Random Acts of Kindness

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Since: Dec 08

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Jun 14, 2009
I'll start this, in response to a suggestion on another thread, we would like to use this thread to post Random Acts of Kindness that you have either experienced or witnessed...
Please post often and keep it high in the listing of active threads. We invite, actually we encourage everyone to post.
Random acts of kindness are seldom anything big, or generally even newsworthy. They are the little everyday things that brighten our day, a young person helping an older one load groceries into their car, the lunch tab picked up by someone who doesn't even know you, The young man who stopped to help the lady who tripped and fell on the street.
This could be fun, and once in a while, for all the serious things we talk about here, everyone needs some fun.
more coffee please

AOL

#2 Jun 14, 2009
A few weeks ago my daughter went to get some gas for the lawn mower. Her brother had given her $5.00 for the gas. She filled the gas can and put the rest in the car. When she went to pay apparently an old man told the cashier to put another $20.00 in for her because he knew what it was like to use your last little bit for gas.

I guess my daughter tried to explain that it she was just putting the last of the five in, but was not too sure how to, she is 15 and was a little overwhelmed by the old man helping out, as she said. When I asked her about this old man (being a mother I was naturally concerned). She said he was old, kind of like your age (I am 43 LOL), he just paid the cashier and left.

Although it was a little misunderstanding, it was greatly appreciated as I am a single mother who had a 1/4 tank of gas and 4 days until pay day.

Thanks to the old, 40 something year old man in Bloomfield.

Since: Dec 08

Albuquerque, NM

#3 Jun 14, 2009
See.. he KNEW you needed that gas..
more coffee please

AOL

#4 Jun 16, 2009
We need to bring this back up to the top. Come on someone. I know I am not the only one who has been the recipent of a random act of kindness. I think this thread should be going a lot faster than this. It can be an act you witnessed also.

“Just Us for All”

Since: Sep 08

Albuquerque, NM

#5 Jun 16, 2009
I was in the Aztec Restaurant the other day and two off duty Deputies were paying their tickets just before leaving. There was a coffee can with a little kid's picture collecting pennies to be voted the "Princess" of whatever it was...I don't remember. One of the deputies noticed that the can was empty. He told the cashier he wanted 100 pennies, and when she gave him two rolls of pennies he opened the can and put them there. This little girl got at least 100 votes....and the deputy didn't even know who the kid was.
Good Dog

Albuquerque, NM

#6 Jun 16, 2009
There is an elderly, blind man that comes into the Main Street Bistro, in Aztec ~ his dog walks him over. The waitresses there treat him so good. They come and take his hand and lead him to a table and hug him and fuss over him. Most of the people know everybody in there, inlcuding him. And, everyone visits. It's just a good feeling, when you're in there.
Uncle Rico

Albuquerque, NM

#7 Jun 16, 2009
One time I saw this car stalled in the middle of the road in front of Walmart. A couple guys got out and were trying to push it up the incline going into the parking lot. The guys weren't real big. Then I saw this Jr. High looking, Navajo kid get out of a van and help them push it. He must have been pretty strong cause they got it up there.
more coffee please

AOL

#8 Jun 16, 2009
Love it..... Let's keep this wonderful, uplifting thread going. These are all beautiful, heart warming stories. I enjoyed reading each and every one of them.
Now Im a Princess

Albuquerque, NM

#9 Jun 16, 2009
My sister felt sorry for me trying to do little loads in my fairly cheap washer. I could never get my laundry done. So she bought me a large capacity frontloader washer and dryer. I couldn't believe it! Her generosity overwhelms me.

Since: Jun 09

Albuquerque, NM

#10 Jun 16, 2009
Shortly after we moved into our home here, my fiance noticed the couple across the street (young man and woman) attempting to get a new refrigerator into their home, no dolly, no real "muscle". He grabbed our hand cart, and helped the young man get the fridge into place.

Shortly there after.. we noticed the elderly neighbor next door trying to unload a stove and from their pick-up and get it in the house. He again grabbed the hand cart and... yep you got it....

Karma.... I call it tithing to karma... plain and simple...

“The voices! The voices!”

Since: Jun 09

The outbacks of NM

#11 Jun 17, 2009
When I get up I read the paper(on line). This is a great thread to start the day with.
When I get home after work,usually wound a little tight due to some incident at work, I read the posts that have happened during the day. A great thread to put things in perspective and relax to.
Jade

United States

#12 Jun 17, 2009
I like this thread :-)
Debbie

Albuquerque, NM

#14 Jun 17, 2009
I wish more people would do random acts of kindness. It provides a wonderful feeling in your soul. You would be surprised how good it makes you, and the person you help, feel. Great thread.

“The voices! The voices!”

Since: Jun 09

The outbacks of NM

#15 Jun 18, 2009
Not only do I want this thread back up top but I want to brag a little on my daughter.

One day my daughter (16 years) had baby sat an 18 month old for 8 hours. She was paid by check $20. I felt it was a litlle unfair but ok. She asked to go to the bank in Aztec to cash it. Outside on the corner was a lady with a sign that said something along the lines of "Food, money, prayers all appreciated".

I have always tried to teach my children that you don't look down upon people that do this because you don't know what has brought them to this point. You don't know if they have lost a job, alcohol/drug abuse, kicked out of their house. You don't even know if they are scamming so don't judge and help if you can. To be on the safe side don't give money but give food.

So after cashing her check she said can we go to subway and get her a sandwich. I said sure. So we went there and she got her a $5 foot long (she said she can eat half now and then she can have dinner too) made it meal, with chips a cookie and bottle water. She said being in the sun she probably needs some water. So any way to make a long story short she spent almost half of her wages for this lady.

My daughter crossed the street and gave the lady the sandwich in which she thanked my daughter.

She got back in the car, and we sat their for a few minutes. She said to me, "I have less tha $12 left.
I feel good."

I told her I was proud of her.

Come to think of it that was about a month before that man bought gas for her (that actually benefitted me since it was my car.)
Homeless

Albuquerque, NM

#16 Jun 18, 2009
While living in Vegas, I had a couple of "strys" that resided in our neighborhood. I call them strays because it was 2 young men, 1 young woman, and a beautiful puppy.

Well one day I was doing my hurriedly along thing. You know the hundred and one errands that never seem to end. When I noticed this group sitting outside the Wal-Mart. Now IF any of you know, Wal-Mart has a no loitering policy. So they were sitting on the curb, in the sun , in Las Vegas Nevada in July I think it was.

Anyways.. Long story short... While doing my other shopping, I picked up water, 10 lbs of dog food, spam, crackers, etc... anyways a variety of non-spoilage merchandise. Unfortunately when I left the store, they had to "press on" to another location.

I shrugged, placed the items in their bags, in the trunk of my car. I had seen this group a number of times in our area.

It wasnt but maybe a week, and I saw them walking by the patio of my apartment. Screaming out to them, which freaked them out. I told them I had something for them. To please wait right there, I ran quickly out to my car and grabbed the aforementioned items...

I must have been a sight to watch, carrying 10 lbs of dog food, a gallon of water and various grocery bags. Though... to see their face light up when had those few items... YEAH.. the warm fuzzy feeling...

The strange part.. I had just started a new job, really didnt have the money, did it anyways.. withing 2 weeks of giving them those items, I got a promotion....

Karma Tithing....

great thread

“The voices! The voices!”

Since: Jun 09

The outbacks of NM

#17 Jun 18, 2009
Food is a basic necessity for all. Animals too. I try to give food when possible. I have given food as often as possible when I see someone asking for help. I don't know if they are trying to feed a habit or not. I don't want to contribute to a habit so I give food. That is something we all need, habit or not. And yes I do feel for those who are in these situations due to a habit. I don't think any one short of a scammer wants to be on the street corner asking for help.
El Paso Drive

United States

#18 Jun 18, 2009
I had the police show up at my house last year because of my drunk husband. We have a large SUV and had no gas in it. I was going to leave and take my kids with me to my parents house on the reservation. One of the police, who both were white, asked the other if he would be okay for a few minutes and he said yes. The other police left and came back and gave me 20 bucks so me and my kids could leave. Ill always remember that. I dont think all the police are racest cause i don't think that one was. I know police dont make alot of money and for him to give a way 20 bucks was somthing.

Since: Dec 08

Albuquerque, NM

#19 Jun 18, 2009
El Paso Drive wrote:
I had the police show up at my house last year because of my drunk husband. We have a large SUV and had no gas in it. I was going to leave and take my kids with me to my parents house on the reservation. One of the police, who both were white, asked the other if he would be okay for a few minutes and he said yes. The other police left and came back and gave me 20 bucks so me and my kids could leave. Ill always remember that. I dont think all the police are racest cause i don't think that one was. I know police dont make alot of money and for him to give a way 20 bucks was somthing.
Thank you, that story was more than just a random act of kindness... we all needed that reminder.

I hope you and your kids are safe and well.
sjrmc proud

Farmington, NM

#20 Jun 19, 2009
I work with some wonderful Doctors! We have a wonderful surgeon that goes out of her way to help others in many different ways. This past Christmas when she found out several single mothers were having a hard time making ends meet, Christmas cards delivered silently from Santa with gift cards appeared mysteriously! Though she takes no credit...I as one of those single mothers want to say thank you for the many wonderful things you do!!!
pbpanther

Albuquerque, NM

#21 Jun 19, 2009
I was in Lowe's yesterday, the guy in front of me was using a credit card and the machine would not read it. The cashier tried to type it in. Mean while the cashier next to her helped me and had finished checking me out as I was walking out I turned to see that the other cashier still had not gotten his card keyed in. I went back and told the cashier to place the card inside a plastic bag and swipe it again. WAAA LAAA it worked he was freed from the embarrassment of hold up the line. 8-]

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