HOW #58 RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS CAME ABOUT
My Name is Mary Rendina
On the evening of October 1, 2017 my husband and I had just gone to sleep when we heard our youngest daughter let out a scream in our family room.
I walked out to find her glued to the television with tears streaming down her face, talking on the phone with her sister. Our daughter had just gotten home moments before from the Route 91 Concert where she had spent the previous forty-eight hours much like the others gathered, having an amazing time with her friends, dancing under the stars, singing “God Bless America.”
It took a moment to comprehend what was taking place as the news reported multiple shooters and many dead at the scene with hundreds injured.
I was on a Southwest Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Reno a week after the shooting. There was passenger who was giving our flight attendant a hard time and I could see the flight attendant was upset. Prior to deplaning I told the flight attendant I knew their job is really tough at times having to deal with unhappy customers. I complimented her on the service she gave us and encouraged her to not let the unhappy passenger get her down. I gave her one of the gift cards and told her to have a cup of coffee on me.
As I deplaned I thought how good I felt having seen the weight lifted off of her with just a word of encouragement and small act of kindness. I began to think about how amazing it would be to do Random Acts of Kindness in the name of those who died and encourage others to do the same.
Upon arrival at my hotel I drafted the concept of the logo and reached out to a friend of mine who is a graphic designer. He completed it for me in a few hours and I set up the Facebook group. I called another friend who is a D.J. in Vegas. He invited me to share it the next morning on his radio show. Within a few days we had over 3000 participants which equaled over 175,000 Random Acts of Kindness commitments all over the country!
The most rewarding part for me is the encouragement I get from reading what everyone is doing to impact the lives of others and how this has helped so many begin the healing process. There are endless ways to encourage someone. It does not have to be financial. It can be with a phone call, taking in the neighbor’s trash or leaving a card on a co-worker’s desk. The kindness possibilities are endless! Won’t you join us as we start a “Kindness Crusade” that will change the atmosphere of our City, Nation and World!