Coin Stories

Bea Fraser is my friend, my role model and the best Grandma a kid could have. She shows kindness and understanding every day of her life. I am so privileged to have the opportunity to learn from you Bea. I love that you are so interested in nature and gardening and willingly share your stories, your knowledge, and your tools.

This ButterflyCoin is now travelling again across the Atlantic to Poodlesister as part of the Samhain exchange this year. We just had our first snowfall here in Southern Alberta, so that is it for butterflies, but I do have a resident Ladybird in one of my plants.
Blessed Samhain to you!

This coin was given to me by Carla Gastineau at our 2020 Arlington food bank dinner.

I received this coin from a new co-worker with a long, sad story of personal loss. She presented it to me at a time when I was grieving the passing of my father - of whom said his final goodbye in the form of a visit from a beautiful yellow butterfly.

I got this coin from a friend of my grandma. He gave it to and I hope to one day find someone amazing to give it to

I received this coin as a birthday gift from my sweet sisters, Emily and Elizabeth. I will be passing it on to my dear friend, Julie, who has always shown me great kindness. She is a wonderful person and friend to many.

Received coin from my friend for my 19th AA bday ❤️ Thank you Carole W
7/3/2019

Passed this coin along to my beloved son because he is such a light in our world and in my life. The Monarch is such a beautiful symbol of transformation and courage. I can think of no one more appropriate to receive a "kindness" coin.

Dies ist die Glücksmünze für die Monster Party. Dass alle großen und kleinen Monster eine Portion Glück abbekommen 👻👹

Die Schmetterlingsmünze ist mit der Länderbox hier bei mir angekommen. Nun darf sie bis zu ihrer Weiterreise etwas Glück ausstrahlen 😊

This coin was given to me from a patient, *Karen* at Fox Chase Cancer Center. I am a nursing assistant and I try my best to make sure that my patients know that I am there not just as a nursing assistant but someone who helps in their healing along with their nurse. I like to think that I provide the emotional healing that is greatly overlooked in our times.

Bought a couple and their young daughter's dinner last evening at Cracker Barrel in Middletown, OH. and gave the waitress the coin to give them so we would be anonymous. Before we were finshed eating our waitress told us it made the couple feel so good that they in turn bought another couples meal and passed the coin again. How wonderful!

Kandy, This is the first edition of the "Act of Kindness Coins" 1 of only 5000 produced. You can keep it or pass it on as you wish. Kindness is a valuable trait that needs to recognized. GaryM

Der Coin kamm mit der bunten Bücherbox zu mir, was für eine schöne Überraschung. Nach ihrem halt in der Schweiz darf sie bald weiter fliegen, ich glaube es geht nach Österreich.

Ich hoffe sie hat eine schöne und lange Reise und es ergeht ihr nicht so wie vielen GC-Coins.

To Opa a gift from the heart: The Monarch Butterfly's are everywhere right now traveling South to their winter homes. With this said, I would like to present you with a special coin called the "The Butterfly Effect of Kindness". Because of the acts of kindness you have shown playing Texas Holdem on line and the friendly exchange of conversation you have presented, you are now a member of my very special family. To be continued.....................lol

To Kandy, a gift from the heart: The Monarch Butterfly's are everywhere right now traveling South to their winter homes. With this said, I would like to present you with a special coin called the "The Butterfly Effect of Kindness". Because of the acts of kindness you have shown playing Texas Holdem on line and the friendly exchange of conversation you have presented, you are now a member of my very special family. To be continued.....................lol

Received this coin for my birthday 24 September from my friend Heidi.

I received this coin from my daughter in memory of my youngest daughter who passed away last November. She was a huge promoter of kindness, she hated bullying of any kind and always told her nieces and nephews to “be nice to everybody “. She was very connected to her grandmas and considered anytime she saw a butterfly it was from one of them. She was a very spiritual girl and always on the lookout for “butterfly moments “. I will be watching for someone who has her spirit and I will pass on the coin!

I was given this coin because I have been helping at a Local Food Bank. It seems that I get to start the journey for this coin. My desire for this coin is that it will encourage others to think of others before themselves and share with a Christ-like attitude

I have now learned silence can also be dangerous and you should be very careful when using it.

When I was younger, my Daddy found a dollar with a stamp on it that said you could track where the dollar has been. He thought that was really cool. He didn’t often show me much, but went out of his way to show me this. We tracked this dollar together and looked at all the places it had been. I remember thinking that it was a little dumb, but he was in one of those ‘moods’ so I was happy to hear about it. During those particular moods, he was smiley, playful, funny and very witty. I always enjoyed seeing that side of him. This website reminds me of that so much ❤️

I bought this coin in Libby, Montana in a small boutique. My little sister and I have always talked about having “butterfly moments”.
....butterfly moments—are what I call visits from our loved ones that have passed away.....I was in a church group and several of the members had talked about a butterfly that appeared or stayed for a few days in an area that they shouldn’t be in, and there would be signs of their loved ones that had passed away.
I wanted a “butterfly moment“ in the absolute worst way. I started praying that God would give me one, after a few months had gone by, without a butterfly moment, I told God He may have to actually hit me, for me to notice. Well, not too long after that I was sitting in my uncle’s driveway and a butterfly flew next to me, and then started to dive bomb me, for about 10minutes this butterfly continued to dive bomb, land on my shoulder, my head, my arm and flew right in front of my face. My uncle couldn’t believe it, he had said, “I have never seen a butterfly do that before!” I just knew it was my “butterfly moment”. The next day I was driving a long drive down south, and thinking about that butterfly and I asked, “ok, God, I had my moment, thank you, but who was it?” At that moment I looked up and there was a green highway exit sign and it said “Dorothy” and that’s it. Well, that was my grandmothers name, and she had passed away just a few months before. Well, I got off at the next exit to turn around and go take a photo of that sign.....I never did find that sign again.🦋🦋
Fast forward to November of 2019....one of the worst days of my life...my little sister passed away. I was and continue to be devastated, and am completely heartbroken. I am 9 years older than her, she was my real live doll, my little sister, and I was another mother to her. She had just been married in June of that year...her husband is so devastated as well.
She lived her life trying to ”ALWAYS BE KIND”, to everyone she came in contact with, she sent bracelets to all her nieces and nephews and told them, “these are your be kind to everyone bracelets, they will help you remember to stick up for those who cannot and to not join in when someone is being bullied.”
....when I found this coin, it had a butterfly on it, and it tells you to do a kind deed for someone and pass it along, I felt it came from her, another “butterfly moment”
I will pass it along, and pray for everyone who finds it in their hands🦋❤️ Always be kind to everyone🦋

My name is April Chang and I received this coin in honor of my 3-year-old son, Mitchell Chang, who drowned at his swim school, Love to Swim School. We started The Mitchell Chang Foundation to continue his good story through building an inclusive playground for San Antonio and incuraging kind acts to others, no matter the size. One good deed, no matter how large, is just that, one good deed but by encouraging many small acts of kindness they multiply together for a huge impact. We can overwhelm the world with our kind acts!

I have held on to this coin for over a year because I didn't want to let it go. Someone gave it to us because they thought of Mitchell and that has made this coin so very special. Even though I want to keep it, I know it will continue my babies story much better by going out in the world spreading goodness. So today I will release it. A local teen has worked very hard to raise money for nonprofits during the pandemic and I feel that this butterfly going should now go to her.

This coin begins its journey with JoAnn. May she continue to share her joy and spirit with others in the way that she has shared it with me. -DJ

Diese Münze wird in der bunt gemischten Bücherbox reisen. Damit sie jedem Glück bringt der sie erhält und sich immer weiter mit Glück aufladen kann.

Denn Glück wird immer größer wenn man es teilt 💕

Diese Münze ist für meine besondere Brieffreundin Kirsten.
Sie ist eine tolle Frau und tolle Mutter. Und sie braucht ganz viel Glück in ihrem Leben.
Diese Münze soll ihr Kraft und Glück auf ihrem Lebensweg geben.

I know a man, currently near Issaquah WA, who, as Bucky Fuller encouraged us to view our lives and issues, is truly a soul of the universe – Milky Way galaxy – Solar system – Earth. He and his wife have been true and faithful friends and colleagues to my wife and me since 1984. We have been for each other sounding boards and fresh wells for ideas and techniques dealing with family, friends, progressive education, humanistic inclusive politics and productive life.

Today, September 18,2020, AMK passed this coin to our good friend Gundi H near our ancestral home of Hamburg, Germany. We hope it will be a reminder of the butterfly garden at Kuehl Rocks on Greenbrier Creek in Guthrie County, Iowa where she visited several years ago. JMKH

The Story of Our Family Butterfly Coins. June 2019. William John Kuehl and Christina Maria Hansen both came to the United States in the early 20th Century from northern Germany. They met in Chicago, Illinois and were married there in 1913. They came to central Iowa and began farming. In the 1940s, they were able to purchase their farm on Greenbrier Creek in northern Guthrie County, Iowa. William and Christina had three sons and five grandchildren.

Today, in 2019, that farm is bordered by the Raccoon River Valley Trail, a rail trail used by cyclists, hikers, and cross country skiers. In 2015, the three remaining grandchildren, began a project to honor their grandparents. They put a bench rock near the bridge over Greenbrier Creek, a landmark rock, two bicycle racks, and a cedar mailbox as a library for free books and post cards for travelers of the trail. The spot overlooks beautiful Iowa farmland and visitors can sit on the rock and watch farming in three seasons, watch birds and wildlife, read a book from the library, or meditate. It has become a spiritual spot for many.

In 2018, the three grandchildren began a Monarch butterfly Waystation at Greenbrier Creek which will be increased each year with Sullivant milkweed to nourish Monarchs on their yearly migration from Mexico to Canada. This Waystation is registered with MonarchWatch.org and is #19242.

The three grandchildren, now all in their 70s, purchased 15 coins in 2019 to honor the memories of their grandparents and growing up in the 1950s and 1960s in Iowa.

This coin was passed to AMK, great granddaughter of William and Christina, because of her adventurous spirit and world travelling, her service through social work to US soldiers overseas, her interest in family history, and for bicycling the Raccoon River Valley Trail and Okoboji Trails with me. March 2019 JMKH

Today, September 18,2020, AMK passed this coin to my 3rd cousin, Dirk K, near our ancestral home of Hamburg, Germany. May it be a reminder of the family connection we share and the amazing power of communication in the 21st century.
JMKH

The Story of Our Family Butterfly Coins. June 2019. William John Kuehl and Christina Maria Hansen both came to the United States in the early 20th Century from northern Germany. They met in Chicago, Illinois and were married there in 1913. They came to central Iowa and began farming. In the 1940s, they were able to purchase their farm on Greenbrier Creek in northern Guthrie County, Iowa. William and Christina had three sons and five grandchildren.

Today, in 2019, that farm is bordered by the Raccoon River Valley Trail, a rail trail used by cyclists, hikers, and cross country skiers. In 2015, the three remaining grandchildren, began a project to honor their grandparents. They put a bench rock near the bridge over Greenbrier Creek, a landmark rock, two bicycle racks, and a cedar mailbox as a library for free books and post cards for travelers of the trail. The spot overlooks beautiful Iowa farmland and visitors can sit on the rock and watch farming in three seasons, watch birds and wildlife, read a book from the library, or meditate. It has become a spiritual spot for many.

In 2018, the three grandchildren began a Monarch butterfly Waystation at Greenbrier Creek which will be increased each year with Sullivant milkweed to nourish Monarchs on their yearly migration from Mexico to Canada. This Waystation is registered with MonarchWatch.org and is #19242.

The three grandchildren, now all in their 70s, purchased 15 coins in 2019 to honor the memories of their grandparents and growing up in the 1950s and 1960s in Iowa.

This coin was passed to AMK, great granddaughter of William and Christina, because of her adventurous spirit and world travelling, her service through social work to US soldiers overseas, her interest in family history, and for bicycling the Raccoon River Valley Trail and Okoboji Trails with me. March 2019 JMKH

This is a local coin and I found it on a trail in a local old tree.

gave this beauty to mom

time to travel.

am passing coin to neighbor, ; good deed- egg for cookies.

neighbors needed an egg to make cookies
perfect time for coin!

A gift for Joan. May she continue to spread her joy to others and touch their lives in the incredible way that she has touched mine. -DJ

This coin travels around Humboldt county Ca and I found it in a venerable old tree.

.....And pay it forward you did Colleen! Hi, I'm Scott from Putnam County NY. I am the lucky recipient of this beautiful coin from my wonderful friend Colleen after telling her about a ceremony my mother and I went to for those who have lost loved ones (my brother Dean). Ironically, it was a butterfly ceremony where they were to be released to fly at the end. Long story short, it was a very hot day, and some of the butterflies did not survive. This included the one my mother and I were given. Needless to say we were both upset and disappointed. In steps Colleen with this thoughtful and unique gesture. This coin to me represents not only that butterfly that perished that day, but the memory of my brother Dean. Thank you Colleen, for allowing them to fly once again. Truly a symbol of hope and inspiration that I look forward to passing on to the next person.

Cheryl,
It's truly been a pleasure to get to know you and work with you. Debbie said it right, you are an amazing person with a heart of gold. I have never seen a more dedicated counselor who makes it their mission to take care of the airman's needs. We will miss you so much. On a personal level, I am grateful to have met you as a person and call you a friend. Best wishes :-)
Love,
Gulcin

This coin is dedicated to a very special person whom i've grown to love and care for deeply. Cheryl, thank you for being such a great friend to me. My time here in Incirlik would have gone a lot differently without you in it. I love our Walk it Out group and this is a friendship i hope to last for a very long time.Not only are you an amazing person with a heart of gold, you are equally amazing to work with. You go above and beyond in everything that you do and you are always there to give second chance (even when those who will not be named don't deserve it). Thank you for being a great friend to me. I love you dearly!!!!

The symbolism of a butterfly, other than one of absolute beauty, has many meanings. The Christian religion sees the butterfly as a symbol of resurrection. It can also be seen as a symbol of transformation, rebirth, renewal and a sign that Angels are near. The Monarch butterfly, in particular, is often depicted as a vessel for deceased ones to make themselves sensed in the physical world.

I received my Monarch Butterfly coin from my beautiful sister after the untimely death of my youngest daughter, Brooke. Brooke was kind, funny and outgoing and was always helping people and animals, and wanted to continue to do so when she grew up. We now look at butterflies differently and feel that when we see one, Brooke is saying "hello".

The purpose of the coin is to remind you to look for an opportunity to perform a random act of kindness, to help someone, in your own way, then pass the coin to them with the hope they'll pay the kindness - and the coin - forward, continuing the memorial journey of the coin.

This coin is at the start of its memorial journey for Brooke. In her honor, I will pass this coin on to someone who I hope will perform a random act of kindness, no matter how big or how small, in Brooke's name and then pass the coin on, continuing its journey forward - and add a note on this site so we can all follow along.

It has been said that if you whisper I LOVE YOU to a butterfly, it will fly to heaven to delivery your message. B - I hope you get my messages. Fly High my lovely Brooke and come visit us often. Xo

I am excited to see where this butterfly coin "flies" to - spreading love and kindness near and far. I wish the recipient of this coin finds much peace and happiness and the inspiration to move forward every day.
WITH BRAVE WINGS SHE FLIES.

To my beautiful Tata <3 Have a wonderful birthday and remember all moments are fleeting: smell the smells, taste the tastes and see the things. Have an extraordinary day!

Sending this coin to my book buddy from my Facebook group of the Brenda Novak Book Group and challenging her to do a Random Act of Kindness and to pass the coin along. Hope she accepts the challenge!

This coin was originally bought by my sweet mother, to remind me to pay it forward, & be kind to other people. It was a gift on Christmas Day 2019! Her favorite bible verse is Philippians 4:8, “Whatever is right, true, righteous, & noble— think about such things.” Good advice for life!

I set this butterfly free on Aug. 20th, 2020 to my very special granddaughter, Jessica. May it always remind you of how much you’re loved by your family & friends. Love, Nana

I am sending this coin to Madison, ME as part of a Random Act of Kindness Birthday Surprise package to a member of my Facebook Brenda Novak Book Group and I found out she is also a member of the Susan Mallery All Access Book Group. I am going to challenge her to pass it on in a RAK of her own. Happy Birthday & Happy Travels!!!

This coin was passed to encourage and acknowledge continued support and love for a person that has experienced very difficult times in her life. She lost her son. In remembrance of Chris.

Welcome to our Butterfly Effect. They say that it only takes one thing that can impact the life of another person and then they do one thing that impacts someone else.

What we do every single day is impacting not one but multiple lives. We are so focused on doing just that we sometimes forget how much we impact each other.

This coin is to remind you to pay the kindness forward with the hope that the person that receives this will do just the same: pay it forward with kindness and the coin.

Let's start our story and please follow this page for updates as people receive it! Let's see how far we can take it! Add pictures too, anything that means something when you receive it, a photo of your town, of something that means a lot to you, anything!

With nothing but kindness,
Jess Michalski

“I knew the power of a single wish, after all. Invisible and inevitable, like a butterfly that beats its wings in one corner of the globe and with that single action changes the weather halfway across the world.” --unknown

“I am a believer of butterfly effect. A small positive vibration can change the entire cosmos.”--Amit Ray

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