“Have a great RAK attack story for your blog.”
That was the text I received Sunday night around 9:00 from our older daughter, Hannah. I responded with great enthusiasm, wanting to hear the story. Unfortunately, she couldn’t talk, because she was still at work at Applebees, where the RAK attack took place. So yesterday, she stopped by my office to tell me the story.
It was a table of 6 representing 3 generations. Hannah was their server. Throughout their time there, one woman in particular was especially weepy. There were a couple of glitches with their food so Hannah and her manager worked together to take care of their requests. As the meal progressed they learned that this woman’s husband was in intensive care in our Salina hospital and was not expected to live. Hannah and (Manager) Lisa’s hearts went out to them. Although Lisa had discounted their meal 10%, the bill was still high. Wanting to do more for this family, they decided to talk to all of the servers to see if they would contribute to pay for this family’s meal. Lisa said that she would take care of whatever balance was left after the contributions were gathered. Hannah proceeded to talk to each server, gathering contributions. They collected $61 and Lisa took care of the rest as promised. Lisa told Hannah to go tell them that their bill had been paid.
Hannah proceeded to communicate the good news. They guessed that it was Lisa who had paid for it and Hannah explained that it was a group effort… that all the servers had chipped in. At that point, Hannah said that all 6 of them began to cry. Hannah stood there with tears welled up in her own eyes, as well. Gratitude gushed forth and as the family left they hugged every server they had opportunity to see.
RAK (random acts of kindness) attacks are truly exhilirating. They embody the true joy of giving and seem to be even more meaningful when offered to strangers. When heartfelt generosity is offered to those we don’t know, simply because our paths have crossed and compassion is stirred, there is little more powerful to connect us as community.
Kudos to Lisa, Hannah and the Applebee’s staff that was working the night of April 29th!
On a personal note, before ever hearing the story, I was delighted to get that text! If I have communicated the value and joy of giving to others, if “RAK Attacks” have found their way into my daughters’ daily vocabulary and are something they just don’t know about, but are excited to participate in, then I am happy with that legacy.
Inspired by Compassion,