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    Random Acts Of Kindness

    Post  ameliorate on Sat Sep 07, 2013 5:07 pm

    For those who may not know, there is a movement (that anyone can "join" just by doing the act) called Random Acts Of Kindness.  It is just that.....doing something that makes a difference to someone - however small.
     
    Today there were volunteers at my supermarket, requesting that shoppers purchase an extra item for a food bank (for those less well off, e.g. on benefit and struggling).  I was happy to oblige and it felt great!
     
    Here is the website - it gives some suggestions too (click on Kindness Ideas)
     
    http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/

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    Post  Guest on Sat Sep 07, 2013 5:10 pm

    nice.....

    how about using this thread for our own random acts of kindness......dont post your own.....post what you see others doing?

    yeah?

    no?
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    Post  SpiritVoices on Sat Sep 07, 2013 5:54 pm

    I saw an old man helping an old lady across the street today.
    He could hardly walk himself.....

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    Post  Kaere on Sat Sep 07, 2013 5:58 pm

    Awww, that's a perfect example Voices :astar: 


    I pay for those behind me at the drive thru, if it's a harried parent with a load of kids... and I've been known to do the foodbank thing... and I might possibly keep a grocery store giftcard in my wallet for those days when someone is just a little bit short of cash for their full order, people find it easier to accept a card than to accept cash. Just a quick 'this will help' and walk away. I love it, selfish me.

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    Post  Guest on Sat Sep 07, 2013 9:41 pm

    I helped an elderly gentlemen fix his mower.....next door neighbor actually.....he does lots for me too
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    Re: Random Acts Of Kindness

    Post  ameliorate on Sat Sep 07, 2013 11:16 pm

    Mr.Whitmore wrote:nice.....

    how about using this thread for our own random acts of kindness......dont post your own.....post what you see others doing?

    yeah?

    no?
    Yes I like the idea of posting what kind acts others do as well.   (I get that it can look like boasting....there is merit in just quietly making a small difference to someone without relating it).  Thereagain, it can act as a springboard to inspire too....that was the idea in starting this thread.  Never can be enough kindness....  :rainbow: 
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    Post  eyeopen on Sun Sep 08, 2013 12:26 am

    I use to do a thing called deed of the day back in college, anything from giving some one a fag, saying something nice to a smile or compliment etc, but to be honest now I just put money in charity boxes.
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    Post  ameliorate on Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:15 pm

    Here's a current worthwhile way of making your act of kindness have further ripples. Filling in the form (in the link below) enables the Government to make a donation to 6 charities for the Xmas period.

    http://www.itv.com/thismorning-take-a-moment/your-moment/
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    Post  ameliorate on Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:40 pm

    I once received a double whammy of random acts of kindness at a time of need. My bike chain got all tangled up suddenly, on a high street. I upturned the bike on the pavement and started to grapple with yanking the chain free...not easy. This cheerful man came up and proceeded to take over the job. He did it but was covered in greasy hands (which embarassed me). He didn't seem to mind though and, after I offered my deep thanks, went away as cheerfully as he had appeared.

    I had black grease on my hands also so had to find a way of washing them. Nearby was a cafe that had a toilet. I propped my bike outside the shop and was hesitant about leaving it there unchained (didn't want to touch the fabric covered chain with my dirty hands). 3 people (who were chatting together nearby) had apparently seen this and came over. To my amazement, they offered to stand guard over my bike whilst I washed my hands! I could hardly believe it - seemed so unusual and heaven sent. I came out with cleaned hands and thanked them.
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    Post  SpiritVoices on Tue Jul 01, 2014 9:24 pm

    People like that,I call angels,Amy.....not many of those around..
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    Post  ameliorate on Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:45 am

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    Post  Golden Angel on Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:23 pm

    Love this thread  :asmile: I have been for the past 5 months buying extra toiletries whilst doing my weekly food shopping for the homeless people, it takes me around a month to fill a carrier bag full of toiletries and I take them to the nearest homeless centre just near to where I live, the volunteer's are always appreciative and so thankful for me doing this for them.

    I also if I am in the town shopping either buy a big issue magazine from a homeless person, or I will go and buy them a cup of tea or a sandwich, it is lovely to see they are truly grateful.

    Love GA xxx
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    Post  ameliorate on Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:34 pm

    Golden Angel wrote:Love this thread  :asmile: I have been for the past 5 months buying extra toiletries whilst doing my weekly food shopping for the homeless people, it takes me around a month to fill a carrier bag full of toiletries and I take them to the nearest homeless centre just near to where I live, the volunteer's are always appreciative and so thankful for me doing this for them.

    I also if I am in the town shopping either buy a big issue magazine from a homeless person, or I will go and buy them a cup of tea or a sandwich, it is lovely to see they are truly grateful.

    Love GA xxx
    Thanks for sharing what you do!

    Do you shop at Waitrose?  I don't know what the situation is where you live but, here in London, most Waitrose shops have a food bank section where you can leave extra groceries.  I do that regularly along with what you say in your last paragraph about the Big Issue. 
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    Post  Golden Angel on Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:48 pm

    Hi Ame No I don't shop at waitrose but some bigger stores such as Tesco and Asda have a food bank available. I got intouch with the homeless centre near where I live asking what they was in need of the most, they told me that they get plenty of food from supermarkets  and they offer meals for the homeless everyday, however they where in lots of need of toiletries, just the basics as they also have shower's available at the centre where they can freshen up and get fresh blankets etc .

    Another thing I like to do is sort out old books, magazines and drop these in at the centre as They told me they can get quite lonely and bored living on the streets and this helps occupy their mind.

    Love GA xxx
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    Post  ameliorate on Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:51 pm

    Oh I didn't know that about bigger stores of Tesco and Asda (neither of which are near to me, i.e. the bigger ones).

    Yes I have heard that certain female toiletries are often overlooked (that time of the month!) - so I always include that in my donations.

    There are a lot more facilities for the homeless now since I was street homeless (in my teens - in the last century).  That said, the situation now is rife and much bleaker...Dickensian!
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    Post  Golden Angel on Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:07 pm

    Hi Ame Yes the big stores I believe have been collecting food banks for a few years now. I too agree that women's toiletries get looked over, so I always make sure I buy for ladies too. That is so kind that you help out as much as you can, and nice to see better support for homeless people. Any one can fall on hard times in life. So it is nice to see people showing acts of kindness :angel: .

    Love GA xxx
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    Post  Golden Angel on Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:04 pm

    Today when I drove home from shopping and parked outside my house I saw a young women stood outside of her car with the Bonnet up, I asked if I could be of any help to her, she said that her partner had just walked to the local garage to get some coolant and oil as the car was chugging and smoking. I said if she needed any help to just come and knock on my door. About 10 minutes later I saw them getting the pram and two children and shopping out of the car, so I went out and asked if they where ok?, they replied they think the radiator had seized so I offered them a parking permit as I did not want them to get a parking ticket and offered if I could take them home, luckily they only live in the next street. But they where so thankful and grateful for the parking permit and offering to help. :rainbow:

    Love GA xxx

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