A random act of kindness gave my daughter a night she’ll never forget…
A Random Act of Kindness
A Dream Come True
I am sure you have all heard of the concept of a Random Act of Kindness, but have you ever experienced it first hand? Random acts of kindness are blessing for both giver and receiver. And today, I’d like to share a story of how one such Random Act of Kindness made the dream of Prom a reality.
It was Rory’s senior year in high school, and we were extremely strapped for money. My ex, Rory’s dad, had stopped making the payments for my Suburban without telling me. I only found out when the man came to repossess the truck. Needless to say, it was a time riddled with stress and financial hardship. We did however manage to rescue our sole form of transportation, but it was a struggle to say the least.
Of course, as any high school girl, Rory had dreamed of going to Prom. Some how, I was going to make this work. I managed to scrimp and save to get everything taken care of, except for a dress. We were talking about making one for her, and had actually begun fabric shopping. Rory was looking for something in a medium teal green color, and wanted an asymmetrical style.
One weekend, her best friend, Lane, asked her to go dress shopping with her. Rory would have some fun trying on different dresses and pinpointing a style for us to make for her, while Lane would look for her Prom dress. As they tried on dresses in one store, another lady was there trying on a dress that she had custom ordered. The lady wasn’t as happy with the fit of the dress as she had hoped and wanted Rory to give it a try.
Rory tried on the dress, which fit almost perfectly, and was the exact color she was wanting for Prom. The custom-made dress was pre-paid and non-returnable. The lady told Rory she would sell it to her for fifty dollars. Rory told the lady that she didn’t have the money with her, but that she would call me and have me come down to the store. The lady just replied, “Don’t worry about the money. It’s gorgeous on you, and you should have it.”
The lady proceeded to tell the store clerk what she had decided to do, and signed a receipt for the clerk to notate the transaction. Rory thanked the lady, but the lady left the store before Rory could get any contact information. The sales clerk told Rory that the lady had paid close to $150 for the dress. In shock and flying high, Rory came home with a beautiful new dress free of charge. The lady probably has no idea of just how much that unselfish gift meant to Rory and to me.
Now, the dress was the color Rory wanted, but it was a straight hemline, knee-length dress. So, my creative juices started flowing. What could I do to turn this free Prom dress into her absolute dream Prom dress? I wanted the dress to be wearable after Prom as a Graduation dress and more. It was back to the fabric store for me. I found a medium teal sparkly tulle that would be perfect.
I got to work and created a detachable bustle-train for the dress. It provided a beautiful sparkle and pop for Prom, and also transformed the straight hemline to an asymmetrical one–Rory’s dream.
Hair and make-up done, Rory looked like a princess…and felt like one too.
Dean thought Rory looked beautiful too.
As for Graduation… I gave Rory her first ‘shorter” hair cut ever, and she wore the dress a second time–no bustle-train, an entirely new look. She was thrilled.
This lady’s Random Act of Kindness warmed our hearts, and the hearts of all those we told. The selflessness of a perfect stranger made dreams come true… thank you.
Pay It Forward:
I challenge each and every one of you to be of a giving heart, and provide a Random Act of Kindness. These acts don’t need to cost money, they can be anything. Kindness is an act of the heart and a blessing to all. Make it a goal for this new year.
Have you ever been on the receiving end of a Random Act of Kindness?
Will you make giving Random Acts of Kindness a goal this year?
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40 thoughts on “A Random Act of Kindness”
What a beautiful story. So glad Rory got her prom gown 🙂
It’s so amazing how the right people end up in our lives at just the right moments.
You are absolutely right… talk about being in the right place at the right time! 🙂
That was an awesome Act of Kindness. Plus it doesn’t hurt that the dress is gorgeous! 2 dresses in 1.
It really was something special, and the dress is beautiful on her. 🙂
What a sweet and inspiration thing for her to do! I’m sure she was blessed as much as Rory!
I don’t know how the lady couldn’t have felt blessed after such an act of kindness.
Oh, what a great read! My heart just melted. Your daughter is beautiful and that gorgeous dress fits her to a tee! You ARE VERY creative!
I have had random acts of kindness showed to me many times and I’ve also payed it forward a few times, too. Thanks for the reminder to keep the random acts of kindness going.
PS – My grandsons do random acts of kindness during December. One day they showed up at my house along with their parents and raked all the leaves in my yard. I was so touched to see those little boys out there working from the goodness of their heart.
I’m so glad you enjoyed the read. What a wonderful thing your grandsons do. You are a lucky lady. 🙂
Very touching !! Rory surely look like a Princess !!
Thanks, Sahana, I’m glad you enjoyed the story. Rory is definitely my little princess. 🙂
It truly was a dream come true!!!!! Lane was super jealous, but also really ecstatic for me as she knew of our difficulty…It truly was a day to remember. 😀
Yes it was! 🙂
What a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing! So glad it worked out for both of you,
It really was a blessing and a heart warmer. So glad you enjoyed it. 🙂
Love this story, thank you so much for sharing! Rory looks gorgeous in this dress. You did a great job making it a dream dress. Thank you for encouraging us to have a giving heart, and provide a random act of kindness. Also, I think it was not a coincidence that Rory was there at the right time to receive the dress. God provides for us in so many different ways.
You are absolutely right, Anna… God does provide. I had a lot of fun fixing the dress up or her, and it did look beautiful on her. 🙂
Wow, what a warm story. God is on time, every time! Rory looked beautiful each time she wore it. You are a talented lady giving that dress such a gorgeous makeover!
We typically think of doing random acts of kindness by paying for someone else’s meal in a restaurant, this is a great reminder that we can do kind things anywhere, anytime.
It truly was a heart-warming experience. Glad you liked the dress transformation, and how pretty she looked in it. 🙂 God is good.
Absolutely adorable! She looks great and you did an awesome job adding that train. Great story! This story reminds me of my own prom story. Had no dress until even the day before the prom. We went to the store and got some materials and had one lady make it quickly. Surprisingly, my older brother went and bought me an even more beautiful dress for a few hundred dollars. It was his kindness toward me without me knowing it!
Zan, that is amazing! What a blessing, and what a wonderful bond between you, and show of love from your brother. Definitely a memory to cherish! 🙂
What a fabulous gift of kindness! Rory looks gorgeous in that teal color. Love how you transformed it for Prom! Random acts of kindness make us all very happy. Does great things to the giver and the receiver! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
What a wonderful gift. The gift not only change the moment but also gave you both a boost right when you needed it. Thanks for sharing such an uplifting story.
You’re right on every count! 🙂
What an awesome story! I love when people give so freely.
That is so wonderful. I love hearing stories like this. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Great to be part of the #HomeMattersParty with you.
What a beautiful story, Lorelai! It’s amazing just how the dress fits so well and having the colour that Rory wanted as well. A rare act of kindness indeed. Bless the woman. It’s a beautiful dress and she looks great in it.
Reminds me of a story…an old post and perhaps, I’ll link that up! Random act of kindness should never stop. 🙂
Thanks, Ann. We’d love for you to link up your story! Linky parties are a great place way to revitalize your archives. 🙂
Both the story and Rory are beautiful! How generous of the stranger- I’m sure this experience will be something that stays with Rory forever.
Thank you for having us as co-hosts for the #HomeMattersParty. We are really enjoying it!
It will absolutely be a lifelong cherished moment. Thanks. 🙂
What a neat story! Thanks for co-hosting the #homemattersparty and allowing me to co-host with you.
Wow! What a great, sweet story. These kinds of acts of kindness will always be amazing and restore our faith in people when we need it the most. Thank you for sharing. Rory and the dress are both beautiful!
Thanks, Sarena! This random act of kindness truly is a heart-toucher. 🙂