Good Vibrations

Two Random Acts of (Houston!) Kindness You Can Do to Vastly Improve Your Day

Send a hopeful note to a pediatric cancer patient or a comforting card to a senior citizen.

By Gwendolyn Knapp April 30, 2020

Fill out your 'Postcard From The Road' online for a child touched by cancer.

We are all going through some things right now. But for those in need of a quick feel-good project amidst the darkness, here are two very thoughtful, easy, and free ways to send some love to those who might need it most during these hard times. Read on to spread some joy.

Duckling Family: "This duck family shows that your family will always be there for you. You family will always stand by your side no matter what happens. The mama duck and her ducklings will forever be loved by one another and will never be forgotten." —An, age 13

Send a virtual postcard to a child dealing with cancer or a blood disorder.

Every spring The Periwinkle Foundation, a local non-profit that benefits kids, young adults and families dealing with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, holds Making A Markan exhibition of art and creative writing by children touched by cancer and blood disorders at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers. The exhibition typically travels all over town, from the Glassell School of Art to Hobby Airport, where folks can take in hundreds of pieces of art and leave a postcard in a dropbox for their favorite artist (like An Truong, who painted "Duckling Family" above). Those postcards are then mailed to the kids. 

Because of the coronavirus, the Periwinkle Foundation has brought it all online. Houstonians can now view the digital art exhibit and send a virtual postcard to the artist of their choosing from the comfort of home. We have to say, perusing the art is quite an inspiring way to start to your morning. 

Calling all creative types. The Y needs our best cards.

Make a comforting card for a senior citizen.

The YMCA of Greater Houston has provided more than 1,000 homemade comfort cards to local seniors in an effort to support the elderly during this isolating time. But their goal is to deliver 5,000 cards. So the association is inviting all Houstonians to join in this act of kindness. Create your own inspirational comfort card—we're thinking lots of colorful flowers for spring, or perhaps a cozy cat-theme—and drop it in the collection box at either the Trotter Family YMCA, 1331 Augusta Dr, or the Weekley Family YMCA, 7101 Stella Link Rd. 

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