A Present from a Stranger is a project that I started in 2010 with the simple aim; to make a strangers smile.
Each year I give out handmade Christmas cards to strangers on the street with a present of a small amount of money inside (£1-£10).
In each of the cards I explain that the money is theirs to do with what they like, but invite them to let me know whether it made them smile.
For the last three years the money in the cards have been donated by the public, businesses as well as myself.
One of the responses:
“Happy New Year,
A year ago you stood in Penrith handing out Christmas Cards and gave one to me which made me smile. It may have felt like a little token of spreading Christmas cheer, an act of kindness or simply a way of satisfying your own curiosity but your one pound coin has turned into so much more for me. Here’s the story…
A year ago my long term partner and best friend left me. He is a good man, just didn’t love me anymore. It wasn’t an easy decision for him but broke my heart all the same. So when I say your card made me smile you may now see that smiles were in short supply at the time.
I thought long and hard about how to spend your one pound and it has sat on my mantelpiece all this time. In a move round this Christmas I found your card (which had been misplaced) and again it made me smile. Without meaning to your one pound coin has become a little reminder that there is kindness in the world, it reminds me everyday to be a good person and not to let life’s ups and downs make me bitter. It’s my little coin of sunshine and hope.
For that reason your pound coin will never get spent it will stay with me until someone I care about needs it more than me at which point I will pass it on with your card and a story.
Thank you for your gift, I love it and have probably needed it over the past year.
I’m sorry it’s taken a year to let you know what happened to it but I guess it has taken me a year to work it out!
May your 2016 sparkle for you!
Visit the website for more information – www.PresentFromAStranger.uk