Random Acts of Kindness

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Random Acts of Kindness

gone77 gone77
When and what was your last act of random kindness?

For me it was a couple months ago at a grocery store. When I pulled into the parking lot, I noticed a bunch of little girls--like 5 or 6-- some teenaged girls and adults doing a car wash. I parked and saw one of the little girls walking with an adult, and the little one came right up to me and asked for a donation. Apparently this was a group of little cheerleaders needing donations for the troupe. I had to tell her that I had only really big bills on me, but that I'd see them after I got what I needed from the store. I grinned and chuckled as I watched theses little girls performing flips and cartwheels on the walkway as I walked into the store. They were just the cutest little things!

I got what I needed, got some change, and came out and handed a $10 bill to one of the older girls. They all thanked me and waved as I walked to my car. I love doing that sort of thing when I can, and it always puts a huge smile on my face.

There's just so much crap and negativity in the world, and I thought we could put the focus on the good stuff, ya know?
09/30/2010
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Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
I leave random happy notes for strangers in public places - shopping carts, between books at Borders, in US mail boxes (for the mail people), on the occasional grocery bulletin board, under items in stores, etc. Does that count?
09/30/2010
Illusional Illusional
I'm a big geek for random acts of kindness.

When I was living in Maryland I was on lunch break while working at the mall. I was sitting there texting and these two little kids were watching some people in the Disney store put up some toys. She was looking at a Belle doll and he wanted that dinosaur from Toy Story. They were so cute. The little girl tugged on her dad's arm said "Please can we get it daddy?" The dad was sitting there and he looked so stressed out and tired and he was like "Princess, Daddy can't afford it right now, too many things going on" And she looked so tore up about it, the boy made a face and said "Stop asking Kinsey, since mom's sick you know we can't buy you some stupid ugly doll" And the little girl's face just broke up and the dad just picked her up and hugged her. I felt really bad, so I ran in after them and purchased both along with a shirt to go with it. I ran around this mall, looking for them and handed the bag to the Dad and he was like "Oh no, I'm not interested in buying things" and I showed him the toys. He was like... in shock. He was like "Why?" I was like "You seem like a really good dad with good kids" And he was like "Thank you so much, I've been stressing about getting them anything this year, their mom is sick in the hospital and I feel like such a deadbeat lately." I sat down and listened to him rant.
Both kids hugged me and it felt really good. A few weeks later, the kids came back and had drawn me pictures. I have them in my box of treasures.
09/30/2010
Illusional Illusional
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Originally posted by Tori Rebel
I leave random happy notes for strangers in public places - shopping carts, between books at Borders, in US mail boxes (for the mail people), on the occasional grocery bulletin board, under items in stores, etc. Does that count?
I do that when I go out or something. I'll be like "Smile, you rock" or something. I had some guy give me a handpicked flower just cause he said I looked down and it really cheered me up.
09/30/2010
Chilipepper Chilipepper
A few weeks ago I was at the thrift store and was in line for my purchase when the woman in front of me discovered she didn't have enough cash on her for a lamp she needed to send to her son's dorm room. It turned out she needed exactly five dollars, so I handed over the five-dollar bill I had. She cried and said that she'd return it, but I said, "Hey, people have helped me out with change when I needed it, so I help anyone else out when I can."

That's the only one that really stands out recently. I'm helpfully-polite wherever I am, so there may be more incidents that I don't remember. It's strange being asked if I was ever a Girl Scout because I never was one, it's just the way I am.
09/30/2010
Alicia Alicia
Quote:
Originally posted by Tori Rebel
I leave random happy notes for strangers in public places - shopping carts, between books at Borders, in US mail boxes (for the mail people), on the occasional grocery bulletin board, under items in stores, etc. Does that count?
Aww that's awesome, I bet the people love it when they find it!
09/30/2010
gone77 gone77
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Originally posted by Chilipepper
A few weeks ago I was at the thrift store and was in line for my purchase when the woman in front of me discovered she didn't have enough cash on her for a lamp she needed to send to her son's dorm room. It turned out she needed exactly five ...
I know what you mean. I'm always holding doors open for people--it's automatic for me. Never been asked if I was a Girl Scout, though. I'd probably laugh if someone asked that. lol
09/30/2010
gone77 gone77
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Originally posted by Tori Rebel
I leave random happy notes for strangers in public places - shopping carts, between books at Borders, in US mail boxes (for the mail people), on the occasional grocery bulletin board, under items in stores, etc. Does that count?
I think that's awesome, Tori! Now you've got me thinking...
09/30/2010
gone77 gone77
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Originally posted by Illusional
I'm a big geek for random acts of kindness.

When I was living in Maryland I was on lunch break while working at the mall. I was sitting there texting and these two little kids were watching some people in the Disney store put up some ...
That's like one of the sweetest things I've ever heard, Illusional. You rock!
09/30/2010
Alicia Alicia
Quote:
Originally posted by gone77
When and what was your last act of random kindness?

For me it was a couple months ago at a grocery store. When I pulled into the parking lot, I noticed a bunch of little girls--like 5 or 6-- some teenaged girls and adults doing a car wash. I ...
I don't really know what mine was..I just try to be nice to people whenever I can. The last really stand out one that my husband did I actually thought we were going to be arrested for. We were on our way to my mom's and there were these two little girls walking along the road. We stopped our van and my husband walked back and asked them where they were going. They said they were going home and pointed waayyyy down the road. This was on a fairly busy highway so he asked them if they wanted a ride home. They said yes and he brought them back to the van and showed them how we had two little boys too and then the girls got in. I was FREAKING out because I was thinking someone was going to think we were kidnapping these girls. Not to mention they should have been in booster seats and we didn't have extras...

So, we drove them home, they were in the back of the van going "this is so awesome!" and we brought them home and they were really grateful that we had driven them home..it was over a mile down the road and these girls were like I dunno...maybe 4 and 6? So, in the end nothing bad happened and no one thought we were kidnapping them. But, I really didn't feel comfortable with it, though I understood why my husband couldn't just let them walk along that busy road alone like that. The 4 year old one kept walking out INTO the road too...
09/30/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
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Originally posted by Alicia
Aww that's awesome, I bet the people love it when they find it!
I really hope so! I know I've seen little things like that here and there and it's like the universe is trying to brighten my day somehow... and it's always amazed me how something so random and tiny can override a day full of horrible so I always hope that people find them that could use them that day.
09/30/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
The guys that own the company I work for also do something I think is really cool. They travel a lot, and end up in NYC and Pittsburgh and a few other cities frequently and get asked by the homeless for money pretty regularly. So, almost as policy, they have something they all do now. They won't hand out money. Even if it's used for good, what's $5 really going to buy? And to ensure that it really goes to their hungry kids or to feed themselves, they make an offer - they say "I won't give you cash but I'll take you to the grocery store". Some people flee - they might not want the money for food? Maybe they get frightened? I don't know. But many have accepted and they take the person/people to the closest grocery store, hand them a cart and say 'fill it'. And they buy them all the food they want. What I find reassuring is how many they say buy REAL food and real meals - cereal, oatmeal, bread, peanut butter, canned chilli, etc. Meaning that the people that are asking are in legitimate need.
09/30/2010
Chilipepper Chilipepper
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Originally posted by gone77
I know what you mean. I'm always holding doors open for people--it's automatic for me. Never been asked if I was a Girl Scout, though. I'd probably laugh if someone asked that. lol
I've also been asked "Is this southern hospitality? It's the first time I've seen it in action."

Another thing I used to do when I worked was saving a hundred dollars up around Christmas and when I'd go into the local big store for my annual shopping expedition, I'd fold a one dollar bill around a hundred dollar bill and put it in the Salvation Army kettle. It doesn't look like much when I put it in, but whomever counts the money in the kettles at the end of the day always got a surprise. Again, they helped my family when we needed them, so it's good to help them when we can.
09/30/2010
Illusional Illusional
I used to bring this homeless guy my lunch Freshman year of high school. Kinda dangerous but I must've had a Guardian angel cause he never did anything. In fact, I would visit him and he would help me with my homework and we'd talk about boys and clouds and I'd describe to him Sailor Moon (poor man... ) I gave him the first thing I made in my sewing class. It was terribly made, but he put it in his pocket. It was a hankerchief or something, with.. Sailor Moon on it. LOL.
09/30/2010
Viktor Vysheslav Malkin Viktor Vysheslav Malkin
I try to give to the veterans associations, and other organizations. I always donate when I go to the DMV.

I try to do the best I can with the best that I got.

I wish I could do more.
09/30/2010
Illusional Illusional
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Originally posted by Viktor Vysheslav Malkin
I try to give to the veterans associations, and other organizations. I always donate when I go to the DMV.

I try to do the best I can with the best that I got.

I wish I could do more.
It's awesome you're doing something though.
A lot of people are so un-caring these days.
09/30/2010
Jobthingy Jobthingy
I am always helping someone whether it is helping little old ladies on or off the bus with there rolly cart full of stuff, people with stollers on or off the bus, shooing kids out of the priority seating spot (again on the bus)for people that need it. I walk a building neighbor to the bus stop when I see her (she has recently had surgery and needs an arm in case she falls). My daughter will even carry bags for building neighbors she knows have a hard time if we see them coming in. She will tell me she is walking them to their door and she will be right back down, and she always runs back within 3 minutes.

I love the random notes idea @ToriRebel. That's so awesome.
09/30/2010
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
I live on a somewhat country road, the other day I helped a guy and his mom out when there car overheated out in front of my house. He just needed some water and rag to get the radiator cap off. He was dressed in nice so I did the work for him.
He offered some cash when I was done. I told him after respectfully declining the money, "Just help someone out when they are in need and the dept will be repaid."
09/30/2010
sexysweetieshan sexysweetieshan
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Originally posted by Tori Rebel
I leave random happy notes for strangers in public places - shopping carts, between books at Borders, in US mail boxes (for the mail people), on the occasional grocery bulletin board, under items in stores, etc. Does that count?
Aww, that's so cute! That's a cool idea!
09/30/2010
sexysweetieshan sexysweetieshan
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Originally posted by Illusional
I'm a big geek for random acts of kindness.

When I was living in Maryland I was on lunch break while working at the mall. I was sitting there texting and these two little kids were watching some people in the Disney store put up some ...
That was so nice of you! It's so nice to see people help others in need.
09/30/2010
sexysweetieshan sexysweetieshan
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Originally posted by Chilipepper
I've also been asked "Is this southern hospitality? It's the first time I've seen it in action."

Another thing I used to do when I worked was saving a hundred dollars up around Christmas and when I'd go into the local ...
Wow, that's so generous of you! I would love to help with things like that more.
09/30/2010
Hot'n'Bothered Hot'n'Bothered
I guess it wasn't too terribly random. As it was an in need situation. But not something I really typically do.

I own a few chinchillas...I'm a sucker for those little guys, and belong to a chinchilla forum. Earlier this week someone posted about a chin in need. This thing looked so sad...and in horrible condition from lack of care over time. The owners had turned to craigslist to get rid of it. But they wouldn't wave the $100 fee....

I donated the last of my paypal money to go towards getting this chin out of that situation and into a rescue shelter...

He's been at the rescue since tuesday. And is already looking loads better.
10/01/2010
gone77 gone77
Man, you guys have done and do some really great things. You've all put a smile on my face. Thanks.
10/01/2010
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by Illusional
I'm a big geek for random acts of kindness.

When I was living in Maryland I was on lunch break while working at the mall. I was sitting there texting and these two little kids were watching some people in the Disney store put up some ...
Great story!!! Thanks for sharing that memory.
12/02/2012
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