One Small Act of Kindness Can Make a Big Impact
It was certainly a season of giving at the Tayles household this year, as the long-time North Scottsdale residents organized a spectacular holiday charity drive to benefit the homeless, soldiers coming back from battle and kids at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The whole idea for the drive actually came from Christina Tayles’s 12-year-old daughter, Bailee.
“I told my mom some ideas that I wanted to try, like making things for kids that are sick over the holidays, writing notes to soldiers and getting stuff for people without homes,” says Bailee.
Eager to see her daughter’s idea become reality, Christina set out to partner with various organizations and put the charity drive in motion. When the day finally arrived, 25 of Bailee’s friends from Cheyenne Traditional School gathered at the Tayles’ house to participate in the three-part drive—sharing food, stories and a lot of laughs along the way.
The first part consisted of making ornaments for sick children at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Armed with massive amounts of paint, glitter and stickers, the girls made about 40 ornaments for the children, which Bailee’s Aunt Aimee—a nurse/practitioner at Phoenix Children’s Hospital—delivered to the families on Christmas morning.
“My sister Aimee called that morning and said the parents couldn’t believe that a group of girls had done something so nice for their child, and how special it made them feel,” says Christina. “I think that was my favorite part, knowing that the girls had put a smile on a kid’s face.”
Bailee shared the same sentiment stating, “It just felt so great doing something for someone else, and I really liked hearing that the ornaments made them happy.”
The second part of the drive involved contacting ShoeBox Ministries for a list of items that the girls could put in care packages for the homeless. Each girl was asked to bring 20 of one basic needs item, like shampoo, socks and toilet paper, allowing them to decorate and fill over 20 holiday bags to distribute to the homeless.
Towards the end of the day, the girls took time to sit down and write a letter of appreciation for a soldier coming back from battle to open on Christmas morning, partnering with Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington D.C. to distribute them.
However, it wasn’t only the people benefitting from the drive that were able to take something away from the experience, as all the girls gained a powerful sense of how important and fulfilling it is to give back to others.
“I think my favorite part was just hearing how happy people were when they received all their things because we are so fortunate and so many others are less fortunate, so the feeling you get when you do something like that is really good,” says Bailee.
The experience was so rewarding that the Tayles plan on making it a yearly tradition, adding on charities as they go. A perfect example of how a simple act of kindness can go a long way.