Monthly Archives: December 2012

Fresh Start

Fresh Start

I’m not one for making new years resolutions, but I’ve always felt like “why wait until December 31st to realize you want to make a change?” — when I started this movement (for a lack of a better word) to spread kindness and inspire/encourage others to do the same, it was close to the end of this year. It could be easily mistaken for a new years resolution, but I didn’t want to wait to start.

Nevertheless, it’s never too late…or too early…to make a change to better your life. But in the spirit of NYE 2012, here’s to 2013 and your fresh start. If you’re going to make a change, let it positively affect others.

Cheers!
– The Kindness Rule

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Some RAK ideas

Sometimes I have to research some ideas for future random acts of kindness (kind of an oxymoron, but whatever) — so I’m sharing some ideas with you:

  • Pay the bill for the person in line behind you (drive-thru, Starbucks, etc)
  • Smile at a stranger
  • Hold the door at the mall
  • Shovel the walk for an elderly person
  • Hide dollars in the Dollar Section at Target (I see kids all the time roaming that section with their parents, begging for their parents to buy something!)
  • Offer to pump someone’s gas at the gas station
  • Add quarters to parking meters (bonus points if you swoop in right as the parking meter patrol is about to check an expired meter)
  • Give a small treat bag to your cashier (coming from a former cashier, you have NO idea how great it is when you have a pleasant and appreciative customer! It can turn a horrible shift around in minutes!)
  • Pay the toll for a car or two behind you on the Turnpike
  • Give a generous tip to your waiter/waitress or delivery man/woman
  • Take flowers to a nursery home … and stay a while to talk to the residents
  • Compliment a child. So simple but so powerful
  • Donate books to a library
  • Push your and a nearby shopper’s carts back into the store
  • Call your grandparents (or parents)… or just go visit them
  • Offer to babysit a couple’s children so they can have a (well-deserved & much needed) date-night… or a single mom’s children so she can have some (again well-deserved, much needed, and probably overdue) “me” time
  • Say “thank you” (oh, the power of two simple words!)
  • Bake something you pinned on Pinterest and take it to your neighbor’s house or police/fire station (you weren’t going to eat all the cupcakes yourself… were you??)
  • Donate coloring books and crayons to Children’s Hospital
  • Collect canned goods & donate to your local Food Bank
  • VOLUNTEER!!
  • Shovel an elderly neighbor’s driveway, sidewalk, and/or steps

These are just some ideas (that I’ll most likely do)– I will keep you updated and share pictures! If you try any of these, please share your pictures:

Email: thekindnessrule@gmail.com

Twitter/Instagram (remember to tag): @TheKindnessRule or #thekindnessrule

Facebook: The Kindness Rule

Cookie House Night

Cookie House Night

The school I work at held a fundraiser for the PTO called “Cookie House Night.” It costs somewhere in the ballpark of $10-$15 for students to come (with parents) to the school and decorate Gingerbread Houses. Almost all of my students received free or reduced lunches and while many might say they could afford the fundraiser, many of their parents could not afford to take off work and come to the school so that their children could participate. One of my staff members shared this story with her daughter and she was so moved. She and her friends went out and purchased 10 “Gingerbread Mini Village Kits” for our students so that they would be able to have the same opportunity to share in the holiday joy as many of their peers. I couldn’t believe how generous they were!

There is nothing I could do, but say thank you and have my students make cards to thank our generous donors! This is truly inspiring!

I hope you can share kindness during this season… and really all the time!

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People Who Inspire… #1

Here is the first post (of many) in a series called “People Who Inspire.” I will share other inspiring people’s stories of how they spread kindness wherever they are. Also as originally promised, I am posting pictures of people who inspire me and who are also engaging in random acts of kindness in honor of the lives lost in the Sandy Hook School Shooting.

This greeted me this morning on my mini-feed and I was so excited to see someone else joining in on this amazing movement! I asked her if I could use her post, and because she’s so awesome, she agreed! Thanks 🙂

If that doesn’t encourage you, I don’t know what will…. but I’ll keep trying!  My awesome

chocolate for mailman

Facebook friend even sent me this picture of her 2nd act: chocolate for the mailman.

Coincidentally, I also did something for my mailman today. I bought him a Panera gift card and wrote a note to him, thanking him for always neatly delivering my mail. Our mail always comes in a gumband and never just thrown in the mail slot. He takes the time for us and that deserves recognition and thanks! (No picture because right as I was going to tape it to my door, he was there delivering mail. His face was priceless and full of gratitude. It was great!!)

This woman inspires because she 1)  literally works for a non-profit that coordinates volunteering and community service efforts,  2) has gone out of her way and busy days to try to inspire others to be kind to one another, and 3) is ALWAYS so bright and cheerful! It takes a great person to always be happy and see the good in things and she’s that kind of person. Thanks ***** for being the person you are, spending your life helping others, and allowing me to share your posts/pictures!

#26ActsofKindness

#26ActsofKindness

To honor the 26 victims who were killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting, Ann Curry, of NBC, is asking that everyone does 26 acts of random kindness. This is a perfect way to honor those innocent souls and not focus our attention on the shooter. So excited to share this with others… and if you’re reading this, share this with people you know too! Post your pictures on Facebook and Twitter & don’t forget to hash tag #26Acts or #26ActsofKindness!!

I’ll keep you updated on my acts and others’ who inspire me! Stay tuned… Maybe once you start, you won’t want to stop!!

Help Dalton Break a World Record

Help Dalton Break a World Record

I came across this post on another RAK blog and thought, “this is so easy and kind at the same time!” So instead of just sending one, I decided to enlist the help of my 40 students at my after-school program. They always need something to do and I thought this might inspire one of them to be a little kinder to a friend. I collected all of the cards and will be sending them to Dalton tomorrow!


Read the post and send your card. It’ll cost you about $0.45 and you’ll have aided in making a young boy’s wish come true!

UPDATE: I received a call from one of my student’s mother. She told me that her daughter came home and demanded that all her brothers and sisters make cards for Dalton. The mother went on to say that one sibling went to school (middle school) and told the teacher about the cards. THE WHOLE CLASS MADE CARDS! My student is bringing in about 40 more cards. This made my horrible day so much better! Out of 37 students, I reached one— that’s what it’s all about!!!!

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RAK Movie Night

RAK Movie Night

I went around my part of town, with my NEW “RAK’ed” cards that just came in the mail, and attached them to packages of popcorn. I taped them to outdoor RedBox machines…. let me just say, this was a little difficult and took 3 days to tape 6 packages of popcorn because someone was ALWAYS either standing or parked (and sitting in their car) outside the RedBox machines. Some acts I’d like to perform anonymously and this is one of them! I think it’s better to just leave them and imagine the recipients’ faces. Anyway, I hope 6 individuals, couples, or families enjoy their movies!!

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Military Care Package Mailing Kit

I came across this information on a Facebook friend’s page. Her husband is in the military and she posted the instructions for sending care packages to his troop. What a great opportunity to send some love and appreciation for those serving our country!

Here are the instructions:

Military Care Package Mailing Kit
Since Priority Mail service supplies are the packaging of choice for families preparing care packages for service members overseas, the USPS has created a “Mili-kit” based on the items most frequently requested by the military.
The kit contains:
  • Two (2) each of MIL-FRB – the Priority Mail APO/FPO Large Flat Rate Box (12″ x 12″ x 5-1/2″)
  • Two (2) each of FRB1 – the top loading Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Boxes (11″ x 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″)
  • Two (2) each of FRB2 – the side loading Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Boxes (13-5/8″ x 11-7/8″ x 3-3/8″)
  • One (1) roll of 106A-MIL – Tape (Small roll that accommodates taping all boxes included in kit)
  • Six (6) each of Label # 228 – Priority Mail Address Labels –
  • Six (6) each of Customs FORM 2976-A
  • Six (6) each of Customs FORM 2976-E (Envelopes)
The kit may be requested by calling 1-800-610-8734 (Packing Supply) and:
  1. Choose your language (“1” is English, “2” is Spanish).
  2. Choose option 1 (it states it is for Express Mail service, Priority Mail or Global Express Guaranteed).
  3. When you reach a live agent, request “CAREKIT04.”
  4. Please allow 7-10 days for delivery.
Note: These are free supplies, postage must be affixed.
Additionally, you can find guidelines for packing, addressing, and shipping items to U.S. troops at https://www.usps.com/ship/apo-fpo-guidelines.htm
Some things you may choose to include in the care package:
  • DVDs
  • Snacks (non-perishable items)
  • Deodorant
  • Cigarettes (while I personally may not choose to send these, if you do, here are my friend’s instructions: “IF YOU MAIL CIGARETTES, TUCK THEM AWAY AND DON’T LIST THEM ON THE CUSTOMS FORM OR THEY’LL BE TAKEN OUT!!!”)
  • Books
  • iTunes cards
  • Protein powder/bars
  • Powder drink mixes (think Crystal Light, Gatorade, Kool Aid)
  • Chocolate
  • Beef Jerky
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • A “Thank You” card/note
Thank a solider.
Can you imagine being away for months and receiving a package from a kind stranger?
“Give to others and God will give to you” -Luke 6:38
**UPDATE**
It was brought to my attention that I didn’t give information about finding soldiers to send to if you don’t personally know anyone in the military. Duh! Well, I found a website who helps provide you with addresses of soldiers to send a one-time care package>>>  http://www.adoptaussoldier.org/index.php/site/frontlines/
Sign up and get an address! Hope this helps!

 

It’s all about KINDNESS this year!

I was always taught the “Golden Rule”: treat others the way you want to be treated. I’ve tried to live my life according to the rule, but while I was sitting in Sunday service this year, the first part of the message was to give to others. More specifically this Bible verse was mentioned, “Give to others, and God will give to you. Indeed, you will receive a full measure, a generous helping, poured into your hands – all that you can hold. The measure you use for others is the one that God will use for you” Luke 6:38. I couldn’t help but think, why do we only focus on giving during Christmas? ‘Tis the season to give, right? I think we should be giving all year-long!

So, in the spirit of reevaluating my life before the new year, we’ve decided to make my new years’ resolution to be kind everyday and inspire others to be kind too. This blog is our way, not of gloating because we’re being nice to people, but to inspire YOU to give to others as well. We will keep you updated on my random acts of kindness, share stories from others, and give you some ideas of random acts of kindness you can do daily!

Hello world!

Welcome to my blog. Be prepared to be inspired…

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