Hello Ladies. I was encouraged to post this topic here after reading a magazine last night about giving. Not just helping someone you know out or being a blessing to someone that we normally do. The article talked about doing for others anonymously that makes you feel like you do have a purpose in life. They say it is much better to give than receive. Me personally it is so much easier for me to give than receive. It is very humbling for me to receive but I have learned to allow myself to be blessed no matter what route God chooses to bless me.

The article gave three examples from three different women on what they did to make someones day. Random acts of kindness that helped them realize that the world can be as loving and caring as we decide to make it. Some examples of what they did were:

One mom, put a long distance calling card in her baby sitter's pocket book without her knowing.

Another printed up 100 fliers that said, "you are special" and went to the local grocery store and put them on people's cars and did not stick around to see if she made their day.

Another one weeded someones yard without them knowing.
Another one paid for the toll for the car behind her.

You can imagine how you would feel if you were the recipient of a random act of kindness from a faceless person. It's like you are an angel and you bless people without them seeing you or knowing you did it.

So with that....I would like to start a post (not a group lord knows) dedicated to ideas of random acts of kindness that you think would make someones day and examples of things that you do or plan on doing. It's about being in the conscious mindset that I am going to bless someone today (preferably) someone you don't know. That lady in the grocery store, a mom at daycare where you see a child needs new shoes, your neighbor, any stranger can use a random act of kindness. I hope that this can go as far as we can take it.
I'll start:

When I first moved here in Sept. I was the first tenant in the building I live in. In the last couple of months, people have now moved in here. I haven't really met all of them but to welcome them (even the A$$ hole that lives above my head), I am going to bake them a fresh batch of cookies and leave them in a basket on their doorstep. No name...no advertising that I am a baker...just something nice (hopefully they won't think someone is trying to poison them)-LOL

I know in this age people are suspicious of people doing nice things to and for them but it still can be done. Doesn't have to take money, just your time and creativity.

so what are your idea?

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Feb. 1, 2008 at 2:45 PM

Last Christmas a few of my girlfriends and I got together and bought presents for a family that we all knew. They were having car trouble and had no money as of the week before Christmas, so I did a phone tree. Low and behold they were really shocked to find presents on the porch when they got home one day. I even got the parents something, nothing to big or fancy. Just some little something that they could open too.

I like this idea and now I am going to do it also.

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Feb. 1, 2008 at 3:35 PM since I design jewelry, i would like to create a piece for a mom just because.

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Feb. 1, 2008 at 3:40 PM Christmas is a good time to do Random, Anonymous acts of kindness but there is no reason why everyday it can't be done. That was a really nice idea (Magillicutti). I would have cried if I opened my door and saw gifts on the porch. Would have been balling.

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Feb. 1, 2008 at 3:42 PM cre8ive40, what you could do is get a couple of your friend's addresses and when the spirit hits you, send them something Anonymously with a nice note. Just a thought

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Feb. 1, 2008 at 3:57 PM I have two sets of car keys. One busy day, i went to jump in my car and go get kfc for supper. When i walked in the garage some flower pots had fallen and made a mess behind my car. I put the keys on top of the trunk and cleaned up the mess. Then i hopped in the car and went across town. I was in the drive-through and kept noticing the man behind me waving. I ignored him and placed my order. The man got out of his truck and was at my window holding my set of keys i had left on the back of my car. He was so handsome and kind. I was very embarrassed, but thankful. That set has my house keys, so it would've been a huge ordeal to lose them. So at the window, i told the girl i wanted to pay for his order too. Also, to tell him i said "I think he's HOT"!  He was a total stranger that made my day!

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Feb. 2, 2008 at 8:39 AM

I've done the tollboth idea before.  One day I did it for someone, and the next day someone did it for me!  Wow - I was surprised!  I wonder if that makes the workers there crazy?

I leave books that I have read at work, with a note that they are free to whoever would like them.  They always get picked up!

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Feb. 2, 2008 at 5:26 PM

brey  this is a very good idea!!!!  i would like to bake a cake for my new neighbors for valentines day!    i think that it would make their day!  i chose them because i dont really know them other than passing!  so that would be a great  way of doing something for someone that you dont have any feelings attatched to......im even excited to be doing this!    ....anyone can do something special for someone that they love and care about, but the ultimate challenge is taking time, effort. and sometimes money to be a blessing to someone that you dont know!    thanks girl!  this post has really touched me!

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Feb. 2, 2008 at 6:05 PM

CrystalRene34, this is a perfect example of giving and receiving the same day. It can be a continuous circle if we always look for a reason to give. happilydivored, same thing. Doesn't it feel good?

 sexxymomma21, let me know how that turn out. I've been really motivated by the challenge myself.

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Feb. 3, 2008 at 1:21 AM When my daughter was potty training, she and I were in Wal Mart one day and we didn't make it to the bathroom in time. I didn't have a change of clothing with us, so I took her in the bathroom and was drying her shorts and underwear under the hand dryer. Another mom had seen what happened and she came back into the bathroom with an outfit and package of underwear for my daughter! It was so sweet, and so unexpected! That was 9 years ago and I will never forget it!

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Feb. 3, 2008 at 1:39 AM scoutmomof2, that was wonderful. Imagine how someone else would feel if you came to their rescue. There are still nice people in the world.

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