Welcome to week Two of 12 Weeks of Giving where Dwan from MommaDJane.com and I will share weekly posts about how we are giving back to the community. This series is all about sharing unique, affordable ways to give back in your own community. Today I am sharing my experiences with a local Dunkin Donuts being patient and kind to my special needs child. One easy way to give back to your community could be by simply writing a letter of appreciation to commend a job well done.
As a mom to a special needs child, one who doesn’t exhibit any obvious physical signs of such special needs, I find it pretty awesome when we are treated with patience in a busy restaurant setting. It isn’t easy bringing an autistic child into a fast pace Dunkin Donuts every Friday as our special breakfast treat day. It isn’t easy bringing my autistic son anywhere that may have crowds, while he does okay with crowds, I have witnessed crowds not being so okay towards him. My son takes his time, he has to evaluate what the place has to offer. If my son is used to the same exact thing from this place and all of a sudden, today they ran out, well the staff needs to be prepared for a meltdown. While bystanders will stare at my son, and look so impatient, the staff at our local Dunkin Donuts step customer service up a notch. Due to the excellent customer service at our local Dunkin Donuts, my son has yet to have an extreme meltdown there.
When thinking about a way to give back to the local Dunkin Donuts staff, I felt writing a letter of appreciation to Dunkin Donuts consumer cares address was the best direction to go. It is one thing when you get a one-time act of kindness and patience from staff at a restaurant, but it’s a completely different situation when the staff is consistently patient with my son, even during a busy morning rush hour. It isn’t easy to be patient with a special needs child, if you are not used to being around them. I always say, experience makes you a more well rounded, amazing person. Clearly the staff at my local Dunkin Donuts knows how to serve our community and for that very reason, they deserve a letter of appreciation sent to consumer cares so that their manager can commend them for a job well done.
Giving back to your community doesn’t require a lot of effort nor a lot of time, it also does not require a lot of cash on hand. I am a work at home mother and my family lives paycheck to paycheck, but I still find ways to give back to my community. I feel that many have forgotten what it feels like to receive a letter of appreciation, it can brighten a persons whole day and build self esteem. It makes others feel good knowing that they are being commended for services provided. In the spirit of giving back, I hope that you find a way to give back to your community by following MommaDJane and I on this journey to close out the year 2014 with multiple acts of kindness.