the idea for r.a.o.k. #8 popped into my head early wednesday morning, out of the
blue green and red! [->a little christmas humour, there!...].
as you’ll recall, i was in toronto on wednesday for aunti day. the date of 12-12-12 was supposed to be a lucky day; if i did a r.a.o.k., someone would have a nice day!
outside the local shoppers drug mart store, there is usually a homeless man (not always the same person) looking for a handout. these men are not aggressive or talkative, they just stand patiently by the entrance to the store.
here was my idea:
if a destitute person was outside of shoppers on this wednesday (the random part of my plan), i would give them an early christmas gift of a shoppers gift card. i liked the idea of buying a shoppers drug mart gift card because you can get everything at shoppers from groceries to socks to hygiene items.
as i approached the shoppers, i saw that there was indeed a man standing outside. you get to recognize “the regulars,” but i do not recall seeing this young man in the past.
i went into shoppers…
…and purchased a $25 gift card:
i felt a bit nervous as i exited the store!
i approached the young man and handed him the gift card: “i hope you have a safe christmas. all the best to you,” i said.
the young man was so polite as he thanked me.
the young fellow asked me my name, and in the spirit of r.a.o.k. #8, i told him it was kiki. he said his name was john.
i wished him the best, one last time, he wished me a very nice day, and i went on my way…with a warm heart.
~for it is in giving that we receive.~
st francis of assisi