23 November 2009

MISSION: Super Saturday Secret Agent-y-ness.

First, let me say a big thank you to everyone's encouragement over the past week or so as I let you all know my fears about losing steam with this project. Your emails and blog comments really made a difference.

Which leads me to:

Super Saturday!

Date: Saturday, 21 November 2009

Location: University of Pittsburgh campus, Oakland, Pittsburgh, PA

Time: 2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

My Number Two and I were quite busy on Saturday afternoon, making drops all over Pitt's campus. Talk about FUN!

First: Bubbles.

I mean, really. How can you not feel good when you have a bottle of bubbles in your hand? Instant happiness, people.

We left the bubbles on a ledge outside of a popular ice cream shoppe on campus:

And I'm thrilled to say that the recipient of the bubbles sent us an email to say thanks: "I just found some bubbles you left near the Hillman Library. I was in the most sour mood ever. I was on my way back to work, dreading bringing my current nastiness to the work place. your gift totally brightened my day. I thank you and my fellow workers definitely thank you.

"Thanks for spreading the love. "

Thank YOU!

Next up: Search-a-Word puzzle and pencil!

Sometimes, when you're just sittin' around, say, on a bus, you can get pretty bored. Well, we decided to fix that!

We left this little gem on a sitting area near a popular bus stop on Forbes Avenue. Who wouldn't enjoy some quality Word Time while riding along on a bus?

Third: Happy note pad.

We stopped in the Law School for this one. We hoped it would remind future lawyers of the benefit of "Doing Good."

And guess what? A woman who found this little treat also emailed us to let us know! "I wanted to thank you so much for your kindness! I've been feeling a bit down (money problems, job problems, a cat with cancer) and was in a funk today when I took a smoke break from work just a few minutes ago. I work (on the weekends) at the Pitt Law School Library. I went downstairs, and went to pick up the Pitt News to read while smoking when a little color caught my eye. And there was your card, your inspirational message, and a note pad.

"I'll be sure to pass on the goodness. I'm also going to blog about it on Monday and post a link to your blog as well.

"You brightened my day and for that I say Thank You!"

You brightened our day as well!

Fourth on the List: Reporter Pad.

I love Pitt's student union. It's fancy. When you enter from Forbes Avenue, you walk into a major dining area. Since it was Saturday, and it was before Thanksgiving week, it was pretty empty. But students will return soon enough. And, hopefully, someone will find this if they haven't already.

Fifth and Final: Courage journal.

Life can be hard. Sometimes you need a little courage just to get through the day. And we hope that whoever found this journal at the Red Oak Cafe on Forbes Avenue will find the courage he or she needs to deal with whatever it is that gets handed to them.

Someone found one of the last two gifts, but we don't know which one. We just received an email with the following message from a gentleman who wants to help out, and that made us smile so big: "I would love to help out with your project. I found a gift you left yesterday and it brought so much joy to my day. I would love to help out in anyway I can."

Over the next few days, we'll be responding to the many emails and comments you all have left recently. Please know how much your support, interest, and kind words mean!

And we'll be back soon with more missions!


Operation Smiley Face said...

I get excited whenever I see a new S.A.L. post. They're so inspiring! I am SO HAPPY to see that you are still doing missions and I hope you continue. I think it is so cool that you got several responses to the goodies that were found. I hope their words of appreciation show you how important S.A.L is. :)

red pen mama said...

This is one of the neatest ideas I have ever seen. I'm pretty blown away! Hope you keep going.