Friday, June 13, 2014

Random Acts of Kindness :: Shari's Berries :: #inspiration

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How do you make the world a better place?

I got an email from Shari's Berries asking if I would do a post about random acts of kindness.
I decided to ask some of the sweetest people I know how they make the world a better place.

Here are some ideas:

Lauren writes letters.
Lauren is in a book club. Every month she brings cards for the other members and then passes them out to the girls. Every person takes time to write something special and encouraging to one of their friends during the month. Every one wins, because everyone gets mail. Who doesn't love mail?

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Heather gives coffee.
Whenever she is able, she will leave behind money with the barista. She tells the barista to either use it for a lunch for herself, or use it for people that are in need of a cheer up.
Heather gives in a million little ways every day.
She is one of my giving inspirations. 

Tiffany is on the lookout whenever she visits the supermarket or Kohl's for Senior Citizens.
She wouldn't call it stalking, but she tries to follow behind a senior citizen or two and assist them with reaching products or whatever else they may need.

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AnneMarie lives in the country and doesn't have many neighbors. As a matter of fact, her family has  the only house on their road. There is one house at the top of the hill and one at the bottom and she has reached out to "be neighborly" to both homes. Last summer, when inquiring to one of the families about what was going on in their life and making chit chat, she found out that the husband had cancer and the wife was on disability. The couple was really struggling while waiting for their check. Because AnneMarie is a coupon cutter, she always a stash of stuff on hand to help those in need.  She waited a day or so because she didn't want it to be traced back to her. She and her son gathered up about a month's worth of food, toiletries, cleaners, toilet paper, etc. and waited until their car was gone and left them on their porch and drove home like we were on fire. The couple never figured it out. Every time she drives by their home she says a little prayer and hopes all is well for this dear couple. 

Barb is a teacher. She shared an act of kindness that was done to her. One day she got an email from a parent that she rarely hears from. The email told her that she was doing a great job and thanked her for all of the effort she made every day to ensure her students were learning and thriving. It made her day. 

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Frank likes to serve food at the Atlanta Homeless Shelter. No matter how down he is feeling when he goes in, he always walks out feeling like a million bucks. 

Fernanda pays for the person behind her at the Dunkin Donuts Drive Thru line whenever she has a chance. 

Tina was at the grocery store and saw an elderly man struggling to put his groceries into his car. Tina asked him if she could help. She helped him get situated in the car and then unloaded his cart. Although the gentleman was skeptical to accept the help initially, he was grateful after the task was complete. Tina felt happy all day that she was able to help someone in need. 

Jana did an act of kindness by climbing into a goat pen with her husband (had to hunch down) and helped a baby goat feed from its mama for the first time. The elderly couple that own the goats (84 and 88 yrs old) could not manage it themselves. Jana's husband held the mama in place, while Jana helped the baby. 

Jennifer and her 2 daughters always take a few extra $1 bills into the dollar store. Before they leave, they tuck some into the toy section so that a sweet little child will find one and be excited the next time they visit. Jen and her girls have so much fun doing this. They smile from ear to ear every time they get the chance. 

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There are a million ways to make the world a better place.

"No Act Of Kindness, 

No Matter How Small, 

Is Ever Wasted!" 



Tamar SB said...

Wow, Becky, thank you for sharing this. What amazing people. I need to follow by their example more!



Tracy P. said...

I love this, Becky! I love the way people inspire you, and the way you inspire people. I'm so thankful God sent you to shine for him into a world that is dark sometimes. You just light the place up! <3

Gigi said...

I may have something in my eye...thank you for sharing, it does my heart good to read that there are still inspiring and kind people out there.

photowannabe said...

This is such an encouraging post Becky. I love the photos too.
Random acts of kindness are so much fun to do.
Last night I surprised my friend by going down to church and helping Debi prepare and serve dinner to the Celebrate Recovery people coming to their meeting.
Debi had just returned from her own mother's memorial service and all the drama that happens when there are disfunctional family members attending the service.
She came back emotionally exhausted and was carrying on with her commitments to the CR dinners.
It felt so good to just step in and help a friend who really didn't know how much in need she really was.

Jana Davila said...

Awesome! These are great :)

Stacey said...

I love all of these ideas! It makes me smile just to read them and plot some ways that I can share kindness. :)

Raymonde said...

beautiful posts, full of ideas to encourage us all to do more of the good things. Have a wonderful Sunday Becky. x

Pieni Lintu said...

Lovely photos!!!

Jessica @EatSleepBe said...

Stunning photos (as always) and great stories!

Heather DiaperedKnights said...

We've paid at DD for the car behind us a few times. It is an easy thing to do!

Reesa Lewandowski said...

What a beautiful reminder on this Monday morning. Thank you!

Dresden said...

very lovely!! I always smile at the notion of "random" acts of kindness -- there is no random. It's all just kindness.

Lauryn said...

What a beautiful post! Hearing about and watching acts of kindness bring smiles to my face all day long. Thank you for sharing. There are millions of ways we can help others all around us!

kim @ DESIGN + LIFE + KIDS said...

I totally love this! I volunteer for Meals on Wheels with my daughters once a week and the joy their smiles bring to our senior citizen friends is a gift in itself! We often bring little surprises to them and I think a gift from Shari's Berries would be amazing to surprise them with one day... just might have to!

Mrs4444 said...

I love Jennifer's idea; I will definitely be trying that :) Thanks for the cheerful post :)

Carrie said...

Beautiful. And YOUR random act of kindness is sharing wisdom to help us be better people in this world!

Heather @ Girl Gone Mom said...

Giving is what it's all about, and you captured the sentiment here beautifully. :)

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