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  1. Random Acts of Kindness Project Completed

    December 31, 2012 by C.

    I eat lots of cupcakes

    I eat lots of cupcakes



    I have wrapped up the last random acts of kindness for my 41st birthday. This was such an amazing project for me…it is so true that it is better to give than to receive. I think this has taught me to keep my eyes open to what is going on around me and to step up when there is a need. A few people have told me that they want to start doing something like this because of my posts and that makes this worth so much more.

    1. Sent an email to a couple of co-workers boss to let him know what a great job they do.

    2. Hung candy canes on the walls around the office. I thought people would grab them and eat them but instead they are still hanging there. I guess they thought I was decorating for Christmas. Please eat the candy canes people.

    3. Sent a sympathy card to Sandy Hook Elementary. I wanted to do something and didn’t know what else to do.

    4. Picked 2 names at random from the phone book and sent them Christmas cards.

    5. Went shopping at Dollar General and took a laundry basket full of items to Children’s Haven in Joplin.

    6. Went through Chick-Fil-A and there was a young man standing outside handing out condiments. The weather was very cold and rainy. Pretty miserable. Stopped and gave him a tip.

    7. I eat lunch once a week at one of my favorite restaurants in town. I have given the waitress a list of their lunch specials that I love on my business card. She calls me and lets me know when they will have those things. I brought her a Christmas card with a Visa gift card inside for taking such good care of me and my belly.

    8. Made a donation to United Through Reading. I think this is such a great organization to support. Kind of a different way to support the troops but I love it.  I am going to copy what they do exactly in their words.

    “United Through Reading is the nation’s first nonprofit to promote the read-aloud experience for separated military families.  United Through Reading offers deployed parents the opportunity to be video-recorded reading story books to their children which eases the stress of separation, maintains positive emotional connections and cultivates a love of reading.  At nearly 200 recording locations worldwide, Marines, Soldiers and Sailors, National Guard, Reservists and Airmen, can read to their children from units on ships, in tents in Afghanistan, on bases and installations around the world and at 70 USO centers worldwide.  Over one and a half million military parents, spouses and children have benefited from the program since its inception.”

    If you are interested in supporting this project here is their web address:

    9. I eat a bunch of cupcakes. I went to buy a few more and had a reward card that was full and would get me a free cupcake. I asked the girl at the counter to please give it to the next person that came in. I explained it was a random acts of kindness project I was working on in hopes she wouldn’t throw it in the trash as I walked out.

    10. I was at my dentist office for a routine checkup back in October. My dentist is so nice. She does everything herself from cleaning your teeth to x-rays to making appointments. I really like that. It never made much sense to me that the dentist spent about 2 minutes in your mouth and left. This lady thoroughly knows my mouth and would easily recognize anything going on very quickly. Anyways, she was in the middle of cleaning my teeth and was talking about her youngest son who had just made a commitment to join the Marines. She started crying. He is her baby…just out of high school and has a condition that should have kept him out of the military, but they signed a waiver and put him through anyways. She was terribly distraught and I really didn’t know what to say other than I was sorry and would keep them in my prayers. She told me he was to leave for boot camp on December 11th. So on December 11th, I sent her a bouquet of flowers just to let her know I was thinking of her and still keeping them in my prayers. She called me the next day completely in shock I think. She thanked me over and over. Shared with me how difficult it was to see him go but it is what he wanted to do and she has to support him. A very difficult thing to do as a mother I am sure.

    That’s it. All 41 random acts of kindness completed before January 1st 2013 as promised.

    This will be my last post for 2012. It has been such a great year…with having one of my posts featured on and setting a new page view record for one day of 1387. A big thank you to each and every single one of you that come here to read what I am up to and have been so supportive. I cannot tell you how much it means to me. You guys are awesome!

    Happy New Year to you and yours. Let’s make 2013 the greatest year ever.

    Hell yea!

    Hell yea!

  2. More Random Acts of Kindness

    November 28, 2012 by C.

    Makes you feel good.




    I have another 10 of these done. That leaves 10 more and I am all finished up. As I promised they will be done no later than January 1st.

    1. Sent a card to a friend that was having a bad day.

    2. I bought Halloween treats from a candy store for all of my friend’s kids.

    3. I hid dollar bills around the toy section of the Dollar Store. Inside books and coloring books and under bottles of bubbles and other small toys. Can you imagine the face of a little kid that finds money to buy a toy?

    4. A local restaurant had a pie sale for an employee diagnosed with cancer. I ordered a pie and paid for 2.

    5. Made a monetary donation to a Salvation Army in New Jersey for the Hurricane Sandy victims.

    6. Introduced myself to a neighbor and invited her and her husband to join us in our storm shelter next time the sirens go off. This was extremely difficult as I make a point of not knowing my neighbors. “Like a good neighbor, stay over there” is my attitude.

    7. Some people were set up in front of Walgreens one morning collecting cash for a 7-year-old with brain cancer. I emptied my pockets of the cash I had on me.

    8. Bought items to be shipped by a local trucking company to help out the folks trying to recover from Hurricane Sandy.

    9. While out Black Friday shopping with the masses, I picked up a couple of items for friends that didn’t want to venture out in the madness.

    10. The last one I just signed up for today, so I am not sure exactly what all it entails, but there is a charity for the families displaced by Hurricane Sandy. It is called, “Secret Sandy” and the families write letters asking for certain items that would help them have a better Christmas. From what I read it is mostly for their children. I have a hard time thinking of children not having anything for Christmas so I signed up immediately. Soon, they will send me a letter from my family and I will go to filling their wish list.

    If this is something that would interest you, please visit

    Although I only have 10 more to finish my mission, I feel this project has changed me and will be something I continue doing the rest of my life. It has opened my eyes and made me examine different ways to make the lives of others better because giving is what it is all about…especially when you have a life as blessed as mine.

  3. Hurricane Sandy Relief

    November 3, 2012 by C.

    So sad.



    My heart breaks for all those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Being from Joplin, MO I know how devastating a storm can be.

    It will take a while for the area to bounce back but I know they will. To help with their efforts, I am sharing a few sites that you can help assist some of the victims financially. Please give what you can afford.


    The Red Cross is providing shelter, clothes, supplies, food and blood, as needed, for the victims of Sandy. You can donate blood, but in terms of items, you’ll be doing more for those in need by donating money instead of physical goods.

    Text message: Text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. As in the case with other donations via mobile, the donation will show up on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your balance if you have a prepaid phone. You need to be 18 or older, or have parental permission, to donate this way. (If you change your mind, text the word STOP to 90999.)

    Phone: 800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767); for Spanish speakers, 800-257-7575; for TDD,  800-220-4095.

    To donate blood: Visit this Red Cross Web page.

    Online: American Red Cross

    The Salvation Army is providing meals and shelter. “At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these items are vital to supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army,” the organization said Tuesday in a press release.

    Text message: Text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation. To confirm the donation, respond with the word “Yes.”

    Phone: 800-SAL-ARMY (800-725-2769)

    Online: Salvation Army; here’s the organization’s New Jersey site, and its Greater New York site.


    Many pet owners were able to take their pets with them, but for those who were not, the Humane Society’s Animal Rescue Team is assembling staff and equipment to help rescue pets in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

    Phone: 301-258-8276

    Online: Humane Society of the United States

    The association is helping animals that may need rescue or shelter.

    Text message: Text the word HUMANE to 80888 to donate $10.

    Phone: 866-242-1877.

    Online: The AHA’s website for donating is here.

    Habitat, an international organization, helps those in need rebuild their homes after disaster strikes.

    Phone: As of Tuesday morning, Habitat’s online donation system was not available. If you want to make a donation, you can call Habitat’s Partner Service Center at 800-HABITAT (422-4828). Press “0” when prompted and representatives will take your donation information over the phone.

    Online: This is Habitat for Humanity’s main website.

    This group coordinates efforts with the state’s Office of Emergency Management, as well as with state and local nonprofit organizations.

    Phone: (908) 355- FOOD (3663), ext. 243.

    Online: Community FoodBank of New Jersey

    The organization will deliver food, water and supplies to communities in need through its network of food banks and the agencies they serve.

    Phone: 800-910-5524

    Online: This is Feeding America’s main website.

    Catholic Charities provides emergency food, shelter, direct financial assistance, counseling, and support “regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds.”

    Online: More information here; main website here.

    Phone: 800-919-9338

    This group provides emergency medicine and supplies. Donations are accepted on its accepts donations on its website.

    Phone: 800-486-4357.

    This local NYC program is “the city’s largest volunteer organization, running volunteer programs for 1,300 nonprofits, city agencies and public schools.” It is recruiting volunteers to help with Sandy relief efforts, and is also raising money.

    Online: New York Cares; donation page here.

    Phone: 212-228-5000

    You can also approach the city government directly to volunteer, by emailing with your name, email address and borough.

    The organization provides medicine and supplies to partner health centers and clinics.

    Text message: Text the word RELIEF to 27722 to give $10.

    Phone: 805-964-4767.

    Online: Direct Relief International is the main website; go here to donate online.



  4. Meet My Pen Pal Kimberly

    October 20, 2012 by C.

    I hate rats and moles.




    As one of my random acts of Kindness I signed up to be a Pen Pal with I have finally been paired up with my student and she has sent me the first letter. She has also picked out the book we are going to read together, “The Naked Mole-Rat Letters”. I am not a big fan of rats, mice or moles but I am going to “stay calm and carry on” as they say.

    Looking forward to getting to know Kimberly and sharing my love of reading with her.

    Here is my letter from Ms. Kimberly:


    Dear Chanin,

    Hi,my name is Kimberly. I am in the fourth grade. My birthday is on  September. My favorite subject is math. I live in Southern California. My favorite color is blue because it’s the color of the sky. I am forward to meet you online! I am on pins and neadles because I can’t hardly wait for your next letter.I have a hard time with reading because I don’t get alot of info but  I want to keep on trying.

    What is your favorite thing to do? What is your favorite color? What is your favorite subject? What state do you live in? When is your birthday?





    Your penpal,



    Write back soon!

  5. More Random Acts

    September 30, 2012 by C.

    Very excited about this




    1. Joined In2Books. This wonderful organization allows you to be a pen pal with a child. You and the child will discuss all sorts of things but mainly you will be reading the same books and then discussing them together via email. I have written my intro letter and I am just waiting to be placed with a child. Can’t wait to get started.

    2. I won a St Louis Rams sweatshirt at work in a drawing. I gave it to a kid I know that loves Sam Bradford and the Rams.

    3. I wrote a letter to Verizon about the wonderful customer service I received from Fredy.

    4. Made a treat for my co-workers. Pumpkin Fluff Dip was a big hit and very easy to make.

    5. Let a man go in front of me in a check out lane at the store.

    6. Wrote a thank you card and mailed it to my hairdresser. I am a huge pain in the ass over my hair and I just wanted to let her know I appreciate her putting up with me.

    7. Loaded a box of things around the house and donated to DAV.

    8. Held the door open at a store for everyone coming and going for a good 5 minutes.

    9. Got a group of ladies at work to go serve a dinner at a local children’s home. We go October 16th and will be feeding 15 children.

    10. Prayed for a stranger. I was coming home this morning from running errands. I noticed there was a fire truck and ambulance in front of a church. As I was passing by I saw them wheeling out an older gentleman on a stretcher. Hopefully nothing too serious. Regardless I said a prayer for him.

    I have 20 left to go now. Moving a little slow with this but I will accomplish the last 20 by January 1st. It’s a promise.

  6. Random Acts

    August 27, 2012 by C.

    Might just burn their hands off.




    Back at it again. This past week I started with visiting a park early on a Sunday morning before anyone would be there. I gathered up a bucket of change and scattered it all over the playground for the kids to find. I remember always being thrilled as a kid to find some money on the ground so I think it was probably well received.

    The next act was to buy someone’s lunch at a drive-thru. I tried it once at Subway but the woman had an angry face and was giving me dirty looks like it was my fault it was taking 20 minutes. Too bad so sad, Ms Mad Face. So I waited a few days and tried it again. This time it was a normal looking woman and I don’t know what she thought because I had to hustle to get to work but I am sure it at least made her smile.


    Last but not least, I bought donuts this past Friday for my co-workers. Now, I had a rough week and had been very stressed so there was a higher level of profanity spewing from my mouth. So, I guess technically it was an apology for all of my bad language. I am counting it anyways. Only 30 more to go!


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  7. More Random Acts of Kindness

    August 7, 2012 by C.

    Nothing like a free cold refreshing soda on a Monday.

    My first act of the week was to leave enough money taped to the vending machine so that someone would enjoy a free pop.

    “Thanks for the pop money, Chanin! You must have known I was broke this week,” Stephanie said.

    “Um, you are not supposed to know it is me doing it,” I replied.

    “Oh well, it was your handwriting, ” she replied.

    Mental note to self…no more handwritten notes with these acts unless it is for a complete stranger.

    My next task was to leave a nice note/thank you card with $10 in it for the lady that delivers my mail. It is freaking hot outside and it must really be a crappy job to work in this heat. Should make her smile I hope.

    Today I did something that I don’t really want to discuss because I don’t want anyone to figure out it was me that did it. So just trust me…I did something that counts and hopefully it was well received.

    Three down…35 more to go. I hope I get this finished before I turn 42.

  8. Random Acts of Kindness #1, 2 and 3

    August 4, 2012 by C.

    This would have made me smile.







    My Acts of Kindness birthday project is off to a slow start. My first act was on Friday morning when I made this cute little sign and hung it on the mirror in the ladies restroom at work. I honestly expected to hear the ladies asking around, trying to figure out who would have hung such a sign in our bathroom, but I heard nothing. I am thinking they either thought the super creepy cleaning man left it for us the night before and had caused the ladies to feel a little grossed out or we have a bunch of ladies that don’t wash their hands after they potty. Another possibility could be they actually read my blog (highly unlikely) and figured out it was me that did it and they thought I could have come up with something better like buying everyone lunch. I have made a whopping $4.65 off this blog thus far, so we would have to split a few dollar menu items between the 30 of us.

    My next act happened this morning. My mom is pretty sick and I went to check on her. I told her I was going to the grocery store and asked if she needed anything.

    “Chicken broth”, she hoarsely whispered to me.

    She feels that if you are under the weather drinking a gallon of chicken broth will cure you completely. When I am sick she stands over me and watches me drink every drop of the chicken broth she has brought over to heal me. I hate that shit.

    While wandering around the store, I found a bucket of “Cherry Mash” candy bars. These are her all time favorite treats. So I picked up the gallon of chicken broth and two Cherry Mash bars.




    I took all of this to her and when she saw the Cherry Mash bars she got the biggest smile on her face. Mission accomplished!


    I went to breakfast at a new restaurant in town. It was very good and our server was superb. Every time she approached the table she had a big smile on her face and was just a sweet young lady.

    Our breakfast was $15 and I handed her a $10 bill as her tip. She looked completely shocked. She kept thanking me over and over. You would have thought I had handed her $100 bucks. She even ran back into the kitchen and was showing it to the other waitresses. I honestly didn’t think she would overly thrilled with the money but she was and it was so nice to watch. This was the best reaction so far and made me excited  to do more nice things. I don’t have a photo of her and the $10 because I thought that would probably freak her out.

    My birthday started out rough yesterday. I went out to get in the car to head to work and my car would not start. It really just put me in a really bad mood to start the day. Luckily, it was just a dead battery. After getting it jumped I headed to the battery chain where I had bought the last one.

    They quickly jumped on my car and the manager came in to ring me up. I start digging for my debit card.

    “Oh, we won’t be charging you anything to replace the battery”, he said.

    “Why?” I asked.

    “You have had the battery two years and four days. Our warranty covers the battery for two years and since it is just barely over, I am going to go ahead and give it to you for free”, he replied.



    If you add that ticket up for what it would have cost me you would get $97.95. I really feel it is a sign/reward that I am doing the right thing with these random acts of kindness.

    Three down and 38 more to go…




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