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: http://www.unitedthroughreading.org/
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 HelloGiggles.com 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.