Today we kicked off our annual 25 Days of Giving with a day we called Candy Canes. We spent the day handing out candy canes to classmates, co-workers, and complete strangers. It was a simple way to say “Happy Monday”, “Happy December”, “Merry Christmas”, or “Thank you”.
The first candy canes of the day were delivered while going through the drive-thru of a local McDonald’s location (I actually visited 3 different locations throughout the day). After receiving my change I simply said “I wanted to say thank you for your kind smile and the excellent service you provide day after day. Here is a candy cane as my way of saying thank you.” She looked at me for a few seconds and said “Really?” I confirmed and said again that I appreciate her. She didn’t know what to say as tears built up in her eyes. She thanked me a few times as I pulled away from her window.
It was an awesome moment. Simple, but awesome. A plain, ol’ candy cane can make a difference. Today I experienced it firsthand.
The 25 Days are off to a great start. Tomorrow, we will Treat A Stranger for Day 2. We will buy someone’s coffee, favorite soda, or maybe their lunch as our treat. It will be a stranger and it will be unexpected. We hope you will jump in and treat a stranger too. It feels great to see people smile!