Archive for June, 2006
A woman with a full car of children stopped to get gas at a local gas station. As she filled up her car a man notified her that she had a flat tire. The woman went to the cashier and asked for assistance. Without any hesitation the cashier told her what to purchase in order to fix the flat tire and he would provide the labor. In a light shower of rain the cashier worked on the tire filling it with air and tire filler which would patch the tire until she purchased new ones. It is hard to find this kind of service now-a-days.
If you live in a good size city there is a good chance that you'll see homeless and hungry individuals. Last winter I was in Burger King waiting in line when the woman in front of me gave the employee a five dollar bill and said," will you buy the gentleman over there whatever this can get him?"
The man she had indicated was a person I had seen mainly a time asking people for money and whom was in Burger King to get out of the cold. It was really cool to see a true random act of kindness happen before my eyes no matter how big or small the act is.
There was a person who lived in a house where quite a few homeless people rummage through the trash looking for aluminum cans to make money off of recycling them. It is good that the cans are being recycled, but sucks because of the means to which they get to the recycling center.
One day the resident of the house was walking outside and meet a man digging for can in his trash. The resident was used to this and thought nothing of it because it became a norm. The people of the neighborhood never got mad because the can hunters always cleaned up the mess they made during their search. What caught the resident's attention was the wheel chair the elderly man was in as he was can hunting.
The resident was rather young and had a bunch of aluminum cans inside his house from a party the night before. He hurried back inside collected all the cans into one garbage bag (filling it) and rushed outside before the man moved on to the next-door neighbor's.
The resident felt bad that he couldn't do more, but the man in the wheel chair was thankful for having a full bag of aluminum cans without having to look for them.
About two years ago there was a lab/retriever mix matted and hungry outside my college dorm. I noticed that it had a collar so I approached it and caught it by the collar. (I worked at a vet clinic for over 2 years so I knew what I was doing…always be careful around an animal you do not know.)
I got an old telephone cord and tied it around the collar as a leash and walked the dog to the on campus police station. They looked at me like I was crazy to stop and help the animal, but helped me just the same. I called the number on the tag multiple times and got an answering machine.
About an hour and a half that I found the dog, the police and I got a hold of the owner’s friend (I can't quite remember how) who was watching the dog. She came to pick up the animal and thanked me and the campus police.
Luckily I had a long break between classes at this time, so I didn't miss anything important.
According to www.auscharity.org:
It all started in a Sausalito, California, restaurant in 1982 when Anne Herbert scrawled the words "practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty" on a place mat. From there it spread to bumper stickers, quietly at first, but with all the powerful momentum of something important–calling us to lives of caring and compassion. Random Acts of Kindness, true stories of acts of kindness, was published in February 1993 and set off a chain reaction. Articles appeared in nearly every newspaper in the U.S., and hundreds of radio stations devoted airtime to the cause. Toward the end of 1993, a Bakersfield, California, professor gave a class assignment to do a random act of kindness–unleashing yet another flood of stories. The concept continues to spread, and we hope it will carry on until the beauty of simple kindness touches–and changes–us all.
According to Wikipedia:
A random act of kindness or RAoK is a selfless act performed by kind people to either help or cheer up a random stranger, for no reason other than to make people happier. Either spontaneous or planned in advance, RAoKs are encouraged by various online and offline communities.
The phrase is a modification, or mangling, of "Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty", coined by Anne Herbert, as well as a play on the phrase "random act of violence."
Please, use the comment box to write your own random act of kindness story. This can be a story about something you did, happened to you, or you heard happened.