Wednesday evening at our home saw a festive celebration for the birthdays of a nephew and a niece of the couple I live with. Though Matthew was turning 22 and Marta 12, neither had ever before been given a birthday party. The room full of guests, walls decked with balloons, table laden with food, speeches expressing fond appreciation, and presents lovingly presented made for an overwhelming experience: Matthew was in tears, and Marta couldn’t utter a single word in front of everyone. I feel confident that they will cherish this memory for the rest of their lives. It’s amazing how a gesture of kindness can touch someone’s heart.

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