She has WINGS

Katie Jones

Katie Jones, a medical support assistant at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Urbandale, Iowa, decided to celebrate her 34th birthday a bit differently this year- - with 34 random acts of kindness throughout her community.

Katie was inspired to bestow an act of kindness for each year of her life after watching the 2011 documentary "happy," featuring real-life stories and interviews with leading scientists on what makes a person happy.

Some of her offerings included: leaving a bag of quarters at a local Laundromat, dropping a $5 bill on the floor at the dollar store, stocking the baby changing area at a local store with disposable wipes, handing out restaurant gift cards to homeless people, and thanking firefighters with boxes of chocolates. Along with each anonymous act of kindness, she left a handmade calling card, urging others to pay it forward.

"We are all connected," she told the Urbandale Patch. "You don’t need to be part of an organization or anything beyond personal motivation."

These acts of kindness ended up costing Katie about $300 when it was all said and done, but the warm feelings that came with her selfless generosity? Priceless.

"If I can do it, then anybody can do it," Katie told KCCI-TV, adding that she hopes people will consider "how that would change the dynamics of their own community, if people were just taking care of each other."

We admire Katie for her kindness, and for turning her birthday into a day about giving instead of getting. For her simple yet boundless kindness, Katie Jones definitely has WINGS!

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