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Monday, July 6, 2015

Local Acts of Kindness

Early June Jill Fessler of StoneBrook Winery passed out from the heat while manning a booth at the Farmers Market in the Midway. "A kind, good samaritan helped her," says Debbie Buckley, Renaissance Manager and Economic Development Director for the City of Fort Thomas. "He laid down cash as he did so and one of the other vendors later saw that he  had left. She put it in her money box to keep it safe and still has it." 

Local acts of kindness abound in Fort Thomas, often anonymously and quietly.

"Sometimes we get to witness really awesome things," says Lori Valentine, owner of Fort Thomas Coffee. "For example, recently someone dropped off $50 anonymously to use as a tab for Ed and Lori Gossman to say 'thank you' for bringing their awesome restaurant [15 North] to our city!"

Blue Marble Books has benefitted from community members reaching out to those in need. "At the Blue Marble, over the years, many of our customers have purchased books to donate to others," say Peter and Tina Moore, owners. "For several years, a customer of ours donated anonymously $1,200/year so that six Catholic inner city school librarians could come and select $200 in new books for their libraries. Another customer's family purchased $1,000 worth of books and donated them to an area public school library, instead of exchanging gifts within their family at Christmas."

And sometimes, it's businesses helping businesses. Barbara Thomas, owner of Fort Thomas Central recently raved about a facial she received at Studio Root Skin Care. When Thomas went to pay, Studio Root Skin Care Owner Tami Root refused to accept payment, insisting that Thomas simply pay it forward. Root handed some flyers for Thomas to pass out at Fort Thomas Central, describing Studio Root Skin Care's services.

While some acts of kindness require thought and planning, others happen simply because of altruism, which is what took place at the Farmers Market in June. "He helped me until EMT arrived," Fessler says of the stranger who attended to her after she passed out. "I would like to thank him."

The problem?

No one knows his name. "The gentleman was married to a red-haired young woman and had a child," Buckley says. "He mentioned that he had also passed out like that during maneuvers once so we think he was probably military. We want to make sure he gets his money back." The money is located at the Breezy Acres booth. "They will recognize him," Buckley says.

"Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change." —Bob Kerrey

Have you witnessed a local act of kindness? Share it with us! 

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