Sharing Kindness One Person at a Time

OliviaMy name is Olivia Lappin and I’m a 12-year-old member of Temple Beth El in Tacoma. I am doing a service project for my Bat Mitzvah. My religious school classmates and I made kindness bags. The bags include all kinds of stuff that a homeless or other less fortunate person could use when they are out on the street such as a water bottle, granola bar, Band-Aids, gloves, toothbrush and deodorant.

I have the bags available for member of the temple to take with them and keep in their car. When they see someone on the side of the road who needs help they can just roll down the window and give them the bag. I got the idea for this project when I made bags like this with my Girl Scout Troop last year. I felt really glad to have something to give to people who need it.

I know that I am fortunate to have a home to live in, food to eat, and the things I need to take care of myself like soap and a warm shower. I  understand that sometimes people have challenges and don’t have what they need. I feel proud to be able to do something to make a difference for these people. I hope they see the kindness of others and have a better day because of it, Little acts of kindness of like this are helping to make the world a better place. So far I have heard from many people who have given out the bags that the people who are receiving them are very grateful. 

I am excited to see how many bags our community can give between now and my bat mitzvah in July. I think it would be awesome if other students my age did a project like this.

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