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Next Friday is Random Act of Kindness Day

November 6th, 2009 By choclatesrocksbcj

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Friday, Nov. 13 will be the inauguralRandom Act of Kindness Dayin our area. Before that date, cards will be circulated throughout the community. The cards will encourage the cardholder to perform a simple act of kindness for someone — a neighbor, a friend, a co-worker, or someone they don’t even know — and hand the card over to that person, encouraging him/her to do the same. There are

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aside a day to pay it forward. Random Act of Kindness cards will be available at the Community Foundation of Orillia and Area, located in the Dundee Wealth office, 27 Coldwater St. E. For more information, please call 259-1163.

The Maurice Cheeks Moment

November 2nd, 2009 By choclatesrocksbcj

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quite some time. The former member of the 1983 championship winning Philadelphia 76ers and the former coach of the Portland Trail Blazers. He became an icon of kindness during a 2003 playoff game between the Trail Blazers and the Dallas Mavericks. It is now remembered as the ‘Maurice Cheeks Moment’.

The setting is Rose Garden, home of the Trail Blazers who were in a must win situation against a Dallas team that already had a two game lead in the best of seven series. Natalie Gilbert, a 13-year-old eighth-grade winner of a promotion walked out to center court to perform the National Anthem. She woke up with the flu that day, though, and felt awful as she stood before 20,000 amped fans.

There she was, alone in the center of 20,000 individuals until Cheeks walked up to her, put his arm around her, and held the microphone to her mouth while helping her remember the words. Her confidence returning, Gilbert began singing again and was joined by the entire area; crowd, players, coaches, everyone. They finished the anthem with a bang.
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After the event, Cheeks and Gilbert appeared on The Tonight Show, were interviewed by CNN, and also did interviews with Good Morning America and ESPN.

Random Act of Kindness Sends Kindness Clown to Jail

October 16th, 2009 By FanAUDI

A Random Act of Kindness Lands Ohio Man in Jail

What began as a random act of kindness for one person led to them being locked up for the night and facing charges. This person was trying to have a little fun while performing acts of kindness that for some reason local authorities didn’t find too amusing. A witness in the Akron, Ohio area saw a person dressed as a clown putting quarters in every parking meter on the street that had a car parked at it. He was stopped by police and when they found out what he was doing was arrested. He spent the night in jail and is facing charges of fines for his random act of kindness.

This generous act of kindness ended up with an arrest? Are you kidding me? What has the world come to when a selfless act of kindness ended up in charges brought by the city. Has our society become so jaded that a person simply acting out of the goodness of their heart should be arrested? There may be some law against putting quarters in parking meters, I don’t know, but it seems as though the least that the police could do is let the clown off with a warning. It’s up to bloggers and media to bring positive stories to the public so that kindness is not such an anomaly in society and stories like this don’t occur again. We are all pushing for the poor kindness clown and hope that too many stories like this don’t squash acts of kindness.

This story was taken from the Random Acts of Kindness Blog

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50 More Ways to Pay It Forward

October 15th, 2009 By FanAUDI

The Idea Behind Paying it Forward

The term Pay It Forward represents an act of kindness that will positively impact another’s life. This term is usually designated to small and random acts of kindness that anyone is capable of achieving. Sure, you could donate 1,000 to charity, and that would be a wonderful act of kindness, but paying it forward is more geared toward simpler tasks that are encouraged on a daily basis.

According to the original post by Belinda Munoz, author of the blog The Halfway Point: Choosing Positivity, the main goal of paying it forward is to take the focus off of oneself and analyze how they can brighten someone else’s day. Looking out for number one and taking what is offered and what you’ve earned is human nature. Giving is much less intrinsic in our nature, but the benefits can be just as rewarding. Knowing that you brightened someone else’s day and asked nothing in return is a gift in itself and worth experiencing.

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Photo courtesy of http://thehalfwaypoint.net/2009/09/50-simple-ways-to-pay-it-forward/

50 Ideas for Random acts of Kindness

  1. put a quarter in a meter, any meter, that’s about to expire
  2. leave a copy of a really great book you’ve read in a cafe for someone else to enjoy
  3. be nice to the customer service people who are trying to help you with your technological difficulties
  4. tip your restaurant server generously
  5. thank the cooks, waitstaff and bussers personally
  6. say something nice or funny or goofy to the toll booth attendant (like, “Don’t drive too fast, now” or “Glad to have encountered you today”, or something less hokey)
  7. forgive a driver directing road rage at you
  8. buy or pack a meal for a homeless person (or give him/her your to-go box from a restaurant)
  9. give a warm coat to a homeless person
  10. offer to do pro bono work on a project where your skills are needed
  11. mentor someone
  12. make a donation
  13. say a prayer or whisper a kind wish for someone
  14. compliment a stranger
  15. send a box of donuts or bagels or muffins to a construction site
  16. next time you leave a foreign country, give all or some of what’s left of your currency to someone who resides in that country
  17. next time you’re at the airport, offer to pull the bags belonging to a woman or a mother with child out of the conveyor belt
  18. praise generously
  19. give local tips (re: restaurants, sights, etc.) to a tourist
  20. show respect equally to all human beings
  21. put a tip in a street musician’s jar
  22. let someone cut in front of you at the grocery store
  23. tell a funny joke to a stranger
  24. give someone a chance to prove him or herself
  25. encourage someone to pursue their dream
  26. allow someone to let his or her light shine
  27. show support to an artist or writer or musician
  28. hold the door open for someone
  29. tip a cab driver generously
  30. teach a child something you wish you knew at that age
  31. smile at someone who’s sad
  32. smile at strangers
  33. offer sincere, kind words to someone who’s hurting
  34. visit a hospice and spend some time with a terminally ill patient
  35. volunteer at a battered women’s shelter
  36. spend some time with a senior citizen living alone
  37. give up your seat on a crowded bus or train or ferry
  38. inspire someone to be the best that they can be
  39. give someone the benefit of the doubt
  40. offer to babysit for a single mother
  41. offer the FedEx, UPS or DHL delivery person something to drink especially on a warm day
  42. help a pregnant lady
  43. sit and talk with a homeless person and learn their story
  44. loan something to someone and forget about it
  45. loan money on Kiva
  46. contribute to a friend’s child’s education fund
  47. give blood
  48. show respect to a soldier regardless of your pacifism
  49. donate to or volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation
  50. replace an angry or bitter thought toward someone with a loving thought (or at least try)

Just think about the difference it would make if everyone did at least one of these things every day. Most of them don’t cost any money and have the ability to brighten the day of one or more individuals. As a society, it is about time we took the time to love others; it just might solve some of the social crisis we are faced with. It’s at least worth a shot right?

A Million Moments of Kindness

October 14th, 2009 By FanAUDI

User Submitted Acts of Kindness

A Million Moments of Kindness is an attempt to join with many individuals to create a network of positive stories to be broadcasted to the world. One of the many efforts to change the type of news that people are subjected to, A Million Moments of Kindness documents user submitted random acts of kindness, philanthropy, kindness of strangers, and generosity collected from all around the world. The hope is to create a positive impact on people’s lives through positive news.

Behind the blog and movement is MamaRed, officially known as Jerilynne Knight, has brought love, laughter, joy, and hugs since she could toddle around saying “wuv you” to anyone who would listen.

she is committed to helping others find their own gifts, their own essence and living life full out…a life that is juicy, jazzed, joyful™. Charged up. Kicking booty and taking names along the way. Filled with passion, purpose and spirit (which is, by the way, how she got the name for her company).

From the top of her red hair to the tips of her red painted nails, she believes everyone counts. Everyone matters. And everyone has a special gift to share with the world.

Big acts, small acts, any act counts. A Million Moments of Kindness will use any piece of technology and the help of their readers to spread the positive word. This site is about as genuine as it gets. Real people achieving real acts of kindness, an organizer who is more dedicated to the cause, and free of advertisements and marketing distractions. A Million Moments of Kindness is the real deal; an initiative to band together and change the world in positive fashion.

For more, check out the site at http://www.onemillionacts.com/blog/

MamaRed a.k.a. Jerilynne Knight

MamaRed a.k.a. Jerilynne Knight

Stopping Traffic With the Help of a Smile

October 14th, 2009 By FanAUDI

Random Act of Kindness from an Unlikely Source

posted by Firecrystals, on Oct 12, 2009 from http://www.helpothers.org

My house is located on a very busy road.  There are frequently huge trailers whizzing by at high speeds, and it is virtually impossible to get across the street to the nearby hospital.

One evening, when I was coming out of the house with my 6 year old cousin, I saw a drunkard by the house, talking to himself.  I smiled at him and then proceeded to stand by the curb, waiting for an opportunity to cross the street.  This man then came over to us and started showering us with blessings for a long life and good fortune, all simply because I gave him a smile.

After wishing such kindness on us, he actually stopped the traffic on the road and helped us to get across the road without any difficulty.  As we parted, he simply smiled and waved at us as he plodded away.

Moral of the Story:  Never underestimate the power of a smile.

Helpothers.org is a site dedicated to spreading stories of kindness to their readers in hopes that it will impact people’s lives. You can read more stories at their site, contribute your own, receive some ideas on how to spread kindness, or order kindness cards to pass out to loved ones as well as strangers. A growing number of these sites will hopefully cause a shift in how we treat others for a brighter tomorrow.

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RakTrak: Tracking Random Acts of Kindness

October 13th, 2009 By FanAUDI

A New Site Dedicated to Tracking Acts of Kindness

Since 2008, RakTrak.com has been dedicated to simply going out into the world and committing random acts of kindness in hopes that people would catch on-and they have. They are also dedicated to reporting all acts of kindness that they hear about in order to spread good news to the masses. It’s more than often that the public is exposed to the negative events going around in their communities. Seldom do people hear the encouraging news of positive impact in their communities. In order for us to change as a society for the better, the good must be covered more than the bad.

We live in world where plenty bad happens, but what we are exposed to can change our entire perception on the world. RakTrak is dedicated to keeping track of random acts of kindness and encouraging recipients to pass them on to the next individual. The site keeps track of acts of kindness and sets more in motion. In addition to having cards that users can purchase and help track their acts of kindness, the site has many ideas on how to brighten someone’s day. Ideas both big and small can be put in motion and documented throughout the globe as the acts of kindness continue to be passed.

Their blog, similar to this one, documents company’s acts of kindness as well as companies doing their part on a large scale in making the world a better place, and a forum where users can submit their own stories. People should be aware of the good things happening in their communities as well as the negative. RakTrak illustrates just how much goes on in the world ever day and passes that information onto their users. Check out their site and join the movement at http://www.raktrak.com.

Image courtesy of RakTrak.com

Image courtesy of RakTrak.com

The True Meaning

October 7th, 2009 By FanAUDI

The Time is Love Approach to Kindness

There are many stories and sites out there that have indeed outlined many acts of kindness. A good number of sites offer awards for amazing acts of kindness, fame, and other perks that sometimes come with a generous heart. These are amazing stories of compassion and love that a site like Time is Love needs; the random acts of kindness that make the headlines.

We are also interested in the acts of kindness that don’t make the local news and reach maybe no more than one person. Every little act of kindness whether it is holding the door for a complete stranger or donating to your local charity counts toward a better society for us all. We hope to document all acts of kindness submitted by our readers in order to raise awareness about the stream of kindness that constantly runs through the world, but that we hardly hear about.

Most individuals expect nothing more from their acts of kindness than a ‘thank you’ or smile. Tell us about your random acts of kindness, love, or tips on how to become a better person by signing up on Time is Love and posting your amazing stories.

Photo courtesy of cheermup.net

Photo courtesy of cheermup.net

Breakthrough Acts of Love

October 2nd, 2009 By FanAUDI

Acts of Kindness that will Blow your Mind

Here are some of the latest acts of kindness that are truly out of the ordinary. Time is Love has covered some random acts of kindness and other stories of kindness, and find more extraordinary achievements in benevolence daily. Everyone is encouraged to do their part to make the world a better place for all. These stories are some of the most touching and memorable acts of kindness collected so far.

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79 year old Jo Parry had recently been diagnosed with macular degeneration and completely lost her vision. A widow with no children or family members in the area, Parry wondered how she would deal with her condition. But thanks to some generous people in her area, she is supplied with the necessities. Deli chef Mike Reed noticed her having trouble reading the menu and noticed how frustrated she became. He now delivers food to her once or twice a week. She call in her order and he drops it off at her house, claiming it’s on the way home.

“I tell her her house is on the way, but it’s not quite,” says Reed, who drops by after his shift. “It’s not too far out of the way,” said Reed.

Parry’s hairdresser also picks her up for her appointments.

Healing a Soldier

Inga Guen still recalls the day when her son supplied her with a life changing phone call.

Her son Karim is part of an organization that visits recovering soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and told her about one unforgettable victim.

Sergeant David Battle is a tank gunner who had been blown up in Iraq and lost both of his legs, an arm, and a hip. Battle was raised by his grandmother who had died while he was overseas, so he had no family left. He had woken up from a coma and didn’t want to talk to anyone. Karim thought that Battle would open up to his mother, so she nervously accepted and began visiting Battle. She now visits him once a week and brings him his favorite foods as well as new clothes that are easy to slip on. She had a ramp installed at her home and brings Battle to the beach. Guen continues to give Battle hope and encourages him to get an education, referring to him as her adopted son, one of her dreams for him is to have a car constructed so that when he leaves rehab he is able to drive.

When Guen visited Battle on Mother’s Day, he gave her a gift. “I opened the box,” she says, “and it was his Purple Heart.” With his good arm, Battle hugged her tight.

Sing me to Sleep

Linda Cassell had known Jumoke Adebimpe only a few weeks, but there was Adebimpe, curled up in a hospice bed next to Cassell’s one-year-old son, singing the boy to sleep.

Christopher Cassell, Linda’s son had shown signs of developmental problems his whole life, and at times woulds top breathing. An MRI showed that his brain had stopped growing, most likely from a mitochondrial malfunction. Adebimbe had learned of Cassell’s plight through Grace Community Church in Arlington. As soon as the Cassells were recognized by the church for outreach, people begun performing numerous acts of kindness to help them through their suffering.

In an e-mail Adebimbe learned that doctors had given Christopher only days to live, and he was being taken to Capital Hospice in Arlington. She hadn’t yet met the family, but the urge to provide any comfort she could was strong. She drove to the hospice.

When Cassell mentioned that her son loved music, Adebimbe began singing to him. Adebimpe, 29, has a beautiful voice—a contralto, she’d sung in an opera group at George Washington University. She would serenade little Cristopher; if he was restless, he would fall right asleep.

When Crisopher died, Cassell asked Adebimpe to sing the song “For Good,” from Wicked, at the funeral. Her kindness helped Cassell through an extremely difficult time and is still a large part of her healing process.

Housing Help

Julia Kramer and Tom Oberdorfe were looking for a better wedding gift that the conventional registry gifts. They decided to have their loved ones donate the money they would normally spend on gifts to a worthy cause. This came in the form of a non-profit organization Northern Virginia Family Service. The NVFS was created for single mothers and their children, offering not only housing, but education on parenting, job hunting, and budgeting.

Kramer and Oberdorfe have hosted 3 fundraising events for NVFS where over 100 friends and colleagues have dished out $150 each for a night of dinner and dancing. So far the couple has raised $65,000. They haven’t raised enough to buy a townhouse in Virginia for a needy family, but are well on their way. They continue to organize events in hopes that they can make a positive impact with their generous act of kindness.

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