Monday, April 5, 2010

Random Acts of Kindness by My Sweet Friends

I know I am blessed with precious friends and family. 
I don't for a second take that for granted.

 But I think this birthday truly showed me
 how amazingly kind and loving and creative and good  
and big hearted my friends are. 

So many fulfilled my birthday wish
 by performing random acts of kindness
 in my honor on my birthday that it was overwhelming to me.

I truly can't tell you how fun it was to get texts, emails,
 and Facebook messages all day long telling me of their good deeds. 
Some even took pics- which I loved and so many were SO very creative! 

It truly was like getting present after present 
and it absolutely made my day!!

So here, in no particular order, they are:

Amanda: Made cookies for her daughters bus driver

Donna: 
1. Cleaned her friend Martha's kitchen
2. Made coffee
3. Fed the cat for her

Darby: Made her parents bed for them

Jen G: Took Route 44 Sonic drinks to the EMS station in her town.  The other paramedics were out on ambulance runs, but this man, Joe, accepted the drinks on everyone's behalf and will pass them out when everyone returns to the station!

Kelly: 1. Her husband has five guys that work for him at Sherwin Williams and she brought them cookies to work during her lunch.  

2. She took some flowers to a lady that works at her baby's daycare, Cindy.  Her mother's health is not well and she lives very far away from here.  Cindy is struggling with what to do about that situation.  So she  gave her some flowers and a card telling her that she was praying for her.  

Jeana: Paid for the person behind her in line at Starbucks. 


Jared: Bought lunch for the girl in front of him in line at Quizzno's.


Stacey S: 1. Taped change to 3 vending machines at work
 2. Paid for the person behind her in line at Sonic.


Dia: 1. Took baby clothes to a local home for pregnant teens 
2. Took Girl Scout cookies to the construction workers near her house. 
(The GS cookies were as a tribute to our GS days- troop 2211!)


Sharen G: 1. Kidnapped a friend and brought her out to their property
 to see the wildflowers in bloom
2. Paid for the car behind her at Chicken Express.


Shannon W: 
1. Washed and folded towels for a sweet friend whose dryer was broken
2. Took Gatorade to the construction workers by her house.

3. Took sweet treats to the firehouse. 

 
4. Gave away cookies at Jimmy John's. 

 

Lori: Took a much needed neb mask to sweet baby Mykah. 

Kim: 1. Gave a friend a gift of a cute little chubby bird
2. Bought dinner for a friend

Luke: Picked up trash at the gas station. 

Charly: 
1. While taking pics of a pregnant mother,
 she ended up helping to deliver the baby! 
That is a serious HUGE RAOK!
2. Decorated a bucket and clipboard for
 the math specialist at her school. 

Sally:
1. Found a $ on the group, knew it wasn't a young mom's 
but pretended it was and returned it. 
2. Wrote an email bragging on a co-worker and sent it to their supervisor. 

DeAnn: Took goody bags to her son's daycare workers.

Suzan: 
1. Gave a tip the same size as the cost of her lunch to the drive thru girl
2. Spent an extra hour at a patient's house
3. Took some chocolate to a friend's house
4. Left a bowl of chocolate at the home health office
5. Left a gift card and a note of encouragement on the door of an older
 travel trailer parked in the Wal-mart parking lot. 
(Her sweet kids Jess and Luke also contributed money to this too!)
6. Left a gift card of their mailman. 

Karen O: Offered to keep her babysitters daughter for the night and take her to school the next morning because the babysitter is having surgery. 

Debbie M: Picked up all the neighbors trash cans because it was a windy day and they had all blown down the street. 

Jessica: 
1. Bought a gift certificate at the teacher supply store with instructions for the owner to give it to a teacher in need. 

2. Let her two year old hit her in the head with a blue balloon while shopping. 
3. Left coupons all over the store for anything she had coupons for. 


Sharon: Had an extra long visit with her Nanny. 

Robin: Watched a lady's things in the waiting room while her husband was in surgery. 


Sherri B: Picked up my daughter and fed her dinner since I went out of town with Dory. 


Stacy G: Paid for a drink and chip combo for the next person at Circle K. 


Wendy and family: 
1. Picked flowers in school yard and passed them out to old people at Wal-mart
2. Gave a $20 gift card to the person behind them at Wal-mart
3. Delivered 2 pizzas to 2 families as their surprise dinner
(love this idea- so fun!)
4. Took donuts to the firemen by their house

Karen P: 
1. Paid for an elderly couple's meal at Wendy's
2. Took a complete stranger home from AMCMS after 
dropping her daughter off at volleyball practice. 
(The next time she saw him he thanked her again and gave her a rose. How sweet is that?)

Amy: She did something but wants to tell me in person so I'm not sure what it was! 

Betty and Jenny: Anonymously gave a cash gift to a single mom in need. 

Peggy:
1. Bought lunch for the office staff
2. Didn't honk at the drivers who cut her off in traffic

Diana D: Made a birthday cake for a friend who did not get to celebrate her birthday

Mary Beth: Made a donation to a family with three small children whose father was killed in a motorcycle accident. 

Martie: Made gluten free brownies for Jessica

Bonnie: Wrote a letter to her husband's cousin who is getting a divorce.

Erin: 
1. Sent chocolate and notes to the bank tellers
2. Left a sweet treat for the mailmain
3. Paid for the Sonic drink of the person behind her in line

Lana: Gave flowers to the secretary at her school

Tony: Bought drinks for the 6 workers working for him

Jamee:
1. Took fudge pops to the ER
2. Took magazines to the ER
3. Left new sidewalk chalk at the park. 
4. Bought coffee for 2 people at McDonald's
5. Left a note on a friend's car
6. Made coffee for her husband (which is usually something he does)

Hannah: 
Left a quarter by the candy machine at the mall


Dory: Rode all over creation with me, put up with my insane idea, 
and took pictures of all of my 40 RAOK. 

That is a grand total of 80 Random Acts of Kindness! 

Add in my 40 and that is a total of 
120 Random Acts of Kindness
 done on March 29th. 

How cool is that? 
It truly is amazing and brings tears to my eyes. 

I am blessed beyond measure.



Note: If I didn't include your RAoK and you did one-
 please either email me or leave me a comment and I'll be sure to add it to the list! 

5 comments:

  1. What a wonderful feeling just reading all of those little things that meant so much to someone else that day. I am so glad you got your birthday wish.

    Love you!

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  2. Shannon, You are an inspiration! I may "steal" your idea for my 40th in July! Heaven knows this world needs a few more RAOK!
    Lisa Kouri Longworth

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  3. What an incredible birthday! I loved reading these!
    Charly helped deliver a BABY?! On your birthday? That is so cool!!!
    I applaud ALL your friends for the good cheer spread about in your honor.
    You are an inspiration to all, Shannon!
    Love you!!!
    ~Jen

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  4. Shannon, Grace and Joshua both gave away gift cards at McDonald's when we stopped for our dinner. We made two people very happy! I did another RAOK today just for fun! Lora

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  5. These are wonderful! I hope that everyone has a blast doing things like this!

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