Gifts for Strangers, is a world-wide cause to spread kindness and goodwill around the world. We do this once a year by giving gifts to strangers.
One should never underestimate the power of kindness. It can create a smile or a laugh from thin air. It can change a person’s opinion or even their view on life. Like a flame, kindness can spread from one person to another. Changing the world, as if by storm. And like magic, it always manages to make its way back to you. Last year 23 cities around the world participated in Gifts for Strangers. This year we hope to improve that number, by spreading the movement to even more cities across the world.
When: December 15, 2012 at 1pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
What to bring: Gifts! (see below)
What we do: Give gifts to strangers!
The name of the event explains the event perfectly. We ask you to either make gifts or buy affordable presents. Spend whatever you think is reasonable. The more important part, is thinking about what type of gift would make you smile, and bringing that to life. Then we’ll be giving these gifts to random strangers.
Your gifts could be something you create, like visual art, a poem, or a mix CD. Or a something you owned or purchased for relatively cheap, like a yo-yo, teddy bear, or a good book. Just remember, be creative, and make it personal!
Wrap each present individually! Along with each gift, we ask you to write a personal card. Write a heart-felt message. Something honest and open. And make sure to include “From one stranger to another, Happy Holidays”.
Make as many gifts as you like. And keep track of what is in each one. So that you can hand it out to the right age/gender/type of person.
Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.
~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.