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Random Acts of Kindness Captured by Car Dashcams in Russia

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When a huge meteor exploded over Russia back in February, the incident was captured by a large number of drivers who drive around with dashcams pointed out the front of their windshield. The story put a spotlight on the fact that dashcams are widely used in Russia due to the prevalence of insurance fraud.

Footage from Russian dashcams found online is often quite dark (figuratively, not literally), showing horrible accidents and tragedies. Not so with the video above — it’s a compilation of random acts of kindness captured by ordinary drivers.

It’s a video that may restore some of your faith in humanity. “The world isn’t without good people,” a sentence found in the video says, “Any act can become one of great kindness if it is done selflessly. When was the last time you did a good deed?”

The video shows many scenes of people doing good to one another, from men and boys helping elderly ladies cross the street, to people brushing snow off cars and lifting/pushing them back onto the road, to people protecting a family of ducks and a baby (?!?) from oncoming cars.

If you’d like to see a video that’s similar both in subject matter and in style, check out the “happy moments” security camera compilation we shared last June. For that video, Coke took a bunch of happy security camera clips and strung them together into a feel-good video.

(via kottke.org)

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May 4th, 2013 at 11:34 am

RAK #122 – Bought Coffee for Friend

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RAK #122 – this evening I met a friend at Starbucks, and bought him coffee and a pastry. Count it!

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May 2nd, 2013 at 11:50 pm

“Be Delightful,” get McDonald’s reward

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http://tbo.com/storyimage/TB/20130502/ARTICLE/305029870/AR/0/AR-305029870.jpg&MaxH=337Now through the end of May, McDonald’s wants you to practice being kind.

McDonald’s is Tampa Bay, Florida, is challenging residents to perform random acts of kindness as part of a “Be Delightful” Twitter.com campaign. During the month of May, participating fans will be rewarded with a gift card for a new Egg White Delight McMuffin when they tweet @McDTampaBay an act of kindness that includes the tag #BeDelightful.

Each unique random act of kindness a person shares on Twitter – holding the door open for a stranger, helping a neighbor, letting a car ahead of you in traffic, etc. – must include a tag with @McDTampaBay and include #BeDelightful.

An example of a qualifying tweet would be “@McDTampaBay you would be so proud of me! I rescued a kitten from a tree today #BeDelightful.”

The free food offer is redeemable in Tampa Bay only and will expire Dec. 31, 2013.

To read the full participant guidelines, visit http://www.mcstate.com.

 

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May 2nd, 2013 at 11:23 am

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