We invite you to remember your loved ones who have died by committing an act of kindness in their honor. Love, kindness, generosity, sharing, these are the gifts we can give to them.

Monday, December 26, 2016


Hi Professor F,

A friend recently recited this mantra of hers to me; it goes along the lines of “never hesitate to help someone.” This philosophy was revealed after I mentioned to her that I wanted to treat this homeless man that we see often around campus. I happened to have an extra doughnut with me that I didn’t necessarily need because I had already eaten one. With her words of encouragement, I walked up to the homeless man with that gray cat of his, and simply handed him the treat and said, “I got this for you.” I didn’t really know what else to say---some people don’t like to be pitied---but I was relieved when he smiled and replied, “Thank you, love.” I’m glad that my friend told me this; her new way of living focused around providing others with a helping hand highlights the importance of giving back---an idea that is constant during the holiday season. I’m not sure why I was hesitant in the first place, but I’m glad to begin or rather continue, this journey of “giving” with the gift of self-satisfaction and respect.

Happy Holidays!


Hey Jamie,

Here's my good deed: a guy dropped a pallet of boxes on me at Walmart, the guy looked like he was having a bad day, and I helped him pick up all the boxes. He never said anything, but a bad day is a bad day.

Hope you and your family have a great holiday!

---Matt Clingempeel

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