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Bunk-Beds Are an Expression of Love

Location: Mexico
Camera info: Canon Rebel 350D • lens 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
ISO 400 • f 3.5 • 1/30 sec

Ever get involved in a project, and it takes on a life of its own? We went to Mexico to build an orphanage, and three buildings should have been enough work for one week! Then we learned the kids were so cramped for space in their current place, they had to share beds. Before we left, we raised extra donations from the folks at Mount Pleasant Christian Church, and we used the money to buy extra lumber, tools, and mattresses. One of our more experienced construction workers made a wood template with the different board lengths we needed, and then the group got to work! In an assembly-line fashion, we cut a bunch of boards and pieced together frames for eight bunk beds. Only six could fit in the house, so we left the partially-assembled frames for the other two in the largest building for them to put wherever they wanted.

This alone wasn’t enough, though. The folks at MPCC also donated sheets & pillows, comforters, and even a bunch of plush animals and toys! So each bed was decorated with a different theme. Pictured above is the Cars bed. Others featured frogs, soccer, monkeys, even a snow-theme! Our group bought plastic bins that fit under the beds as well, so the kids could have a “toy box” to keep their things. They were very excited about that, as they had always had to share everything. Now they could each have a toy of their own! We put the plush animals on the beds and scattered action figures, toy cars, and other items around the room.

I’m on a kick with these multi-photo posts! But I couldn’t pass this one up. One of the ladies put a finishing touch on the beds – lifesaver candies on each pillow! Now that’s a way to make a kid smile!

We weren’t expecting to get so into this project, but it was so much fun!

What project have you started that got bigger or better than you expected?

Random Acts of Kindness

Location: Thailand
Camera info: Canon Rebel 350D • lens EF 70-200mm f/2.8L
ISO 200 • f 2.8 • 1/500 sec

I love flowers. They’re beautiful and can brighten my day – especially when I get one by surprise! One day, after a long day at work, I went out to my car and discovered a rose hiding on my car. 😀 This wasn’t the only time I was the “victim” of a random act of kindness. I was once part of a large group at a restaurant, and some stranger paid for our entire table. Then, one time I had a flat tire. A few people were helping me change it, and one lady noticed my tires were old and needed replacement. I had been saving up to do that, but was still $100 short of what I needed. To my surprise, the woman handed me a check and told me to get new tires.

It’s fun to pass on the kindness. My family likes to pick a single person in a restaurant or get a car behind us in a drive-thru and anonymously pay their bill. A friend of mine got the idea to take flowers to forgotten service people, like gas station attendants. She also joined me in putting flowers on cars at our hospital’s emergency room parking lot. Another friend likes to go downtown to visit the homeless, armed with a pair of toenail clippers.

In a day where most of the news is filled with people hurting others, the strong taking advantage of the weak, and all kinds of disasters and greed, it’s nice to hear stories of kindness from time to time. Personally, I think it’s even more fun to be part of those stories.

What about you? Have you committed an act of random kindness or had one done to you? What happened?