Small Acts of Kindness: A Ripple in the Water by Tracy Mangum

I have to share something awesome. Tonight, I did a small homeless outreach with members of the Legacy Initiative. We were giving out water, trail mix, fruit, and crackers. One gentleman asked our Squad Leader Darren Lamb if he could have Darren’s bag that held all the trail mix after we were done handing everything out. Darren politely said he was really attached to the bag and we moved on. After we finished our route, Darren saw the gentleman and without hesitation he walked up to him and handed him the bag. He said “Sir, I just wanted you to know this bag has been with me everywhere. It’s been to Somalia, Iraq, Japan, Afghanistan, and many other countries. It has served me well over the years, and hopefully now it will serve you as well.”

The look of gratitude and appreciation on the man’s face was amazing. Moments later when our team made it back to the car, Darren just shrugged and said “It’s just a bag, and he needed it more than me.”

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I am surrounded with people greater than myself that inspire me, push me, and lift me higher than I could ever be alone. My tribe is simply amazing. Every act of kindness is a ripple in the water. #Hero

–By Tracy Mangum