My little sister is going through a tough time at the moment and I so wanted to give her a hug and take her to coffee and do the things that big sisters do, but with her being in London and me being in Cape Town I felt a bit helpless.
Then I suddenly thought, if I can’t deliver coffee to her maybe I could tweet and ask if someone on twitter would be willing to help. So at 9am this morning I tweeted “Power of twitter? Can I get a cup of coffee & muffin to my sister in Fitzroy Street London. Can u help, will PayPal the cost. pls RT”
The morning passed and RT started rolling in I counted 72 at one point and still I seemed no closer to getting my sister a coffee. But I was blown away by peoples kindness to RT and try help me.
@magependragon had a friend @xTaltos who could help. I emailed him but then the RT really started to fly.
@sparticus was close by but very busy and would try later during the day if no one else could help.
@ActionLamb offered to help but then @Tom_Parnell was literally around the corner on Tottenham Court Road so he was able to pop out and do it with very little trouble.
Here is the picture of my sister and Tom and the coffee. I am so grateful to twitter and the power of human kindness to help cheer my sister up today. There must have been over 100 Retweets today from all over the world. If you doubt the kindness of strangers and the power of people to reach out and touch the lives of complete strangers then this story might just brighten your day too.
Tom thank you so much. You made a big sister very happy.
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Day 6 Saturday: Pot Plant for Chantel
Day 7 Sunday: Chocolate cake for the car guard
Day 8 Monday: Kid sitting for a friend who needed blood tests
Day 9 Tuesday:Phone call to my Gran who is 92 and gets very lonely
Day 10 Wednesday: Posted a knitted shawl for my sister and a dinosaur tracksuit top for my nephew
Day 11 Thursday: Gave my friend Catherine who takes wonderful photos of my kids some nappy covers that she can use for photoshoots.
Made Nasi Goreng for Yme after his exam which is his favourite, we wanted to celebrate the end of exams for this year and make him feel special. Rachel set the table, Caleb made Jelly and I made the dinner.
Day 12 Friday: Caramel/Fudge for Carle who had been craving it since Wednesday and took Oli his birthday dinosaur that I owed him.
Day 13 Saturday: Had a pudding party – that counts, I love my friends. I helped teach Carlise a great new cast on method that I learnt. She needed some encouragement for a dress she is knitting – brave woman started with such a big project. Her perseverance is paying off.
Day 14 Sunday: Complement and encouragement to a friend who is so talented and his work takes my breath away. I hope he finds his way back to that passion to capture beautiful moments again.
Day 15 Monday: Posted some bath tea and a note to a friend
It is not the size of the gift and so often it is stuff we do in everyday life anyway, we all give all the time. It is just about being open to doing these things with a giving heart and because we want to make others happy rather than wanting anything back. Sometime it is the things we would do everyday but might feel a bit begrudging. So read a story to your kid but thinking how much you love them and giving them you gift of time and making extra effort with the voices and sound effects rather than just trying to get to the end of an evening routine as is sometimes the case.
Anyone else thinking of trying the challenge?
There is the website I forgot to add the link last time 29 Day Giving Challenge