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27th

random acts of kindness

 

This post is about both SHARING + doing a GIVEAWAY!

Around here, we believe that part of cultivating a good life is making random acts of kindness a part of your life.

Before we get to the giveaway, we’d like to share with you a few stories. Each of us on the team is sharing a memory about being the recipient of someone else’s kindness. As you read, think about how your life has been impacted by another person choosing to do something kind for you. I could hardly read through everyone’s stories without being weepy … in a happy way. I am absolutely certain that part of our purpose in life is to serve and love one another. I believe this with all of my heart. And I know first-hand that life is so much sweeter and fuller when we make serving others a priority.


Becky

The Sunday before my brother died … I knew he was dying. I knew it would be any day. The cancer had taken over and this was the end of Jonathan’s mortal story. It all weighed heavily on my mind and in my heart and I just couldn’t go to church that day. If you know me, I never skip church. Even when I travel, I seek out a chapel and I attend worship services. On this day, I didn’t go. I stayed home where I could just cry my eyes out and be on my own as I went through hundreds of pictures of Jonathan. And then the doorbell rang. I didn’t want to answer the door. I wanted to wallow in my sorrows. But I did answer the door and there stood Karolyn and Christy — two of my dearest friends. They left church to come and just BE with me. They both understood loss (in different ways) and they were simply THERE for me. We talked. And through their simple act of service, I felt completely loved by my Heavenly Father during a difficult time.


Toni

A couple of years ago I was having a BAD day where everything had gone wrong. The straw that broke the camel’s back that day was that my washer broke mid-cycle, so it was FILLED with water. I lost my mind, started crying, and posted something on social media about what an awful day I had had. About an hour later, my doorbell rang – which was about 10 at night, so it scared me to death! I answered it and there was a poster board with six balloons attached to it. There was a cute poem about popping the balloons to read messages about why I was loved. I popped each balloon and read the messages through tears. To this day, I don’t know who did that for me. This is a more “elaborate” RAK, but it was put together quickly and it certainly had a huge impact on me. I will never forget it.


Laurie

My random act of kindness is something someone actually did for my son Liam. He was 5 at the time. We were having our church primary program and Liam was assigned a short speaking part. He worked hard and practiced memorizing it and reciting it. When it came time for him to give his part he got a little too excited and forgot to say the very beginning of it. When he realized what he had done, he was heartbroken and started crying. Someone who witnessed his breakdown brought him a treat and an award that said “Most Prepared.” It did so much to soothe his disappointment and embarrassment, and it made me so happy to see someone else care for him and his feelings.


Race

Our car broke down on a family trip last year. I couldn’t even begin to guess what was wrong as we shuddered to a halt 30 miles from the nearest town, in the dark, with 3 screaming kids in the back, and both our cell phones just minutes from dying. Before too long a car pulled in behind us. It was a man driving with his wife and 3 kids, so I knew from experience how easily it would have been to pass us by. Instead, he offered us the use of his flashlight and his cellphone, and he stayed parked on the side of the road until he knew we had help on the way.


Miriam

I’m convinced that a mother’s love is often extended to not only her own children. Mothers make the world go round, and thank heavens for mothers who look beyond their own homes to show love for children who are not their own but who need love and support.

My own mother died when I was a toddler. I was raised by my dad and a loving step mother, as the youngest child in a combined family of 13 children. 

When I was a senior in high school, I was the only child left at home. My dad was in the downward swing of a life-long battle with bipolar disorder and my mom was endlessly busy caring for him and working full time. Long story short, I was often left to manage myself. I kept up with my grades and sports pretty well, and managed, somehow, to not get into too much trouble. The only problem was I had zero desire to wake up and be on time to my 8 a.m. first period class. This problem escalated as the final semester of my senior year came to a close and I had nearly exceeded the absences allowed to still earn credit in this class, which was required to graduate high school.

In walked a mother figure, who took it upon herself a duty that wasn’t part of her job description but changed my life for good: She picked up the phone every morning and called my home to wake me up for school, and, in effect, ensured I would graduate from high school. She noticed my need when no one else did. This “small” act of kindness changed my future in a big way, not only as a high school graduate and now a successful professional, but also as a mother to both my own kids and other children who need to be noticed. 


Kari

We redid our backyard and put in a fire pit with seating, and a few weeks after we received a big package in the mail from my brother’s family (who live in another state) with the cutest note and every kind of chocolate and candy bar you can imagine along with graham crackers and marshmallows so we could make s’mores in our new backyard! It was completely unexpected and our entire family just LOVED receiving it … and it gave us the perfect excuse to get outside as a family to enjoy our new gathering space.


Wendy

Recently our family lost our main income. We were hurt, shocked, and worried to say the least. One of our dear friends gave me a card filled with kind and loving words along with a Walmart gift card. It was so completely out of the blue but exactly what I needed in that very moment. Once again I was humbly reminded that our Heavenly Father takes care of us through the people in our lives. I’m so grateful that I have friends who are willing to act when prompted.


Molly

A few months ago I was having a crazy busy day. I had about 15 minutes to run to the grocery store so I could get dinner started before running off to some meetings. I ran into Winco to pick up what I needed and the total came to about $27.00. I pulled out my debit card (Winco only accepts cash, checks, and debit cards) and the pin number wouldn’t work. I tried it 5 or 6 times to no avail. I realized I had recently gotten a new one in the mail and I forgot to memorize the new pin. I searched for every bit of cash I could find in my purse which was about $5; I was $22 short. I started pulling out what I absolutely needed that would cost less than $5. Just then, a lady who had been watching what was going on, handed me a $20 bill. She said, “I’ve been there before,” and then walked away. I was so touched that tears filled my eyes as I thanked her. The cashier said she had never witnessed such an act of kindness. It absolutely made my day.


What can you do for someone today?

Are you feeling motivated to do something that will bless someone else today? It could be someone who know or someone you don’t. It could be something that you’re “used” to doing or perhaps this is totally different for you. Whatever it is that you feel prompted to do …

Do it.

Do it today or tomorrow or this weekend … but just do it. And then … share what you’ve done right here in the comments. This isn’t about bragging. This isn’t about attention. This is about inspiring each other with ideas about cultivating a good life through small acts of service. I am seriously so excited to read what you share.

For fun, we’re adding a giveaway to this! We will randomly select one of you to be the recipient of our “team act of kindness” — a box full of some of our #BHFavorites! (What you see in that picture at the top of this post is what we’re including.) Be sure you leave your first name, where you live, and what act of kindness you did. Entries must be submitted by Sunday, October 3o at Midnight PT.


Edited: The winner of this bundle of favorites is Loree in Iowa! Please email Molly@beckyhiggins.com to claim your prize!

COMMENTS

104 Responses

  1. Ashley says:

    My random act of kindness was helping a new member at the gym modify all the exercises so she could still be part of the class!!

    • Kaycee Dance says:

      My random act of kindness is something I witnessed my 8 year do today at school. I was volunteering at his school helping out with boo grams ( they are a little treat and card that kids can buy for 25 cents and send to anyone at the school) There was a kid in my sons class who didn’t receive one, my son with tears in his eyes asked if he could send one to this kid because he was the only one in the entire class that hadn’t gotten one and he was crying. To see how excited my son was to bring a smile to this kids face made my day. If we could all just be a little more like these young kids😀 -Kaycee Dance

  2. Michele says:

    God works in mysterious ways, I have to say especially when you have a RAK post. My momma heart is hurting so badly right now and I’m at work trying to keep myself composed.

    This morning while looking at my Facebook news feed, I came across a friend who shared a sad story about a little boy who just turned 9 and had a birthday party last weekend. Not a single friend that he invited at school RSVP’d. I can totally visualize his excitement built up the day of his party and how quickly he was sadden. :( I texted my husband that we are mailing a card to this sweet boy today. Suddenly I had another idea and since I work nearby a Barnes and Noble, I’m swinging by to see what I can find of his favorite Diary of a Wimpy Kid. No child should have experience what he did. I’ve included the link to share:
    http://www.peanutlayne.com/2016/10/parents-please-dont-forget-to-rsvp.html

    Thank you for this post, I love reading each and every one of your RAK.

    • Michele says:

      forgot to mention, I’m in CA.

    • Mary says:

      Michele,

      My heart aches for that little boy! Is there anything we can do? Send cards, gifts? I’m in SoCal- north of San Diego. If there is anything we can do to put a smile on this boy’s face, please let us know!

      Mary

    • Mary says:

      I just saw the link. My boys and I will be putting together a care package for him this weekend and will send it out!
      Thank you for letting us know!

  3. Dara says:

    My RAK for today was sending a friend, who is completely stressed with a parent in the hospital, some industry-related humour posters. It wasn’t a big thing, but she said she cracked her first smile in two days. I’m in CA.

  4. Kathy says:

    I sent my Mom a plant on the Day of Ms Norma ( lady from Facebook posts who passed with cancer last month)
    Her wish was to spread joy-
    The card read only spread joy… one month later and my mom is still asking who sent it – I keep saying I don’t know maybe your favorite child ( there are six of us)
    my dad passed last year and mom lives alone ,I live out of state so try to send her things so she has a reason to walk to mailbox besides bills-

  5. Amanda Smith says:

    My boys and I are going to be “booing” a few neighbors tonight. I bought some cute popcorn/treat buckets and some kid’s Halloween DVD’s to leave on their doorsteps. We just love leaving a fun surprise for some sweet friends/neighbors! :)

  6. Natalie says:

    I work as a Children’s Wellbeing Coach in a large school. The teacher’s workload is large. Very large. I see them exhausted from late nights planning, marking and staying really late for meetings. The demands are HUGE.
    I noticed one of my colleagues was always eating snacks for lunch or school canteen lunches – not the best thing!
    So one night I cooked up a curry and took him lunch the next day! His reaction was priceless.
    From there, I decided that I would do 1 RAK everyday for a teacher colleague. From sending them an appreciation email, giving a shoulder and neck massage at break, to buying them their favourite chocolate bar. It’s not much but I know it’s making their stressful day just a little bit brighter.

  7. Anna Englund says:

    I am a speech pathology student from Finland, and through a class at my university I got in touch with some patients with Parkinson’s disease. One of them approached me and asked if I’d consider doing a lecture at her local Parkinson’s club meeting. They didn’t have any means to pay me because they are a small club, but today I held a lecture at their club, sharing with them what I know about how speech and swallowing is impacted by Parkinson’s disease. I feel like many of them left with a lot more knowledge about these things that can impact their quality of life severely. It sure felt good to use my knowledge to help someone else :)

  8. Emily says:

    I live in Guelph, Ontario, a busy university town. Walking down one of the major streets, I could see a cyclist at the bottom of the hill trying to turn left. Traffic going both ways was extremely heavy, and the cyclist just could not catch a break. By the time I got to the bottom of the hill across the street from the cyclist, she was still stuck there – this was a good 5 minutes from when I’d first noticed her! I hit the crosswalk button, and kept going my way, which made her look at me strangely. Once the light changed and she could finally turn left, she realized what I had done, and yelled thanks as she pedalled by.

  9. Katy B. says:

    Katy B.
    Ashburn, VA

    I’m cutting fabric squares this afternoon for quilts that will be made by the women in my ward for people who lost everything in the recent West Virginia flooding. I’ve got more fabric in my stash than I really need anyway! All of us are doing something to help with this quilt making effort – cutting, sewing, binding, etc.

  10. Anne-Marie Lewis says:

    It’s evening, here in England, and I have had a wonderful experience today, that I really wasn’t expecting! One of my daughters is a leader for our church’s Young Women programme, and today was the second day of their semi-annual camping convention. This is when around 80-100 young girls, aged between 12 and 18, go to a campsite and have a few days of fun activities, interspersed with, hopefully, inspirational and spiritual experiences. My daughter asked me to run some workshops, showing the girls how to make a purse-sized journal notebook and to try to get them excited about writing down memories….getting into the habit, whilst they are young! I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and was rewarded with such love and warmth from those girls! I took 322 photos, and was looking forward to sorting through them and perhaps choosing some to put into my PL pages….and then I didn’t! I there and then made dozens of 8×8 pages on my phone, drove into the nearest village and begged and pleaded with a wonderful man in the first shop I found that did on-the-spot printing, then drove back to camp and pinned up all the pages whilst the girls and leaders were having a study period. The look of wonder and amazement on everyone’s faces when they came back into the barn was a sight to behold!! Have you ever been mob-hugged? I have!! And 3 of the leaders and so many of the girls are now converted to Project Life, hahaa! 😊

  11. Whenever I rent a Red Box movie I always put a dollar in it when I return it for the next person.

  12. Pam F says:

    I believe acts of kindness come in all shapes and sizes. From something big like helping someone from church who is pregnant with twins clean her apartment because she is moving out (which I did last month) to taking my grandson to an activity and spending part of the day together just the two of us (I did today) to something as simple as opening all the plastics bags for the next person in the self checkout registers at the store (which I did this morning). Even the smallest act of kindness like smiling at someone, could make their day. :-)

  13. Karla says:

    I’m a college student in Waco, TX. These past few months have been hard as I lost my father this summer. People had been extending kindness to me, my mom, & sister consistently the first 2-3 weeks. Now that it has been a little over 3 months, the RAKs have diminished towards us but now I think it’s time I go about spreading kindness in anyway possible. Here in college, everyone has busy schedules, endless exams to study for, & all these meetings to attend. My RAK for this week was to bake some coookies and actually spend time with my roommates & talk about our current problems & triumphs.

  14. Jennifer Stuntz says:

    For me, my RAK is a work in progress. For the last 2 years, my 2.5 year old son has been blessed with 5 of the most amazing therapists in the Early Intervention system here on Charles Town, WV. They have been with us during his MRI, his endoscopy, his sedated hearing test, numerous blood tests, and several visits with specialists. After every major appointment, more than one of them would call or text to check on not only our son, but also me. They have some of the biggest hearts I have ever seen. More recently, they were there when we received his diagnosis of Autism. While they weren’t physically at the appointment, I could feel their presence as the doctor gave us the diagnosis. They have provided our family with so much comfort over the last 2 years. I honestly do not know where we would be without them.

    As a thank you, I have been working on 5 crocheted afghans (actually using Becky’s moms pattern). There were not enough words in the English language to say thank you for what they have done. Our son will exit early intervention when he turns 3 next April and I hope that these afghans will provide them with joy and comfort…just as they themselves have done for me for more than 2 years. So while this RAK is not immediate…it is something I am working towards every day. 1 blanket done…4 to go.

  15. Tessa Long says:

    My little family of four and I will be doing major yard work (trim trees, mow yard, rake, etc) at my grandparents home today. They are in their mid 80’s and as much as they used to enjoy working in the yard they just can’t anymore. My grandmother deals with major anxiety and exhausts herself taking care of my grandfather, who is completely paralyzed on the left side of his body, a result of a massive stroke nearly two years ago. It has been so hard to watch them age and their health deteriorate. My grandma always found peace and happiness in her yard doing yard work and for her to not be able to do it now is sad. We enjoy helping them out as much as possible and they enjoy watching and visiting while we do! There is truly nothing better than service to others! =)

  16. Sandra says:

    My RAK was secretly paying for a family’s dinner one Sunday morning. They were on vacation and had four or five kids, all under about eight years old. I was so impressed with how well behaved they all were!

  17. Tammy says:

    My mom is teaching me how to crochet so we can make throw blankets for the residents at the local nursing home. This is something I’ve wanted to do for years and I am so excited that I’m finally doing it! We have 3 made so far and we need 20. I’m hoping to be able to finish before Christmas.

  18. Katy says:

    I make my husband a lunch in the morning to take with him to medical school 😊

  19. Jen Houk says:

    Just a couple of days ago I was inline at our local McDonalds and the woman in line behind me had a scowl on her face and I thought to myself wonder if I could put a smile on her face by paying for her order. Sure enough When I got to the pay window I told the girl working I would pay for the lady behind me. I advanced to the pick up window and watched as the worker told her I had paid for her order. She first looked confused then there it was in my mirror, a smile on both of our faces. It really doesn’t take much and the feeling of great joy it brings to lighten someone’s load if even for just one moment. I greatly enjoy doing such things. Probably one of my favorite things in life beyond my family.

  20. Amy Ragland says:

    Gave a soldier sitting in Starbucks a gift card and thanked him for his service.

  21. Jody says:

    Jody from Ohio:

    Some of the best things a person can do is just smile or hold doors open for each other. I also like to print photos off and mail them to people. I’ve also sent cards to shut-ins that are listed in church newsletters or our local newspapers. I often don’t know these people so I don’t usually sign my name…just a little note that they are being thought of and prayed for. I remember how important that daily mail check was when I was away at college and how exciting it was to find a card or letter (dating myself) in the box.

  22. Vanessa B. says:

    Vanessa B.
    Smithfield, VA

    We live in an area with a lot of military (and my husband is retired military). Whenever I am out grabbing lunch or dinner and there is a service member behind me I pay for their meal. I try to do it on the sly but if they know it’s me I thank them for their service.

  23. Lisa Worden says:

    My favorite ROK was on my sisters birthday several years ago, instead of presents we got $25 Walmart Gift cards and then walked around looking people shopping to who looked like they could use them. Jody would then approach them and tell them it was her birthday and that instead of her getting gifts she was giving them. It was fun and Jody got lots of birthday hugs.

  24. Sandy Ennis says:

    So, I’m off work the last two days, unpaid and not by choice. At first I was upset, but I’ve been working on a quilt for my son’s last teacher. My son has Down Syndrome and without this teacher he wouldn’t have his job, his social circle, his life. She has made my life and his life so much better. Rather than be a grump, I’m trying to take these days and do something positive for her… and I’m ALMOST done!

  25. Jill says:

    A friend of mine lost her best friend to cancer. I didn’t want to bombard her with questions of do you need anything. So I took some tulips and cookies and dropped them at her doorstep. Luckily she didn’t see me and still doesn’t know who took them to her. I just wanted her to know someone was thinking about her.

  26. Alyson says:

    A friend that works at our local high school shared that a student is homeless & has nothing. The school is trying to collect clothing for him & other necessities. Truly heartbreaking. I stopped by the school today & left money so that the staff can buy some of the things he is in need of.

  27. Joette Breck says:

    A friend needed to vent today and although I was in the middle of something, I stopped and really listened and offered my words of encouragement as best I could. We all have those moments in our life. We all need to stop, be still, and listen.

  28. Krystal S says:

    I live in Myakka City, Florida and my random act of kindness is to leave notes or cards in the ladies bathrooms with different quotes about them being beautiful. It lets me do crafting which I love and to hopefully spread joy and sunshine around a bit which I also love to do.

  29. Megan says:

    What an awesome blog post and comments! So uplifting! I just wrote a “thank you” email to a church leader who was just released from her service. She had such a big impact on me through her kind words and life lessons. She does so many things out of pure love.

  30. Lois Rodgers says:

    I’m packing up a birthday goodie box for a young friend who is in college a few hours away. He’s actually my daughter’s boyfriend, and he’s like a member of the family now. He’ll be 19 years old in a few days! 😊 I just thought he might like some yummy snacks and some spending money to a favorite store.

  31. Louise Phillips says:

    I have nice made a huge pasta dish that I was able
    To share with my elderly neighbor. Her main diet is frozen microwave meals, so I was thrilled when she accepted a big container of pasta from me. I tey to do things for her as often as I can, but I have to be careful as she always feels the need to reciprocate. I’ve enjoyed reading everyone’s responses – big or small it’s a great feeling to do something nice for someone else.

  32. Kara Swaney says:

    My name is Kara and I am from Marysville WA. This morning I bought a coffee for the lady behind me in line. I love the whole pay it forward thing and I know it brightens up that persons day because it was happened to me. Such a small gesture and everyone gets something out of it 😀

  33. Juel says:

    My oldest daughter is a single Mom and lives out of state. About a month ago she started a new job with a pay raise and this past weekend she bought her first car. She is excited so to add to her excitement I am sending her a couple of gift cards to let her know I am thinking about her.

  34. Sean Eyring says:

    To any who know me, it’s no surprise that I stop by my local Sodalicious multiple times a week. I usually get my 44 oz. Diet Mountain Dew with Green Apple, Extra Dirty (seriously try it people before you knock it), but today I decided to pay for the car behind me’s order, too. It’s not a huge thing, but certainly a (I hope happy) surprise for that lady. I’ve been in line at fast food places before where this has happened to me, and it totally brightens your day when you are on the receiving end!
    Growing up my father died of cancer just after my high school graduation. My older brother was out on his LDS mission at the time, and my mom had to try and keep it together with the remaining three boys at home. Money was tight, days and nights were long. I remember getting the mail one day from the Post Office of our little town of 3000 people, and having there be an envelope with no return address that contained a crisp, new $100 bill inside with a note that said, “For Your Sweet Famiily”. —-Man I’m crying even typing this! —Honestly it’s little heartfelt actions like this that stick with you, even 25 years later. And it’s something that each of us can do–brighten someones day, ease their burden, lighten their load.
    As a side note, I just want to share a traditional random act of kindness that my wife’s family does at Christmas time. Growing up in her family, my wife’s father is a big model train nut–we’re talking a whole room in the basement decked out with tracks, villages and trains from wall to wall. Well each year they would pick a family in their ward (church congregation) boundary that had little kids, who they knew were struggling financially, and on Christmas Eve after dark, would door-bell ditch and leave a brand new model train set on the porch for the family. The family would leave the train and then hide around the corner of the house or in the bushes nearby and listen to the squeals of delight and “I know Santa was real” comments coming from the front door.
    Random Acts of Kindness—Pass it on!!!

  35. Bonnie says:

    A mom friend of mine is having a bad few days. I listened to her and watched her boys, who were asleep in her car, while she picked her daughter up at school so she didn’t have to wake them. To be honest, I’m not sure it’s a RAK, but I know how much that kind of thing means to me.
    Phoenix, AZ

  36. Laura A says:

    My RAK was to buy a coworker her favorite snack!

  37. Sean Eyring says:

    I live in Pleasant Grove, UT btw

  38. Silvia Diaz says:

    I helped a homeless student and his mom recently. We will continue to do what we can for them.

  39. Rachel Wellen says:

    I recently had a few friends over for lunch and they kindly all brought me flowers to say thank you. I realised I really didn’t need more than one bunch so I left the others on the door steps of my neighbours as a surprise. An act of kindness passed forward. I’m in the UK.

  40. Ashley says:

    Every week, when I’m on my way to work with our little boy (3 years) we stop at the Starbucks drive thru for a treat. A few months ago the car in front of us paid for our order. It was so unexpected and totally made my day that I try to do it once a month on one of our weekly trips. Today was that day. It’s always fun to brighten someone’s day and I love showing our son how to be kind to others.

  41. Mindy Shirley says:

    I like to send cards out to people in my church randomly. Not just get well soon, but funny cards, or a fun birthday card, or just how are you doing. I also try to send cards several times a year to our minister and the office manager, two people that do a lot of extra work that doesn’t always get acknowledged. Sometimes the cards are acknowledged, sometimes not, but I like to think I’ve made someone smile. I live in Trenton, IL.

  42. Sarah says:

    Today a family member of mine was having a really rough day. She really just needed some support and someone to talk to. My house is a mess, my toddler needs a bath, and I have a million things to do, but I told her to stop by. I think just letting her vent and talk to me made her day a little easier. We all need support sometimes and I hope that maybe she will feel a little better getting a few things off her chest.

    Sarah
    Washington

  43. Jen T says:

    Jen Taylor
    Iola, KS
    I visited with a widow who recently had an operation and is all alone. Spent an hour just listening. It brightened her day and made me count my blessings!

  44. Jessica says:

    Houston, TX
    I found out a co-worker had to go to the hospital so I made her a box of sunshine- everything I could find that was yellow including her favorite tea and sent it to her home. (I played off her saying how her grandson had painted her nails yellow the week before.)

  45. Christen says:

    Sending Halloween packages to my college kid and grand baby plus checking on friend going through something difficult!

  46. Ruth says:

    I send out hand- made thank you cards all the time to thank and acknowledge people for anything they do for me……… a co-worker, doctor, dental hygienist, hair stylist, friends, teachers, my kids, anyone! Everyone wants to feel appreciated just doing what needs to be done and the hand-made element is always an extra nice touch.

  47. Christine says:

    My random act of kindness was done by my son. My son who is 15 in HS in a new school had $6.00 for lunch and as a single Mom I’m truly struggling financially so I asked him “did you spend all your money today?” He said “no Mom but I don’t have anything left because my lunch was $5.00 and one of the kids at school was hungry and needed something to eat so I gave him a dollar.” I only looked at him and it warmed my heart but before I could say anything he said “Mom what do you want me to do leave him hungry? Poor guy I felt bad for him Mom.” I’m so happy that my son is always the one helping out when one of his friends doesn’t have anything to eat and it’s so sweet even though he didn’t know this boy he had so much compassion for him..and for a teenager this is Huge! I’m so happy he has a heart for people.

  48. Heather says:

    I am a member of our local Quilt Guild and today I got to deliver a bag of quilts that we made to a local hospital and another bag to the CASA agency to hand out to families. I have a few more bags to give out to other organizations in the next week. Since we recently had some wildfires in the area our group will be giving some quilts to the affected families. Time for me to work on another quilt that can be donated.

  49. Nicole says:

    Nicole
    Logan, UT

    As random acts of kindness, I smile at a lot of people that I have no idea who they are, and carry on conversations with people at this stores/out in public but I’ve never met before. I love to leave people happier than I find them :)

    As for as planned acts of kindness, One of my friends husbands was in the bishopric, and she had just had a new baby. We knew that she was having a hard time getting everyone to church on time, so we picked up her older kids and took them to church for her so she could just have to worry about bringing her baby :-)

  50. Julee Irish says:

    My act of kindness today was to help my sister clean her house for a rental inspection that is happening. The timing of it couldn’t have been worse for her as she is newly pregnant and just feeling awful all the time. Her husband is on a military trip this week and starts a new job on Monday. I happened to have a mostly free day and knew it was because I needed to help her. It was a great day and we got a lot accomplished so she now feels ready for tomorrow.

  51. Hannah says:

    My husband, 9-year old, 3-year old and I packed up the car for a 9-hour drive to North Carolina so our 12-year old 7th grader can have a day and a half with her bestie who moved right before school started. Makes for a very long weekend for a hard working family, but should be full of joy for our daughter. Middle school is hard enough without your best friend moving away. Sniff. Happy to do it. Btw – love the Project Life App. Life changer for busy working mom who loves to track family moments and memories, but no time for the old scrap booking I used to love. New love = Project Life app! Hannah

  52. Gloria says:

    My act of kindness is to NOT participate in this so someone else can win!!!
    Good luck everyone!

  53. Sherri Lynne says:

    I helped bag a older ladies groceries and put them in the cart at Walmart. She was so grateful. Yet it took nothing from me to do it.

  54. Leanne M says:

    I love paying for the person’s coffee /order behind me at the Tim Hortons drive thru. SO simple but hopefully a blessing to that person that day!

  55. Laura Davis says:

    I know this is a small thing, but Tuesday I pulled thru the coffee drive through at Human Bean and when I was ready to pay was told the person ahead of me had paid for my coffee. So I then paid it forward and gave money to pay for the next person in line..
    Laura in Oregon

  56. Shari says:

    I sent packages to a friend who had a baby the same week her dad died and a friend that just had surgery.

  57. craftycat says:

    Linda, Phoenix, AZ, and my act of kindness was donating a movie gift card to a family that was recently placed in a transitional shelter. The family of four were able to use the gift card to attend a movie and buy popcorn and soda. A treat after the changes in their lives.

  58. Diana says:

    I firmly believe that small acts of kindness spread about here & there are so uplifting~for the receiver & the giver! I have two friends who work at our medical clinic here & every so often I like to bring them a surprise latte to lighten their day. My one friend works such long, hard days & is so giving to her patients & I like to show her she is always appreciated! My other friend just returned to work after suddenly & tragically losing her husband. I know that first day was super tough & I hoped the small gesture would give her a little smile.
    Just recently I was in town for a day & the traffic was pretty heavy on one road. As I was working my way down this busy street I found myself stopping & letting a cars into the lane from parking lots etc.. It wasn’t much, but I felt so happy doing that & thinking I just showed a total stranger just a little bit of sunshine in their day!!
    Thanks for the reminder to keep these acts of kindness a priority!!

  59. Susan Alley says:

    I do all of my random acts in secret. I send something that is particular to the person who is receiving it. A new Joyce Meier book to my sil. Favorite foods to my grandson who is in the army. Gift cards to girlfriends. Cookies and flowers to my aunt. We have bought groceries for struggling neighbors and donated snack bags for girls caught up in the sex trafficking world. I live surprises so I love to give surprises. Michigan!

  60. Karen T Stout says:

    I work out with a group of moms called Stroller Strides. I have been with them for 10 years and still love it, though my daughter has been out of a stroller for many years. I try to help and encourage any mom who shows up because I know it is a lot of work to gather all the baby stuff together and get out of the house with little ones in tow. Whether I cheer them on, entertain their fussy baby, pump up a flat stroller tire, I am all it. I only received the “mom blessing” once with my daughter, so I feel lucky to hang with this awesome village!

  61. Amy B says:

    It was a very snowy afternoon. The roads were bad and I had to run to town for a few things. I had the kids in the van, and they were getting on each other’s nerves. As I turned the corner to head home, I saw a lady walking down the side of the road. She was bundled from head to toe, and literally covered with snow. There is no sidewalk on this road and not really very many buildings. It is a busy parkway, and I wondered where she must be going in such bad weather. I heard the Holy Spirit guide me to stop and ask this woman if she wanted a ride. She breathlessly said Thank you. She got in and unwrapped her scarf that was tightly wrapped around her face and neck. As I watched her, I realized that the woman attended my church. I asked her where she was going? She said her car broke down and she didn’t want to miss Bible Study. So I dropped her off at church, and as I drove home I thought about how dedicated this woman was, that she would walk through a snowstorm to get to Bible Study. At that moment I realized that I had not only blessed her, but she had blessed me, and taught me a valuable lesson about Christianity.

  62. Amber says:

    A few years ago my little family moved to a new state 3,000 miles away from family. We found our new ward and started attending but our 4 year old son had such a hard time settling into primary again. He had a wonderful teacher who took it upon herself to schedule a play date with other kids in his primary class on a week day. She went above and beyond to help my son feel welcome in his new surroundings. I will forever be grateful for that act of kindness extend to our family and the example she set for me in her church calling!

  63. Jeanine Norris says:

    Several months ago my brothers bestfriend was on the second day of a family vacation with his family in Hawaii and while bodysurfing got tossed in a wave and was paralyzed instantly from the neck down. Donations were pouring in from the community but I wanted to do something more so knowing he would be spending several weeks if not longer in the hospital I made him a quilt and had my brother deliver it to the family with a note that said a quilt on a bed reminds people you are more than a patient …. you are someone who is very loved. I hope it continues to provide comfort through his very difficult recovery.

  64. Skye says:

    I am currently out of town dealing with a personal family matter. While I have been away, I have had people take care of things including my husband. 2 days ago I went to the store and picked up a pack of cards and have written thank you letters to those that are helping me along the way. Some friends, some strangers and of course family, but it is something that I don’t want to procrastinate and wait on when I return home. I am excited for them to receive their happy mail :-)

    As for my RAK last summer I had had a rough few weeks including the worst birthday EVER. Someone posted a gift card code to Starbucks in a Facebook group hours earlier. I figured the balance would be gone by now. But something told me to check. There was $7.00 left of the $25. I had to run an errand across town so I went to starbucks and verified there was a balance. There was. The employee made me a lemonade and I bought a cake pop. I used that as my birthday celebration from a stranger. It brought me to tears. Later that day I messaged her and told her that her act of kindness meant the world to me when I had felt hurt by mankind. That it was truly appreciated that a stranger cared about others. In the end she was moved to tears from my overwhelming joy of her RAK. It was what I needed when I needed it.

    Sometimes it is the simplest things that make one feel valued and appreciated. It doesn’t have to be expensive but a gesture. After her gesture last year, I have made more effort to do simple gestures.
    Even earlier this week I had a mammogram done at a new place and the gesture of a gift after my mammo due to cancer awareness month to them valuing us women by having a lounge area behind the front desk once you are called back by offering tea, coffee, cocoa and water and some snacks along with a warmed gown and robe for your comfort was a RAK compared to the Mammo’s I’ve had done in the past. They called with my results and did a quick survey and got high remarks, so they were excited. I am following up with a thank you letter.

    I know I won’t win this “contest” and as you said it’s not about bragging but it is about letting someone know you care regardless if they are friends, family or strangers. It doesn’t have to be big, often it doesn’t have to be monetary. It just needs to be something and enough to brighten ones day.

  65. Shana says:

    I gave money to a homeless man. My hope is that iy made his day a little easier.

    I’m in California.

  66. Loree says:

    Just reading all of the RAKs has made my evening! Love spreading love!

    My most recent RAK has been to purchase clothes for boys and girls who attend the elementary school where I am a secretary/admin assistant. (I don’t make a lot of money, so I usually look at clearance racks and most items are $3-4 each. Each month, I spend about $25-30 max.) I donate these clothes to our school nurse for the little ones who have “an accident” at school and need new underwear/pants. The little ones who come into the office are usually so sad or embarrassed by their “situation” that they’re in tears. My co-workers and I treat them with the utmost respect, help them find new clothing, get them wipes and a plastic bag for the wet items, and reassure them that it’s okay/it happens. Sometimes we get the clothes back, laundered. Sometimes we don’t. The kids (and most of my co-workers) have no idea that I purchased the items. They’re just thankful that it’s there.

    Blessings from Iowa!

  67. Tagyn says:

    I love reading all of the nice gestures from these caring people :)
    My RAK today was to walk my coworker’s puppy when I had a break, helped out my friend and the cute dog got some fresh air!
    I am in Calgary, Alberta

  68. Ashley Schultz says:

    My sister was recently struggling with depression. It was so bad, she struggled to get out of bed to care for her toddler. All she wanted to do was sleep to shut everything out. She didn’t even feel like she could talk to me on the phone because she didn’t have the energy. The moment I found out of her struggles, I started fasting for her. I also put together a “sunshine box” full of yellow things to surprise her (such as lotion, hand soap, sugar scrub, highlighters, note pads, a note book, her favorite candy, lip balm, hand sanitizer, etc) and mailed it to her (she lives in another state). She told me the day I fasted for her was the day she started to feel better and that the sunshine box was the nicest thing anyone has ever done for her. I loved being able to do these small acts of kindness for her.

    I love, love, love this post! It was great reading everyone’s experiences.

    Ashley
    Maricopa, AZ

  69. Tona says:

    I dropped off a basket of homemade jams & jellies to our new neighbors with a handmade welcome to the neighborhood card inside.

  70. Rhonda says:

    I recently took dinner to a friend going through chemo and also cleaned out my closet and gave to a friend and dropped off a surprise pick me up on someone’s door. I love making someone’s day better.

  71. Doorly says:

    We have a neighbor family who lost their mother this Spring from Cancer. She is survived by a 8 year old and 3 year old. The father works in the military hospital with my husband so he leaves very early. Every morning the 8 year old comes over and eats breakfast with us and then goes on the bus. Every morning I’m grateful to serve this family. I would be so sad if I left my children behind. But I would love knowing that they are loved and taken care of.

  72. Doorly says:

    Doorly
    Germantown, MD

  73. Katie Wilson says:

    Katie Wilson
    Spanish Fork, Utah

    I have four small children, so most days I don’t see anyone from the outside world. But my parents are serving as mission presidents in Australia, and I am working on getting their 50+ years of pictures and stories put together with project life, si that when they get home from their mission, it’ll be all done. It’s been fun to look closely at the old pictures and realize my mom was my age and see how it lives have been similar and different.

  74. Katie Wilson says:

    Katie Wilson
    Spanish Fork, Utah

    I have four small children, so most days I don’t see anyone from the outside world. But my parents are serving as mission presidents in Australia, and I am working on getting their 50+ years of pictures and stories put together with project life, so that when they get home from their mission, it’ll be all done. It’s been fun to look closely at the old pictures and realize my mom was my age and see how our lives have been similar and different.

  75. Crystal says:

    My random acts of kindness is mailing a couple packages of scrapbook goodies that I have lying around in my room to a couple different people. Helps me clean out my room and gives someone else some different supplies to work with!

    Crystal
    Pierz, MN

  76. Theresa F. says:

    Just as we were leaving on a road trip from miami to New York, our elderly neighbor informed us that his electricity was cut off. We got fpl on the phone, and paid his bill in full. We never told him that we paid it, we just let him know that ” we spoke with them”. We drove to NY with a smile on our faces!

  77. Darcy K says:

    I was at the grocery store and a lady behind me came up in the motorized wheel chair with a full grocery cart attached to the front. I realized it would be difficult for her to unload it to the conveyor belt , so I did it for her. Darcy fr Los Alamitos, Ca

  78. Karin says:

    My RAK is sending gifts and hand written notes to friends. Also, my son and his friends tend to gather after school and play football. I think I’m going to buy them all pizza for dinner tonight when they gather.

  79. Jen says:

    A friend of mine had surgery on Tuesday. I made a batch of homemade chicken noodle soup this morning and took it and a loaf of bread from a local bakery and dropped it off for her family to have for supper.

  80. Carol says:

    Spent the morning helping a friend get her rental property ready for the next tenants. Chatting as we cleaned made for an enjoyable morning and we knocked out most of the work in a couple hours.

  81. Nicole says:

    My daughter and I helped an elderly couple with their wheelchair at the Dr’s office.

    Minneapolis MN

  82. Robyn S. says:

    My Random Act of Kindness was sending handwritten thank you cards to people who help me run meetings fro every grade level K-5 in my school district.

    Livermore, CA

  83. Angie says:

    I LOVE this post and all the wonderful ideas being shared. I will use this as an inspiration list…

    I would actually like to share about the time when I was the recipient of a RAK. During college, I took a trip back home. On the return trip, I had my 12 year-old brother with me and I ended up losing my brakes coming down the mountains. SUPER scary and thankful we didn’t go off the edge!!! I decided to use the run-away vehicle ramp. This definitely stopped my car, but I wasn’t able to drive out. Our efforts at digging the pebbles/rocks away only sunk my tires even more. A kind motorist called a tow-truck but the tow-truck did a U-turn and left us there!!! Then 4 big men, who I now refer to as “guardian angels”, in a blue Camaro showed up. They told us to stay in the car as they picked up the car, WALKED to the road, & set us on solid pavement!!!!! Miraculously, my car started and the brakes worked! God bless them and everyone who does a little something to make this world a better place. :)

  84. Angie says:

    By the way, I’m from Bakersfield, Ca.

  85. Megan says:

    A young woman in my community who is a young mom has recently become the mother to a new born as well, that she is in the process of adopting. She is a humble gal who never ask for help. Earlier this week she asked on her Facebook page for help locating free or very cheap 0-3 month old warm girl clothing. I know how much it took for her to ask. My son and I picked out a few warm outfits and made arrangements to go see her. Sometimes you have to trust that it takes a village and reach out to those around you.

  86. Katrina H says:

    What a great idea! My act of kindness isn’t anything big. I noticed there was only one Reese’s left in my candy bowl, and knowing that those were my coworker/friend’s favorite, I took it before someone else did, and left it on her desk. She knew it was from me, and told me that she really needed it right then.

    I’m from Sandy, UT

  87. Carolsue says:

    Carolsue – San Jose, CA
    My random act of kindness was donating a box of food to the local food bank. It had all the fixings for Thanksgiving dinner (except the turkey).
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  88. Karen says:

    My small RAK was at the food store.
    The cashier was having a rough day after dealing with a disgruntled customer. So picked up a chocolate bar and Coke and gave them to her as she packed my order. She a big smile and my son saw how an RAK can change someone’s day.

  89. Jenny says:

    A family in our community had their house burn down. My husband and I got them a card and an Amazon gift card. Our 6 and 8 year old made cards for them and used their own money to buy ice cream hoping it would help cheer up their kids.

    Jenny in Utah

  90. Thinkie says:

    I’m Thinkie, from Zoetermeer, The Netherlands. I was volunteering at the museum tonight. It was museum night, with all kinds of fun activities. I love volunteering at this event and help facilitate for people to have a fun evening. This year, the museum had a medieval theme for museum night.
    One of the staff was playing a medieval priest and had locked himself in a confessional, where visitors could confess their sins (in a non-serious way). He had been locked up in there for a few hours with only a bottle of water when I had a break and went to confess that I had had a few pieces of chocolate candy. After my ‘confession’ I decided to walk back to the other building (at the end of the garden) to get some more cholates, for him and for someone else who I knew would like this type of candy and had been working for a while. I shoved them through the grid of the confessional’s grid door and heard the ‘priest’ start munching immediately ;-)

  91. Janna says:

    My sister chose to go into the depression treatment ward of the hospital a cpl weeks ago. We all helped out with kids, meals, cleaning and repainting the living space in their house. It was very uplifting for her. Just the other day I took her 3 year old for the day to give her a break. I can’t always do as much as I’d like to help her but I do what I can😊Love reading all these RAK !
    Janna
    Yacolt WA

  92. Carolyn Carter says:

    A few months back, a girl that I worked with was having car troubles. While her car was in the shop, I’d go and pick her and her husband up and take them into work. This lasted a few weeks and still the suv was not fixed and was still having troubles, so was still in the shop. So, since we had an extra vehicle, we let them borrow our car until they got their suv up and running. In the end, I think it took 2-3 weeks for the shop to complete the repairs. Since then, we’ve become friends and now she goes to my church and her and her husband have been saved! Yay God!

  93. Rachel says:

    I wanted to share the experience I had on Thursday before I even read this post. That morning while I was getting ready for my day in my bathroom, my 3, almost 4, year old daughter came running into my bathroom with a huge smile on her face and informed me that she had made my bed for me so that I could “have a rest from jobs”. She grabbed my hand and led me to the room to show me the wonderful job she did! It touched my heart that she thought of me and how it would help me. :)
    Then that evening I went to my 14 yr old daughters basketball game. She is pretty aggressive when she plays defense, and take pride in the number of steals or turnovers that she causes. This night she was trying to cause a jump ball and in the process she and her opponent both ended up on the ground. My daughter immediately jumped up and grabbed the other girls hand and helped her up, then quickly asked her if she was ok and apologized for taking the ball from her. :) Maybe this doesn’t qualify, but more and more often I see a girl fall to the ground and everyone runs right by. I was proud of my daughter that night. As we talked about these random acts of service that night on the drive home my kids got excited to do more and report back to me how they felt afterward! Thanks for letting us think and share these wonderful experiences.

  94. Rachel says:

    I’m from Rexburg, ID

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