Some Belated Holiday Applause
After Graham Builders’ annual company holiday luncheon at Ala Moana Center, the employees were each given a Christmas card with $20 inside. However, instead of keeping it for themselves, they had to give the card and cash to a random person at the mall. And one of those lucky recipients was Capri Nascimento, an 18-yearold recent high school graduate, who is now enrolled at WCC. Capri said that she used the $20 to buy Christmas presents for her family. She was so appreciative that she sent this thank-you card to Graham Builders.
Dear Graham Builders,
My name is Capri Nascimento. I was one of the blessed recipients of the generous card at Ala Moana. I was just telling my friend how broke I was, having just returned from California and not working yet. You should’ve seen the huge smiles on our faces when we opened up the card to find $20 in it.
Your company blessed me more than monetarily that day. You lifted my spirits and renewed my faith that the world can still be surprisingly kind and generous. I hope this isn’t too forward but I enclosed my dad’s business card * if you’re looking for a plumber. He works very hard and sacrifices to send me and my three siblings to private school.
Thank you again from the bottom of my heart. God Bless,
* Clayton Nascimento Accurate Plumbing & Repairs 236-0550
I lost my wallet 10 days before Christmas. I spent hours looking for it, trying to convince myself I still had it. I gave up, cancelled everything bank cards, credit cards, etc.
Then one day inside my mailbox there was a note saying ” Found this on the side of the road, Merry Christmas, Miguel” Everything was in it. The only casualty was a bent license. Just wanted to thank the Good People out there for never losing kindness in these confusing times. Mahalo.
On Christmas Eve I needed to shop at Foodland in Kailua. The store was packed with people, lines were very long. After getting my few items, I got into a line. The gentleman in front of me had only a small basket. Since I had a wagon with just a few things, I told him to put his things in my wagon since we were going to be in line for a while. We did chitchat some. When we finally got to the cashier, he went first and paid for his items. As I was putting my things down, he told the cashier that he was paying for my things. I kept telling him that there was no need, I could pay for my items. He kept insisting, and would not take no for an answer. I was so touched. Now I know how those people felt when someone else paid for their layaway items. He really touched my heart. I followed him out of the store and kept thanking him. He said no problem, just have a nice Christmas. I told him to have a great Christmas and new year. I wish I had asked his name. I sure regret that. But I was so stunned that a stranger would do that for me. I did ask the cashier a few days later if she knew him. She said she thought that he is with that group Natural Vibrations. I would so like to thank him and tell him I plan to do the same for another person.
Dear Donna, Miguel and Capri,
Here’s hoping the gestures of others will inspire us to pass the kindness forward throughout the new year.
If you know someone who deserves some Applause, send your letters to Pamela Young, MidWeek Applause, KITV, 801 S. King St., Honolulu, HI, 96813, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, phone number and, if possible, the phone number of your “applaudee” so we can contact him or her.