I was best friends with Takeimi Rao, who passed away six years ago yesterday. January 11, 1997-July 10, 2011.
I came up with an idea yesterday to do “Random Acts of Kindness in Honor of Takeimi.” My friends and family have been sharing the small acts that they have been doing, and I would love to get you all involved doing random acts of kindness and participating in “The In Her Honor Project.”
Please share the your random acts of kindness you have created by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I have been handwriting every random act of kindness in a notebook to give to Takeimi’s mother, Aleae.
Yesterday, in her honor, my little sister, spent the entire day doing random acts!! We started off at Valero/7-11. We dropped off $10 at the cash register (and left notes for each person we did something for) and told the cashier to give the money towards the next person who came in to buy gas.
After, we went to buy ice cream, and we paid for the person behind us in the drive thru, the cashier gave him a note as well!
After that, we went to Cold Stone, I bought my coworkers a cake (we LOVE cake,) and a note for them.
Then, we went and bought four pizzas, paper plates & napkins, and hand delivered them to the homeless who live in tents under a bridge by the mall. It was SO humbling, they were so incredibly grateful, and just wanted to talk to us. They went on and on about how sorry they were for our loss, and had the biggest hearts, I wish we could have done more for them. “I love your heart,” was what one man said to us when we left, it broke my heart to know that he would be sleeping on the cold cement that night.
The day before, I went to Fosters, and when I asked the man where his tip jar was, he told me someone stole it; I still gave him a tip, but the fact that someone stole his tip jar stuck in my mind. So, Grace and I bought him a new one and put a few dollars in it. (He was very rude and didn’t accept it, he told us he didn’t want it and he’s better off without it. Lol) It’s okay though, we kept going!!
Grace [my little sister], who is fourteen, bought with her own money, a dozen roses for a dozen strangers. We put them on the dash boards of cars at Lucky’s along with a note!
We ran into a woman who remembered Tiki’s story, she was so incredibly kind and started to tear up when we told her what we were doing in her memory as her granddaughter is 14 and going in to high school. (Our age when we lost her.)
I then met up with her mother and closest friends for dinner.
It was possibly the most humbling experience of my life; I have never felt so good inside and happy to be the person that I am. My little sister, who is 14 now, Takeimi’s age, when she passed, is an amazing sister. She took the time out of her summer, when she could have been out, hanging out with her friends, to come out and do these random acts of kindness with me.
I am asking the community to come together and do random acts of kindness in honor of “Tiki”, it is something that she would absolutely love, and something that would touch the heart of her mother and family.
You can see the link to my Facebook post here, you are more than welcome to use the photo if you end up covering this story!
Thank you so much,