SOMETIMES it's the smallest acts of kindness that can make the biggest differences.
Cancer patient Carmele Cullinan, of Lurnea, says the warmth of others has given her a new lease on life.
Mrs Cullinan was diagnosed earlier this year with ovarian cancer.
She has had an operation and is undergoing chemotherapy.
On learning of her illness, two of Mrs Cullinan's youngest neighbours — Sharneece Nakhl, 8, and Grace Fabian, 12 — made it their mission to do something nice for the lady they call their "second nan".
"We wanted to change someone's life and help them feel happy and stay positive," Grace said.
The girls, who are best friends, raised money by making fruit cups and selling chocolates to their neighbours, family and friends.
After two months of door- knocking, the girls raised $200, enough money to buy something for their second nan.
They went to Casula Mall and bought chocolate and flowers.
Their next stop was Atlas Jewellers. They bought a necklace with a cross, paid for in loose coins.
The girls then took the chain to a priest, who blessed it for them.
"We put the presents into a nice bag and we came to the door and knocked," Sharneece said.
"At first we thought she wasn't home and got worried that our flowers would wilt.
"Then the door opened and we gave her [Mrs Cullinan] the presents, and she started crying."
The next day, Mrs Cullinan's grandson and family members scattered 1000 paper cranes around her house.
Mrs Cullinan said she was shocked and felt overwhelmed from the kindness and generosity.
"When you have cancer, you see the beauty in people and forget those who have done wrong by you," Mrs Cullinan said.
"It was just overwhelming to think young kids like this can do such lovely things.
"People have been showing me so much love and care.
"Beautiful people are all around me.
"Every time I see these cranes they give me a new lease on life."