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Random Acts of Kindness: December Edition

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Welcome to our December Edition of Random Acts of Kindness!

Thank you for following our blog. We share information here about getting out of debt, the benefits of bankruptcy, and tips on savvy financial management, saving more, and spending less. Certainly, these are critical topics for our financial futures, but we also like to share stories on random acts of kindness. Just some feel-good news to remind us of the good in the world!

‘Tis the Season!

Around the holidays people often get into the spirit of giving and being kind to one another. It’s a beautiful display of the human spirit. There is even something called “RAK Friday.” This is Random Acts of Kindness Friday instead of Black Friday.

The nonprofit organization The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (“RAK”) created a Facebook fan page dedicated to collecting stories of kindness from RAK Friday 2017. Here are just a few inspirational random acts of kindness that people carried out the day after Thanksgiving.

  • We handed out a bouquet of flowers to the worker in the rental office – and then left flowers anonymously for neighbors.
  • Bought gas for a stranger.
  • Gave out over 400 brownies, cookie bars, pies, and inspirational quotes.
  • Gave out free hugs to strangers.
  • Sent thoughtful thank you cards to employees of a local high school.
  • Paid for Starbuck’s for the car behind us.
  • Bought a mattress pad for someone who hadn’t asked but had a need for one.
  • Made a point of having conversations with people throughout the day about the concept of RAK Friday.

You can read more stories about RAK Friday 2017 here.

Mother-Daughter Duo Spread Joy

Tamara, a woman who celebrates RAK Friday every year with her daughter and chronicles the adventure, dashed through JC Penny to fetch a shopping cart for an elderly woman trying to balance using her cane with carrying shopping items. This was after she organized some of the store’s disarray in the shoe and junior departments.

Afterward Tamara loaded the candy kiosk machines with quarters. She says it’s “a sweet treat to brighten a child’s day!” And later that day the mother-daughter duo added origami ornaments with kind messages inscribed to a giant Christmas tree to remind others “You Matter.”

Perhaps you would like to partake in RAK Friday next year! In the mean time, we can all pass forward random acts of kindness to our friends, family, neighbors, and complete strangers.

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”

– Scott Adams

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Random Acts of Kindness: November Edition

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Welcome to our November Edition of Random Acts of Kindness!

Thank you for following our blog. We share information here about getting out of debt, the benefits of bankruptcy, and tips on savvy financial management, saving more, and spending less. Certainly, these are critical topics for our financial futures, but we also like to share stories on random acts of kindness. Just some feel-good news to remind us of the good in the world!

A Kindness Jar

A “Kindness Jar” is a simple and effective way to teach children about kindness. A recent article by Nevin Martell, Let Your Children Teach You About Kindness with This Simple Act, teaches us that honoring kindness is as easy as filling a jar with pebbles.

Nevin has a son in pre-Kindergarten. In his son’s classroom sits a vase that is filled with various colors of small disks called “kindness pebbles.” Each pebble represents an act of kindness carried out by one of the students. Except the red pebbles – those recognize a collective act of kindness done by the whole class.

Kindness pebbles are awarded to the children when their teacher notices one of them doing something especially helpful or empathetic. For example, a child may receive a kindness pebble if he comforted a classmate after he fell down, or if she shared a toy with a classmate or did extra work during cleanup.

When a kindness pebble is awarded the child who earned it is brought to the front of the room and the teacher recounts the child’s act of kindness or good deed. The pebble is then added to the Kindness Jar.

The purpose of the Kindness Jar is to recognize kindness and to reinforce kindness. Nevin writes that the two steps are important because “the school is working to develop its students’ desires to be selflessly kind, not kind for the sake of a reward.”

Bringing the Kindness Jar Home

Nevin’s son brought the concept of the Kindness Jar home. Without prompting from his parents, he created a Kindness Jar at their house. He doled out the first two kindness pebbles to his mom for ” holding his astronaut helmet while they watched a movie” and to his dad for “helping him with an art project.”

Nevin and his wife have since given their son kindness pebbles for “helping clean up without being prompted and for spontaneously sharing with us.” The family may also be recognized for a collective good deed with a red kindness pebble. Nevin’s son decided their family deserved a red kindness pebble after they hosted a party and did a good job of being kind to their guests.

Nevin shares, “It did feel nice to be recognized for a good deed, because it inspired me to pause for a moment and be grateful for all the kindness in my life—both given and received.” We have an opportunity every day to practice kindness. He went on to say, “And it was a reminder that what might seem like a small gesture could have a big impact on someone else.”

Perhaps you would like to create a Kindness Jar for your family! More kindness makes our world a better place. Never forget the positive impacts extending kindness will have on your family, your friends, yourself—and the world.

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”

– Scott Adams

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Random Acts of Kindness: October Edition

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Welcome to our October Edition of Random Acts of Kindness!

Thank you for following our blog. We share information here about getting out of debt, the benefits of bankruptcy, and tips on savvy financial management, saving more, and spending less. Certainly, these are critical topics for our financial futures, but we also like to share stories on random acts of kindness. Just some feel-good news to remind us of the good in the world!

Big impacts… from seemingly small actions.

There is a pervasive notion that to create big impacts one must take extraordinary actions or have a broad reach. But it is not necessary to be famous, have a following, or to take extreme measures to make meaningful impacts. Indeed, to make big impacts – even if only for one person.

Leaving Behind a Smile

A little note reminding the person who finds it to smile is an act of kindness, and sure to bring a smile! You can have fun with these notes and leave them in places they’re sure to be found, like a travel brochure stand or in the hotel complimentary coffee basket. Your note may bring the levity that the finder needed in that moment.

Making Friendly Conversation

We often have the opportunity to make friendly conversation with people around us. Perhaps it is as simple as giving a compliment to the person waiting next to you in line, or delving into a long conversation for an entire subway ride home. In these brief encounters we can share laughter and connection with another person, and we can learn things we otherwise would not have learned.

There is a word for such meetings in Japanese. The word is pronounced “ichi-go ichi-e,” and it’s literal translation is “one time, one meeting.” It means that an encounter will only happen once in a lifetime, and serves as a reminder to treasure every moment because it will never occur again. Each moment is once-in-a-lifetime.

Bringing the Trash In

You can help a neighbor with simple things, and they may in turn help you!

Scully witnessed her neighbor getting annoyed coming home and having to move his garbage bin that was blocking his driveway after trash pickup. She decided to roll his bin up the driveway when she brought her own trash bin in. This small act of kindness grew roots. Scully’s neighbor began picking up her trash bin for her if he got home first. Now neither of them ever comes home to a blocked driveway.

Those who carry out random acts of kindness humbly, quietly are doing impactful work, just as those who stand out with extreme actions or notoriety do impactful work.

Never forget the positive impacts extending kindness will have on the world.

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”

– Scott Adams

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Random Acts of Kindness: September Edition #2

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Welcome to our September Edition of Random Acts of Kindness #2!

 

Thank you for following our blog. We share information here about getting out of debt, the benefits of bankruptcy, and tips on savvy financial management, saving more, and spending less. Certainly, these are critical topics for our financial futures, but we also like to share stories on random acts of kindness. Just some feel-good news to remind us of the good in the world!

 

As Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and Louisiana, the damage done was felt by all of us. Many people lost their homes, and some lost loved ones. The full damage of Hurricane Harvey is still not known, but there were also many stories of compassion and heroism to come out of this tragedy.

 

  • First, a story about a couple that was rescued by jet ski after calling their local Chick-Fil-A. J.C. and Karen Spencer were trapped in their flooded home and unable to get through to 911, so they called Chick-Fil-A to request a boat. Fortunately, the manager was in the store checking on things and answered the call. He was able to find someone with a boat to rescue the Spencers and some of their neighbors with the help of a jet ski.
  • Another woman went in to labor during Hurricane Harvey, and was unable to contact either 911 or the Texas National Guard. Her husband contacted a friend who was near the fire department to alert them on her situation, and she was rescued using a human chain because the water levels were so high.
  • A fundraiser organized by Houston Texas player J.J. Watt received so many donations for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts that the website couldn’t keep up. After setting an initial fundraising goal of $500,000, over $18 million funds (and counting) have been raised. Many other prominent athletes and celebrities, along with many ordinary Americans, have also donated funds to various disaster relief charities.
  • Finally, the owner of a Houston mattress store turned his furniture showrooms into relief shelters, providing shelter to hundreds of displaced people. There is already a petition to recognize August 26 as “Mattress Mack Day” in Houston.

 

These stories, along with the countless other examples of bravery and kindness shown during Hurricane Harvey, should give us all hope that we can overcome this disaster and rebuild stronger than ever.

 

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Random Acts of Kindness: September Edition

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Welcome to our September Edition of Random Acts of Kindness!

Thank you for following our blog. We share information here about getting out of debt, the benefits of bankruptcy, and tips on savvy financial management, saving more, and spending less. Certainly, these are critical topics for our financial futures, but we also like to share stories on random acts of kindness. Just some feel-good news to remind us of the good in the world!

Horrific events, including devastating natural disasters, have a way of bringing people together. This is true even in the most divisive of times.

In August, Houston Texas and the surrounding shores endured Hurricane Harvey, one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history. People lost their lives to the hurricane. Hundreds were injured. Thousands awaited rescue. The devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey will last for years to come.

In the face of rising floodwaters people formed human chains to rescue others, hopped into boats to save people they had never met, carried lost pets above their heads as they waded through the flood. As the hurricane raged on, the depths of compassion and the human spirit prevailed in many ways.

While stalled in traffic, drivers and passengers watched in horror as floodwaters picked up an elderly man’s SUV and was sweeping it away. Without pause, dozens of people jumped into the water to help. These good Samaritans formed a human chain and inched their way through the floodwaters toward the SUV. Together they pulled the man to safety. He was taken to a local hospital and reunited with his son.

When Annie Smith went into labor, her and her husband called 911 and the Texas National Guard for hours, but never got an answer. Desperate for help, they called a friend who lived near the fire department. He was able to alert the rescue crew. By the time the fire truck arrived at the couple’s apartment, the floodwater was so high that neighbors and firefighters had to form a human chain to rescue them. Annie said, “I just kind of held onto them, one person at a time and crawled along their arms until the firemen helped me up the ladder onto the truck.”

These are just two instances of the amazing ways that people stepped forward to help one another. Without the thousands of emergency responders, volunteers, and good Samaritans who showed up to help during and in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, we would have lost even more people.

Sometimes random acts of kindness are huge, life-saving acts of bravery.

It is those people who showed up to help their fellow Americans, to help their fellow humans, that made all the difference. Especially in times of true strife and hardship, the benefits of both large and small act of kindness can ripple so far.

Our thoughts remain with the people of Texas. Thank you to all of the emergency responders and others who showed up to help. Your courage and kindness has not gone unnoticed.

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”

– Scott Adams

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Random Acts of Kindness: August Edition

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Welcome to our August Edition of Random Acts of Kindness!

Thank you for following our blog. We share information here about getting out of debt, the benefits of bankruptcy, and tips on savvy financial management, saving more, and spending less. Certainly, these are critical topics for our financial futures, but we also like to share stories on random acts of kindness. Just some feel-good news to remind us of the good in the world!

Last month an anonymous woman picked up the tab for 25 firefighters at a Denny’s restaurant in San Bernardino County, California. More than 100 crew members from several fire departments worked tirelessly for more than five hours to bring a 70 acre wild fire under control. The firefighters stopped the forward movement of the blaze and contained the fire 100%, all the while working in 108 degree heat.

The generous woman paid the bill in secret, and the firefighters were not aware until they went to settle the check. The tab for the firefighters then eating at Denny’s totaled $355.22, plus the unidentified woman left a $50 tip and a $100 gift card to cover desert for future crew members who were expected to pass through the diner later.

What a beautiful way to show appreciation for those brave men and women battling the blazing wildfire!

The Colton Fire Department shared details of the woman’s random act of kindness to Facebook. The City of Colton Fire’s Facebook post reads:

After all of the firefighters finished fighting the La Cadena Fire in La Loma Hills this evening, they were sent to Denny’s for dinner. While eating, an anonymous woman told the Denny’s staff that she wanted to buy all of the firefighter’s meals; there were about 25 firefighters in the restaurant at that time. This woman paid for the meal of all of the firefighters at Denny’s at that time, plus tip for a total of $405; she also paid $100 for dessert for all of the crews.

 

On behalf of all of the firefighters that worked on the La Cadena Fire from San Bernardino County Fire, Cal Fire, Redlands, Colton, Loma Linda, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, San Manuel, Montclair, Apple Valley, Chino Valley, Upland, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Aviation, and Colton PD, we thank you for your generous show of support.

 

We are all honored to serve the citizens of our communities.

Hundreds of people commenting on the Facebook post praised her random act of kindness. One commenter called it an “awesome gesture,” and another said, “Kindness, generosity, and truly great people do exists.” Our favorite comment reads: “If you’ve read this post, do everyone a favor and pay it forward.”

The City of Colton Fire’s post went viral! It has been shared over 1,200 times, and garnered 8,900 reactions and over 400 comments. This anonymous woman’s thoughtful deed was truly a random act of kindness.

It doesn’t take money or talent to be kind. Give random acts of kindness a try. We’d love to hear about the kindness you spread into the world! Feel free to post stories about your acts of kindness on our Facebook page!

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”

– Scott Adams

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Random Acts of Kindness: July Edition

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Welcome to our July Edition of Random Acts of Kindness!

Thank you for following our blog. We share information here about getting out of debt, the benefits of bankruptcy, and tips on savvy financial management, saving more, and spending less. Certainly, these are critical topics for our financial futures, but we also like to share stories on random acts of kindness. Just some feel-good news to remind us of the good in the world!

Stories of kind people going out of their way to rescue an animal in need are not uncommon. Certainly our companion animals hold a special place in our hearts. Sometimes a random act of kindness comes from one of these dear animals.

Peanut was once a homeless dog in the Delta Animal Shelter in Michigan. She arrived to the shelter with broken legs, broken ribs, and a stomach full of carpet. Peanut (then named “Petunia”) was nursed to health and found her forever home with a nearby family.

About a year after her adoption, Peanut became a hero when she was credited for saving the life of a 3 year old girl. One morning Peanut “started going crazy” and was “running up and down the stairs, barking and yelping.” Peanut’s odd behavior captured the attention of one of her owners. When he let her outside she “went barreling into the field” behind her house at full speed. Her owner followed her and found Peanut standing over a naked, shivering 3 year old girl curled up in a ball.

Peanut’s owner scooped up the child and took her inside the house. He called 911 and when the ambulance and police arrived, the little girl could only say one thing – “doggie.”

Thankfully the young girl was not injured. The police eventually found the girl’s parents and their investigation found unsafe and unsanitary living conditions at the residence. The young girl Peanut rescued, along with another young girl, were removed from the residence.

You can read the full account of this amazing story in the letter Peanut’s family wrote to the Delta Animal Shelter here.

Thank you Delta Animal Shelter for doing all you can to help abused, abandoned, and otherwise stranded animals! Thank you to Peanut’s family for adopting this wonderful animal and giving her a second chance at life!

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Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”

– Scott Adams

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Random Acts of Kindness: May Edition

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Welcome to our May Edition of Random Acts of Kindness!

Thank you for following our blog. We share information here about getting out of debt, the benefits of bankruptcy, and tips on savvy financial management, saving more, and spending less. Certainly, these are critical topics for our financial futures, but we also like to share stories on random acts of kindness. Just some feel-good news to remind us of the good in the world!

In Los Angeles there is a man named Mohamed Bzeek who undertakes something few people could imagine doing: he is a foster parent who cares for terminally ill children. At the start, he knows that his time with his foster children will be short. He recently lost one of his foster children to cancer.

Currently Mohamed is caring for a 6-year-old foster daughter born with microcephaly, a rare disorder which prevented her brain from fully developing. She cannot see or hear. He also cares for his biological son, who was born in 1997 with brittle bones, dwarfism, and other physical challenges.

Mohamed provides intensive caretaking for the children he fosters. He has a nurse’s aide who helps with care on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but is the sole caretaker in the evenings and weekends. Mohamed has not had a day off since 2010. In an interview with Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, he said: “I know it’s heartbreak. I know it’s a lot of work. I know it’s going to hurt me sometimes. You know, I feel sad. But, in my opinion, we should help each other, you know?”

Mohamed’s kindness extends far beyond a random act of kindness. This is every day kindness, and a beautiful display of the depth of compassion to which the human spirit is capable. Thank you Mohamed Bzeek for the kindness, compassion, and love you extend to your foster children!

It doesn’t take money or talent to be kind. Give random acts of kindness a try. We’d love to hear about the kindness you spread into the world! Feel free to post stories about your acts of kindness on our Facebook page!

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”

– Scott Adams

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Random Acts of Kindness: April Edition

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Welcome to our April Edition of Random Acts of Kindness!

Thank you for following our blog. We share information here about getting out of debt, the benefits of bankruptcy, and tips on savvy financial management, saving more, and spending less. Certainly, these are critical topics for our financial futures, but we also like to share stories on random acts of kindness. Just some feel-good news to remind us of the good in the world!

When flying within the United States children under 2-years old fly for free. Recently at an airport in Omaha, Nebraska, a father checking in for his flight was asked the age of his daughter. When he told the agent that his daughter is two, she asked to see her ticket. But the father had not purchased his daughter a ticket. When he booked the flight she was under two-years-of-age, and he believed that she would be able to fly on his lap, without a ticket.

Clearly distraught, he stepped aside to figure out what to do. He mentioned that he was not able to afford a ticket, especially the cost of a last-minute ticket, for his daughter.

This is when a good Samaritan stepped forward to help this father and daughter duo reach their final destination.

A woman overheard the exchange between the father and the agent, and she stepped forward to help. Here’s the heartwarming exchange that followed:

“I wanna buy her ticket,” the woman said, pointing to the little girl.

“You know how much this ticket costs, right?” the surprised agent replied.

“$700 something?”

“$749.”

Without further fanfare, the woman handed her credit card to the agent.

Read the full account of this inspiring story here.

Of course most of us don’t have the resources to buy a stranger a plane ticket… but all of us have the opportunity to bring more kindness into the world.

Kindness is a gift everyone can afford to give.”

It doesn’t take money or talent to be kind. Give random acts of kindness a try. We’d love to hear about the kindness you spread into the world! Feel free to post stories about your acts of kindness on our Facebook page!

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” – Scott Adams

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Random Acts of Kindness: February Edition

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Welcome to our February Edition of Random Acts of Kindness!

Thank you for following our blog. We share information here about getting out of debt, the benefits of bankruptcy, and tips on savvy financial management, saving more, and spending less. Certainly, these are critical topics for our financial futures, but we also like to share stories on random acts of kindness. Just some feel-good news to remind us of the good in the world!

For many people companion animals hold a special place in our hearts. It is not uncommon to hear stories of kind people going out of their way to rescue an animal in need. Often during natural disasters animals get left behind. This includes dogs and cats, and also horses, pigs, or other farm animals. We see time and time again that shelters do what they can to help the abandoned or otherwise stranded animals.

Of course everyone loves taking a break from the daily grind to watch an adorable cat video. We’ve gone one step further. We scoured the net for animal rescues that will warm your heart!

Please take a few moments to unwind and enjoy these heartfelt animal rescues. There are good people in this world.

Rescuers Dedicated 33 Hours To Rescue A Kitten Trapped in Storm Drain

Watch the video here!

A team of rescuers banded together to rescue a kitten trapped in a pipe. After a 33-hour rescue mission, they saved him! In honor of his plight, they named him “Piper.”

Rescuers Saved A Dog Clinging for Life Trapped In a Well

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A rescuer from Animal Aid climbed into the water to rescue the frightened dog. He carried her in his arms as the rescue team helped pull them both from the well.

Firefighters Tear Open A Storm Drain To Rescue 9 Baby Ducks

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Sometimes random quacking leads to rescue…  Watch the dedicated firefighters of the Phoenix Fire Department rescue 9 ducklings! Once freed, the baby ducks ran straight to their mother in the neighboring backyard.

 

How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” – William Shakespeare

 

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