The Kindness of Strangers


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Kindness of Strangers.”

The Kindness of Strangers

When was the last time a stranger did something particularly kind, generous, or selfless for you? Tell us what happened!

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When the New York Times did an article on my brother Stephen who has Autism and me.  We received an overwhelmingly positive response and several people actually sent donations to help us out. Some funds came via PayPal and some via the New York Times reporter who sent the check to my home. I was very touched and moved by their kindness.  Lord knows I needed the money.  Even though I work hours and hours of overtime living in an expensive city like New York can quickly and easily drain one’s finances.  I’m still very grateful for all the monetary gifts. It has been a real struggle for me to make ends meet and do those little extras that my brother Stephen enjoys.

I also appreciate the opportunity to share my story with others who will spread the word and help get the Family Medical Leave Law changed to include siblings and be Paid time off.  A couple of Saturdays ago I met with my Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and gave him a copy of the article.  Exposure is the key to changing the laws to not only help me and Stephen but for all people with developmentally disabled siblings.  Please support PAID Family Leave that includes siblings and if you are in New York city the Caregivers Bill currently before the City Council.  Thank you and God Bless.
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