As a child it was all too common to hear that it was “the thought that counts” whenever someone gave something from the heart. While it can be difficult to understand when you are very young, as you get older, you come to realize this small phrase is so very true.
One small gesture that has stayed with me through the years is something that my hubby’s Great Aunt did for me, when she didn’t even know me. After our son was born, many years ago, Aunt Doris visited the hospital with Chris’ mom to see our new little one. I had only met Aunt Doris once before, at a picnic she hosted in her home that past summer. I remember being scared to go because everyone had mentioned how strict she was. I was nervous about her liking me, I was so young.
Aunt Doris was nothing but kind at that picnic. Her concern for her two spoiled pet rabbits showed her kind nature and we enjoyed the day greatly. She let her true generosity shine through though, when she brought an unexpected gift to the hospital. A beautiful nightgown and robe in a soft pink color. She said that mamas need something nice too, after bringing their new one into the world. That small act of kindness meant so much to me!
I’m not sure I ever expressed to her how much I appreciated that small thought. She passed away not long after and I have never forgotten. I try to think like Aunt Doris, having only met her three times in total, she made an impact in my life. I want to be like that!
While this post wraps up my time as a #KleenexCares ambassador, I know that I will continue to try and be like Aunt Doris — giving in small ways to those who need it most. May it be a smile, a kind word, a thoughtful card or an unexpected gift that comes from the heart, let’s all take a moment out of our lives to spread the care!
We have one Kleenex Brand Care Pack left and I’m going to give it to my mom tomorrow so that she can pass it on to someone in her building. I know that she is friends with several elderly residents who might appreciate a thoughtful gift at this time of year.
You can still send your own Care Pack!
To show someone in your life how much you care, share with them a Kleenex Brand Care Pack!
3 simple steps to “Share the Care”
- Buy specially marked bundles or boxes of Kleenex® Brand tissue.
- Find the code on the package of Kleenex® Brand tissue.
- Go to Kleenex.com/softness, enter your code, and share the care!