awildkiera asked:

Hey, will there be a gathering of some sort on Esther Day? I really want to go to one.

Hello! Pardon the delayed response. Thank you for your interest! We won’t be doing a gathering as a HPA chapter, unfortunately.

HOWEVER, the Boston Nerdfighters (of which we are not affiliated) (https://www.facebook.com/groups/bostonnerdfighters/) will be having an Ester Day picnic on Boston Common at around 2pm. (https://www.facebook.com/events/790610407637804/?ref=4)

Definitely check it out!

Jess’ Favourite Reaction

My favourite reaction came from a panhandler.  He and his girlfriend are homeless but they do their best to stay positive.  He said that they like to be particularly nice to other homeless persons who look a bit more rough around the edges because life on the streets is not easy, especially if you’re a bit scary looking.  He thanked us for listening to him and took the flower we offered him (a stem of three mini-roses).  He said that he would use the each of the flowers we gave him to make three other people’s day.

I really like how he immediately thought of how he could pay it forward and ‘share the happy’.

Taking Risks: Cailey’s Reaction

Apprehension is not something that I generally associate with the act of giving but that’s what I was feeling while handing out flowers on the Boston Common.  Random acts of kindness are something that sound wonderful and makes you feel good to proclaim that “Yes, this is something that I do! I am a bearer of goodwill!” but the reality of it is that it causes people to confront situations that they may not be uncomfortable with.  For me it was the rejection that was hard. Each time someone refused to meet my eyes or walked a little faster away from the flower in my hand, it caused a bit of personal hurt to bloom up inside. I knew it wasn’t me, that I would probably act a bit suspicious if the situation was reversed but acknowledging that didn’t stop it from happening. It was only a tiny bit of risk that was involved in this act of giving but it was surprising how much impact it could still have. It also made the interactions that I did have that much more special because it meant that the passerby decided to also accept a small amount of risk by taking the flower from me. It was a brief connection and also a reminder of the individuals that we let pass us by as we walk down the sidewalk with our eyes glued to the ground.

Laura’s Favourite Reaction

I think my favorite reaction was when we were still putting tags on the flowers and a 10ish year old girl just ran up and was watching us until I asked if she would like a flower.  The girl didn’t say anything but her mom just smiled and was like “Oh! She loves flowers! We have to stop her from taking them out of people’s gardens sometimes.  Thank you so much!”  I think the mom was more excited, but I am hoping we made the little girl’s day too :)

jazulay

jazulay:

Kicking off nawwhpalliance's Esther Day campaign the right way.

On Saturday we had a successful kick-off to our Esther Day campaign, Random Acts of Kindness.  We met in Boston Common to ‘share the happy’ by handing out flowers and chalk.  Overall we had a lot of fun talking to people and making them smile.  Hopefully we inspired people to pay it forward.
While some people were really excited to accept a flower, there were quite a few people who were skeptical of us.  People would speed up, avert their eyes, say no before we even had a chance to ask if they’d like a flower or explain that they were free.  It was these reactions that made the others extra special.There were plenty of people who were really excited to receive a flower, and we found that kids were super happy to get a free piece of chalk.  We met people who loved flowers, people who wanted to pay it forward, and people who thought handing out flowers in the Common was ‘like the coolest idea ever’.When we gave out a lot of chalk, as is inevitable, there were a lot of broken pieces.  We used them to write words of encouragement around the sidewalks.  It was nice to see people pause, read the words we had written, and react.  Walking around we liked seeing what kids had drawn with the chalk we gave them and overhearing people tell others about receiving flowers.  It has also been really nice to see our words pop up on social media by people who just stumbled upon them.  To know that we have indeed made a difference in someone’s day has been totally awesome.If you have any pictures of flowers or our chalk drawings we’d love to see them.  The best way to make sure they get to us is to use the #nshpaestherday
We will continue doing random acts of kindness over the next month. Keep an eye out for more updates and events!
If you have your own story of a random act of kindness we want to hear about that.  Use the same hashtag as above and lets share the happy!

On Saturday we had a successful kick-off to our Esther Day campaign, Random Acts of Kindness.  We met in Boston Common to ‘share the happy’ by handing out flowers and chalk.  Overall we had a lot of fun talking to people and making them smile.  Hopefully we inspired people to pay it forward.

While some people were really excited to accept a flower, there were quite a few people who were skeptical of us.  People would speed up, avert their eyes, say no before we even had a chance to ask if they’d like a flower or explain that they were free.  It was these reactions that made the others extra special.

There were plenty of people who were really excited to receive a flower, and we found that kids were super happy to get a free piece of chalk.  We met people who loved flowers, people who wanted to pay it forward, and people who thought handing out flowers in the Common was ‘like the coolest idea ever’.

When we gave out a lot of chalk, as is inevitable, there were a lot of broken pieces.  We used them to write words of encouragement around the sidewalks.  It was nice to see people pause, read the words we had written, and react.  

Walking around we liked seeing what kids had drawn with the chalk we gave them and overhearing people tell others about receiving flowers.  It has also been really nice to see our words pop up on social media by people who just stumbled upon them.  To know that we have indeed made a difference in someone’s day has been totally awesome.

If you have any pictures of flowers or our chalk drawings we’d love to see them.  The best way to make sure they get to us is to use the #nshpaestherday



We will continue doing random acts of kindness over the next month. Keep an eye out for more updates and events!


If you have your own story of a random act of kindness we want to hear about that.  Use the same hashtag as above and lets share the happy!