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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


National Kindness Week, Act 6

Saturday, February 20, 2010, Act 146.

This is about the last day of 2010 National Kindness Week. It was Saturday and the big day for my Grad Studies class presentation. My team and I had put enormous amounts of work into our presentation. I had been dealing with alot of stress and no time because of it.

But after class was over and the presentation was given (quite well I might add), I felt an overwhelming relief. I just wanted to go home and crash and not think or do anything. Even though I was wore out from school and preparation, I wanted to finish Kindness Week strong. What to do, what to do…..

My wife went to the gym for a while that evening, so now was my chance.  I grabbed the vacuum and cleaning spray and dug in to clean our house.  While she was gone, I was able to clean the upstairs and downstairs to surprise her.  A strong finish for Kindness Week and a clean house too!

Kindness Week Act 2

Tuesday, February 16, 2010, Act 142.

Today I was getting a drink from the soda machine.  There was a couple of students down the hall studying, so I went ahead and bought 2 Cokes. I surprised one of the students when I gave the drink away to them.

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 10, Act 136

Wednesday, December 23, Day 10, Act 136:

Today my grandmother got to come home from the hospital. She had been in the skilled nursing unit (rehab therapy) for about 2 weeks. What a great Christmas present for her to be able to come home for Christmas to spend time with her family.  I went over to her house and met her and my parents for a welcome home celebration for her return!

Act 116

This act of kindness is very interesting because it was something that was done for me.

After returning home from an out of town work trip, I was surprised to find my wife had baked and decorated a beautiful cake for my return.  I think she knows me pretty well, because she used extra icing!


Act 101

Thursday, April 23, 2009.

This evening I went to the mall to pick up my grandma a birthday gift. Now this is not the kind act, hopefully anyone would buy their grandmother a birthday gift. Wait for it, wait for it…..lotion

While I was picking up my grandma’s gift, I bought my wife a surprise also. Just something to let her know that I was thinking of her.