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Have You Ever Initiated or Received a Random Act of Kindness?

Paying it forward, random acts for no reason ... have you ever had the opportunity to share one or been the recipient of a random act of kindness?

Locally, we occasionally hear of an out-of-the-blue act of kindness — usually at a drive-through — that brings a smile to the face of the receiver and sometimes brings about a whole change in the outlook on the day. More times than not, the recipient of the free meal, coffee or even baskets of groceries is inspired to pass it on or pay it forward to the next person. 

Thus was the act of kindness that resulted in a day of free coffee for hundreds of people at a shop in Winnipeg, Canada. 

After the Newtown shooting, a movement began to perform 26 Acts of Kindness — one in honor of each of the victims. Facebook pages have been dedicated to the effort and there's even a Twitter hashtag, #26Acts, spurred by Ann Curry of NBC.

Admit it. Whenever a Facebook friend posts a status update or a tweet comes across from someone we know who has been the recipient of even such small or large generosity, it changes our whole outlook on humanity, doesn't it? These little gifts that remind us, no matter the fiscal cliffs and ugliness that makes the headlines, there is still good left in the world.

 Need some ideas that are pretty easy to do?

  • Buy coffee for the person behind you in line
  • Rake leaves for a neighbor
  • Buy lunch for a homeless person
  • Send flowers to a rehab facility
  • Buy a veteran's meal
  • Write your child's teacher a thank-you note
  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  • Donate during a local blood drive
  • Spend some time at a senior center
  • Send a treat to your local fire department
  • Send a treat to a day care center
  • Volunteer to read in a school

Have you ever participated in a random act of kindness? Tell us about it. 

Wallflower January 05, 2013 at 05:51 PM
I don't think he could ID me by this post. But thanks for the warning.
Maria A. January 06, 2013 at 02:20 PM
I thought I would not leave a post, but you all have inspired me....at least most of you have. :) I have a habit of stopping at accident scenes if I feel my services are needed. If the police have not yet arrived, and if I feel assistance is warranted, I do whatever is needed....directing traffic around the accident, calling family for victims, speaking reassuring words to the injured, providing blankets for children, small stuffed animal for children (keep toys and blankets in my vehicle), holding umbrellas during rainstorms for EMT's, etc. Once I stayed with a child when he was injured and had no parent at the scene. He was afraid he was going to die (7 years old), and it ripped my heart out. I have never regretted stopping and offering assistance, although it does change the outcome of my day. I hope those who are helped pay it forward, and I am sure they do. One day I may need someone to help me.....and I'm sure God will send someone to me. I don't generally give any details to others, except my first name if it is necessary to introduce myself. These posts are inspiring, as it shows the sensitivity of humans to reach out to others....except in the case of some who think they are "cute" when sarcastic about the openness of those sharing. God bless you all.
Good Grief Y'all January 07, 2013 at 12:28 AM
Maria, you have taken this discussion to the highest level. God bless you for what you do! I'm sure He has, many times over. :)
ayana wellington May 20, 2013 at 01:40 AM
Cheryl, it seems that people can be a bit delusional when it comes to doing good deeds. A lady claimed she was helping me out and turned out she was actually trying to destroy my relationship with my child. My child said this lady was verbally abusive and she told my child that she was a thief, liar, and that her mother did not want her. I was terrified and felt betrayed by this lady. She continually tries to intimidate my child when she sees her. I wish she would just leave her alone. Those wolves in sheeps clothing pretending to be an aid to others and in all actuality is a person's worst enemy. Thank goodness there are still some genuine people out there that exist.
Tammy Osier May 20, 2013 at 02:18 AM
many years ago, I worked in a daycare and had a child on a heart monitor. Our doctor bills were very high and little did anyone know, we could barely put food on the table. The director, who was a Christian, felt led to do a very nice thing. One day, as I was leaving, I went to my car and it was filled to the brim with groceries! I cried all the way home, but my experiences with people like that is what has made me who I am today. Recently, in the jail, we had a thanksgiving service. Some of the girls got up and one told how she had been in and out of jail since she was 13. She was a runaway, and kept coming back to the jail due to her mother's boyfriends and their advances on her. She said that each time she came back, there we were. She said that she was suspicious of whether God really was like we said, but that our faithfulness to them proved it to them. She said that now she's 17, and then all the girls said that instead of being like they were taught, they wanted to be godly women and help girls like them. Who knew? We were just treating people the way we want to be treated. One act of kindness to me caused me to want to do the same. I don't think people realize the power that is in it.

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