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“Unsung Hero Nominee (Bloomingdale): Story of a Local Theater, a Baby, and Random Acts of Kindness”

by Prince Of Petworth June 15, 2016 at 12:55 pm 6 Comments


“Dear PoPville,

My wife and I attended a Unified Scene Theater (Improv theater in Bloomingdale) show last Friday June 5 and proceeded to head to Washington Hospital Center after a quick stop at home, and had our (first) baby early on the morning on the 6th. I met the theater owner, Shawn, before the show and followed-up with him after the birth because we left half-way through the show and I wanted to let him know why!

Shawn and Kathy from the theater then sent us a very generous Amazon gift card and said we can come back for a free show. I was very touched by this. Having a baby is pretty overwhelming, and experiencing random acts of kindness from strangers goes a long way in helping us think “This is going to be OK!”.

This is a great example of the capacity of local businesses and neighbors to create community and connections through small acts, and I’d love for this story and Shawn and Kathy’s generosity to reach a broader audience. They are Unsung Heroes in my book!

NOTE that Shawn/Kathy sent on the Amazon gift card:

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  • ANC

    Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy! These first few weeks can be overwhelming, but totally sweet. Enjoy it!

    And thanks for letting us know what great neighbors we have in Shawn and Kathy. They sound like very kind people. Perhaps they can start a rumor that their improv classes send women into labor – they will be INUNDATED with overdue pregnant women in this neighborhood!

    • PoPOverWork

      Especially as the summer goes on!

      • ANC

        I was 41.5 weeks pregnant in August of last year. It was enough to make me superstitious and try something, anything that would get that baby out!

  • Truxton Thomas

    This is great! I was completely overwhelmed those first few weeks. You need reminders that life is actually OK. Congrats, and props to the business owners for the nice gesture.

  • AB

    A www! That’s so sweet. And that gift card can go straight to the Amazon has everything a baby needs fund! Enjoy your sweet boy and hope you get some sleep.

  • Accountering

    I love how there are such varied examples about how vendors deal with stuff like this. So often, we find stores or whatever that deal with this kind of thing terribly, so it was definitely refreshing to hear from people who reacted well. Bravo to the theater.


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