Random acts of kindness

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by winds-of-change, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Let's hear them. Here's one I heard that impresses me no end.

    A certain member here is having a family crisis. One of the family members lives far away. Another member here donated frequent flier miles to reunite the family in their time of crisis. Now that is one good person, isn't it? Some people just know when to jump in and help without being asked and with no motive for any favour to be returned.

    What have you done to help your fellow man?
     
  2. F4U

    F4U Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have a group of family and friends who long ago lost track of who owes who a favor, some phone calls are made and people show up to help with projects, go to gun shows, car shows, swap meets, trap shoots or what ever comes up if it is a major project the wives will show up at suppertime with covered dishes and a picnic/party will break out. Whoevers house we are working at is in charge of lunch and beer. The group has grown as some of the group has sons that have come of age, and I see they and their friends doing the same things,(us old guys slow down their projects, plus we don't like the music they work too. lol).
     

  3. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Great story. Come on, folks. Let's lift each other up what have you witnessed or done for someone else. Too much negativity in this world, let's post some good things!
     
  4. TheSadPanda

    TheSadPanda New Member

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    This is just a small one. I went to taco bell because i was starving (not literally) and i order my food at the drive thru. As im pulling up to the window i realize i forgot my wallet at home. I get there and she hands me my soda and i tell her "im really sorry but i forgot my wallet. I cant pay for this" so she hands me the soda and says its no problem. I try to give it back, and as im reaching back up to the window she hands me the food too and says "here ya go! Have a good day!" I politely tell her again i dont have any money but i can drive home and come back. She tells me that this is her one good deed for the day and sends me on my way. And this wasnt a few dollars. I ordered ten bucks worth of taco bell. She made my whole week.
     
  5. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    That was probably more than she earns in an hour. Great story.
     
  6. eatmydust

    eatmydust New Member

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    I deal in seasonal produce, from about Memorial Day to around Labor Day. I have been able to find a good, charitable cause to donate my less than perfect, unsellable, yet very nutritious & delicious (the same food my wife & I eat) older produce to. I do ask if they can furnish me with a tax deductible letter, but the lack of one has never stopped me from donating.

    I consider it a true sin to throw out perfectly edible food, so it is a 2 way street with me & the people I donate to.

    I also sell Christmas trees in December and have been blessed to find a family or 2 that can really use a free tree or a serious discount, so that they can retain their dignity, & still have a real Christmas tree.

    The joy that these things bring into MY life is immeasurable!
     
  7. donthav1

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    a girl that grew up in the same town I did lost a child to S.I.D.S. a couple years back. We don't know each other well, just basically know each other's names & say hi to each other if our paths happen to cross, which is rare. Her & her husband don't have much money & an account was set up to take donations to pay for the funeral & a headstone, I anonymously donated $150. Hope it helped.
     
  8. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Once in a while there is someone that needs a jumpstart, or getting their keys out of a locked car. I do NOT do this for a living- but if someone is stuck, and I'm free to give them a hand- why not?

    For the folks that want to pay me, I ask them to wait until the Salvation Army kettles show up- when passing one, think a nice thought about the Olde Phart that got their car started, and toss a buck in the kettle- and we're even.
     
  9. towboater

    towboater Well-Known Member

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    I'll never be rich, because I like giving too much.
     
  10. F4U

    F4U Well-Known Member Supporter

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    With your permission I am gonna steal that line, in fact I am kind of ashamed I didn't think of it myself
     
  11. eatmydust

    eatmydust New Member

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    Thank them!

    And let's not forget to THANK those folks manning/womanning(?) the kettle, who stand out there in the freezing cold, rain & snow, to help out others!
     
  12. TekGreg

    TekGreg Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    When going through the McDonald's drive-thru, if I see the car behind me is in bad shape and the people inside counting change, I'll tell the clerk as I pay for mine that I'm paying for their order as well. If there are kids in the car, I add cookies or ice cream for a treat. I do the same thing if I'm walking in and see homeless people - grab 'em and ask if they want a meal. It's just to make someone else's life a little bit easier.
     
  13. donthav1

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    it's not a random act of kindness for me, every time i see a Salvation Army kettle, i put money in it. Sometimes while Christmas shopping that means i will see 3 or 4 a day, i still drop something in each one. it's usually not much, but i will every time because i have seen it put to good use.

    2 years ago we had rather nasty flooding here, & the salvation army routinely went through neighborhoods & sand bag fill sites to give food & water to about anyone they saw. Me & some friends were filling sand bags at one of the fill sights & a girl from the salvation army stopped by to give us sandwiches & water. we told her thank you but we will pass, give our share to someone who needs it.
     
  14. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Way more than I do, and I supply safe drinking water to a whole damn city.
     
  15. Zombiegirl

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    Hubby and I help take care of our elderly neighbors. I cook for them, we visit them and hubby has even gone over at 3 am when the man needed help getting his wife up when she had fallen. They know they can call 24 hours per day. Their family doesn't help. I love them like family though so I don't think it counts as random kindness.....
     
  16. towboater

    towboater Well-Known Member

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    I tilled the neghbors garden every year. And she would often come ask for help with something or another. She was arond 90. I sure enjoied the stories she could tell. Once in a while Id take my guitar over to play and sing some gospel songs. She moved in with her daughter last year due to a fall. I sure miss her.
     
  17. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    You are all so awesome and you will be rewarded for your kind and loving deeds.
     
  18. 1911_Marine

    1911_Marine New Member

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    My wife and I are currently cleaning out my parents attic to move them out of their home of 35 years and in with us. Built in baby sitters.

    Anyway, I have a set of ice hockey skates, helmet, pads, pants and a couple sticks that I would love to donate to a young man looking to get into ice hockey. I am sure there is more up to date stuff out there today but for a youngster that may not be sure he wants to play long term it will be enough to get him out there. I say "him" not because I am sexist but because the skate are a men's 12 and the pads are a large. If you know someone deserving I would love for an anonymous box to show up on his door step. Thanks.
     
  19. Steel_Talon

    Steel_Talon New Member

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    When I come across a need, I just do....
     
  20. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    I try not to brag/talk about/advertise my good deeds. I feel it somewhat defeats the purpose, kinda like claiming charity donations on tax returns. Although I know I have mentioned a few.

    I'd be more than happy to tell a good deed someone has done for me, or in my presence though. I'm just tired as ****, can't sleep, and can't think of one.

    I think I've shared a few here and there in the past on the forum though.