It started in a coffee shop. ”I wanna bring bags of candy and a card that says ‘Sorry for all of the jerks!’ to retail employees on Black Friday,” I mumbled with a touch of cynicism to my group of Bible study ladies as we talked about the retail occasion. It was between 6 and 7am, but the idea seemed worthy & doable as soon as I uttered it. In the weeks that followed, I thought about promoting it, but got a little overwhelmed with school work/work. Thankfully, those ladies at that early morning table didn’t let the idea go. Texts and emails containing logistics kept the thought alive and today? It happened!
Kelsey, Nicole, Alicia, Miranda and I wrote in little Christmas cards and stuffed beautiful little gift bags with enough goodies for your average store at the mall. Mandy was there in spirit – she donated a good amount of the candy!
After grabbing some coffee, we headed for Jordan Creek Mall, assuming that as the area’s biggest, it was probably the hardest hit by stress-inducing shoppers. As we only had 16 bags, we had to be selective in what stores we chose. (Next year – every store will get one! And Targets and Best Buys and more!) Kelsey fearlessly started it off, and we all followed suit (I was actually pretty nervous. Introvert! Approaching a busy stranger!)
Some employees were confused; they seemed to think we were cutting in line to make a return. Some were visibly touched. It was a rush to deliver the goodie bags; weaving through the crowds on a secret cheer-giving mission? You have to experience it!
In all, it was two hours of our day, and $5-10 bucks a person I’m guessing. Again, you have to experience this.
You’ll be hearing more about the Black Friday Cheer Committee as we approach this season next year. My hope is that you ALL join me – and that this becomes a new, widespread act of kindness tradition!