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Act 159 – Paying the Kindness Forward:WVSU HOUSE Program gets surprise Christmas gift

Thursday, December 22, 2011, Act 159

It seems to be true that the holiday season brings out the best in everyone. Even when most organizations are wishing for an end of the year donation or surprise gift, it usually doesn’t happen. But the West Virginia State University Helping Our Undergraduates Succeed in Education (HOUSE) Program’s Christmas got an early visit from a local “Santa” and made their Christmas so much brighter!

The WVSU HOUSE Program consists of two nationally unique programs for young adults who have faced challenges growing up and serving formerly homeless and battered women who want to begin their college education. The WVSU HOUSE Program exists to help these individuals achieve their goals by providing comprehensive, nurturing transitional housing programs.

Mr. Ray Williams contacted the WVSU HOUSE program about making a large holiday donation to the program. Williams told a touching story of how his home recently burned down and the abundance of love and support he received from the community. Williams, overcome with gratitude, was inspired by his daughter Ostin’s suggestion in holiday spirit and paying the kindness forward. Without hesitation Williams decided to use the same amount of money he was given in his time of need and donate it to select nonprofit organizations around the Kanawha Valley in a pay-it-forward fashion.

The WVSU HOUSE program would like to thank Ray, daughter Ostin, and son Grant for their overwhelming $1000 gift. Their kindness and generosity made the holidays brighter for WVSU’s HOUSE Program in helping to provide residence, guidance, and support for “at-risk” young adults and abused or formerly homeless females. The gift will be a welcome addition to the program going towards program costs, while directly assisting the residents and their children.
For more information on the WVSU HOUSE Program, contact David Boyles at dboyles@wvstateu.edu or by phone at 304.766.6994 or visit the WVSU HOUSE on the web at http://www.grdi.wvstateu.edu/extension/family-and-consumer-science/house


The Twelve Days of Kindness – Day 12, Act 138

Friday, December 25, Day 12, Act 138:

Merry Christmas everyone!

Today as we all celebrated Christmas and spending time with friends and family, eating, opening presents, etc.; we have to take the time to remember those not able to partake of all the festivities. So my parents and I took some Christmas dinner down to my grandmother who just came home from the hospital and spent the afternoon with her.  She got to open her presents, had a wonderful Christmas dinner, and enjoyed spending time with her family!

This ends the Twelve Days of Kindness coinciding with the Twelve Days of Christmas.  I hope your twelve days was a wonderful journey too. Continue on your kindness deeds and please share them with us on the blog.  Thanks.

Merry Christmas and have a Blessed New Year!

happy holidays

The Twelve Days of Kindness – Day 11, Act 137

Thursday, December 24, Day 11, Act 137:

My wife had to work today and she had several packages that she still needed wrapped for our family.  Now I’m not the best package wrapper, definitely not as good as her because she does it daily during the holidays at the jewelry store for customers, but if the presents were going to get wrapped by Christmas day and to relieve some of the stress from my wife – these last few presents were going to be wrapped by me.

christmas packageI pulled out the bows, wrapping paper, scissors, and tape and went to work. Wrapping, cutting, trimming the extra left over paper from the packages and strategically placing the bows and tags on the packages.  I took my time carefully wrapping each one.

My wife was appreciative and the packages looked actually really nice (not department store quality, but close), even if I do say so myself.  It helped her not to have to worry about wrapping the last few presents. We were able to get ready that evening and visit family with no rush or stress.  It is going to be happy holidays for sure!

The Twelve Days of Kindness – Day 9, Act 135

Tuesday, December 22, Day 9, Act 135:

Today, I was able to spend all morning wrapping presents. I carefully wrapped each gift in different paper, selected the proper bow, and even a special tag to go on each present. It just feels really good to do something totally for someone else’s enjoyment. Just knowing the joy that someone else gets when opening that special package.

christmas packages

The Twelve Days of Kindness – Day 5, Act 131

Friday, December 18, Day 5 of Kindness, Act 131:

Today was our last day of work until January 4, 2010.  I got to play Santa, sort of, again, I made a special trip around our Extension offices, offices on campus, and friends to special deliver Christmas cards. It was great.