Several years ago, a week before Christmas, a Somali refugee family in the Netherlands was attacked by racists who threw heavy fireworks at their rental house.
The attackers left a nasty note with a picture of right-wing politician Geert Wilders and a threat: ‘White is better! Own people first! Foreigners need to move out! This is only the beginning!’ Of course the refugee family was scared to death.
A young Christian pastor who heard about the attack was provoked by this injustice.
He put out a message on social media asking people to show this family their love and support by sending them flowers. Within days the refugee family received so many flowers from all over the nation that their whole house was surrounded. One of the flowers had this little note: “Most people are good. Unfortunately not everyone. But we will always be the majority. We hope that you and your children will always stay with us! We need you!’
The refugee family was deeply moved by all the positive support. National newspaper de Volkskrant made it the frontpage’s opening headline: ‘First firebombs, then flowers’. It only takes a small act of kindness to make a big difference for someone.