Diocese of Manchester

    Naysa's summer of kindness

    Whilst most of us were dozing in the sun or cooking up a storm on the BBQ over the summer, five-year-old Naysa Hirst from Bolton was busy doing something extraordinary. Naysa, from Horwich CE Primary School, found inspiration from a “Random Act of Kindness” activity, that she and her classmates took part in over Lent and Easter.

    Jo Haslam is the Deane Deanery Children and Families Worker for the Children Changing Places Project and works in Naysa’s school, along with other schools in this area, to help create discipleship focused activities for pupils to get involved in, hoping to deepen their Christian faith and engage them further in how they can act out their faith in every day life. One such activity that Jo set up was the “Random Acts of Kindness” incentive that sees a person act out or do something kind for someone else over a period of time, Lent was an ideal time for the pupils to contemplate how to treat others how they’d like to be treated, fasting from perhaps what they wanted to do and taking on a new challenge.

    Naysa enjoyed this activity so much that at the end of a busy school year on the first day of her summer holidays she woke her mum up and said “Right mum, what random act of kindness can we do today?” Naysa took the lead and spent every day of her summer holiday doing something for someone or something else. We’ve got a beautiful folder of pictures and letters to prove it.

    She looked after members of her family by making gifts for them, taking care of her baby sister, she even helped her grandad take moss of his roof! She cared for animals and God’s creation by making bird feeders, wrapped her pet Hedgehog Mr Fudge up in a blanket to keep him warm and made a poster to help find a missing cat. In her local community she gave away some of her clothes that didn’t fit any more and coloured 30 pictures for the residents of a care home. Naysa even learnt how to do chest compressions and gave some of her money to charity. 

    Naysa didn’t do this to receive thanks, however she did receive lots of letters of thanks from those she helped and supported. She did this because she felt a real need to help others, taking inspiration from how Jesus lived and applying it to her own life.

    Thank you to Jo for planting the seed, thank you to Naysa for helping the seed of generosity to grow and flower and thank you to God for His guidance and inspiration. 

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