Send a Random Girl 2 Nursing School
"Oh yeah?" I say. "What you gonna go to school for?"
"Nursing," she said.
"What kind of nurse?" I ask.
"It don't even matter!" she said with desperation.
I could see she was so done with the fast food thing. Even still, she was polite and respectful - far from the typical employee at this same location. Although I admit, it's been a while since I'd been.
I drive off and pull up to my house a few minutes later (yes, it's that close...). I eat my chicken in front of the house (I said I was hungry). And as I messily crunch on some really untasty fried chicken, I get this idea. What if I got some friends together and we put this girl through school to get her CNA license?
I don't know her. Never seen her before today. Nothing. The thought just dawned on me. I have about 1300 or so "Friends" on FB, I think. If I put the call out there, maybe people would want to do something kind for this random young woman. So I'm doing something a little different than I've ever thought before.
I did a little internet search for how much it costs. Looks like about $1500 would put someone through a CNA Course, pay for taking the test, and the license. (Anybody who's a CNA, is that right??)
I figured if I could get about 300 of my FB friends to put up $5 each, we could do it no problem. I'd do a Facebook live broadcast presenting her with the gift if we pulled it off. Just a random act of kindness from a few hundred strangers.
Yes, I'm serious.
Will keep y'all updated..... Have a beautiful and peaceful year full of sharing caring and happiness!!!!
Many people have commended me on what I've done by starting this. But, honestly, what I have done is very simple. I would not be doing much at all, if I did not make it clear that, you who are able to see this message, are the ones who are also "doing" - and even doing more than I have.
On Friday, March....whatever day it was. I'm sorry I can't think right now. Friday, I started this campaign and donated $10... then I invited the amazing people I'm connected with (even just on Facebook) to give $5 each. That blew up into something I, honestly, hadn't even thought about happening.
You kind people who are reading this helped it, made it happen. You are still making it happen. You are the ones who are changing the life of one young lady and the lives of others and your own life in the process. You are changing the world - your world. The feelings that you generate when you give, the kindness you inspire when you share, and the hope you infuse when you look for ways to be kind to the people around you... these are what have made these last few days incredible.
Thank you for being encouraging and affirming with your words. I'm asking that you continue. Continue to give - not just to a GoFundMe campaign for one person. Give your attention to those around you. Give your kindness. This is just the beginning of something good for our worlds. In fact, it's the continuation of the good. This didn't start here - but it continues here.
Practice Random Kindness. Practice. Over and over.
You'll get better at it as you do. What if you and the people around you did that for one another? In the midst of life's troubles, struggles, pains, and the like. In the midst of ease and good times and celebration? Kindness is so simple.
I'm leaving GoFundMe campaign open until it will be almost exactly 1 week from the time I started it. We are beyond what the goal was already. However, continue to share and give out of the extravagant kindness you have in you. Who knows what this will lead to?
I'm excited for the world we are creating.
OAI, Inc. in South Suburbs of Chicago, currently has a program to pay for CNA training for low income candidates with kids. During training they also pay for childcare and offer additional supportive services upon completion of training. Please call 708-283-5020, if interested in these services. This is real.
I'm confused....does she want to be a CNA or a nurse ? I thought she said nurse. With the money that's been raised so far, she could go for nursing. CNAs work hard and the good ones are worth their weight in gold, but the pay sucks. She will make a much better living as a nurse. Please clarify....
This is truly a "Random Act of Kindness" to have this young lady pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. I am a registered nurse (RN). Being a nurse springs from my childhood. I am grateful to God to have had my undergraduate degree paid for by my employer. I definitely plan to donate to this cause. Good luck young lady and I wish you the best. Put your best foot forward; the results will come!!!!