When Anna Serrato's husband asked her what she wanted for her birthday, she said "I have everything I need, and what I don't have would just be a 'want'. I can live without the 'wants'." She decided she would give instead of receive. Following her daughters' example last year, Anna vowed to complete 48 random acts of kindness for her 48th birthday, and she did! Anna made a list and organized her day so that she could fit in all 48! Her husband Louie chauffeured so she could jump out of the car and right back in.
"The sad thing was, I had to explain myself in this day and age. I would hand out a gift card and no one would reach for it," said Seratto. "People were suspicious of kindness." But her winning smile prevailed as she gave baked goods to her children's teachers, paid for the coffee of the person behind her, brought food to the homeless, taped money to vending machines, left positive sticky notes on cars, brought bottled water to the gym, delivered coloring books and crayons to the maternity ward, left the mail carrier a gift, and brought treats to the animals shelter.
When Anna handed $5 to the Jamba Juice cashier to be credited towards the next customer's purchase, that customer was very surprised, as was her 12 year old son who exclaimed, "This is great!" That customer decided then and there that she would deliver acts of kindness on her next birthday...her 49th! Anna told her, "It's possible."
Having given blood previously, Anna drove by the Delta Blood Bank in Tracy and thought, "It's been awhile! I'll add that good deed to the list." Donating blood was her 48th gift on her 48th birthday, and with it she saved up to 3 lives!
When all was said and done, Anna and her husband celebrated with some chips and salsa. "It was a long exhausting day, but well worth it," she said. Giving back was her gift of self to the community, and we are proud to have Anna as part of the Delta Blood Bank community of donors!
|A sign Anna saw at one of the schools she visited on her birthday.|