Niagara Gazette — After the food pantry, they stopped at Casey House, a shelter for homeless teens, where they delivered gift bags of clothes and personal items they had collected. They made another stop at Community Missions and dropped off more bags.
Then, they stopped at Buffalo State to drop off Christmas cookies for Sandra’s daughter, Zahra, 18, a freshman art student there, and there were plenty cookies to share.
At lunch in a North Tonawanda restaurant, Sandra spotted a a girl with great hair and said, “You have the coolest haircut.” The girl walked away clearly uplifted by the compliment. After secretly paying for the lunch of a woman dining alone, they left a note on the table telling the waitress she was a beautiful person.
Then, it was off to Caroline’s House, a residence for women learning self-care. They dropped off clothing and, when they found out it was also the birthday of one of the residents, gave her money to take her kids out to dinner. Just for the fun of it, Shoshanna put quarters in all the coin-operated machines in the residents’ laundry room.
The kindness grew exponentially. When Sandra’s husband, Ahmed, told a woman at work about his wife’s birthday effort, she was so inspired she immediately began a collection and raised $300 to buy toys for kids in need. Another friend of Sandra’s bought a journal and has asked all their mutual friends to write their good deed “gifts” in the keepsake book.
There’s so much more. Twenty pounds of cat food was dropped at the lady at DeRivier’s Jewelers in Lewiston for the lady who saves cats. Sandra’s dog Lili made her debut as a therapy dog at a local nursing home and the reaction that dog brought to the residents and staff made Sandra’s voice crack as she recalled it. “Seeing the joy in their eyes, I was so overwhelmed doing that I can’t wait to go back again.”