In all of our time ninja-ing, we’ve never gotten together to do a mission together. So, with 3/4 of us off for the MLK Day holiday, we took the concept of “a day on, not a day off” to heart and teamed up for a round of random acts of kindness.
We met in the morning to assemble goody bags filled with things we know we like and need in the winter: hand sanitizer, tissues, extra gloves, a good book and other random fun things. We also dug through items that had been sitting in our individual ninja tool kits for a little while and decided today was the day to put everything in circulation.
Our first stop was on MLK Boulevard, of course. We headed over to one of Peckham’s locations and discovered they, too, had the day off. But right out front, there was a CATA bus shelter and we just happened to have a cute little bag with some free bus passes, so we dropped them off there.
We liked the idea of targeting other businesses and nonprofits doing good things in #lovelansing, so our next stop was EVE, a shelter for survivors of domestic violence. Because of the nature of EVE’s work, we decided not to sneak around, but instead went into the office to drop off some goody bags for clients.
Next, we stopped by Lansing Teen Challenge, an organization facing some of its own challenges lately, and left another handful of bags in their office. (If you’re able to lend a hand to Lansing Teen Challenge, it looks like they could certainly benefit from some new donors right now.)
Our next stop was a perennial favorite: Sparrow Hospital. We headed up to the oncology floor and left several bags at the nurses’ station, asking them to distribute them to patients in need of a little cheer. One nurse said one of her patients could use a little cheering up from the ninjas in person, but when we went to his room, he was asleep. And, as anyone who’s ever spent any time in a hospital knows, sleep is a precious and rare commodity. So rather than wake him, we left a small gift on his bedside table and crept out. Very ninja.
Our final stop was the Lansing Center, where an MLK Day luncheon was being held. There, we left behind many little gifts, from Ninja calling cards with lollipops telling the recipients they are beautiful to cards with Great Lakes Chocolate and Coffee gift cards. We hope the people who left the luncheon got an extra boost of good feelings finding the little gifts we left behind.
Whether you found a gift from the ninjas, did some awesome volunteering of your own today or learned something new about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we hope your day was a meaningful and joyous one.
“All I’m saying is simply this, that all life is interrelated, that somehow we’re caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.