Brittany is planning 25 acts of kindness
Brittany Leamey was surfing the internet when she came up with the idea of doing 25 random acts of Christmas kindness.
So she devised a list of nice things to do for complete strangers and set a day aside to do it on Saturday, December 15.
The 24-year-old Pembroke resident plans to ask her mother to be her chauffeur for the day and dress in Christmas attire for however long it takes.
“With everything that’s been going on recently in the news, I just thought it would be nice to do something nice for a change. So I thought I would take a shot at it and think of 25 nice things to do for people at Christmas and just go around and do it,” said Ms Leamey.
But she was reluctant to says what her exact plans are.
“I kind of want to keep what I’m doing a secret so people don’t know where I’m going to be or what to expect. But I’m planning to do small things, like bake cookies to hand out; small things to help make people feel good.
“This was a spur of the moment idea, I actually haven’t told anyone what I plan to do but now that my friends are going to know, some of them may want to come along with me,” she added.
She also plans to go to parking lots and tape small bags with $5 in coins to parking metres with a note saying Happy Holidays from Santa’s Helper and buy someone coffee and a meal. Ms Leamey will also stand outside city stores to open doors for shoppers and donate clothes to charity.
“I’m excited to do it, I think it will be a good day, so I hope people are around for a random act of kindness and appreciate it. I hope that what I’m doing shows people that little things can go a long way.”
But most of all she said: “Making someone happy, even if its just for a moment may inspire them to pass it on to make someone else happy.
“Christmas to me means family time and being together, it doesn’t mean presents. A lot of people are having a hard time and then there’s the pressures of Christmas,” she said.
“I don’t have a lot of money to buy presents for everyone in my family so I want to do this in honour of my family and friends as a gift to them.
“I just want to pass the kindness and happiness of the Christmas season along to people and hopefully they too will pass it on.”