Coin Stories

The first 5th grade parent passed this coin on to me. I'll share two ways in which I helped someone recently. The first situation was part of an organized event, in which volunteers deliver care packages of homemade soup and bread to a member of our temple community - could be someone who is sick, had a death in the family, etc. Much of the time the volunteer drops off the care package and leaves. I made a delivery to an elderly woman who had recently moved into a retirement home, and instead of "dropping and running," we sat down in the common room and had a lovely visit for around 15-20 minutes. I think she really appreciated the outreach from the temple, and the opportunity to socialize with someone who was interested in what she had to say.
Second situation - I was picking up my car from the dealer after some repairs. The person I needed was helping a dad, who had his young daughter (3 years old) with him. The daughter was distracting them a little bit, but nothing out of the ordinary. Until she picked up the stapler and the employee had to take it away (not the father). This continued a few more times, still the father did nothing. I went over and took the stapler from her, brought her a foot or two away from the desk, and started playing with her so the employee and the dad could finish their business. Funny thing was, this random act of kindness was GREATLY appreciated by the employee. Not sure the dad even noticed!

This coin was given to me for my birthday in Portland, Oregon, by a dear friend.

Nov 12, 2019. I received this beautiful coin today from Jerry at the 29th Honor Flight orientation at the Tucson International Airport. I was so honored and humbled by his gracious act of kindness. Jerry has a big heart and spreads his gratitude to veterans by presenting them with a wood pencil holder that he makes for each and every vet going on the honor flight. He shows up at every orientation and personally thanks the vets as he gives them his special gift. It is a privilege and honor to work with and know Jerry. His gift of passing on the coin to me was very heart warming.
Karen Baker

Received my coin yesterday (10-10-19) to my surprise and delight from my childhood neighbor and his wife (my new friend). I love butterflies. This means so much to me.

I received this coin from a friend. Had a fun evening catching up and sharing stories from our childhood !
Myrtle Beach 10/11/19

I received this coin from my friend,Nancy who shared her knee walker with me as I contemplate foot surgery. I have given the coin to another friend, after I gave her a certificate for a free night and breakfast in a hotel for two in Saratoga Springs, this last Sept. I know they enjoyed their stay. Mary

10/10/19 given to Gracie S for coming along with her sister to help brighten up the day for Doug and me!!
Myrtle Beach,SC

This coin is going to Deborah W. For catching up with his old friend, Doug and giving him the pleasure of remembering old times.
Myrtle Beach, SC 10/10/19

This coin was given to me by Jessica Melchior, along with a lovely note! My act of kindness was buying my colleague Melanie McCulley coffee and sent her a not about how much I look up to her. She has the coin now and I know, she'll pay it forward!
-Emily Pratt

I received this beautiful butterfly coin today from my cousin Judith (Cookis) Rubens in remembrance of our cousin Hope Cookis Mccarthy, who was one of the most loving, beautiful, caring people I’ve ever met. She leaves behind two brilliant, exceptional children Erika & Thomas. Sweet Hope, you will NOT be forgotten!!

This beautiful coin will be making its way to Marty -- Judith and Holly's cousin on the Cookis/Freelander side. Like her cousin, Hope, Marty is always thinking of others and trying to lend a hand.

I have the honor of being the first parent in the 5th Grade to start this coin's story. My goal was to practice a random act of kindness. Here is what I did. We have a large parking lot at work and due to my time of arrival I park in a spot close to the entrance. When I was departing work one day I asked the group I was walking out with, "hey, where are you guys parked?" They stated, "all the way in the back." I replied, "hop in my car, I will drive each of you to your vehicles." They all smiled and stated "really, you're going to do that? No one has ever done that before." They all piled in my car and I drove each to their vehicle. You can tell this gesture had a positive impact in their day and going forward when given the chance I will do this again. Amazing how a simple action can have such a positive impact in one's day!

This Coin was received and what a beautiful surprise!! It will be traveling back to the East Coast - Elliott City MD.

Thank so much to my sister from another mister for this great gift!!!!!

This coin was passed along to an amazing man/family whose lives passed ours while my mother was on hospice at the Elaine Center in 2019. We didn’t know Jason’s story while we spent our days/time visiting there, but we got to know his smile/eyes and see him improve. He is strong and I know he is fighting to get better each and every day. Someday he will go home but we know it will take some time, money, prayers and the love and support of his family and many friends along the way! His family (mother) was always so kind to mom (and us) ... they have already given an act of kindness to us! We stopped by today to share stories, hugs and to give a smile and small monetary gift towards some expenses. I know they will continue to bless others and we surely will keep the Laguerre family on our thoughts and prayers during the days ahead!

To Gia Randazzo, a dear friend who's more like family. Gia has been a tremendous source of positivity and support, not only to me personally, but to my daughter in particular. At a time when things were turning upside-down for my child, Gia stepped in with countless displays of support and compassion in ways that few others would. I am constantly amazed and impressed by her ability to love and support others. She has been there, without ever being asked, to do the supportive things, like being a shoulder to cry on... all the way to the tough things like helping us move in an emergency situation. To our very own Earth Angel, I'm passing on this special coin to you... and I know you'll find an amazing place to pay it forward.

Last week I cooked some dinners for members of our church in need. We have a Daily Bread freezer to store dinners for members who are sick or have a baby.

After receiving this coin from Jen I passed it on to a coworker and friend, Mary. I had a knee walker that I used following foot surgery and it made the getting around so much easier than crutches. My friend is anticipating foot surgery herself. I passed along the knee walker to her so that her recovery will hopefully be a little easier. ...Nancy

I am so very grateful to be a part of your life and the life of your beautiful children. I am looking forward to continuing on this journey of friendship with all of you. Love, Gina

I was taking the hole class is conpters

I helped my friend take his computer because he had so much stuff to do so i helped him out

I was blessed as the new superintendent of the USD 305 Salina, Kansas Public Schools to have a caring, dedicated, newly elected president of the Board of Education in Nedra Elbl. We made a great team-two strong Christians who believe in grace, the value of every member of the our school family and that leadership matters. Nedra honored me with a Butterfly Coin. Now I pass this coin on to another leader, just like Nedra Elbl, caring, dedicated and in this case, one who values every member of the Northwest Wichita, Kansas YMCA family: Ginny Wong-Newman.
The Northwest YMCA in Wichita, Kansas is the largest YMCA in the United States in term of physical size, membership, and daily use. Ginny is the glue that holds the organization together. She is a positive, enthusiastic force for good, making every one of the 27,000 members of the "Y" family feel valued and important. Ginny is what servant leadership looks like. She is in constant motion planning special events,taking care of the details, making it look easy while the rest of us marvel at the results. She is a blessing.
With this all in mind, I now pass this Butterfly Coin, which took flight in Salina, Kansas now in Wichita, Kansas to Ginny Wong-Newman of the Northwest Wichita, YMCA. September 2019

This coin was gifted to Susie, along with a piece of Shirley's artwork. Susie was a longtime friend (client) of my mother and reached out to me after her death. Susie already passed on an act of kindness (offering to meet with us and share time together and stories of mom). It was surely and act of kindness I won’t forget, as it came along just at a time when we needed it most! I know she will continue to pass along kindness, and I hope she will think of mom when she does (Shirley had a very kind heart herself)!

Praise be to the Most High God Creator of heaven and earth the seas and everything in it.
Thank you sister Mary for giving me this coin of blessings to bless others that i now pass down to my new brother in Christ Randy Cruz, your a blessing brother thankful that the Lord brought you to this home.
I think about it scripture Jame 2:15-17
If a brother or a sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, depart in peace, be warned and filled, but you don't give them the things which are need for the body what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself if it does not have works is dead.
God choose you Randy in Christ before the foundation of the world, that you should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined you to adoption as son by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will. Thank You Jesus Christ!

I am sending this coin to my childhood friend Steven Andrews for the simple fact of his positivity and fighting the demon we all thought to live a simpler softer way.

I was collecting $4 checks to honor my son who overdosed four years ago. His name is Justice. And I want to present this coin to Alison Perinchief Reinhard For the outstanding work she does for her family funeral home in the community

I am giving this coin along with a donation to Stop The Heroin. Which is a local non profit that helps people struggling with addiction and other problems find sobriety and get a fresh stay

I am giving this coin along with a donation to Stop The Heroin. Which is a local non profit that helps people struggling with addiction and other problems find sobriety and get a fresh stay

Allyson, ( my butterfly loving friend) you fill my heart and my days with joy and laughs!! I am so grateful for our friendship! I love all our days from corralling little ones to treating ourselves to getting our nails done. You are sunshine to me!!
:)Jen

This coin will be given to a parent at the 5th Grade Back to School Night where will be discussing Social and Emotional Learning.

I received this coin on my son’s 29th birthday. He died by suicide on May 18th, 2011. I cried when I received. I finally passed this coin on. I had to find the right person whom I felt could really use. I passed it on to a person I admire and proud to call a friend. Liz has endured a lot in the past few years and felt she deserved this much needed coping. When I gave it to her I found out she had lost just someone close to her by suicide. I knew I made the right decision in passing along this special coin.

Initial note to be given to friend

i tied my friends shoe so that he did not trip and fall.

September, 2019

When I think of loving and kind people in my life, immediately I think of Kelly, who shared the Butterfly Coin with me, and Joy who is my choice for receiving this coin.

Kelly made choices each and everyday to connect with people, to boldly proclaim her faith, and to care deeply for others. Thoughtful gifts, a listening ear, a prayer, a song, a meaningful conversation were all a part of her daily routine. And for that I am grateful.

Joy is the epitome of generosity—helping, giving, and sharing. I have been on the receiving end of her generosity—when I really needed help, she came to our house and spent a day painting uprights on our deck. When I mentioned how much my husband loved sweets, a delicious rhubarb cake showed up. And when I’ve needed a listening ear, she has shared her time and expertise. And, as one might expect, I haven’t been the only recipient of her love and kindness-just ask her son and his family, her sisters, her nieces and nephews, her neighbors, her friends, and her church family. Thank you, Joy, for asking “What good can I do this day?” and then doing it.

This coin inspires and tracks the butterfly effect of kindness. Just like Monarch butterflies are beautiful, may the coin and its stories highlight the beauty of kindness and love.

I was honored to receive this coin from Charmaine. She and I were in college together at UMass Amherst and have been soulmates. I held this coin until I could pass it to Maggie (also a friend since UMass).

I helped my neighbor, Lucy, by inspiring her to go into Lakewood High School's IB program, and encourage her to do theater. And give her information all about Lakewood High School and answering her questions.

I am passing this coin along to someone who has been such a great help to me! I started a new job and he helped me to get acclimated to the company much quicker than I would have been able to do it on my own. He is awesome!

I work part time in the Outer Banks at Awfuls Seafood Restaurant upstairs I was left this coin by a family vacating;) I wish anyone who gets this coin much love, prosperity and good health!

My Name is Scottycat and I live in Glasgow Scotland and am one of the Cam Mods for FFRC.
My neighbour is 82 years old, lives alone and is fiercely independent and will not ask anyone for help whatsoever. Her two sons live abroad but do keep in regular touch with her. A few months ago I noticed when speaking to her she was showing what looked like me signs of a stroke, her left eye was drooping and her speech was slurred. I insisted that she should see her doctor , reluctantly she did and it was confirmed indeed she had suffered from a stroke. As she refused any help from Care Givers, I managed to persuade her to get a key safe installed outside her house so that if she fell or became unwell I could let myself in and call a doctor. She also agreed that she would pull her window blind down at night and lift it in the morning to let me know she was alive and well as she did not want me having to either visit her everyday or phone her. This is working perfectly for both of us, it gives me peace of mind and her sons know that I am looking out for her but respecting her independence and privacy too.

I received this coin from Dawn. A very generous gift. I will look for an opportunity to pass it along.

To Kristy and Glen, what a remarkable couple. I believe you set the bar for southern hospitality. The kindness, generosity, consideration and attention to detail that you both display in everything you do and towards everyone you meet is truly an inspiration. You made our experience with your wonderful band at the House of Blues in Dallas unforgettable. I look forward to a long friendship which I already truly value. Thank you

This coin will be given as a symbol of love and in honor of Shirley Gibson at her private burial on September 7, 2019.

As we will release some live butterflies, each family member will received this coin to help remember the day and to help carry on a legacy of kindness and love. No act of kindness is ever wasted and we will continue to share the butterfly effects of kindness with others.

Shirley surely will be missed but she will be close by, forever in our hearts and so touched by the kindness shared in her memory!

Kindness matters .... pass it on!

This coin will be given as a symbol of love and in honor of Shirley Gibson at her private burial on September 7, 2019.

As we will release some live butterflies, each family member will received this coin to help remember the day and to help carry on a legacy of kindness and love. No act of kindness is ever wasted and we will continue to share the butterfly effects of kindness with others.

Shirley surely will be missed but she will be close by, forever in our hearts and so touched by the kindness shared in her memory!

Kindness matters .... pass it on!

This butterfly coin represents the kindness my 5th grader's display within our classroom community.

Received this coin from a coworker. I'll be taking this coin with me to Ireland on Thursday and will give to someone in Ireland.

Giving this coin to a co-worker who is taking a trip to Ireland. Hoping she enjoys her trip. Lets see what awaits this coin journey.

My friend Tom LOVES and LIVES orchids. Today I stopped in to garden gawk and he immediatley handed me one of his progeny plants. Super kind. Always. Thanks Tom Tillisch!

Emma,
I have passed this lovely coin on to you alongside the beautiful journal your mom left me. Kindness was a natural extension of who she was and following a butterfly coin as it spreads acts of kindness ... well she would love that! There has never been an act of kindness that hasn't sparked joy, have fun finding your butterfly coin moment!
Lots of love, Aunt Hillary.

I love this coin so much. And I am glad I got it from
this lady. And I have this coin every day. And I have
it with me every where I go.

Love Mackenzie Lavy ❤️😀

This coin was given to me by someone who always encourages people to be their strongest, truest self. I am passing this coin on to my daughter, Kristin. She has accomplished her dream of caring for and preserving all wildlife. I am so proud of all she has accomplished and who she has become!

I passed this coin on to Ashleigh, who bottle-fed four kittens from two separate litters. Unfortunately, none of the kittens lived, but she gave them so much love and care while she had them. She has also been proactive in getting the word out about the abandoned cats in our community. With her help, I have trapped two male cats. They received medical care, were neutered and now have a home on a local ranch, where they are safe and protected while they keep the mouse population in control. Ashleigh is a true hero.

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