little more to their fellow man. We all could use a little kindness from a stranger. It helps to restore our faith in humanity.