Share Acts of Kindness

We hope that Ada’s life can continue to inspire acts of kindness. We encourage you to share stories of when you receive, witness or carry out yourself; whether you choose a day of the month, say the 2nd to reflect Ada’s birthday, or a day of the week, or just randoms acts as you witness them, feel inspired or see a need.
If you would like, please post these acts of kindness and compassion towards another or acts of courage to be the best a person one can be and these can serve as inspiration to others.   You can post, anonymously or signed, by typing in the box of  “Leave a Reply”.
From the Tributes and Stories of Ada that have been lovingly submitted by her family and friends, we have come to define these terms as follows (though encourage you to define as fits you!):
Kindness:  To give an unexpected gift of a smile, a wave, a hug, a note of appreciation or love, or a treasure that is just-so-suited to the receiver.  Recognize and engage with someone who is feeling alone or left-out.
Compassion:  To be with, to listen to and to share-in another’s sorrow, without judgement or unwanted advice.
Courage:  To stretch beyond your comfort-zone to explore ideas and adventures that will make you a better person.

32 thoughts on “Share Acts of Kindness

  1. OK, to get this ball rolling, we’ll offer an act our act of kindness. Yesterday, we visited a friend who’s husband died about a month ago. We brought two books we’ve found helpful for our grieving and a casserole. It was wonderful to see her and to share our stories of grief.

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    1. I didn’t know Ada. I am an artist that knows a friend of hers. I felt very strongly about working on an art piece that her friend posted. After finishing my art piece my friend informed me that Ada was an artist as well. I think my art piece should go to her family in loving memory of her. That’s my act of kindness. I need her family’s address to send the piece to them! Sincerely, Ally Stern

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  2. I think about Ada every single day. She is now in everything I do. I think of her for patience when it’s needed and when I need to take a step back in a situation. I’ve started hanging out with my family more. I have also been saving lots of animals due to Adas love for animals I know she would want me to do that. I’m trying my best to live like Ada but she will forever the one that did it best.

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  3. To the people who built the Caron in our Memorial Garden for Ada, I just want you to know that it is very beautiful, and the flower garden is bursting with life. We didn’t know Ada, but feel connected to her after she passed away. I went out to mow the lawn and the garden after the rain finally stopped this week and discovered this amazing tribute. She was so blessed to have so many people love her! #livelikeada

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    1. And a huge thank you to Sandi and Earle for not only tolerating but embracing all that has happened in your front yard and then all you’ve done to support the soccer tournament. You are angels!!

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  4. I’ve been inspired by Ada’s ability to notice those who are being left out and her determination to help everyone feel included. For the past week I focused on trying to do the same and am amazed by the opportunities that have risen. I had meaningful conversations with someone who I had never connected with at work for the past two years, an employee at Dunkin Donuts, a stranger in a parking lot, a stranger at the store, and an acquaintance at a community meeting. These interactions encouraged me to be more open and approachable and reminded me that when we look we can find remarkable connections with almost anyone. #livelikeada

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  5. I am writing this for my parents, who most likely wouldn’t do it themselves. They are so very good about visiting friends, especially those that are housebound or are in a nursing home facility. Sometimes they think about not doing it, but yesterday they visited two long time friends, one who is 101 and another who is widowed and has some major health issues. Both of the women expressed how very grateful they were for the visit and how much they loved it over and over again. It made them realize how much it is worth the effort and time to do this for others. I honor them for their kindness.

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  6. While stacking wood, an acquaintance, walking by on the road, stopped and offered to help, staying for an hour, chatting, including sharing a family story of grief that was very supportive and appreciated.

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  7. When I wrote an article this past Summer on the memory garden for Ada. I was so inspired by her and what I learned. Through that, I learned a lot about myself as a person. I want to continue living my life like Ada ⠙⠊⠙⠲

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  8. Ada will be missed. I felt meet Ada when we had biology class. When we would get group projects I would ask to work with Ada. She helped me out a lot in class. The day after she passed class was so quite, Ada present definitely impacted our class. Ada was one of the fastest people I became friends with. Ada was a amazing artist and person. She is always on my mind. Ada always filled me in on work I missed and made she I was caught up. She never gave up. Ada taught be go for it and don’t be afraid. Ada is beautiful inside and out and the best person on this planet was taken to soon. Ada life lives on with her friends and me. I think about her every day and I think about everything she taught me. If I had to pick any better friends or a good friend Ada would be that person. She stood out in all sorts of ways and not just by her life but by what she said. I will always remember you and your life. Love you Ada with all my heart, you were and still are a good friend ❤️.

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  9. Inspired by Ada’s spirit of compassion:

    I’d like to recognize an individual named Alma, who I only met about a month ago. Alma has long been caring full-time for her mother, who is dependent in all activities of daily living. When Alma learned that her long-time neighbor Josue has stage iv lung cancer and no local family to support him, she immediately started caring for him too. Alma would visit Josue at least three times daily to provide home-made meals and ensure he took his scheduled medications. She interviewed and hired a county-funded daytime caregiver for Josue when he couldn’t do so himself. She made it possible for Josue to remain in his home until he recognized he needed more help, at which point she helped him relocate to a community home where he receives 24/7 caregiving support. Incredible.

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  10. Ada will always be in my heart and I think about her everyday. She inspires me to bring good to the world. I love you Ada.💜

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  11. I started helping a lady as her caregiver in the summer of 2015. Last year she informed me that she would no longer be able to pay me as she was running out of money. I have continued taking care of her just as before and not worrying about being paid for it. Just last Saturday, I was visiting her storage unit to retrieve some boxes for her. Another lady was also in a storage unit fretting over what to do with a lot of clothing items that she had to get rid of. I got her hooked up with a Clothes Closet for the needy which our Church is associated with. I also offered to help her in any way I could to transport the clothes to where they needed to go.

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  12. Ada’s kindness to everyone, no matter who they were, inspires me to do the same. She was so many people’s rock, someone everybody would go to for advice. Her ways in doing that are greatly missed. So, as my act of kindness I am going to #livelikeada and carry on her beautiful soul💜

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  13. Today, October Second. A day where we remember you Ada. Remember your kind spirit and your kind life. It’s also a day where we start to live our lives like you. You lead by example, you were and always will be the example of life that I will ⠋⠕⠇⠇⠪⠲

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  14. For Ada’s birthday I wanted to commit to a long term act of kindness. I started to volunteer for Letters Against Depression to write letters of hope and support for people around the world who are struggling with anxiety and depression. It’s been difficult to find time and energy to give back to the community, but I felt that this would be a great way to share kindness and compassion on a regular basis.

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  15. I was stopped on the street today and asked to support a rookie baseball team in their fundraising goals. In celebration of Ada’s beautiful live, I have been moved to donate. Though I didn’t get the chance to know Ada, she will inspire me to be on the lookout for opportunities both big and small that can help my community.

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  16. I am continually amazed by the kindness of strangers and the strength of our community.

    Last winter, I wrote a posting on Front Porch Forum to request help digging out after a large snow storm. I’m disabled and can’t do it.

    Less than an hour after the FPF issue was sent out, I received TEN offers from folks wanting to help!

    I am so grateful and happy to live in an amazing community like this. Thank you!

    Emailed to Jane by Cara S. from Winooski

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  17. In honor of Ada and her giving spirit, we were at a restaurant and a group of special needs young people and their care givers came into have dinner. As we have a special place in our hearts for those with developmental challenges, we helped to pay for part of their dinners. We hope it was a small way to say we care.

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  18. I was on the bus the other day and I witnessed a younger kid almost hassling an older gentleman. And you could see that the older man was clearly agitated and almost verge of tears. Until the sweetest stranger came and told the younger gentleman to leave him alone and that he was “bullying” basically the older gentleman. And the sweet old man looked up at the his hero and said thank you so much. It brought me to tears I wish I had the courage like that man

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  19. As it is a new year, I came up with a New Year’s resolution for myself. As 2018 drew to an end, I had time to sit back and reflect on my year. I learned a lot about myself last year. This year, in 2019 and in honor of Ada, my New Year’s resolution for this year is, I want to work on improving myself, continuing to do small acts of kindness for other people , take on new challenges, and be more compassionate towards others.

    Submitted by Alex Wolfe who is doing an amazing job of honoring Ada’s memory! Thank you Alek! Forever grateful! Love, Ada’s parents

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  20. My grandfather was sick in the hospital. My father messed up and needed to see his father. So my moms, dad and I were all out to dinner the same afternoon and I said “Wby don’t we go and see him in the hospital?” So the three of us went and we saw him. I was trying to be brave the whole time because it is hard for me. I tried not to cry when I was visiting him in the hospital. He told me that he was starting to feel a little bit better but would have to go to therapy to start walking again. I think kindness and courage are two great qualities to have in life.

    Submitted by “Grace” via email to Alek Wolfe

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  21. In this new year, I’ve been trying to honor Ada’s spirit of kindness by making an effort each day to do something that is thoughtful and nice for someone else. One day recently, towards the end of a long drive I stopped for gas and coffee. As I was pouring my coffee I reflected that I had been so focused on the car trip that I hadn’t thought at all about being kind or helping other people. I went up to pay for my coffee and the cashier told me that another customer had paid for it already. That small act of kindness reminded me of how nice it feels when someone is thoughtful towards you and made me appreciate all over again how special Ada was in her ability to make everyone around her feel cared about. I am inspired by her every day.

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  22. Yesterday I was at the ATM and someone came over to help me with it because of me not being able to see. We struck up a conversation and became great friends. Randomly, I got a text last night on my phone from her saying that she hoped I had an amazing day and night. I returned the favor this morning and told her that I wished her the same for today.

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