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Have You Ever Initiated or Received a Random Act of Kindness?

Paying it forward, random acts for no reason ... have you ever had the opportunity to share one or been the recipient of a random act of kindness?

Locally, we occasionally hear of an out-of-the-blue act of kindness — usually at a drive-through — that brings a smile to the face of the receiver and sometimes brings about a whole change in the outlook on the day.

More times than not, the recipient of the free meal, coffee or even baskets of groceries is inspired to pass it on or pay it forward to the next person. 

Thus was the act of kindness that resulted in a day of free coffee for hundreds of people at a shop in Winnipeg, Canada. 

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After the Newtown shooting, a movement began to perform 26 Acts of Kindness — one in honor of each of the victims. Facebook pages have been dedicated to the effort and there's even a Twitter hashtag, #26Acts, spurred by Ann Curry of NBC.

Admit it. Whenever a Facebook friend posts a status update or a tweet comes across from someone we know who has been the recipient of even such small or large generosity, it changes our whole outlook on humanity, doesn't it? These little gifts that remind us, no matter the fiscal cliffs and ugliness that makes the headlines, there is still good left in the world.

 Need some ideas that are pretty easy to do?

  • Buy coffee for the person behind you in line
  • Rake leaves for a neighbor
  • Buy lunch for a homeless person
  • Send flowers to a rehab facility
  • Buy a veteran's meal
  • Write your child's teacher a thank-you note
  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  • Donate during a local blood drive
  • Spend some time at a senior center
  • Send a treat to your local fire department
  • Send a treat to a day care center
  • Volunteer to read in a school

Have you ever participated in a random act of kindness? Tell us about it. 

Mary McCollum January 06, 2013 at 11:43 AM
I was coming out of Publix and in front of me was an elderly woman with a cane - I noticed that her shoe lace was untied and was worried that she might trip and fall. I asked if she would like me to tie her shoe lace and then I bent down to tie it for her. That made my day - she was so appreciative and it made me feel good that I was able to help her. Mary McCollum
Brenda Smoak January 06, 2013 at 08:30 PM
I was at Subway ordering lunch and the man in front of me just randomly told the cashier he was paying for my sub. It was such a pleasant surprise and he left so quickly that I barely had a chance to thank him. It was wonderful to be on the receiving end of such a gracious gesture.
Jo Ann January 06, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Our church makes bags filled with tolietries, personal items and $5.00. Members keep some in their cars to pass out along the way. I too was in a SUBWAY when a lady in front bought my lunch and got away before I knew. I was drying comforters at the laundry when a young couple was trying to dry a quilt...they left for more $. I filled the dryer with enough quarters to complete the job and whisked away. I smile everytime I pass that Laundry. I make an effort for a random act everyday...it makes me feel better xoxo

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