Kindness Daily: A Random Act of Recycling

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A Random Act of Recycling May 1, 2012 – Posted by dailybread
Last Saturday when I was in the car with my children, I realized that I hadn’t made time to do out usual recycling, and our water bottles had been piling up (in our car actually!).

We were going to be driving past the recycling station at the corner grocery store and as we approached it, I took in the long line of people, bags in hand, waiting their turn to cash in for a few bucks and some change. I thought about the times I’ve waited in that line, not always just for a little extra cash or purely to help the environment – but sometimes simply because I actually needed to buy milk or bread didn’t have the money.

I made a last minute decision and pulled into the parking lot. I jumped out of the car and grabbed the few bags of plastic bottles that I had in the back of the car. I went up to the person at the front of the line (he seemed to be the neediest).

My kids were watching me the whole time wondering what on earth I was doing stopping to recycle when we clearly had to be somewhere and soon 🙂 I hadn’t thought about exactly what I would say to the recipient and the beauty of it always startles me, when I realize it really doesn’t matter. The act alone speaks volumes.

I stood in front of the man while he pushed his cans tiredly into the machine, with my bags hoisted and asked him,

"Would you mind taking mine too?"

He responded with a huge smile and a bit of a laugh……

"I would love to."

Glad he could help me out like that. 😉

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