Thursday, May 27, 2010

In the mood to share

Yep... I'm having a spontaneous giveaway today. Actually FOUR!
but before I get to far into that, let me tell you what inspired me.
You might recall in this post, a while back when I challenged all of you to do some Random Act of Kindness (RAK), because I was inspired by this website.
Kind over Matter. It is now a site that I check out on a daily basis, because it's just a "happy" place. lol Check it out if you get a chance, I think you'll like it. I just stumbled upon it a few months ago and fell in love.



I was hoping when I posted about the RAK that I planned to do, and shared some photos.. that maybe it would inspire someone else to do the same, and so on and so on. In the end .. well, it would atleast bring a few smiles right? Well, last night I opened my inbox to find a very cool email send to me by one of my readers. I responded and asked her if it was okay for me to share it here today.
I'm not mentioning her name or where she lives... of course , because she's having fun keeping people guessing. lol


Here's the main part of her email

I followed through with your Random Acts of Kindness the other day here in Sargent (population about 600) I purchased some silk flowers at the local variety store and cut each one apart from the main stem. I attached a note telling them that the flower was theirs, to have a great day and to spread the act of kindness around. I got up real early and placed them all over our Main Street, on a window ledge, a park bench, on a door, in the post office, etc. It wasn't very long before I heard the "buzz" that people were finding flowers around town! I kept it a secret and people are trying to figure out who left them. I think I am going to wait a few weeks and do it again but I need some more ideas - do you have any???!!

Is that cute or what? lol Today she wrote back to say it was fine for me to share and she said..

"People asked me yesterday "Did you get a flower?" It is hard not to laugh but it does make me smile".

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Okay.. so will you help me out with a couple of things?? First of all...


Pay it forward... do something nice, something kind, something to make someone smile. I know we all try to do nice things and make others happy..but take it a step further and do something you normally wouldnt do... without anyone knowing it's you. Hopefully they will do the same.


The other thing you could do for me .. and for my blog reader.. ( and hopefully to inspire others).. is leave a comment with an idea for a an act of kindness. Big or teenie tiny.. doesnt matter.


If you do that .. I'll put your name in the hat . I'm giving away 4 different little vintage goodie and ephemera packs. You can see them above in the first photo. The second photo is a general peek at whats inside. ( might varry a bit in each one..but pretty close to what's in this photo).





I'll draw 4 winners on Sunday and post them, so be sure to check back. If your a winner , I'll need to get your addy as soon as possible so that I can get them mailed off .. hopefully before I leave Tuesday to be gone for two weeks.


Help us out .. we need ideas.Anything that comes to your mind that would be fairly simple and inexpensive .. yet bring a smile!



Be kind, you'll like how it feels

44 comments:

EileenMV said...

A good & inexpensive random act of kindness is to mow your neighbors lawn while your mowing your own. My husband did this recently & I still don't think our neighbor knows who did it!

Scrappin Cheryl said...

So many things!
- I print extra discount coupons like for Michaels and whle shopping there give them out to those who do not have any
- Bring cookies in to work and secretly place them on the break table!
- Secretly send your crafty friend(s) a little care package of random "pretties"
- Get Happy Meals and save the toys for random kids that are behaving (ask if it's okay first!)
- Pay for the next person's coffee, coke, toll, etc.

Jan said...

Awhile ago I was driving through a neighboring town and saw an elderly lady weeding the flower beds at a Community Building..I stopped and asked if I could help. She really did give me a strange look but said ok. We weeded for about a half hour, got to know a little about each other and come to find out she does the weeding in many area gardens.
So my suggestion is, lend a hand.
Help weed, drop off a fresh piece of rhubarb cake to a person that is house-bound. Many churches have a list of people that could use a hand or are home-bound and would appreciaite an act of kindness.

Vicki said...

Vicki, you are such a good person! I love "paying it forward". How about some little sacks of flower seeds? Place them in a basket at the local library, post office, etc. A little note with it about "paying it forward". Forget Me Nots would be great!

Debby said...

Put a flag in someone yard or in all on all the mailboxes in your neighborhood. There are little holes on the top of rural boxes. You don't (and shouldn't) open them.
I did this on the 4th of July once. It was beautiful to see all of them.

Margie H said...

OMGosh, what timing!
Last night, my oldest had his high school spring sport awards night.

I took pictures of his teammates receiving their JV or V letters/certificates...I plan to print out (or email) and give to the parents at a team BBQ. Thought it would be a nice momento esp. the seniors.

DeniseLynn said...

I've paid for the person behind me while in a drive through before. And I love making little ATCs with sweet messages of encouragment or just simply the word smile in unexpected places around town. I also have been known to place pennies or nickles in the gumball machines at the grocery store. Oh and just like you having a little give-a-way on your blog I've done it on fb before. So fun!

Pattyjo said...

If you knew of someone that was on a tight budget or stuggling, you could put some money or money order in an envelope and send it without letting them know who it was from.
My daughter did something at Christmas that I thought was clever. She picked out a lady in her church that was having a hard time, with a dying husband. Everyday early, her husband would stop at her house and put a wrapped package for her. She did it with the 12 days of Christmas in mind. Like 5 golden rings, she made 5 cookies in the shape of rings. It was so sweet of her and the lady looked forward to what tomorrow would bring.
Pattyjo

Cassi said...

going to a nursing home and spending time with someone who doesn't get visits from family.

another favorite of mine is giving out extra coupons to people while shopping in the craft store. i've made many a person's day doing this.

i like doing RAKs for people i know too, e.g. making my husband's favorite dessert or meal without a particular reason. it just makes his day.

i also try to send a card randomly to someone i know once a month, but don't necessarily stay in touch with.

as a teen, my youth group, would go around to the homes of the elderly and do yard work: raking leaves, mowing, weeding etc. they were always so appreciative.

Elaine A said...

Hi Vicki -

How about donating some time at the local animal shelter, or at least some worn blankets and food? Spend a day at the local Veteran's Hospital or nursing home. You would be surprised at how much a simple hello or smile can brighten someone's day. How about spending an hour picking up debris and garbage at the local park, or plant a few flowers. Leave some brightly colored plastic pails and shovels in the sand pit for the little ones to play with. Bake some brownies and drop them off at the local police station to show your appreciation to the police officers. Walk up to a soldier in uniform and say THANK YOU!

Elaine Allen

Home and Heart said...

I LOVE this! I have been A RAK-er for a longtime. I especially like to do nice things when I am having a bad day, or rough spell. I have bought a dozen roses from the grocery store, wrapped each in tissue and a ribbon, wrote "A Random Act of Kindness, Pass It On" on a note and drove around putting them on car windows. I have paid for the food order behind me in the drive through, recycled magazines, and quiet toys by giving them for the waiting room at free clinics. Small things Like holding open doors, picking up a piece of trash, or just a smile and a hello to a stranger can mean a lot. Battered womens shelters can use your unwanted clothes and children's items. I also look through the "WANTED" section of Craig's list to see if there is anything I no longer need and want to donate to someone who need it. On a crafty note, my next RAK project is some cards to leave around much like the lady in your town. A wonderful post!!!!

Tama said...

This spring I have delivered bouquets of my spectacular iris' to people I know who are fighting cancer. Such a small thing, but the reaction I get is always so cool..makes me want to do it more often

Anonymous said...

I LOVE making little party favors and dropping them off at the local library. The gals are soooo nice, don't expect to be given anything and they love little "crafty" items. It's so fun to bring some cheer into what might be a boring work day for them.

debbiek said...

Whoops! I forgot to leave my name on the last post...sorry!
-DebbieK
d kaste at wi dot rr dot com

Catherine said...

Pay the toll for the person driving in the car behind you.....or make a batch of cookies for the people that just moved in next door.

Rachel Carlson said...

what great ideas. offer to run errands for elderly folks, neighbors, etc if you see that they cannot get out and about to do it on their own. leave little notes of fun, joy, etc on the car windshields of strangers. at the grocery store if you see someone taking paper or plastic offer them one of your 'recycle' bags - which means you better have yours with you. offer to sit with friend's children if you know they need a 'date night' to reconnect or recharge. cheers to what you are doing vicki. love and hugs!

The Rambling Papercrafter said...

Leave a little something on each coworkers desk to put a smile on their face.

stampqueen said...

One of my favorite things to do is to pass on a book - one that I have read and think is a great read. I usually put it in the waiting room outside the ICU that I work in with a note saying 'Enjoy - keep it when your are finished or pass it on as I have done :)'
I have also printed extra coupons for the craft store and passed them on, I often look for RAK's posted on other peoples blogs - matter of fact I have one posted on my blog today if anyone is interested. Lisa is doing a RAK event for her sister who has terminal cancer.....

Sarah said...

Next time you go grocery shopping take coupons that you cut from Sunday's paper...the coupons that you would not use for your family and leave them on the product in the store. (Don't leave a lot of them or you may get kicked out of the store for littering.) Coupons for diapers and baby products are good ones to share. This costs you absolutely nothing but helps out someone else.

Jody said...

A couple of weeks ago I was at K-Mart to get some landscaping items and there in the garden shop was this little old lady trying to get an huge umbrella out to her car where her elderly husband was waiting in the car (he was on a cane). I helped her out with it and then she turned around and said do you think that box will fit in the trunk? WOW, it was a huge box, seems they came to pick up their new patio furniture in their car. We took it all out of the box and got all of it except the glass table top in their trunk and back seat. I had the K-Mart man help me get the table top in my suv and I followed them home. I had to go find some man power to help me get it out of my truck (it had lodged behind the wheel well)but we got it out and that little old couple was go grateful. Lend a hand somewhere and SMILE!!

kathy said...

ONe day as I was in a community near me shopping - I stopped at the chick-fil a to go to the drive thru -- and placed my order --
When i got t6o t6he window , I was told that my meal had been paid for
by the person ahead of me -- I was amazed -- and vowed to do things for others also unexpectedly to remiin others -- that there is true goodness and kindness in theis world _ KAthy - ga ♥

Karen McAlpine said...

What a sweet idea. I make cards on a regular basis for Operation Write Home. The cards are sent over seas to military personal serving around the world. Last weekend I attended a card making event sponsored by my stamping buddy Suzanne and the group made 175 cards. I think it is a great cause and helps with soldier morale. I also make cards for my neighbors and drop them in thier mailboxes. They really enjoy getting them...but I do sign my name.

kathy/North Carolina said...

Go into work a little bit early and leave a home baked cookie on each desk with a little note saying, "life is sweet."

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

Too funny, but I know who she is! But I will keep her a secret. I made cookies and took them around work and left them on desks. It was so much fun to hear everyone asking if they saw anyone leave anything on their desks. I got caught toward the end of the day, but it was still fun. I plan on doing this again with the flowers.

Everytime I see big flowers on a stem, I think of what you did with yours and still want to try that.

Susan N said...

I loved reading all the comments with the great ideas for random acts of kindness. My cousin lives in a small rual town and has to travel far to buy greeting cards. Her random act of kindness is she sends cards to shut in's. I sent her a big box of handmade cards which has been enjoyed by many. My stamping friends and I are going to get together and make more cards to send. When you pick up your late you can pay for the person in line in the car behind you. It is a nice treat. I volunteer at a Nursing Home. I have often taken pictures of the long term residents, made copies and put them in a picture frame. They love receiving pictures of themself. When cleaning out the stamps that you no longer use I have donated them to the local schools. The children love using the stamps for projects. I have to say I love payint it forward. Thanks for a chance to share ideas.

jen said...

I give my coupons to people in line that might need them also!
I keep apples in the car for when I see homeless at a red light.
And when I am visiting my Mom, she works at a rehabilitation facility...I volunteer to do a craft with the patients! They absolutely loved making hand stamped and painted ornaments for Christmas :)
Thanks for the chance to win and for sharing a great article with us.

Christina said...

Good Morning!

Where can one begin. I suppose there aren't enough pages to fill on all the kind things we humans can do for the world. Here are a few things I do and a few things my shy self wants to do!! First off I always keep lots of change in my change cup in the car for those moments I'm at a stop light. If a beggar or wind shield washer comes up to my car I'm ready with change! I know some folks think they might spend it on booze but I just pray the God help them make the right choice.

Another thing I would like to do is buy a whole bunch of meals at McDonalds and then pass them out to whomever. Believe me the streets of downtown Vancouver are flooded with the homeless. If God would give me the courage, Im willing.

There a many acts of kindness we can do that do not cost money at all!! Smile... at everyone and say hello. You may not get a smile back but it will make you feel good. If someone has dropped something pick it up for them. Hold a door open. Say thank-you! Give someone a compliment. Listen instead of speaking.

I think your inbox is going to be overwhelmed with love!!!

Much love,
Christina

harrahx2 said...

Like you Vicki, I love to pay it forward. I love to send fun things when I know someone collects a certain type of item. I love to give a handmade birthday card to each co-worker on their birthday and all my family members and friends. Believe me, that is not a small number! I also like to send surprises to my long distance friends. Nothing flashy, just fun. Leaving comments on Splitcoast Stampers cards. People seem to only leave comments on a select few. I try to pick the ones with no comments. I know what the comments mean to me. I love your flower idea and the seed idea because it is such a nice surprise to "find something" and I am going to try it next. Hugs Vicki and have a safe trip. We will chat before you go, I am sure.

Char- The Mad Shopper said...

This is one that pays forward. Make a card to make someone smile (hello card, just because card etc...). Randomly pick a name out of your local phone book and mail it to them. Don't put a return address on it. The idea is to send it to a stranger with no strings attached. You can ask in the card that if it brought a smile to their face to pass it on by doing something to bring a smile to someone's face today.

Precious Treasures said...

That is so sweet. Hmmmm what could I do for the people on Main Street in Fremont?

Precious Treasures said...

I could make those flowers we made with the accordian die? Those are cute and I have the die. I think Ruth and I are going to do it! Sounds fun!

SuZeQ said...

I am actively involved in civic duties in my town. I have gone through the Citizens Police Academy and the Citizens Fire Academy as well as taken all the classes for the Community Emergency Response Team. Because of this, I have become friends with many police officers and firefighters. The best RAK that I can think of is to take dinner up to the fire station - especially if you know of a structure fire they were at that particular day. Can't do dinner? Then take some cupcakes to the station ... all firefighters have a sweet tooth! Best part? They always always always ask you to sit down and join them. The conversations are priceless!

Paben said...

This is a wonderful organization for children that are sick and some dying.A card letter,art supplies,books,gift cards,are great ideas to send, I used to send to 3 kids every month.It is a wonderful RAK and so rewarding! http://www.makeachildsmile.org/ them

LindaC said...

While cleaning out and purging I found a piece of needlework that a friend had made for me in 1976. I have been following a blog of a young lady who likes vintage items especially in orange, brown, and green colors. So as my RAK, I mailed the needlework to her along with the story behind the needlework. I hope she enjoys it as much as I have for the last 30+ years.

Jane Wetzel said...

Vicki- this is so awesome! I always try to do these things- help people where I can and by doing this in front of my children they now DO THE SAME! A few times our local grocery store gave turkeys free to those who spent a certain amount of money- I look for someone paying with food stamps and give them my turkey and anything extra from my cart- Usually it is a young mom with a baby or babies! Another time when garage saleing there was a new crib and down the street a young unwed pregnant mom who was saying she needed one but didnt have the 50.00- my girlfriend and I went and bought it and gave it to her. She was crying and asking if we were angels!

klasickewpie said...

I love gardening, and grow most of our vegetables from seed. I have 75 tomato plants (and probably the same amount of pepper plants), way to many for my garden. I think I'll tie a tag to a shis-ka-bob skewer to place in each pot and have it say "Plant me in some fertile soil, water me thru the summer, and I'll reward you for your kindness".

This will save these cared for plants from going into my compost bin.

Mandy said...

leave a craft magazzine in your trolley...lol...
love the book idea leave it with anote to pass it on...
post a hello card
stop and help someone push their car....it so easy to pass them!!!!
i love what your reader did...thats so cute!!!
xxx

starqueen said...

Hi Vicki,
What wonderful inspiration and heart-warming ideas to pay it forward. A friend of mine always describes cardmakers as generous people, and I think that is true!

I love to send a card to someone "just because"...I think it is always nice to be thought of! Paying for the driver behind me at a toll booth or in the coffee shop drive thru is a fun way to surprise people with kindness. Just being present with and there to listen to someone is sometimes the greatest gift that we can give!
Thanks for inspiring us and providing us more wonderful ways to pay it forward!

starqueen15@comcast.net

Janelle said...

I like to take miniature flower arrangements to nursing homes & leave them on the resident's tray tables, it's a bit of nature in a sterile environment. Also like to take decorated boxes full of little treasures impoverished seniors might not be able to afford & leave the "gifts" for them... I love doing these things anonymously. :)

Chanticlear1@gmail.com

Becky said...

I was in line at Walmart and paid for a little girl's fish that she said she had saved her money for and watched her run over two lanes to tell her parents what had happened - it put a smile on all of our faces, even the cashier.

Pia U. said...

that is a NICE bloggpost;)). beeing nice, share a sincere smile and looking people in the eyes when saying that and saying thank you and your welcome -that are important things for me to remember trying to anyway, becouse im a mother and i want my children to be nice and friendly and honest towards their fellow citizens that to try remembering bcas we when living in a city we tend to be sometimes rude and in our own "bubble".

sockamom13 said...

I like to leave coupons in the supermarket,craft store,book store basically any store I printa coupon for I print extras to take to the store for making someones day. Nothing like saving money to put a smile on someones face. My friend does fundraising walks & she gives out lifesavers mints w/a candy wrapper that says thanks your kindness "mint" alot too me. People love to give her money now:)

artfulwhimsies said...

What a sweet idea, and wonderful way to share some kindness and blog candy! We love to grow vegatables and share them with neighbors, especially ones that we dont know that well. They are quite surprised.

CandyCane said...

You are always so thoughtful and giving. You are an inspiration to many :)
I love to make and give "just because" gifts. People are so surprised to get a gift when it is not their birthday. LOL They are truly awed, and that makes me happy :)