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 #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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Act of Kindness #3: Bring Food to the Wilton Food Pantry

Many people go hungry in our country. There are about 50 million Americans that struggle with food insecurity. It’s the sad truth, so it was only right to donate to the Wilton Food Pantry for our third act of kindness. The Wilton Food Pantry works with community members, local businesses, stores, and more to help hungry people, as well as educate and inform. Here are a couple facts about the WFP:

-They served 503 residents in Wilton in 2012. Of those 503 residents, 165 were children.
-They WFP averaged 65 visits per month in 2012. They had a high of 89 visits in August.

Wilton is a small town, and those are some serious numbers. I once watched a documentary about food insecurity in America, and it was absolutely shocking to see what some people in this country go through. This campaign is an important reminder to be grateful for what I have.

You can donate both online and in person to the Wilton Food Pantry. To find out more, click here.

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