Kelly: Rodney’s 25 random acts of kindnessWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
by Sid Kelly
I’ve heard that your personality is a mixture of the five people closest to you that you hang out with. These could be your parents, friends at school or work or just people that you spend your time with. I think you should choose these people wisely.
I was recently approached by Rodney — one of our interns on “The Morning Rush” — with a challenge he wanted to talk about on the air. He said that since he would be turning 25 this past Saturday, he didn’t want to celebrate his birthday until he completed a list of “25 acts of kindness.” I was intrigued, so I asked him to elaborate on-air.
Rodney told our audience that there are a lot of people putting down the city and taking it for granted, and being the guy he is (which is really awesome), he wasn’t going to let that continue.
He put together — and asked our audience for ideas about 25 things he could do that would be considered kind.
The list included the simple “Tell someone to have a good day when they look like they’re in need,” to the surprising “Tape a free Redbox movie rental to the machine for someone.”
To see a few pictures of Rodney completing his acts of kindness, check out our website: www.925kissfm.com/pages/themorningrush.html?article=11826707.
There weren’t really many rules to Rodney’s challenge; just complete all 25 acts before his birthday and then he’d be able to celebrate it. He also wanted an opportunity to be on the air for an entire show for the first time since he’s been with us.
We made the deal and let him go on his way.
As Rodney’s challenge continued, it appeared that he was making a difference — albeit a small one.
Little kids’ faces lit up when they went up to Sandy, the horse at Meijer and some kind person (Rodney) had left a pile of pennies for them to ride. Another co-worker moaned after a hard night’s work when he realized it had snowed, only to turn around and smile because Rodney had cleaned the snow off his car for him.
Those are just a fewof the 25 acts of kindness brought on the city by Rodney.
My point to this story is that no matter how small of a difference you’re making, you need to realize that you’re making a difference.
You don’t have to move millions of homeless people into mansions and provide their families with jobs and their kids an education to the best college in the world. Lending a simple hand to a complete stranger is really where it’s all at.
Rodney did complete his mission, and he will get to sit in and co-host an entire show with us. But that’s not his prize. His prize is the fact that he showed that all you have to do is give a little bit of yourself to make life a little better for someone else. When you start the ball rolling there really is no stopping it.
Rodney is in my group of five people I hang around the most, and I can only hope that the statement I made at the beginning of my column is true.
We all can use someone like him in our circle of friends.
1. Put pennies on the children’s riding horse at a Meijer store.
2. Leave a free Redbox rental ticket on the machine for a stranger.
3. Drop off supplies at Cherry Street Mission.
4. Drop off donation at Mustard Seed.
5. Leave quarters taped on machine at the laundry.
6. Fill all the gumball machines at a store with quarters.
7. Donate to the Ronald McDonald House.
8. Thank a veteran for his or her service to our country.
9. Hold a door for someone who needs it.
10. Clean the snow of someone’s car .
11. Clean the KISS studio.
12. Clean the WSPD studio.
13. Drop off donation at women’s shelter.
14.-19. Buy five people coffee.
20. Make a donation to the St. Louis shelter.
21. Pick up litter.
22. Donate books to the library.
23. Donate old newspaper to an animal shelter.
24. Tell a stranger to have a good day.
25. Make a donation to LifeBridge.
Sid Kelly is host of “The Morning Rush,” weekday mornings on 92.5 KISS FM.