MORRISTOWN, NJ - Jill Kubin of Morristown believes in giving back to the community in which she lives. Kubin, along with her two daughters look to lift up those around them with smiles (Sidewalk Smiles Campaign), hats (Emily's Hats for Hope Initiative) and hearts (The Peyton Heart Project). These projects have expanded across the borders of Morristown into other states, countries and continents.
"We want people to come across our hearts and not only learn about our project, #PeytonHeartProject, but to also read the affirmation that is on the heart and know they matter", said Kubin.
Jill Kubin is usually the one telling people they matter. But, for the second year in a row, an anonymous stranger has shown Kubin that she too matters. An envelope with $500 was left on Kubin's front porch with her name on it.
"I had just experienced my very first anonymous random act of kindness", said Kubin, of receiving the envelope last December. "I don't know who or why someone has left the money but I want to thank them. I wasn't home at the time because I was very sick in the hospital. I had been there all of December and had missed the holidays with my family. When I came home in January, my daughter handed me the envelope and said it had been stuck to the front door a few weeks earlier. I opened it and there was a holiday card inside. Five $100 bills fell out onto my lap. There was no name on the card. I had no idea who it could possibly be from".
Kubin never learned of who sent the card and spent a lot of time wondering who it could have been from. And then it happened again. A second holiday card was placed under the doormat on their front porch.
"Whoever it is who is showing such kindness to me, I would like to thank you for your generosity" said Kubin. "Although I don't fully understand why I'm the one you chose, please know that this act of kindness has not gone unnoticed. My children and I have a firm belief in the power of random acts of kindness. I must admit that I am more accustomed to being on the “creating” acts of kindness end though but it is a very nice feeling to be on the receiving end as well. Thank you for giving me such a special feeling to start off the new year with".
So remember, any random act of kindness, whether large or small will have an impact on someone else's life. Begin 2016 by spreading kindness. It will only make our town, our community and our world a better place to live.