Acts of Kindness

Acts of Kindness are happening all around Decatur, improving our lives.  If you know of or have experienced an Act of Kindness the City Human Relations Commission would like to know via email.

Submitted 11/24/2021

This summer my husband and I decided to have lunch at Paul’s Chili. After we finished eating and tried to pay our bill, we learned they only take cash.  I only had some cash on me, but not enough. The owner paid the difference.   Can you believe it? A good deed is done. The next day we came back and had breakfast and also to pay back the owner.. Nice lady and great Chili…. – Submitted by Janet Christison

I observed diners paying the bill for a couple they did not know at Benny’s restaurant in Decatur. – Submitted by Joyce Keller

Submitted 11/15/2021

Dick Zaker observed an Act of Kindness when a couple went from table to table in a local restaurant to ask who might be the owner of a coin purse they found in the parking lot.

The first submitted AOK is from Susan Speagle and she wrote —

After reading the “Sharing Acts Of Kindness” article I wanted to share a recent act of kindness in my life.  After several years of health problems of my husband, including many trips to Mayo Clinic, he recently passed away.  In the past on some of these trips, we would hire a very sweet young and responsible young lady in our neighborhood to take care of our potted plants, mail, and newspapers.  Just two weeks after my husband passed, I tripped in my driveway fracturing two bones in my foot and ankle.  This injury required that I not put any weight on the foot, so I texted the young lady’s grandmother, who lives with the family, to see about hiring her to help out with some of the outside chores like she had done in the past.  The family was already aware of my predicament and said they had been praying together as to how they could be of help, and had decided whatever it was they did not want paid for it.  So for the following seven weeks this young lady, sometimes accompanied by her mom and two younger brothers, retrieved my mail, newspapers, and watered my plants.  Grandma even stepped in when the family was out of town.  Besides being such a hard worker, she always had a smile and several times would ask how I was doing and would share how her day had went.  This meant so much to me at such a difficult time in my life (my husband and I would have been married 55 years in August). This act of kindness was definitely a huge blessing for me.  Oh, did I mention this young lady is only 11 years old.  I’m sure she will go far in whatever she pursues.