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She is such a blessing

A few days a week I go through her line at the store.  Every time I do, she is so sweet, kind and always has a positive word to say.  I gave her a Cause a Ripple stone today, because she touches my heart and is such a blessing in this world. 

A & B Religious and Gifts to carry Cause a Ripple

We are proud to announce that Cause a Ripple is now being carried by A & B Religious and Gifts located at 1150 W. Elm Avenue, Hanover, PA 17331 W For those of you that are local, stop by and see Karen and she will help you select the perfect gift for the special person or people in your life. Thank you, Karen and A & B Religious and Gifts!

Gurthrie's Gifts to carry Cause a Ripple

We are proud to announce that Cause a Ripple is now being sold at Guthrie's Gifts located at 116 N. Bond Street, Bel Air, MD 21014. For those of you that are local, it is a wonderful store to pick up great gifts for just about anyone on your list!  Thank you, Guthrie's Gifts!

The Stone Giver - by Buffy Andrews

Cause a Ripple, is honored to have been the inspiration behind the fictional book The Stone Giver, written by Buffy Andrews!!  Thank you Buffy for writing such a beautiful story!

Read her words below.

"I’m often asked how much of what I write is based on true events. I’d be lying if I said my writing is never influenced by life experiences. Sometimes a true event inspires a book. Such was the case of THE STONE GIVER. 

One of my closest friends shared a story with me one day. It was about a sermon and a stone. As I listened, a feeling of warmth spread throughout my body. Inspired by what she shared, I knew I had to write a book. Of course the book would be fiction, but she provided the inspiration for the book by sharing the story of what happened one Sunday morning.

But let’s back up. At first, she simply asked me to check out a website she had come across. As soon as I did, I knew it wasn’t a website she’d had inadvertently stumbled upon, but one she had created. She was shy about it at first, not wanting to take credit for something she thought was a gift from God. But eventually she shared the story and her dream of creating a foundation that would help others, using the stone and the ripples it creates as a metaphor.I couldn’t get her story out of my mind. And then one night at dinner, she told me how she was going to a veterans hospital to give them stones. She wanted to give each veteran something tangible to hold and keep as a reminder of the difference they made. That’s when I started thinking about a book that involved a veteran and a special stone. That night, I went home and wrote the opening lines:Jack looked down at his legs. They were gone. A river of blood formed under him. He writhed in agony as the searing pain coursed through his broken body. Bloodcurdling screams boiled around him.Friday is publication day for THE STONE GIVER. It’s about a woman who has lost her way and a man crippled by war. It’s about love and loss, and overcoming life’s challenges, whatever they might be. It’s about the resilience of the human spirit and the determination to overcome the darkness in our lives. And it’s about you and me and the difference we can make in someone else’s life by simply caring. A smile. A kind word. A stone that reminds us of the ripples we create.I hope you check out this book, but more importantly that you check outCause a Ripple www.causearipple.comThank you, Sharon Weed, for being such a great friend and for sharing your story with me. I hope that it finds its way onto bookshelves everywhere and that it helps in your mission to create a foundation that causes ripples for years to come. And a big thank-you to my editor, Jacqui Hopper, who supported and encouraged this project from the start and my publisher, Joan Bauer Alley.  P.S. Sharon and I will be at the York Book Expo Oct. 15. If you’re in the area, stop by. We will be selling the book and stone sets for $20 that day. If you are unable to attend and would like to purchase, email with “Stone Book Set” in subject line.   We’ll reach out and be in touch!…/…/B01LQRGRQ6

Purposeful Random Acts of Kindness

“Purposeful Random Acts of Kindness”

We met two very inspirational people while having brunch on a Saturday morning.
The restaurant was nearly empty, as there had been a snowfall overnight. We chose a table in the back to be near the fireplace.

It was a charming café called Pure and Simple that served organic omelets and wonderful baked goods. We had been there for over an hour and decided to fill our coffee cups, one more time. As we walked to the front to where the carafes of coffee were located, a couple came in and sat at the table next to ours. As we headed back to our seats, we noticed stones on some of the tables with a word printed on them such as; “Hope” “Faith” “Love” etc. We looked over the shoulder of the gentleman at the table next to us in an effort to read their stone. Realizing that this was a bit intrusive, we quickly apologized and explained that we were looking at the stone. From there we started talking and our conversation led to things that we can do to help others, and the impact that we have on each other's lives by what we do and say. And then, they shared something that was truly inspiring.Once a month, they devote one day to performing “purposeful random acts of kindness”. They never know exactly what they are going to do, and they let their hearts be their guide, as they venture out to be a blessing to someone else. They said the idea started one day when the car in front of them at a drive-through paid for their coffee. It meant so much to them, that now, "purposeful random acts of kindness" are something they do, together, and look forward to. It does not have to cost money, it does not have to take all day, but there are still so many things that can be done, to help someone else in a wonderful way, you just have to look.

This benevolent couple started a ripple of their own, but imagine how far it could spread if other people adopted this awesome practice! It could be a fun and adventurous thing to do as a family, by letting the kids be on the look-out for someone in need. Or something to do as a couple or with a group of friends instead of going to a movie or out to dinner. And, it truly is "pure and simple", kindness is the gift the blind can see and the deaf can hear and “purposeful random acts of kindness” can be the answer to someone’s prayer.

It means so much

People continuously tell me that those that have received a Cause a Ripple gift, come back to them later and say, that every time they look at the stone, or read the poem, they are reminded of the impact that have made in another's life, or in many.  It is wonderful.

Everyone appreciates kindness

Everyone appreciates a little kindness, especially on a Monday!

It was an honor, a pleasure and humbling experience

It was an honor, a pleasure, and a humbling experience to visit Perry Point VA Medical Center in Perry Point, MD on Memorial Day. The purpose of the visit was to recognize and remember the Veterans who have given our country so much. Along with a handshake and a thank-you, each Veteran was given a Cause a Ripple stone. We salute these Veterans who have impacted our lives and have created ripples by serving our Country. They have made a difference and inspire us all to be better people.

A heartfelt thank-you to all that purchased stones to be given to Veterans, or helped in the distribution. Buffy Andrews, Julie Fleagle, Kristen Kirchoff, Dave Peterson, Alyssa Pascarell, Peggy Hayes, Peggy Davis and William McGowan.  A special thank-you to Don at the American Legion and also to Nancy and Marian at Perry Point for coordinating the visit.

Be Kind to Everyone

Be Kind to Everyone - the road to where they are may have been a hard one

Pay it backward

One of my favorite things to do, is pay for the person behind me in the drive-thru.

Be the light

"Be the light that illuminates the darkest night." - Cause a Ripple

One person can move a mountain

"I am always amazed by how one person can move a mountain an entire army couldn't."

A new kind of Armory

What this world needs is a new kind of army - the army of the kind.  ~Cleveland Amory

People who make a difference

“The people who make a difference are not the ones with the credentials but the ones with the concern.” - Max Lucado

Do a good action by stealth

“The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident. “– Charles Lamb

Tell someone how your feel

"Always tell someone how you feel, because opportunities can be lost in the blink of an eye but regrets can last a lifetime." - Author Unknown

Peace of mind and fulfillment

"Success, happiness, peace of mind and fulfillment – the most priceless of human treasures – are available to all among us, without exception, who make things happen – who make ‘good' things happen – in the world around them." - Joe Klock

Compliments are free

"Compliments are free to give and returns are happily accepted." - Cause a Ripple

Be the inspiration

"Be the inspiration behind someone's motivation." - Cause a Ripple


Altruism - the principle or practice of concern for the welfare of others. One by one we can "Cause a Ripple"

Pass it on

“Have you had a kindness shown? 
Pass it on;
'Twas not given for thee alone,
Pass it on;
Let it travel down the years, Let it wipe another's tears, 'Til in Heaven the deed appears -
Pass it on.” - Henry Burton.

Be contagious

"Be the one who is contagious today & infect the world with life, hope & courage. You'd be amazed how one kind word changes everything! - Sandi Krakowski

Spending time

"Spending time with someone is an act of love." - Cause a Ripple

Show them

"They may never know how much you care unless you show them!" - Cause a Ripple

Touch somebody's life

I don't think you ever stop giving. I really don't. I think it's an on-going process. And it's not just about being able to write a check. It's being able to touch somebody's life. 
Oprah Winfrey 

Hear them with your heart

“Sometimes the greatest gesture of kindness is to listen to their words and hear them with your heart.” – Cause a Ripple

Unless someone cares

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It's not. ~Dr. Seuss

Thank them

"Thank that special person and try let them know 
how much they helped to guide your footsteps
when you did not know which way to go." - Cause a Ripple 

Help someone shine

“It is wonderful to help someone else shine, especially when you see them in the spotlight and know that they are warmed by the glow of your heart.”  - Cause a Ripple

Even if they do not stay

"Some people are special from the start,
they cause a ripple and touch your heart.
Even if they do not stay,
they impact your life in a wonderful way." - Cause a Ripple

Make others feel great

"Great people are those who make others feel
that they, too, can become great." - Mark Twain

Exercise for the heart

"Help someone with something today, it is great exercise for the heart!" - Cause a Ripple

You can impact every single person

"Always try to remember that you can impact every single person you see or talk to with just a smile or a kind word." - Cause a Ripple

Just being there

"Just being there for someone can sometimes bring hope when all seems hopeless." - Dave G. Lewelleyn

My smile is free

"Giving my smile is free, getting one back because of priceless." - Cause a Ripple

Random act of kindness

Acknowledge their successes

“You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.” - Jim Stovall

You brought me joy today

"You brought me joy today."  What a beautiful thing to say to someone. - Michael

Go out of your way

Go out of your way to do something nice for someone today. - Cause a ripple

A smile is a gift

“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” ― Mother Teresa

Than you Susan

SUSAN GALLAGHER is a phenomenal mother, friend, sister, and person. Anyone that knows her is in awe of her enthusiasm, energy, and her ability to look on the bright side by seeing the best in everyone in every situation. She is the first person to roll up her sleeves and help, and it does not matter for who or how. She has always volunteered wherever needed and finds a way to make everything better. Her smile lights up a room and is so contagious; you just have to give one back. Every day of her life she creates so many wonderful ripples, that reach far and wide touching many people. She makes the world a much better place. Thank you Susan for all that you do and have done for everyone!

Thank you Mary

She is a mentor and a friend. She gives so much to others and expects nothing in return. Her compassion is endless. She causes a ripple in every life she touches. Thank you Mary Emmerling.

Be that light

“Believe that there's light at the end of the tunnel. Believe that you might be that light for someone else.”
Kobi Yamada

Pause for a moment

“Pause for a moment and take the time to say
I am so grateful you are in my life every day.” - Cause a Ripple

The flame within us

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” - Albert Schweitzer

Say what is in your heart

“Be brave and say what’s in your heart,
it may change the end to a brand new start.” - Cause a Ripple

I am proud of you

"I am proud of you" - words to touch the heart and shape the future. - Cause a Ripple

Reach out to someone

You may not know the right words to say
reach out to someone anyway.
Just knowing you care will make them smile
especially if it has been a while. - Cause a Ripple.

Let them know

If someone in your life has inspired you, let them know! Tell them how, when and why. They may not even realize what an impact they have had on your life! - Cause a Ripple