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Old 11-08-2012, 12:47 PM
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Thank you Golden Angel Santa, for brightening that young lady's and my days! I know who you are and you know my Toby loves you too!
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Old 11-08-2012, 05:11 PM
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That is so terrific and put a smile on my face... I have lost faith in the majority of the human race, so to hear that there are a few decent people that care, makes me feel better.
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Old 11-08-2012, 05:20 PM
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But, carrying something, reaching up or down to help someone, offerring to take carts back, letting people into traffic, opening or holding doors and elevators, smiling and saying hello etc - these are usually all gratefully acknowledged and I know that when I have had a really bad day and someone smiles and jokes with me, the whole world brightens.
This!! Oh my! Yes! If I'm having a bad day, or just running late, stressed out - and someone lets me in when we're merging or if I'm trying to turn onto a street w/o a light - my whole day just gets 1000x better. I always smile and wave and thank them the best I can.
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Old 11-10-2012, 08:27 AM
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Personally, I don't think that random acts of kindness are all that "random". They are pre-ordained and from God. What is "random" is our ability to quiet all the noise in our lives to allow ourselves to hear them, and act upon them. They are truly beautiful gifts to all those involved.

A couple of weeks ago I was getting a thorough bureaucratic runaround at the Philadelphia Dept of L & I trying to submit some drawings submitted for permit. After the ordeal, I was going to rush back to the office, but I since it was Friday, I decided to "treat" myself and actually stop and eat lunch in the park, instead of trying to eat and drive back to my office. I stopped at a brisket place next to Love Park that is usually never open, when I am near there, so I bought a sandwich. I walked over to the park. There were some guys hanging around the park talking, sleeping on benches, etc. they did not seem homeless, but perhaps just unemployed and passing the time together. They were friendly and I smiled as I passed one of them on my way to an open bench When I pulled the sandwich out of the bag, I realized it was abosutely huge, and was felt guilty. I thought to myself, "I am getting overweight, I really should not eat all of this". So I decided I was only going to eat part of it. It was delicious. And as I ate, I began to think I cannot just throw this out, it is wasteful and just wrong. Admittedly, i am ashamed to say this is an odd thought for me, as lots of times I will grab something on the go and it is simply way too large, and I have no way to save it for later. As soon as I thought this, one of the gentlemen in the park walked by and said hello, saw me eating and said kind of jokingly, "hey how about buying me one of those?". I told him, "No, but would you like to split this one with me?". I think he was shocked. He came over, and I gave him the other half. He said thank you, and took it over to where he was sitting, and placed it in his bag for later.

It was then I realized I had been "used". You see, my daily prayer for myself is simply "Heal me, Use me, Draw me closer". Random acts of kindness, you see, are not really random at all, once you can see what they truly are. It is all a matter of your perspective...
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Random Acts of Kindness

Here is a very heartwarming story I felt was worthy of sharing-

Photo of police officer giving boots to barefoot man warms hearts online
By J. DAVID GOODMAN
1 hour 20 minutes ago
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On a cold November night in Times Square, Officer Lawrence DePrimo was working a counterterrorism post when he encountered an older, barefooted homeless man. The officer disappeared for a moment, then returned with a new pair of boots, and knelt to help the man put them on.
The act of kindness would have gone unnoticed and mostly forgotten, had it not been for a tourist from Arizona.
Her snapshot — taken with her cellphone on Nov. 14 and posted to theNew York Police Department’s official Facebook page late Tuesday — has made Officer DePrimo an overnight Internet hero.
By Wednesday evening, the post had been viewed 1.6 million times, and had attracted nearly 275,000 “likes” and more than 16,000 comments — a runaway hit for a Police Department that waded warily onto the social media platform this summer with mostly canned photos of gun seizures, award ceremonies and the police commissioner.
Among all of those posts, the blurry image of Officer DePrimo kneeling to help the shoeless man as he sat on 42nd Street stood out. “This is definitely the most viral,” said Barbara Chen, a spokeswoman for the department who helps manage its Facebook page.
Thousands of people commented on Facebook and Reddit, which linked to the post on Wednesday. Most of them praised Officer Deprimo, yet some suspected the photograph had been staged. Many debated whether the officer’s actions were representative of police officers in general, or were just unusually exceptional.
“I still have a grudge against law enforcement everywhere,” wrote one commenter on the police Facebook page. “But my respects to that fine officer.”
Officer shocked by the attention
Officer DePrimo, 25, who joined the department in 2010 and lives with his parents on Long Island, was shocked at the attention. He was not warned before the photo went online; the department had not learned which officer was in the picture until hours later.
The officer, normally assigned to the Sixth Precinct in the West Village, readily recalled the encounter. “It was freezing out and you could see the blisters on the man’s feet,” he said in an interview. “I had two pairs of socks and I was still cold.” They started talking; he found out the man’s shoe size: 12.
As the man walked slowly down Seventh Avenue on his heels, Officer DePrimo went into a Skechers shoe store at about 9:30 p.m. “We were just kind of shocked,” said Jose Cano, 28, a manager working at the store that night. “Most of us are New Yorkers and we just kind of pass by that kind of thing. Especially in this neighborhood.”
Mr. Cano volunteered to give the officer his employee discount to bring down the regular $100 price of the all-weather boots to a little more than $75. The officer has kept the receipt in his vest since then, he said, “to remind me that sometimes people have it worse.”
The photo was taken by Jennifer Foster, a civilian communications director for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona. She said the moment resonated for personal reasons: She remembered as a young girl seeing her father, a 32-year veteran of the Phoenix police force, buy food for a homeless man.
“He squatted down, just like this officer,” she said.
After returning from vacation, she described the picture in an e-mail to the New York Police Department, thinking of it as a sort of a compliment card. She never expected the picture to end up online — “I’m not on Facebook,” she said — but a department official e-mailed her and asked if she would send along the photo so it could be posted.
As for the man he helped, Officer DePrimo never got his name, and he could not be immediately located on Wednesday. “He was the most polite gentleman I had met,” the officer said, adding that the man’s face lit up at the sight of the boots. Officer DePrimo offered him a cup of coffee, but “as soon as the boots were on him, he went on his way, and I just went back to my post.”


This article,"Photo of Officer Giving Boots to Barefoot Man Warms Hearts Online"originally appeared in The New York Times.
Copyright © 2012 The New York Times
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It's amazing to me how much in a hurry we are nowadays - it feels like doing the right thing and being courteous is now considered out of the norm!

I can't count the number of near accidents I've had because someone didn't want to slow down to let me merge, or because someone couldn't wait to let me pull out of a parking space, or even worse, the times I've almost been run over because someone was in such a hurry to leave someplace or didn't want to stop at a crosswalk.

I'm a big fan of donating blood (although I am slightly anemic so it can be a struggle to donate sometimes). The needle and catheter never bother me that much and even though I don't have a rare bloodtype I know that my donation will be used. All it costs is time and you get yummy treats afterwards
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Nothing makes a person feel better than to give to people,and animals, i think it is wonderful to do this.
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Another story worth sharing

Very kind cop gives a broke father $100 to pay traffic ticket

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It was only a couple weeks ago that NYPD officer Lawrence DePrimo won worldwide accolades when he was caught on camera giving boots to a barefoot homeless man. Now, a Texas cop is earning similar attention. Father-of-two Hayden Carlo was pulled over in Plano, Texas, after a police officer spotted his expired registration sticker. Carlo explained he had to choose between feeding his kids and paying the fee — and was astounded to see the unnamed cop had given him $100 along with the ticket. "'I'll never forget that man," Carlo said. "It definitely restored my faith in God."
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Wonderful story Carolina Mom. My sweet neighbor, Mary, who is 82 but still pretty strong has a wonderful thing she does every Christmas time. She is the last of her family, so no one to buy for and refuses to splurge on herself unless it is really needed. Each Holiday Season as she buys her groceries she looks for a family who looks like they could use some help. As soon as the cashier totals up the groceries she barges in (she is prob. 5 ft when she stands tall) and pays their bill. She says they always seem a bit uneasy with this, so she says she takes the Mother's hand in her old one and tells her she has no one left to buy for and would like to feel she will be a part of sharing her Christmas meal. She only asks that they do a kindness for another before the season is over.

I honestly love this little old lady. She is strong, yet keeps faith that most people are good and keeps God in her heart each day. Feel she is Mrs. Santa Clause!

I try to be a good person, but know especially during the madness of the Holidays I just try to avoid people and rush filled malls as much as possible. I need to make a more conscience effort to be more like my sweet neighbor.
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#26Acts of kindness movement grows as feel-good trend goes viral after Newtown

Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:26 PM EST

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At the Newtown General Store in Connecticut, Pete Leone has been inundated with calls from around the country, including one from Elizabeth Glass of Annapolis, Maryland.
The mother of a student in first grade, Glass called to offer a gift of coffee to Newtown residents. Her call is part of a massive, unexpected wave of goodwill that began online last weekend with a simple idea: "Imagine if we all committed 20 acts of kindness to honor the lost children of Newtown."
NBC News National and International Correspondent Ann Curry sent the message on Twitter and Facebook. The idea, which invites everyone to carry out acts of kindness for anyone, anywhere, has evolved into a viral effort known as "26 Acts of Kindness" on Facebook and #26Acts and #20Acts on Twitter in honor of the students and faculty who died at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Are You In? Read stories from people who have joined the "26 Acts" movement
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Since Sunday, more than 167,000 messages have been shared on the social media sites. Some messages were sent from supporters in foreign countries including Australia, Russia, Finland, Austria and Afghanistan.
Nearly one million hits have been registered on an NBC News web page which shared information and stories about acts of kindness.
On Wednesday a group of women in Westchester County, New York, turned their Christmas gathering into a "26 Acts" vigil and fundraiser.
"I have three daughters and it affected our whole family. We're all grieving together," said Janice Giardina, one of the organizers.
Turning their grief into action felt like a way to break through their darkness.
"There are simple things, you don't need money to do them, but just be kind and do them," Stacy Geisinger said.
One by one these women talked about their acts of kindness, like volunteering at a homeless shelter and helping teenagers and young adults find their way.
Bob Merola, a government official in Newtown, was invited to their vigil.
"I see what's coming in from all around the country," he said. "It's overwhelming. It's nothing I've ever experienced before in my life."
Leanne Fleischer via NBCNews.com FirstPerson

The movement is inspiring others, who shared their stories and photographs with NBC News.
Leanne Fleischer donated food to a food bank in central Florida. Alyson DelPaggio donated jars of baby food to Lazarus House Ministries in Lawrence, Mass.
Cheryl Green bought more than 20 toys for children at a homeless shelter in Atlanta.
"It brings a little joy to my heart to know that some of these children between the ages of five to 10 just might have a better Christmas than normal," she said in a video recording sent to NBCNews.com.
At Cumberland High School near Providence, R.I., history teacher Ashley Proulx challenged her students to act.
"Personally, I was in high school when Columbine occurred and I remember the feeling of fear and uneasiness in school and how we never wanted it to happen again," she said. "I wanted to show my students that something good had to come from this tragedy. Something good had to happen and that small acts have a big impact."
Proulx's students gathered books for underprivileged kids and canned foods they planned to donate to a food bank. They also created a "26 Acts" mural in their classroom.
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