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01-23-2014 07:48 PM
Mac's Mom
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Originally Posted by doggiedad View Post
a random act of kindness can be speaking to someone, holding
a door for someone, helping the homeless, being a kind person within
yourself, thinking positive, being positive, etc. random acts of kindness
happens all the time. you don't have to be aware of it.
I think this is true. We probably perform random acts of kindness without even knowing it.
01-23-2014 07:43 PM
mego This also frustrates me that I can't think of anything I've done recently....

My friend just went through a really rough patch because the guy she was dating treated her very poorly. She really had wanted to date a Christian man because she's very religious, but he was an atheist. I'm not religious myself, but she was crying and very upset that no man would ever want to go to church with her and share something she's passionate about, so I offered to wake up the next day at 8 am (my weekend wakeup time is normally like noon) and attend a service with her so she had someone there. She cried, thanked me, and I felt like a really good friend to be there for her.
01-23-2014 07:36 PM
Gretchen Just a small thing - there is a regular security guard that patrols our neighborhood in the evenings. He's really nice and takes his job seriously and listens to neighbor's concerns. He's refused coffee or cookies on cold nights, but last night I left a book for him to read on his car. It's a book you'd all enjoy - Suspect by Robert Crais (a GSD and LAPD with PTSD). The guard has a dog, but not a GSD.
01-23-2014 07:30 PM
Mac's Mom I love all of the posts.

I've done good things...I volunteered at the Women's Center for two years, I've donated to various charities, I helped take care of my grandma for five years until she died, I took care of my mom while she was dying, I raised my nephew for 4 years, I rescued a dog...but I cannot think of any random acts of kindness I've performed of any consequence to myself. Its kinda bugging me...
01-14-2014 03:38 PM
havery When my husband and I first set out on our own we hit a bad patch and having finally found a cheap apartment we were finally able to move out of my car. But after all that we only had $5 to eat on the next two weeks until we both got paid. He was working a temp job and got a gig helping a landscaping crew. The owner of the house came home at the end of the day and handed him a card and thanked him for his hard work. It was a $50 Albertsons gift card. She had no idea who he was or how bad his situation was, she was just showing her appreciation for him working so hard for just minimum wage. We were actually able to buy groceries and eat.

5 years later we own our own house, have two beautiful daughters and live 3000 miles away from her, but I still wish I knew her name so I could thank her...we probably owe her everything for something I'm sure she thought was simple gratitude.
01-13-2014 11:46 AM
GatorBytes Leaving work one night following my boyfriend in my car on the way to his place - it was about 3 am (he was doorman, I was bartender). It was pouring rain out. As we got closer to destination, I got caught at red light (he went through).

I was heading east, at the light to my right was a blockbuster video store (dead end). A bus coming south stopped at the intersection and dropped off a passenger and turned west. A young man with very visible handicap (arm and hand caulked about chest level and his leg turned in) limped across the intersection passing in front of my car...as he was passing a street car heading west stopped at the intersection...4 punks got off (3 guys and a girl) and made a bee line across the intersection towards the blockbuster.

The light turned green. I stayed. Sure enough, the 4 punks jumped the handicapped kid as he fell to the ground started kicking and punching him, oblivious that I was at the light...I HAMMERED on my horn (knee jerk reaction), this snapped them out of what they were doing and they ran off.

Leaning on the horn drew the attention of a man in a p/u truck also heading west....he pulled a U-turn and stopped behind my car. We both got out to check on the boy who was pretty shaken up. The man said to me that it was b/c of my horn that he noticed the kafuffle and chose to swing back around...As this was going on, one of the punks came back and apologized, citing he didn't hurt the boy and wanted nothing to do with the beating...The man in the truck then asked the boy where he lived and offered him a ride home.

As I was getting back into my car, The man gave me a big smile and said "Good job"
01-13-2014 10:40 AM
ozzymama
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Originally Posted by doggiedad View Post
why 1 act a day? does that sound like enough?

It is the suggestion made by many organizations who want to see a conscious change in the world. Behavior modification. Do I personally believe it sounds like enough, no.

I love this organization. People For Good

It's about making choices to be kinder to others, even on this board
01-13-2014 09:56 AM
LaRen616 I found a stray kitten in a Wendy's parking lot. I couldn't leave her there so I called to her and she came over to my car, I opened the door and to my surprise she jumped in. I took her home and kept her in my bathroom so that she was separated from my other animals. I gave her lots of love and attention, she was fed high quality food and she had a warm, safe place to stay. I wanted to keep her, the family dog had just passed away that night and then I found her, I thought it was a sign but then I remembered that I have TOO MANY CATS, lol! I took her to the Vet just to have her updated on her shots, the next thing I knew I spent $491!

Spending all that money was a big shock and definitely took a big chunk out of my wallet but I chose to bring her into my house and I did save her life so that makes me feel better. I ended up giving her over to the police, they take all of the animals they recieve to a no kill animal shelter and I gave them all of her vaccination records and the medication that she was on from the Vet so that she wasn't vaccinated again.
01-13-2014 06:41 AM
OriginalWacky My husband and I actively did tons of things for others, often anonymously. It's been much harder this year to do anything, but I do try. I think part of why I'm not doing much is that I'm still grieving so hard and trying to get back on my feet after losing everything, but I still try to make others smile when I can.
01-13-2014 01:55 AM
Shaolin Every year, I donate to various K9 charities to get K9 officers vests to wear and I do it in the name of my favorite K9 and his handler. I try to put in enough money every year to buy three vests. This year, a group of us are working towards buying a K9 and a vest through a charity in my home state that pays for the dog, training, and a vest. My K9 buddy will most likely be retiring this year and a huge swath of area will be left dog-less, so my hope is that the area is chosen for the dog.

A single girl at work was facing a very unplanned pregnancy. One of the customers discovered what happened and tipped the girl $5,000 to help prepare for the baby.

My favorite RAK of all time had to be when I was a teenager. A girl at my school lost everything when her father killed her mother and brother, burned down their house, and died during a police standoff. We had a charity drive at our school for her as her family was already living barely above the poverty line and she had absolutely no family to go to. Someone dropped off a check in the sum of $30,000 and we found out later had paid for the proper burial of her family.
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