Five Points, Denver
March is one of our favorite months of the year at Love Your Hood. Not only does it mark the beginning of Spring, it’s more importantly a month all about basketball. March Madness is a time when our team’s competitive side is unleashed and trash talk flows freely. It’s a time when the underdog can shine (or trash your bracket — thanks UMBC). Last year our office pool was solely for bragging rights. And oh, did that winner ever brag (a’hem Rebecca Cooper)!
But you know what gets people even more excited that bragging rights? Some cold. hard. cash. That’s right — this year we’re putting money on it. Gotta pay to play people.
Yeah, yeah. Everybody does this. Why do we care about your office pool?
Because in true Love Your Hood fashion, we put a twist on it. The winner cannot keep the money.
Rewind to a month or so ago and Mark and I (Jen) headed out to eat with our three small children to Benny’s, one of our favorite restaurants. As we were getting settled into our seats we said a little hello to the couple sitting next to us (in hopes of starting off on the right foot in case our kids decided to make dining in public particularly challenging that evening). When we were finishing up and getting ready to grab the bill, we found out that the couple we had greeted had paid our tab.
We were shocked.
We had the chance to stay and chat with them for over an hour to get to know them a bit. Jana and Blaine have raised five kids in Denver and are grandparents to nine. They were even on the news for helping a family in Aurora that needed a new sewer line. Blaine, the owner of Discount Rooter, replaced it for free. To say they are do-gooders is an understatement.
This is the video from Fox31 about the family they helped.
While the free meal was incredibly generous, what meant even more to Mark and I was the sense of community it gave us.
What’s crazier? We ran into them again at Benny’s a few weeks after that. We thought we could finally return the favor. But, alas, we were too late as they were already getting ready to leave. Lo and behold, they found a way to treat us AGAIN! Talk about being the poster couple of how to rock at random acts of kindness!
Jana and Blaine, you have inspired us.
Instead of using our office March Madness pool for ourselves, the winner gets to use all the winnings to do their own random act of kindness! (And of course they’ll still have their bragging rights for the whole next year: priceless!)
We at Love Your Hood want to be generous and have fun doing it!
We want to be in the habit of seeing a need around us and filling it whenever we can — even just finding a way to turn our everyday shenanigans into something bigger than ourselves.
Jana and Blaine have reminded us that there are generous, inspiring people all around us. And that no matter how much or how little we feel we have to give, it can always be turned into something great.