Ruby’s Slippers

The result of our ongoing Kindness Adventures is that I am now surrounded by a great group of people who are willing to participate in a variety of ways.  So when I heard that Old Navy was having their $1.00 flip-flop sale, I emailed a number of them. Most of us are blessed enough to be able to afford an extra $5 for 5 pairs of flip flops.  I was told that there was a limit of 5 per person, but learned that it was 5 pairs per transaction.  A few people bought 15 or 20 pairs!

I suggested that on our next outing, we could give away flip flops and watermelon at a local spray park in a needy area to bring some cool relief to some very hot summer days here in the Heartland.  I think we have nearly 100 pairs! We will give them away Sunday afternoon.

It was a text and a picture that I received from a friend of mine, however, that warmed my heart and made my day. Her six year old  niece wanted to participate!

She wrote, “Ruby picked these out to share.  She had told me two days ago before I’d gotten your email that at her next birthday, instead of friends bringing presents, she wanted to ask them to bring a pair of shoes to give to other kids.”


I asked when Ruby’s birthday is.  April 20.  Ruby just turned 6.

“So she was just thinking really far ahead?” I replied.

“Yes. She talks about her birthday about every other week. She always keeps track of whose day is coming up next.”

Ruby is yet another kind-hearted friend that wanted to do her part in blessing others. She has the example of a kind mom, godly aunt and generous grandmother that have taught her well in a few short years. Though she is one among millions of children who think often about their birthday celebrations, she is one of a kind in turning her thoughts towards others at such a young age.

Thank you Ruby for being a wonderful example to all of us, and thank you Aunt Margie for helping her to turn an idea into action!

Clicking My Ruby Slippers and Realizing It Was In Us All Along,


About debbierivers

I love to share what I can whenever I can. My goal is to live simply and love lavishly. I enjoy inspiring others with my writing. I am married to Steve and am the mother to two beautiful daughters, Hannah and Jenna, and grandmother to Kinsley. My desire is to encourage and to bless others through my life and my words.
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