Acts of Kindness #11 and #12: Kindness Campaign Comes to an End

The last two weeks have been a whirlwind. Between the holidays and workload, the Mountain Media office has been crazy busy. However, despite the chaos, the best part has definitely been participating in our 12 Acts of Christmas Kindness campaign.

Act #11 – This past Monday, we left money at a local laundromat. Almost immediately, we received a message on Facebook from someone thanking us for the donation. While the message was completely unexpected, we brightened someone’s day, which was exactly what we were aiming for.

Monday was also a special day for Mountain Media, as we were featured in The Saratogain for our kindness campaign! Since then, we have received so much positive feedback. We cannot thank everyone enough for supporting us and participating in random acts of kindness throughout this campaign. It means so much to our team!

Act #12 – On Tuesday, we enlisted the help of our President’s four-year-old son, Harper, to deliver coffee to Santa. Every year, Santa does a lot – he lends a listening ear, delivers presents to children and embodies the Christmas spirit. This year, we wanted to do something special for him, and we felt a hot cup of Joe was the answer! He was certainly thankful, as you can see.

Now that our 12 Acts of Christmas Kindness campaign has come to end, we are more aware than ever before. Donating to the Wilton Food Pantry, Shelters of Saratoga and Franklin Community Center has opened our eyes to things happening in our own community. Volunteering at Adirondack Save-a-Stray reminded us that animals need our love too. Visiting Vilma at the Saratoga Hospital and the men and women in uniform who serve our city made us grateful to have one another. Along the way, our little tokens of kindness made us happier and kinder people.

Kindness changes lives; While this campaign may have come to an end, we will not stop participating in random acts of kindness. Whether that’s opening the door for someone or sending a thank you email, we vow to continue spreading kindness one person at time. Again, we would like to thank everyone who helped us along the way. This campaign could not have been possible without you!

Peace and happiness,

Your friendly team at Mountain Media

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Act of Kindness #9: Donate to Shelters of Saratoga

The tragic death of Nancy Pitts has sparked attention within the Saratoga community about how to deal with the homeless population during severe weather. Currently, there are no emergency shelters in Saratoga. However, there are food pantries and organizations like Shelters of Saratoga, who offer the homeless affordable living, warm food, clothing, and life counseling. And today, we had the opportunity to contribute to this great cause!

Mountain Media brought bags of blankets, winter clothes and accessories to Shelters of Saratoga. For the past week, we’ve asked friends and family to donate to our cause. I even promoted it at my spin class and two of my regulars contributed bags of stuff, which made me the happiest girl on earth.

Visiting Shelters of Saratoga was eye-opening experience for us. There are tons of homeless people out there, many of which do not wish to be helped. For this reason, Shelters of Saratoga focuses on helping individuals who not only want the help, but are willing to transform their habits and way of thinking for the better. And I have to say that I completely agree with this philosophy.

At the end of the day, I came to the conclusion that everyone can use a helping hand at one point or another. Therefore, I’m glad we could help. While it doesn’t bring Nancy back or resolve the homeless population in Saratoga Springs, it does make a difference. If we only keep one person warm this winter, I feel as though we accomplished something.

For more information on Shelters of Saratoga, please visit their Facebook page.

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Act of Kindness #8: Volunteering at Adirondack Save-A-Stray

For our eighth act of kindness, MacKenzie, Ben, and I volunteered three hours of our morning to the Adirondack Save-A-Stray. What we thought was going to be a fun day of playing with animals turned into a hard few hours of work.

I first, want to start off by applauding the staff and volunteers at the Adirondack Save-A-Stray. These folks do acts of kindness everyday with the way they work to maintain a clean and healthy atmosphere for these stray animals. We experienced first hand that these animals are in the best possible care. Today, the shelter was open to the public between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. However, volunteers and staff members arrived as early as 5 or 6 a.m. to get ready for the day ahead. The SEM team arrived around 9 a.m. and jumped right into the “fun”.

Our Duties Included:
-    Cleaning the kitty Litter (MacKenzie owned this task like a true boss)
-    Refill the kitty food
-    Cleaning, sanitizing, vacuuming, washing, and drying the kennel spaces.
-    Setting up the cleaned kennel spaces with newspaper, kennel chips, food, and water
-    Washing the dishes
-    Washing and drying the puppies
We took breaks in between our tasks to play and get snuggly with the animals.

MacKenzie fell in love with a beautiful 5 month old Lab/Rhodesian Ridgeback Mix named Cookie Dough.

Cookie Dough is available for adoption at Adirondack Save-A-Stray

Ben started to bond with Fatboy Slim, a chill and furry rabbit.

Also known as "Chubs," up for adoption at the Adirondack Save-A-Stray

And I, couldn’t take my eyes off of Lover Boy, he was a beautiful Chihuahua.

Chihuahua up for Adoption at the Adirondack Save-A-Stray

Christmas and the holidays are such a busy time for the Adirondack Save-A-Stray. Everybody is looking to put a bow on that furry little friend for Christmas. The phones were ringing off the hook. I am so glad we were there to lend a helping hand, as it gave the workers a chance to focus on finding safe homes for their friends.

If you are interested in volunteering call the shelter: 518-654-6220
If you are interested in adopting visit: petfinder.com/shelters/NY61.html

Or you can email them for more information: adirondacksaveastray@yahoo.com

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Acts of Kindness #4 and #5: Small Token of Our Appreciation

While we’d like every act to be as generous as donating to Toys For Tots or the Wilton Food Pantry, it’s simply not possible. For that reason, we’ve preformed a couple acts of kindness to show our fellow citizens a small token of our appreciation.

Act #4 – On Thursday, Cassie and I had the opportunity to sneak out of the busy office and venture off to Broadway. Our mission was to find a stranger and give him or her a scratch off. We thought to ourselves, what better place than Saratoga Coffee Traders to find a deserving citizen? Lo and behold, we found Trevor, headphones in, diligently typing away on his laptop. We politely interrupted him by saying, “You’ve just experience a random act of kindness!” He immediately knew what we were doing, as he mentioned participating in a similar campaign back in college. Needless to say, Trevor was the perfect person to surprise that day. He was kind, well-informed and very thankful.

Act #5 – Every Friday at Mountain Media, we enjoy something called Bagel Friday. Our generous boss, James Curley, stops by Uncommon Grounds before work and picks up a dozen bagels and cream cheese. Some days, if we’re really good boys and girls, he whips up some amazing breakfast sandwiches! But that’s besides the point… This morning, I had the pleasure of joining him at Uncommon Grounds for a stealth mission. After placing his weekly order, Jim kindly asked the lady behind him if he could pick up her tab. Surprised, she asked him what for. He simply replied by saying that we’re preforming random acts of kindness, and that he’d love to pay for her coffee. Luckily for us, she accepted his offer and happily walked away.

As I mentioned before, our goal with this campaign is to inspire others to practice kindness and pay it forward. Every act of kindness, regardless of how small, is totally worth the effort. Seeing a smile on a stranger’s face was good enough for me.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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