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Archive for April, 2013

RAK #117 – Gave Money to Scouts

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RAK #117 – today we stopped by the Girl Scouts table outside of the grocery store, where they were selling cookies.  I decided to be healthy and not buy the cookies (bah!) but gave them them money anyway. They were excited!

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April 27th, 2013 at 4:40 pm

RAK #113 – Donated Items to Goodwill

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RAK #113 – Time for Spring Cleaning!  We’ve have been discussing the merits of a more ‘minimalistic’ lifestyle, and realized that we have excess clothing, kids toys, and other household items that are in nice shape and good working order, so went through everything and gathered up a half-dozen bags of items and took a trip to Goodwill.  Feels great to (hopefully) put that stuff to better use.

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April 23rd, 2013 at 10:51 pm

RAK #112 – Helped a Friend

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RAK #112 – My friend asked if I could give her son a ride to an event with my son, and I gladly accepted. I also treated the boys to dinner and ice cream, so it was a pretty good night for them!

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April 23rd, 2013 at 11:35 am

‘Random Acts of Pizza’ sent to thank Boston-area first responders

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First responders in dozens of Boston-area communities are getting free shipments of food – primarily pizza – sent by people from across the globe who are eager to show their admiration and gratitude for the tireless work of the past week to treat victims, secure neighborhoods and track down two men who allegedly bombed the Marathon.

The meals and other treats are being delivered to Boston, Watertown, Cambridge, and other local police officers, State Police troopers, FBI and other federal officials, area EMTs and emergency dispatchers, nurses and doctors.

Much of the effort has been coordinated online, through social media and websites like Reddit.com. The campaign has been nicknamed “Random Acts of Pizza,” which has its own website, www.randomactsofpizza.com, which is described as a “sub-community” of Reddit.

Read more HERE.

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April 22nd, 2013 at 11:16 am

Police Officer Replaces Girl’s Stolen Bike, Becomes Facebook Hero

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Officer Replaces Girl's Bike

In a world so often besieged by violence and uncertainty, can always use more heroes, more positivity and more random acts of kindness toward others.

Oxnard, Calif., Police Officer Michael Kohr did his part.

Responding to a report of child’s stolen bike Monday, Kohr ended up fixing the problem then and there for Nina Sanchez and her daughter Bella.

How did he do that? Read on to find out …

“On my way to take my daughter Bella on a bike ride, her cherished Minnie Mouse bike that Santa brought her had been stolen, along with our jogging stroller,” said Nina.”To say we were heartbroken is an understatement,” Sanchez wrote in a Facebook post that has gone viral, based on what happened afterward.

Read more: http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2013/04/police-officer-replaces-girls-stolen-bike-becomes-facebook-hero/

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April 19th, 2013 at 11:10 am

Random acts of kindness abound in wake of tragedy

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BOSTON — This hardened city, not always known for being warm and welcoming, reacted to Monday’s marathon bombing by offering victims refuge — a place to stay warm, make phone calls to loved ones, charge cellphones, eat or drink, or just collect themselves.

The response from Bostonians was hailed by people who came from across the world for the Boston Marathon, and Bostonians said they would have done anything to lend a hand during the disaster.

On Tuesday, when a swath of the Back Bay remained blocked off for the investigation, stories started to spread of strangers helping others.

Matt Phillips of Australia was a few blocks down Boylston Street from the site of the explosions at the Capital Grille, where David Morelli, a sales representative from Marblehead, gave Phillips a few of the restaurant’s tablecloths to keep himself warm, as well as food and drink. Phillips couldn’t find his wife and daughter — and without an ability to call while overseas, they had virtually no way to connect.

Morelli, who was having lunch, ensured him he’d find them.

“I said, ‘I’ll stick by you. I’ll help you. I won’t abandon you,’ ” Morelli said. “I was so nervous for him. I felt compelled to hang with him no matter what. I kept saying, ‘Sorry, Boston’s not normally like this.’ ”

Read more: http://www.lowellsun.com/todaysheadlines/ci_23051524/random-acts-kindness-abound-wake-tragedy#ixzz2TNxWFNFU

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April 18th, 2013 at 2:57 pm

RAK #108 – Chose Kindness Over Conflict

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RAK #108 – this was a tough one…I had a negative interaction with a coworker, who I felt was being unreasonable.  This person was upset, and was choosing not to see the situation from any other perspective, and seemed to have other non-work-related issues occurring as well.  Realizing this, I chose to not engage, and choose kindness over the conflict, in the hopes this would help us both get past it.

As tough as that decision is for the ego, it did seem to help the situation and it didn’t escalate further, so I guess it worked.  Still sucked, though…not all of these RAKs are easy.

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April 18th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

The value of small acts of kindness

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When I was in high school one of my friends launched a group called Random Acts of Kindness, built on a simple principle of sharing small gestures of humanity with other peers on campus. It seemed a silly idea to me at the time.

Some days the students stood at the entrance to our cafeteria, offering hugs to kids bustling between classes. Another morning they placed yellow daffodils on the desks of each teacher. When my friend asked me to help with one of their projects — handing out small care packages before final exams — I scoffed at the idea. How much impact could these silly gestures have? Besides, I didn’t know half the students I was trading glances with.

But in light of recent tragedies — the bombing in Boston and countless other misfortunes that don’t always command the same media attention — these small acts of kindness seem to take on a new meaning, especially in an increasingly anonymous world. Like many people after hearing news of the bombings, I felt a wave of despair.

Social media sites seemed to erupt with the same anguish – users claiming they’d given up on humanity and couldn’t understand the source of such evil. “Where is the love?” shared one friend over Facebook. That frustration was hardly misplaced, but in addition to the usual fundraisers that crop up around these tragedies, there’s something to be said for such small acts of kindness.

Walking through the University of Washington campus Monday afternoon I can remember simmering in my own sadness after getting off the phone with a friend who’d be in the marathon. Rounding the corner, I came across a small cluster of students handing out flowers. One smiled ear-to-ear before passing me a tulip. The gesture was so effortless and genuine, it caught me off guard, and put me strangely at ease.

“Have a good day,” she said, as if to a friend.

Empathy can make itself felt in many small ways. It’s understandable and even important to feel moments of grief after these events, but I think one of the greatest ways to heal is to remind ourselves of the humanity around us.

I often forget it myself. Waiting for the bus at the end of a long day, my usual stance is to plug in my earphones and block out the world, shrugging my shoulders when somebody asks for bus money, even though I know I have at least a dollar to spare in pocket change.

But in an increasingly anonymous world, even a smile can go a long way. And as my high school friend understood, these gestures shouldn’t be limited to moments of tragedy.

 

Contact Bellevue Reporter Staff writer Celina Kareiva at ckareiva@bellevuereporter.com or 425-453-4290.

Original article: http://www.bellevuereporter.com/opinion/203641341.html

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April 18th, 2013 at 1:14 pm

RAK #107 – Paid for Stranger’s Lunch

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RAK #107 – another old standby…I paid for the car behind me in line at the drive-thru. I didn’t have any RAKnotes with me, but told the cashier to tell the other car’s owner to ‘pay it forward’, so I’m hoping this made their day.

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April 17th, 2013 at 3:23 pm

#26Acts2: Acts of kindness in the wake of the Boston Marathon tragedy

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After the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., NBC News National and International Correspondent Ann Curry asked the public to perform 26 acts of kindness: one for each shooting victim. Now, in #26Acts2, she is on Twitter again asking for more random acts of kindness, this time in honor of victims of the bombings at the 26th mile of the Boston Marathon.

Tag your acts of kindness with hashtag #26Acts2.

Read more HERE.

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April 16th, 2013 at 10:54 am