Stranger Leaves Mysterious Envelope At Kids Swimming Facility
Marilyn Caylor 3/30/2018
When the weather starts to heat up, people love to spend their leisure time cooling off in the water. Public pools and water parks are popular spots for kids to have a blast, but sadly not all parents can afford to take their kids there on a regular basis, if even at all.
The government subsidizes a lot of things like food and housing for those who live below the poverty level, but entertainment doesn't exactly count as one of life's necessities. Well, try to tell that to a poor kid that just wants to have fun!
Employees at Leisureland in Galway, Ireland expect everyone to pay up before they can gain entrance to their facilities. However, staff were stumped when someone tried to circumvent the entrance fee rules for almost 2 dozen kids. It wasn't something they had ever seen before...
On March 22nd, a mysterious stranger dropped off an envelope with a specific set of instructions for the first 22 kids who showed up at Leisureland that day. The note didn't include a name, nor did the stranger hang around. On the surface, something like this would usually come across as pretty creepy!
It wouldn't be surprising if staff decided to hand it over to the police as evidence of something terrible that was about to go down. However, the enclosed letter and bank notes convinced the manager that this wasn't a "stranger danger" type of situation at all.
In fact, it was quite the opposite, and the envelope's astonishing contents made everyone feel all fuzzy warm on the inside. On the company's Facebook page, Leisureland posted a photo of the sweet letter they found tucked inside:
"Can you please give free entry to the first 22 children who arrive on 22nd March. I have enclosed money that will cover this. Can you please give out the notes to the children who gain free entry."
Two fifties and a twenty pound bank note were also enclosed in this amazing "pay it forward" act of kindness. Why this person chose March 22nd is unknown, but it's both World Water Day and National Goof-Off Day. It was fitting, given that a pool and rambunctious kids were the "target" of this splashy surprise!
But, that's not all that was in there! The magic envelope also included 22 little slips of paper that said:
"Your entry today has been paid for by a random act of kindness. I have no connection with Leisureland other than a visit to Ireland a few years go which has the friendliest people in the world! Hope you enjoy your swim and share the love."
Anonymous random acts of kindness are the best ones, because their altruistic nature says that the person doesn't need or want the recognition.
But more importantly, this unknown man or woman wanted these children to understand the concept of "pay it forward" and learn why it's so important for them to pass it along. The world totally needs more of this!