Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Heroes don’t always win the battle, rescue the kitten and put out the fire. Sometimes they do ordinary, yet brave things like buy someone’s groceries.
This hero is a birthday girl who decided to do 21 random acts of kindness to celebrate her 21st birthday. Senior Hadassah Weiss started out her day at the human society in her hometown, Colorado Springs, where she paid for an adoption fee for a dog and a cat and bought some food and beds for the animals.
When the man at the register found out it was her birthday, he asked if she was going to party. Weiss said, “When he found out what I was doing, he said, ‘That’s crazy. We need more people like you.’”
The act of kindness that moved her to tears was paying for a woman’s grocery bill.
“The lady was amazed and asked me, ‘Why are you doing this for me?’” Weiss said. “I told her that God told me to pay this for you. Please accept it. It’s God’s blessing.”
She could have partied and opened gifts, but instead she gave gifts spending about $350 that day. She hadn’t made much money during the summer before college began, so it was hard spending the money, but so worth it.
“If you bless others, you are going to be blessed,” Weiss said. “My parents taught me that it is better to give than to receive.”
How brave and beautiful is this sweet hero?
Happy birthday Hadassah!
“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
― John Bunyan