Believe in the Magic of Kindness

Never expecting a ‘boomerang of kindness’ in return, I was the recipient of an incredibly massive Random Act of Kindness in December 2015 when my friend Rebecca Dombrovski (Scott) nominated me as a Community Hero. The Community Hero campaign recognizes positive contributions to the community and is sponsored by Haley Comfort Systems and Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems. 


The award could not have come at a better time because the previous year my furnace failed to start. A mechanic came out to repair it and told me I would probably need to replace it in the next couple of years. It was a Christmas miracle watching them install the new furnace. Not only did this kind act warm my heart and make our home toasty—it inspired me to continue to spread kindness.

 The following are a few Random Acts of Kindness ideas to keep the giving spirit alive this holiday season:

1. Giving Trees. Hang envelopes on the branches with acts of kindness—small, medium or large gift ideas for individuals and families in need. Create one for your office or organization. 

2. Help the Homeless. Gage East Apartments, a 55-unit apartment complex that provides permanent housing for those experiencing homelessness, accepts contributions.

3. Volunteer. There are many opportunities in our community to volunteer. United Way of Olmsted County has a volunteer website that matches up talents and passions with potential volunteer opportunities. Visit or for
volunteer opportunities. 

RochesterWomen magazine publisher, Jorrie Johnson, and I have volunteered at Community Food Response, a volunteer-led nonprofit that provides free meals to people by collecting donated food from restaurants, cafeterias, businesses and grocery stores. You can also follow the Random Acts of Kindness group  on Facebook
( Acts of kindness ideas, ways you can help in the community and positive inspiring content are posted daily.

Danielle Teal is a single parent, full-time web specialist, college student and freelance writer.