By Britton Journal
Esther Patterson, of Britton, will turn 100 on Sunday, March 31, and her granddaughter came up with a novel idea to mark the occasion.
Paula Patterson Conard of Moorhead, Minn., is asking area residents to come up with 100 random “acts of kindness” in her honor.
Although Patterson is now a resident at Wheatcrest Hills, she has been active in her community throughout her life. Now Conard is hoping residents will make an effort to give a little back.
“She has been involved in the community helping make hundreds of quilts for charity, rolling tons of lefse for the church bazaar, and sharing her flowers or homemade strawberry jam,” said Conard. “Although she can no longer perform charitable acts very easily, I’d bet there are at least 100 people in Britton who could. As my gift to her, I’d like to give her the list of 100 Random Acts of Kindness performed in honor of her 100th birthday.”
Conard said the possibilities are endless. It could include giving blood, donating food to the food pantry, shoveling someone’s sidewalk, donating books to a library, giving a large tip to a service provider, watching a child for a single parent, inviting someone who is alone over for dinner, donating an hour of your professional services, or sending anonymous flowers to someone.
How about sending a thank you note to a teacher or neighbor who made a difference, call your parents or your children just to tell them you love them, visit someone in a nursing home, buy or make someone a cup of coffee, or leave money in a vending machine?
Conard asks that people performing one of the 100 acts of kindness let her know by sending them to her email (Paula.conard [at] gmail.com) or her Facebook account by Sunday, March 24.