With the focus of Gratitude in the month of November, there is no better time than now to step back and reflect on all of reasons we have to be thankful. Not just on the designated days of National Philanthropy Day on the 15th – Thanksgiving on the 22nd – Giving Tuesday on the 27th when we are reminded to be thankful, but on each and every day in between.
I am grateful that each of you has chosen to support our mission with your time, your talent, and your treasure to work beside us to grow Random Acts of Kindness Indianapolis. We will be delivering our 50,000 moment of kindness during this special month and your continued support has made that possible.
Sincerest Thanks for being part of our vision to create a culture of care and compassion in our Greater Indianapolis community.
I am thankful for you! Cheryl Cheryl R. Cooper, CAP®
KINDNESS IS A VERB
Today is World Kindness Day, and it’s no accident that this autumn newsletter (and therefore this note from me) is hitting your inbox today. While I know that – grammatically – kindness is a noun; I also know that kindness is something that we do, not just something that we are.
We can’t expect good things to just happen on their own, we have to make them happen. Random Acts of Flowers could have finished before it began. We could have thought “Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone got flowers when they were hurt or lonely?” and left it there. But, we didn’t. We put our thoughts into action, and we went to work. And now, more than ten years later, we’ve served hundreds of thousands of people and positively impacted many, many lives.
Everyone who has been a part of Random Acts of Flowers’ journey so far has done just that. So, thank you! Because every minute you spend volunteering, every dollar you donate, every person to whom you spread the word of delivering hope - you make kindness a verb. Through your dedication and help, we’ve turned potential kindness into kinetic kindness, and we are building momentum to do so much more in the years to come.
- Larsen Jay, Random Acts of Flowers CEO and Founder
Sheryl Proctor-Bloom started volunteering in September of 2017, not too long after she retired. She had seen a newspaper article about the branch's launch and know "this was the spot for me!"
Sheryl calls RAF's mission a "360 degree concept of gratitude. Not only are we brightening the lives of those in hospitals and nursing homes, we are also providing an opportunity for florists/vendors to salvage and re-purpose flowers. We're giving SO many volunteers opportunities to give back and also providing donors with a worthwhile outlet for giving. It's a win-win for everyone We all benefit from giving!" And, she has seen the RAF mission from every angle - start with floral prep before adding pick up from some of our floral partners and then moving on to arranging a little later on.
She does say, however, that her favorite volunteer activity is deliveries, and she has "specifically chosen to sign up for our local Eskanazi hospital that serves the poor and uninsured. It's the highlight of my month!"
Sheryl particularly likes that RAF's mission "helps others by brightening their life journey." She credits her aunt and godmother, Carmen (who passed away four years ago), as the inspiration for her wanting to give back. Carmen was a schoolteacher who had a sign in her classroom that said "We're all just walking each other home."