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Viral Kindness
Viral Kindness
During this COVID-19 crisis, people are stepping up and spreading goodwill. We want to hear about the ways in which Kansans are responding to this emergency with compassion, and shine a light on the humans that exemplify humanity.Every other Friday, we'll share your stories on KMUW's new commentary, Viral Kindness.Share your experience. Use the 'Talk to Us' feature on the KMUW app, or leave a voicemail at (316) 978-6789.

Viral Kindness: A Double Act Of Kindness

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This week on Viral Kindness, we hear about a double act of goodwill from writer Amy Geiszler-Jones, who lost someone close to her:

"Recently, my father-in-law passed away, and he’d been living with us in what was then a four-generation household. He was a former military veteran, had joined shortly after the Air Force became the Air Force. Had a 20-year career in the military and then went on to become a minister. He was a humble man and would do what he could to help others.

About a week after his death, a member from the church came by to drop off some food. As she was unloading the car, she told us that when she was shopping for the food, a man – a total stranger to her – asked her what she was doing with all this food. What struck this man to ask that question and take the time to hear why she was doing that…it was really just a genuine act of kindness and compassion. And he said, 'I’ll pay for it.'

We felt that was a double act of kindness. Not only had Teresa come by with the food from the church, but someone – a total stranger – offered to pay for it. That resonates with our family. And it resonates because my father-in-law was the kind of person who would want to help others. It still kind of chokes me up when I talk about it. It really does give hope, especially nowadays when you’re hearing all of the stuff that’s happening with COVID. So this was an 'angels among us' gesture in that act."