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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Sunscreen Kindness


Steve Phan is an interpreter in the Washington DC area.  You would think that since I also fit that description, he and I would run into each other from time to time.  Alas, we do not, but I enjoy his antics via Facebook very much.  You see, not only is he an interpreter, he is also, as he so aptly tags himself, the #1PageantPhan.  He loves, no, he adores pageants.  He judges them.  He is friends with lots of beauty queens.  He watches and re-watches the national pageants (he buys the DVDs!).  Do you know the people you see in the background of some shots during the Miss America Pageant, the folks seated (or standing and jumping) in the audience waving flags for their favorite beauty queens?  That’s STEVE.  Be sure to tune in to Miss America September 9th, you might catch him in Atlantic City waving a big Maryland flag and grinning from ear to ear.

Here's Steve!  Look for him in the audience of the Miss America Pageant.
Not only is he a Pageant Phan, he is also a super kind person.  For example, he sends his friends greeting cards all the time.  Oh, and Steve doesn’t send the .99 cent Trader Joe’s cards either!  This guy shops for his stationary goods at Papyrus!  (If you haven’t been in a Papyrus, let me just say, they are not for those of us on a budget.)

But the kindness Steve is being recognized for here is not for being nice to pageant contestants.  Nor is it for keeping the US Postal Service in business with mailing cards.  No, it is for sunscreen.  Meet Steve, the Sunscreen Kindness Activist.

Steve is a timeshare owner and recently visited Palm Desert, California for five days. He is a frequent flyer so knows the TSA rules, but tried to buck the system by packing three 5 oz bottles of sunscreen in his carry-on bag. He told me, “I know the restriction is for 3-oz containers, but I was hoping they would let me take 5-oz containers with me. After all, what’s a couple of ounces?”.  Yeah, right Steve.  Of course, the TSA confiscated all of his sunscreen at the airport, forcing him to pop into the Target in Palm Springs to pick up a pack of two 8 oz sunscreens that were on sale.

Steve (I am guessing slathered in sunscreen) at Joshua Tree National Park
The building next to his timeshare was undergoing renovations and Steve watched the construction crew work day in and day out in the above 90-degree temperatures all week.  He used some sunscreen but realized near the end of his stay that he had a whole unopened bottle left.  Having learned his lesson with the TSA, he knew he couldn’t bring the bottle back home with him.  So that’s when he decided to give it to one of construction workers!

He told me, “I saw a construction worker get in his truck. I grabbed the unused bottle of sunscreen and approached his vehicle. He rolled down his window, and I explained that as a timeshare owner, I appreciated the work he and his colleagues did. I said I was leaving the next day, had an extra bottle of sunscreen, and wanted to give it to him.

The worker was shocked and said, ‘For me?’

I said, ‘Yes!’

He then asked, ‘For free?’.  I think he couldn't believe I was not selling it to him.

I responded, ‘Yes, thank you for all the work you do,’ as I gestured towards the building being renovated.

He grinned from ear to ear, accepted my gift, and said he would use it the next day.”

Isn’t that great?  I can just picture the construction worker, staring at Steve holding out the bottle of sunscreen with a big smile on his face.  What a surprise that must have been!  Steve said that he was really glad the sunscreen wouldn’t go to waste, and that the recipient would use it immediately. 

“I have been the recipient of so many kind acts by others that I wanted to pay it forward. I believe there is so much unhappiness in the world that if I can help someone smile with a small act of kindness, then perhaps I can do my part to make the world a better place.”  I totally agree with you there, friend.  Seemingly small acts, like sharing sunscreen, can mean so much to the recipient!

Here's Steve on vacation TAKING A WEBINAR for work. 
Steeeeve - vacation is for resting!
Remember how I mentioned Steve sending cards to his friends?  It turns out that he, like most other Kindness Activists I have interviewed, learned that from his parent.  “My mother, who has since passed away, taught me to do kind things for others. One of my fondest memories of her is watching her pick out the perfect card for a friend. She would take her time pouring through various cards at the store to find the one with just the right sentiment. She often mailed cards to friends just because she was thinking of them. I follow her example, and my work locker is chock full of cards and stationery which I use to write my friends just because.  A few weeks ago, I was missing my mother as Mother's Day was approaching. I decided to mail Mother's Day cards to the many influential women in my life in honor of my mother. It brought me great joy when they e-mailed, texted, and posted on social media about receiving my card.”

I bet your kind gesture made those friends’ Mother’s Days even more special this year.  And what a sweet way to honor your own mom. 

And it turns out that not only does he DO kind things, he JOURNALS about it.  “For my birthday last November, I had asked my husband to give me a copy of a kindness journal I had seen in a museum gift shop. I have been using the journal's prompts to regularly reflect on showing kindness to others and the kind acts others do for me.”  I love that journal!  And I totally agree that taking time to reflect on kindness serves to bring even more kindness into your life.  That’s one of the reasons I started this Kindness Activist project!

Steve's journal - isn't it great??
As he often does online, Steve closed his communication to me with something pageant related.  “One of my favorite quotes is from Miss Canada 1995, Lana Buchberger, who said, ‘Never stop experiencing life. From experience, you learn to grow. By growing, you learn to give. And by giving, you let others experience life.’ “

Thanks for being a shining example of kindness Steve.  You made that construction worker’s day a lot brighter with your gift, and being willing to share your story here reminds us all that sometimes we don’t even need to go very far out of our way to be kind to someone – if we just keep our eyes and hearts open opportunities for kindness are all around.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Cooking (and Cultural) Kindness


Have you ever thought of kindness as cultural?  A Kindness Activist I recently met (online) eloquently explained her take on kindness, and after seeing what she had to say, I have been thinking a lot about it!  But I am getting ahead of myself!  First, meet Avanie:

The newest person to be named a Kindness Activist - Avanie!
And now, meet Joanna: 

The lovely Joanna
Joanna is my Facebook friend, a fellow interpreter who used to live in DC but moved to Seattle years ago.  We keep in touch on FB, and a couple of months ago I saw her post this:  There are some amazing people who live in my community. I responded to a neighborhood message that Avanie posted on Facebook several months ago. Her goal is to spread kindness and knowledge about her culture through teaching cooking classes...at no cost. She invited 10 (or so) strangers into her home and taught us how to make an Indian comfort food dish. I left happy and wondering how I can pay it forward. Oh, and this was her 6th cooking class!”

A photo from the free cooking class Joanna attended - doesn't it look delicious?
Suffice it to say, the post and the photos piqued my interest!  A neighbor offering free cooking classes to complete strangers definitely fit the title of KINDNESS ACTIVIST!  So, I contacted the teacher, Avanie, and was honestly overwhelmed by her lovely and generous spirit.  The first thing I thought when I read her answers to my questions was, “Wow, I really wish she was my neighbor!!”  But the more I took in what she told me, the more I realized, I had it wrong.  Instead of wanting her to be my neighbor, I wanted to be more like her to MY NEIGHBORS.  

Here are some of the insightful things she told me:

Avanie moved to America in 2008.  She is married to a non-Indian, white American and they have a 4 year old daughter.  As someone who grew up in another culture, I think Avanie can look at America with “fresh eyes”, something we need, to give us all a fresh perspective.  One thing she noticed is this, “I feel our country suffers from a similarity bias.  We don’t want to hear perspectives of people that think any differently than we do.  We cannot achieve anything by siloed thinking.  I want to find common ground, bring people together, to discuss how to positively bridge divides.”  Inspired by one of her daughter’s books, “Same, Same, But Different”, she starting thinking of things that people across all cultures and political persuasions might enjoy.  Common grounds she came up with were; food, music, and art.  She is not artistic, but did learn to cook at age 24 and enjoys it, so she went with FOOD! 

Avanie posted in her neighborhood Facebook group, offering to open her home to teach 10 – 15 people some Indian dishes.  Her first class was April 2017, and she has done at least 6 more since then (plus one bigger class at a different facility).  Around 100 neighbors have taken her cooking classes, and many, many more are on an ever-growing wait list to attend!!  She tries to offer a class every month.  “My cooking classes are focused on Indian food, mostly because I am Indian so I can cook Indian food from memory so it is easier.  I am thinking of expanding these to guest cooks for other cultures to be showcased.”

And lest you think Avanie lives a simple life with loads of free time available to do things like teach strangers to cook, she is busy!  She works, travels, and of course has her own family to tend to as well.  “There will never be enough time or money.  You have to carve it out.  You have to prioritize it.”  She likes the idea that some of the neighbors who have taken her classes are considering starting teaching their own sessions.  That doesn’t surprise me, because I haven’t even been lucky enough to take one of Avanie’s classes but even from across the country I can tell how inspirational she is!

What a beautiful, happy family
When I asked her what the goal is for her classes, the explanation was perfect: “My goal is for neighbors to know each other.  I will think it is successful if I can walk around (my community) and know most of the people.  I want to bump into neighbors at coffee shops and grocery stores.  I believe when you know someone on a personal level your biases and stereotypes about them are busted.  I grew up Hindu in India, but I went to a Catholic school and my close friends were all different religions.  Speaking and writing in four languages fluently was normal.  I believe the next generation that can fluidly transition across a global culture will be successful.  I can offer my multi-racial kid that through culture, language, and travel, but I want to give that to the entire community she is growing up in.  I want to fight the current hate filled political world with kindness.”

Isn’t that the most eloquent explanation of COMMUNITY you have ever heard?  And the brilliance to think beyond her home, beyond her family, into the entire neighborhood, is beautiful.  Because teaching diversity, kindness, and culture in your own home only goes so far. But if the messages of kindness can spread throughout the town, then perhaps our world can begin to change.

“Teaching the classes makes me feel hopeful,” Avanie told me.  “Hopeful that people can embrace diversity regardless of ethnicity.  Did you know in Seattle segregation laws by neighborhood associations which prevented people of color from buying homes were not even illegal until 2005?  People have mistaken me for the gardener and are shocked that I helped pay for half of our home LOL.  It is very uncomfortable living in Seattle as a brown person, but I refuse to self-segregate.  I know it is also uncomfortable for white people when they feel guilt.  I am going to stand my ground and hopefully be an example to people – white, brown, and all other shades – to realize that being uncomfortable is ok.  We need to seek it out.  It is the first step to normalizing our future global world.  We need to stop being so politically correct that we ask no questions in fear of retribution.”

Kindness Activist, cooking teacher, and all-around lovely human being in action!
As with almost every Kindness Activist I have interviewed, Avanie’s kindness is not limited to the action she is being recognized for here.  She hosted a baby shower for neighbors, learned to make Chinese dumplings so that a friend with a new baby did not have to miss out on the treat during Chinese New Year, made food for her dog walker recovering from surgery, surprised a crying neighbor with a pot of chai, and funded her sister’s applications to doctorate programs so that she could become a doctor and work to cure Parkinson’s Disease (which their mom suffers from).  When speaking of these kind acts (and many others), Avanie’s basic philosophy of life came through, “…personally, I would say I do what is right.  Others have told me when I have done things that it is unusually kind, but to me, there is no other way.  I don’t have a “kindness checklist” in my head.  Why kindness isn’t the norm, I have no clue.”

She continued, “I wonder sometimes why the USA is so formal.  I am married to an American, but this cultural difference eludes me.  Why is kindness a “checklist”?  That is so weird to me, why it wouldn’t be impulsive?  I typically force kindness, from what I have gathered, onto my recipients by just saying, “I’m doing it” instead of asking if I can (unless I have never met them).  I wish it would be ok to ask for help.  I ask my neighbors to water my plants or pick up my packages when we travel, and they always do.  My oldest neighbors tell me they are glad we bought this home 2 years ago.  I find it amusing and rewarding.”

Avanie, I bet ALL of your neighbors are glad you bought your home!  You obviously bring much kindness, love, and happiness to your community.  Your story has inspired me to strive to be a better neighbor and try harder to build a more cohesive and understanding community.

“Giving and receiving kindness are both equally important to building a community.  The giver gets a lot more out of it than people realize.  Givers feel accomplished and happy,” she said.  So true.  That perspective reminds me of the funny song in the Broadway show “Avenue Q”, where the characters (puppets) sing, “When you help others, you can’t help helping yourself!”. 

As if she hadn’t already inspired and taught us all enough, Avanie summed things up with, “As humans, the key to happiness is gratitude, and making a difference to someone else’s life.  It need not be more complicated.  Kindness = Happiness.  If you want to be happy, do something for someone else.”

THANK YOU for your inspiration and your kindness, Avanie.  You are indeed a Kindness Activist. 

Bonus photo of more of the tasty food from the cooking class!
P.S. – I must close things out with a hilarious quote from our interview.  I was telling Avanie about my visit to India and the amazing people I met there and things we saw, and she told me (of her kindness), “In India what I do would be normal so maybe it’s less crazy.”  😊

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Thompson Family Kindness


I firmly believe that doing, witnessing, and receiving acts of kindness makes a person’s life better.  When I feel “down”, if I purposely open my eyes and look for kindness, or better yet, go out into the world and do something kind, I cheer up.  I feel more alive.  I feel engaged with society. 

It was in that vein – the spirit of GET INVOLVED, BE KIND, and FEEL GOOD - that I set about organizing a big holiday time kindness! 

I had seen photos going around of people leaving scarves tied to trees and things with little notes telling people to feel free to take them.  So, I decided to do a project like that with my whole family in Omaha. 

First, we needed WARM THINGS TO GIVE AWAY.  To find those, I cleaned out our closets and asked my family to do the same.  I also posted to a neighborhood list serve called “Buy Nothing”* to see if anyone on there had anything they could donate for the cause.  As usual, my fellow “buy nothing-ers” jumped in to help out, and BOY did they help out!  Soon I had piles of coats, scarves, fleece shirts, mittens, hats, and gloves - 109 different items to be exact!**  I washed them all up and packed them in a big box bound for Omaha.  I also printed little tags (written in English and Spanish) – one for each item.  Then we headed for Nebraska, where my sisters and niece added even more items to the collection!

Getting organized with some of the warm items soon to be shared!
This was a project that the whole family could get involved with and help – from the youngest to the oldest.  We thought the tags would be more special if they had drawings on them, so the family artists set about decorating them.  They were lovely!  The drawings made the items feel more like GIFTS to people who needed them than “donations”.   The two oldest family members were in charge of making a hole in each tag and tying on a pretty ribbon.  Those were then pinned to each item.  
Sherry making pretty drawings on cards
Evelyn was in charge of ribbons
Annette making the cards pretty
Table full of artists

My dad was in charge of punching holes


Kemper is a great artist

One of the cards - isn't it sweet?
Jordan attaching tags to items
We picked December 23rd for the giveaways, right before the holidays, and decided on two shifts so that more schedules could be accommodated.  It was a cold day, so we bundled up.  My niece even baked cookies to hand out with the warm clothes (those cookies were a huge hit!!).  We relied on the locals to know some places to leave items.  We wanted to make sure that people who needed them would find them and feel comfortable taking them.


SHIFT ONE - my niece Ashlee, great niece Tallis and 2 great nephews Kemper and Ryker, friend Jeannie,
my nephew Nate, me and my sister Annette (plus David, who was behind the camera)
The giveaway was lovely!!!  We put a super warm fleece shirt and hat (and cookies!) under an underpass that my great-nephew and great-niece had noticed a homeless man living.  We hung items around a big park area downtown.  We put things outside the public library (and handed some things out inside the library, got in a bit of trouble for that…  But hey, the group of homeless teens who got some of our things inside really loved them!).  When we were leaving the library after shift one, we put several items under the Christmas tree.  But when we went BACK to the library on shift two, a librarian returned those things to us and said we were not allowed to leave them there…  Oops! 
Organizing things to give away

Nate, teaching his son Ryker to share and be kind.  I love that all ages got involved!

See Diesel, the dog?  The guys at the shelter
loved him and wanted to keep him :)




The Emergency Shelter was happy to have warm
clothes to share with their clients
































That’s ok, we just took them to other spots!  We put some outside a women and children’s shelter.  We put some under a Christmas tree at that shelter and gave some directly to the moms there (who were very appreciative).  We tied a couple things onto an RV that appeared people were living in it. We took items to a big homeless shelter (where Diesel, the chihuahua that came with us, was very popular!).  We left some things in bus stops where we knew people would have to wait in the cold – we put them all over!  It was nice to see that when we were driving around during shift two, we drove by some of the spots we left items earlier in the day and they had already been taken! 

Shift two (minus David, who was behind the camera again...)

We tied warm clothes everywhere 

Sharing is KIND


















I am so happy that my family all got involved in this big kindness project.  It felt good to be out in the community.  It felt good to share some warmth on a cold, cold day.  It felt good to be KIND. 

David giving a parking meter a hat :)

Scarves - clean, warm, and FREE
Gloves, free for the taking if you have cold hands






















Waiting for the bus can be cold, especially if you are not dressed for the weather. 
We hope that some people who needed extra layers happened on this bus stop.
*Buy Nothing: if you have not joined a Buy Nothing group in your community, check and see if there is one!  Buy Nothing is a group that believes in a SHARED or GIFT economy.  If you have something you do not need, you list it in Buy Nothing and someone who wants it comes and gets it (for free).  It is fabulous!  Freecycle is a similar group.  I highly encourage you to get involved with one or both! 

**We gave out 109 items.  It broke down to:  5 shirts, 1 pair of long underwear, 5 coats, 26 pairs of mittens/gloves, 22 scarves, 20 adult hats, 25 children's hats, and 5 fleece shirts.  :) 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Coupon Kindness

This post is to show you an EASY WAY to spread kindness.

COUPONS!

I like to cut out coupons (yes, real live paper old-school coupons) and use them to save money on our groceries, toiletries, and cleaning products.  I am not like the people you see on the television shows who cut every single coupon they come across and buy tons of products they do not need (or really want) just because they have a coupon and can get the item for cheap or "free".  My system is to only clip the coupons for products that we typically use.

But even though I am not clipping stacks and stacks of coupons, there are still times when I have extras that I am not going to use.  For example, if I know we need toilet paper, I may clip coupons for 3 different brands and then go to the store and compare prices, choosing 1 and using only 1 coupon.

What to do with the other 2 coupons that we don't use??

COUPONS!  
GIVE THEM TO SOMEONE ELSE, OF COURSE!  Why let them go to waste??

I used to just leave the coupons on the shelf next to the item, but I worried they would get lost or people wouldn't see them.  So I came up with a new, very simple solution:  tape.  I now keep a roll of tape in the glove box of my car.  When I grocery shop with coupons, I bring the tape into the store with me.  When I have a coupon I am not going to use, I simply tape it near the item on the shelf.  Or you could tape it onto the item itself.  This makes it very easy for the next person to find and use.

You are already bringing coupons with you, might as well carry a roll of tape, too
I like to think that this tiny act of kindness makes the shopper who finds the coupon smile.  Who doesn't like to save a bit on their grocery bill, right?  Every penny adds up.

Taping up the extra coupons only takes a moment, but it spreads a bit of kindness
What little acts of kindness do YOU do to make the world a bit brighter?  Email me at kindnessactivist@gmail.com and tell me about them!  

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Beachy Boho Kindness

Do you ever meet someone who just emanates KINDNESS?  Like, before you even really get into a conversation with them, their kindness just sort of radiates out of them?  I am not trying to be all hippy-dippy-woo-woo here, but that is how it felt when I met Lyn.  She was a shining, quiet, beautiful beacon of kindness!

Beachy Boho Kindness
Here’s the scoop:  I was in Ormond Beach, Florida.  It had been “cold” there for a couple of weeks.  I must put the word “cold” in quotation marks because, well, let’s be honest, temperatures in the 50s are not exactly COLD to the rest of the country…  But to be fair, there WAS a frost warning 2 nights in Ormond Beach and everyone had to cover up plants for safety!  😊 But when it gets down in the 30s at night, that is COLD for this neck of the woods.  And people here, especially homeless people, do not have scarves, hats, gloves, and warm sweaters at the ready when the temperatures drop. 

During the cold spell, I drove by a shop that had a rack out front and a handwritten sign saying the items on the rack were free, and people could take one.  This caught my attention…  A couple of days later I saw a short write-up in the local paper about it, and I decided I needed to go check it out myself.  And that is how I ended up at OCEAN CHILD (A Beachy Boho Boutique)*…

Ocean Child A Beachy Boho Boutique in Ormond Beach, Florida
I was greeted by Lyn, the mom of the owner, Andrea.  Lyn and her husband were working the afternoon I stopped in.  They welcomed me, and we sat down to talk about the shop and what the front rack on the sidewalk was all about.

Lyn and Andrea are women with huge, kind hearts.  They do a lot for the community.  When weather got cold in Florida, they were concerned that not everyone had a roof over their heads or a sweater to keep warm.  So, they put a few of their own warm clothes on a rack outside the store, with a sign inviting passersby to take something if they would like (or to leave something).  Well, it wasn’t long before people noticed…  People started helping themselves to the lovely gift of warmth, and they were gone almost instantly.  (Sure, some teen girls who think “vintage fashion” is cool also got a free item or two, but things mostly went to the homeless men and women who really needed the warm clothing.)  There are quite a few homeless people in the area, and I bet they were thrilled when this rack of warm clothing went up.  I am guessing that word got ‘round quickly!

Pretty soon Ocean Child needed MORE items to put on the rack, so Andrea ran down to the Humane Society Thrift Store to pick up some coats.  Only, because kindness begets kindness, the thrift store was kind to her, and when they heard about what she was going to do with the coats she was buying, they reduced the price from $5 each to $1 each!  (And, again, because kindness begets kindness, Andrea promised to donate any unused coats back to the thrift store when the weather warms up!)  Ocean Child also put a post in a local “What’s Happening” group on Facebook, which got over 700 “likes” and many offers of donations.  Someone called into a radio station and told the listeners about the amazing project, too.  Donated items are coming in at a steady stream – children’s, men’s, and women’s items.  Some people have brought in blankets, which Andrea reports are taken by those who need them almost immediately.  

Simple rack, simple concept, MUCH KINDNESS AND WARMTH SPREAD
Andrea told me the story of one of the people who stopped by, “I had the sweetest man on a bicycle earlier.  I went out to hang up some new items. He had a blanket that had just come in.  But he was just wearing a lightweight shirt.  I said, ‘Don’t you want a jacket?’.  And he said, ‘Well the sign says to take ONE or leave ONE…’  And I told him, ‘Oh honey, you take whatever you need.  If you have friends wherever you are headed to, you take some for them.’  And he grabbed my hand, his hand was so cold.  And he just said, ‘Bless you’ over and over.  It brought tears to my eyes.  I wish there was more that we could do.”  Another woman that stopped was a teacher of disabled children.  The kids were coming to school during the cold weather without anything warm to put on for recess.  Andrea hooked the teacher up, sending her on her way with warm child size clothing for the class of 5, ensuring that recess could continue.    

The kindness just keeps on spreading!  “One woman went to WalMart and bought brand new knee socks and sweater boots to donate.  Those went almost immediately!” Andrea told me.  “And 3 people tried to pay for things on the rack!  We told them no, no!  Those were donated to US, they are for YOU.”

The rack is right in front of the store
I asked Lyn where her inclination towards kindness came from, and she explained that her family has always done charitable things. 
·         She grew up in a military family.  On holidays, her father would always bring men home who did not have family nearby.  They would eat holiday dinner with the family. 
·         The family makes “kindness bags” full of things like crackers, socks, toiletries, candy, Sunny D drink, etc. and keeps them in their car truck to give out to people in need.  “The Sunny D is always a bit hit,” she told me. 
·         On the anniversary on the death of any of their female friends, they get a purse and fill it with “female” items.  They draw a heart that says, “In Memory Of ___”, put it in the purse, then give it to a homeless woman.  It doesn’t cost a lot of money – they get a very nice purse at a thrift store and items to fill it at a Dollar Store.  It is a beautiful way to keep the memory of their friend alive and to pass on kindness in her name. 
·         At Easter time Lyn invited a homeless woman to their family home to eat dinner with them, but the woman was not comfortable coming.  So, the family made a plate of food from the meal and took it to her.  They also gave her a battery-operated fan in the summer to help her keep cool. 
 
This family really shows how kindness spreads from generation to generation.  Lyn was taught to be kind by her parents.  She taught her daughter Andrea to be kind, and now that is being passed on to her 13 year old granddaughter.  “When we are driving down the street if my granddaughter sees a homeless person she says, ‘Oh!  We have to go get food for them!’.  There are a couple of homeless people outside the McDonald’s that we go to.  We always include them in our order as we go through the drive-through.’ “

The store is lovely.  The paintings on the wall that you see here were made by Lyn!
Please keep the kindness going.  Be kind to those who are less fortunate.  If you are in the Daytona Beach area, swing by Ocean Child (164 West Granada Blvd).  Donate some warm clothing (they would especially like gloves and hats).  The boutique hopes to give out free sunscreen and bottled water to those who need it this summer, so you could also bring in some sunscreen to help them stock up for the warm weather that is around the corner.  And while you are there, THANK THEM for their kindness and check out the amazing work of local artists. 


* Ocean Child (A Beachy Boho Boutique) is a lovely store!  It is a warm, welcoming space that carries gift items, clothing, and artwork (on consignment) made by 26 local artists.  When Andrea opened the store one of the main goals was to have a space for local artists to sell their work without having to set up and tear down repeatedly at local art shows.  Artists who sell their work at Ocean Child make a wide variety of things – bath products, crocheted items, painted wood, jewelry, purses, clothing, etc.  Please stop in and shop (164 West Granada Blvd, Ormond Beach, FL) – support local artists.