Kindness doesn't have to cost much. In fact, it's often free, and with generous friends and neighbors, a simple act of generosity can keep going indefinitely.
That's certainly the case with the Little Free Library, which was featured recently in the Yuma Sun's Desert Life section.
The “library” allows readers to take a book at any hour of the day or night – and welcomes any books that are left in its place.
The Little Free Libraries can be found all over the nation, and there's even one nestled in Yuma, across the street from the Crabaughs' home, 3483 E. 42nd Drive.
The great thing is, the libraries do more than just encourage reading. They also foster a sense of friendship and neighborly goodness – something that is often lacking these days in many neighborhoods.
All too often, we get caught up in the day-to-day hustle of our lives. When's the last time you stopped and had a conversation with your neighbor? All too often, the concept of knowing one's neighbors has disappeared, replaced instead by people who live side by side in solitary silos, absorbed in family, work and self.
It's uplifting, though, to see people doing something simple and kind for one another, such as the case with the Little Free Libraries.
The stories of generosity sparked by the libraries are amazing. One woman left a cookbook in her library, only to discover someone had borrowed the cookbook and replaced it with homemade cupcakes.
The libraries are a sign that someone cares about the community, says founder Todd Bol, who noted that something about the libraries brings people together.
In fact, Bol is so passionate about the project that his organization, LittleFreeLibrary.org, has donated a library to be given to a nonprofit group in Yuma. The Yuma Sun asked readers to nominate their favorite organization, and in the coming days, we'll hold a contest to allow you, our readers, to decide which nonprofit will win from the list of nominees.
To cast your vote, visit www.contestsinyuma.com.
After all, a little kindness and neighborly friendliness are always welcome in Yuma.