Another RAK contest

December 5, 2007

Random act of kindness. Sheri, at The Loopy Ewe, has been running a contest this month asking people to submit stories of RAK that they have done. Sheri pays for people at the drive-up window behind her at Starbucks among other RAK.

So far, this week, she has over 195 posts on RAKs that people have done. It’s absolutely awesome. People have helped strangers in stores, in parking lots, at senior centers, in the office, on the street–the list goes on and on and on. It’s worth taking a few minutes to check out the stories. (But come back when you’re done and post your story here too!)

I have heard about RAKs many times before. But this time, with a little motivator by the name of YARN, Sheri has helped pushed this idea firmly into the minds of hunderds of other people. This is an awesome thing. Could it go global? Could knitters make the world a better place to live? Why not!!

So, in this spirit, I will blatantly copy Sheri’s idea–not that I actually have much of an audience reading this blog!! In fact with Sheri, I think it could be described as a following more than an audience. But, none-the-less, I’ll post a link to my post everywhere I can think of in hopes that a few new people might be tempted to perform their own RAK in the world.

The winner will be randomly drawn. All you have to do is come and post your RAK. I’ll give you a Loopy Ewe gift certificate for $25. They have lovely laceweight and sock yarns. Sheri’s getting in some Dream in Color yarn soon with colors that are truely swoon-worthy. You can see them in her blog. I’ll close the contest at the end of December. I’ll pick the winner on January 2.

Have fun and do good in the world.

I got a comment from Ron from Buffalo Gold that he is willing to add another prize: “I would be thrilled to contribute a couple of skeins of Buffalo Gold laceweight yarn and a copy of “Stahman’s Shawls and Scarves: Lace Faroese-Shaped Shawls from the Neck Down and Seamen’s Scarves” as an additional prize to be given away.”

Additionally, Diana Cooper also offered another prize: “The winner can have his or her choice of a large tote bag from my Frogging or Legal Stash designs.”

So, I am including one more prize from me: two skeins (400 yds total) of A.L. de Sauveterre’s 100 percent Peruvian Alpaca yarn, Whisper, in the October Sunlight colorway:
October Sunclight
Axelle describes this color as “yellows, oranges, with splashes of light brown and pale chestnut.” I see a bit of mauve too. It is stunning.

Please encourage your knitting friends to post their RAKs! Thanks.


76 Responses to “Another RAK contest”

  1. Ron Says:

    well, I can’t really claim any RAK’s personally, but I would be thrilled to contribute a couple of skeins of Buffalo Gold laceweight yarn and a copy of “Stahman’s Shawls and Scarves: Lace Faroese-Shaped Shawls from the Neck Down & Seamen’s Scarves” as an additional prize to be given away as you see fit.

    Thanks and keep up the great work!

  2. Diana Cooper Says:

    What a nice idea, Ruth.

    I’m not a terribly nice person. I’m a bit of an intellectual snob. But even I can be moved to a RAK.

    About two years ago, right before Christmas, we were in a long line at WalMart. Heaven knows what we were thinking! It was bitterly cold out, the kind of crisp clear freezing that makes your bones ache and your eyes water. As we stood in line, listening to the tinny carols on the loudspeaker, I started noticing a young Latino couple with their little girl ahead of us. The child was about two, and really cute, but she had some kind of eye injury, making one eye look like it had a cataract on it.

    Her parents were young, and apparently didn’t speak much English; we get a lot of migrant farm workers in this area. None of them were properly dressed for the weather. Mom had on a light jacket, Dad just a shirt, and the little one a tiny cardigan that was small on her. It broke my heart. I was tempted to run back and grab a winter coat for the girl, but I was afraid they’d be gone before I could make it back and buy it.

    I was wearing a very long chenille scarf I had just made, with yarn that was expensive for me at that point, and I really loved it. In Spanish, I asked the mother if she would permit me to give her daughter a small gift for Christmas. The woman looked puzzled but smiled and said yes. I took the scarf off my neck, and wrapped her daughter in it, going around her almost enough to cocoon her! She laughed, and her parents thanked me profusely. But I wanted to thank them.

    They were done checking out and left, wishing me a Feliz Navidad. I turned back to my big strong hubby and found him in tears. He hugged me really hard, and I told him he was a marshmallow inside. It made for a great Christmas…and I haven’t really thought about it since. Thanks for reminding me!

  3. elizaduckie Says:

    I love this idea!

    I do think all those knitters who work in obscurity on all sorts of regular charity knitting projects should get my vote for RAK Knitter’s, par excellence! And they do it all year long!

  4. Oh what fun! I will have to come back daily and see what RAK’s have been posted. I adore the one about the chenille scarf and the dh’s reaction. I think the line about his response brought the actual tears to my eyes.

    I don’t have any big RAK’s because for the past year my disposable income has been $5.67 per week. so, on a very rare occasion I will purchase a bag of candy and put it out in the student computer lab I work in. It seems so small, but from budgetary concerns it is huge for me to be able to do this. My best friend always told me I had a heart bigger than my purse and that is so true.

    I think the largest RAK I was able to do was in 2004. There was a fire (caused by lit candles) in the trailer of one of the assistants to one of the special ed classes at the elementary school my son had attended years ago. the eldest son and the mother perished in that blaze. The youngest had been saved by the mother who had gone back inside. this occured the second day of Christmas break.

    The local fire department set up an account at a local bank. remembering the previously mentioned low money, I decided what I COULD do was to make a quilt and I quickly made a lovely little boy’s quilt with dinosaurs and other assorted fun prints on it. I took it to the fire station and explained to the chief that I could not do the monetary and so I had made the quilt. He very happily accepted the quilt to give to the young boy and I do believe those were welled up eyes I saw on the firefighter’s faces that day.

    Each year I think of young Neil (i remember his name because my husband and son are NeAl) and wonder how he is getting on with the cousin he went to live with.

    again, thank you for the opportunity to recall that RAK and other small small ones, and to read other postings at this time of year when commmercialism just taketh over the eyesight.

    Needles sharpened, and ready to knit up some dishcloths to give to the out going college students this month.

    denise/deBRAT in cool today, bound to be much warmer tomorrow tampa bay florida

  5. Nancy DiRocco Says:

    This is something that has become a holiday tradition for me. In the fall, I keep on the lookout for a needy family or two, often in my neighborhood or at my church— families that for a variety of reasons may be struggling w food — not just for Christmas day. I go to a local grocery store, get a couple of gift certificates which will substantially help with a weeks grocery cost, also pick out a couple of cards and mail each family a gift certificate. Years past, the groceries used to show up at their door anonymously, but I found that this works even better. They have no clue who santa is.

  6. Barbara-Kay Says:

    Todayโ€™s RAK is a wardrobe for a doll. We took a childโ€™s name at church, to provide toy and clothing as Christmas gifts. It will be an anonymous gift to the child. Since none of my granddaughters would receive a doll without a wardrobe to play with, neither shall this girl. Today I completed a dress and matching panties, and flannel jammies and flannel robe. (The doll came in a jeans outfit.) It was fun to package it all up.

    If you have such a program in your town I heartily encourage you to participate. It gives a special feeling to my Advent preparations to include someone who wouldnโ€™t have a Christmas.

  7. graygirl Says:

    I love this concept! I have been participating in our newly formed Charity Knit Night at our LYS. Last month our charity knitting was hats for chemo patients. One of the shop owners really loved the hat I knittted and joked that she was going to keep it. She has been going through her own health issues so I am knitting another hat, same pattern for her….don’t tell her….its a surprise!

  8. Bonney Says:

    This is a lovely holiday idea. I love reading the posts. About 8 years ago I got a ‘windfall’ of about $400. I have 4 children. My husband and I started the tradition of giving each of them $100 at Thanksgiving with instructions to spread as much holiday cheer as they could with the money. They couldn’t spend it on themselves or each other. We were blown away on Christmas morning when they revealed how they had disbursed the money. It ranged from buying a root beer for everyone in a restaurant to donating money to a homeless shelter. We’ve done it every year since and it brings us to tears every year.

  9. kit Says:

    I don’t always have the extra finances, but I live in a poor state(MT) and whenever I see someone with a “homeless and need money for food” sign I give them whatever I have in my pocket whether it is $1 or $20. I give 10% to my church every week and the Lord always makes sure that I have just enough for these little extra acts of kindness.

  10. Michelle Says:

    Woohoo! k, gotta love a contest! My RAK involves some donating to a pre-k program in our school that houses children with special needs…. lots of donations come in for the kids but not too many are meant for the instructors…. my RAK is a little tlc for them. Last week I replaced the yucky stinky school hands soap with a pretty holiday package containing a soap pump and lotion. More little treats for the ladies in charge will be on the way! They deserve it!

  11. Sue A Says:

    This year our local yarn store decided to have a Scarves for Cancer project. I knit two scarves which were donated to the cause, and the store received a total of 188 scarves to donate to the hospital for cancer patients!

    When I am waiting in line at the grocery store, I routinely let the elderly with just a few items butt in front of me. Little acts of kindness go a long way, and the rewards we reap from them are more than tenfold.

  12. Carrie Says:

    Mine sounds paltry compared to those above (and I’m with Diana’s husband – I’m still tearing up) but I always try to leave room to let people in front of me on the road, when I’m waiting at a light or if they need to change lanes. (Oddly enough, on the days I do, every light is green and people always wave. On the days I actively don’t, I’m late to wherever I’m going, every time. It’s like instant feedback.)
    This year, though, we are blessed to have a new good job for the DH, and I have so much, that I told him I wanted my “big gift” to be a donation to a charity in my name. (I kinda had to fight with him, because he didn’t believe I really actually wanted him to do that.) If he doesn’t do it for me, I will do it for myself. (I may do it even if he DOES.)

  13. Carrie Says:

    PS – Bonney’s idea is excellent and I’m going to do that with my son when he’s old enough.

  14. Barb Says:

    My RAK was today. I knit two pairs of thurmmed mittens for cold soldiers in Afghanistan. My not so LYS is collecting them to send later this week. It really felt good to see all the wonderful mittens on her table. I can’t believe all the generosity of knitters.

    Thanks for doing this. And also thanks to Wendy for pointing me in your direction.

  15. For the last three years, I’ve been knitting prayer shawls, afghans, and scarves. I’m continually surprised that when I finish a shawl, there’s always someone there who needs it–mostly folks I don’t know, but who are led to me and my one person ministry. Giving them away does my heart so much good and I hope that others will take up the challenge to knit for others.

  16. Teresa (NC) Says:

    I do try to keep my eyes open to ways to help but sometimes I’m not very focused.

    Today I was in the Dollar store and there was a very long line. The man behind me was huffing and puffing, rather annoyed sounding, at having to stand in the line. When I glanced back I noticed all he had was two soft drinks. When I got to the register, I told the check out lady to add his purchases with mine. He looked at me like I was crazy. I smiled and said “Merry Christmas”, she smiled like everything and said to him “I have to do what she tells me, she’s a customer”. So he handed her the soft drinks and mumbled something and then perked up and said with a smile and not a huff or puff to be heard, “Thank you ma’am, Merry Christmas to you too”. I hope I made his day easier and maybe a little less annoyed at lines. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Linda Says:

    I have to submit my husband Tom for RAK recognition. Last month on a particularly cold Chicago Sunday he was out raking leaves. An elderly woman walked up wanting to know where she could hire a tow truck because she’d just realized she had a flat tire two blocks north. Tom walked her back to her car and changed her tire, coming back home for a jack because hers was broken. She tried to pay him, but he put the money back on the seat of her car. He’s pretty sure anyone would do the same, and I hope he’s right.

  18. celticcoyote Says:

    Great idea, even if it is shamelessly stolen. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Folks can always benefit from more RAKing in the world!

    This past summer was a hot one, and we often have people with “trying to get home, please help” signs standing outside our local WalMart. I’m always hesitant to offer money, given the number of scam artists out there, but there was this one fella…he had a sweet faced dog with him, sitting on the corner on one of the hottest days of the year. They were trying to find some shade in the shadow of a street sign, but it didn’t offer much relief from the sun, I’m sure. The dog bothered me more than the guy, to be honest. I bought two bottles of cold water & a small bowl, and gave them to the guy…I still couldn’t bring myself to cough up money, but they were so hot, and that dog certainly couldn’t control his situation. The guy was very grateful, and so was his pup. I still think about that fella, and wonder what his story was. I hope that the water helped make the day more bearable, for him and his friend.

  19. Nicole Says:

    I like to bake cookies (although this week I made tarts) and hand them out in the hallways at university.

    I also donated a couple of pairs of handknit socks to a charity clothing bin today, but I’m not sure whether that counts as a RAK.

  20. Shari Says:

    I love reading these.

    I want to buy a coffee for the person behind me in the drive thru but for some reason I am having a hard time getting the nerve up to do it.

    But today when we were at the children’s hospital for my foster son’s physio we helped another family find their way through the hospital. Because the hospital is quite large and confusing, and we are there alot, I went with her to where she needed to be so that she wouldn’t get lost again. It only took me an extra 5 minutes but she was so relieved as she had been lost for a little while and was getting quite frazzled.

  21. fleegle Says:

    Dear Pen Craft–
    I am not sure what you want me to do to help, but you will find my email on my Blogger Profile page:

    Here is my RAK story:

    My husband and I used to live in Baltimore–he was a police lieutenant there. Baltimore, alas, has many, many homeless. Most of them are male alcoholics. They sleep in doorways or on park benches, even in the bitterest cold. A few of them liked our front steps (we lived downtown in a little row house), because they knew we would never ask them to move along. Perhaps a little heat leaked out of our front door. I hope so.

    Around Christmas time, my husband and I would assemble half a dozen brown paper shopping bags and fill each of them with a heavy pair of socks, a warm hat, a piece of fruit, a candy bar, a pint of sweet wine, a pack of cigarettes (good barter), and a $20 bill.

    On Christmas eve, we would get in the car (each of us with a gun on our lap) and roam around the worst areas of the city. When we saw a homeless one sleeping in a doorway, I would hop out of the car, gently wake him up, and wish him a Merry Christmas with one of our bags. Almost all of them cried. Despite the food banks and shelters, it was usually the first time that any of them had received a personal gift from a real person in many years.

    We moved to a rural area ten years ago, and I still miss them. They were so helpless, and so nice. Several of them carried me the two blocks to the doctor one winter when I couldn’t manage the icy sidewalks. They shoveled our walk, watched our house, and sadly, helped us pack when we finally moved away.

  22. meliabella Says:

    My husband and I hung my parent’s Christmas lights so that they wouldn’t have to do it themselves. They were very surprised. ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Erin Says:

    We had our own challenges this past fall. My son broke his femur due to a large cyst in the bone. He is now well on his way to recovery but during the 3 weeks we were in the hospital one of my neighbors was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer, underwent a double mastectomy and had started her radiation treatments as well. I knew she was going to lose her appetite so I couldn’t do food, I also knew she was going to lose her hair so I made her caps. She said it was the most wonderful thing that anyone could have done for her. I guess in the end it wasn’t that random but it was my kindness to her. God’s kindness to me showing me that our trauma wasn’t nearly as bad as someone else’s and that we are all truly blessed in some fashion.

  24. My niece, a single mom, recently had $50 stolen from her when she forgot her purse in a public bathroom. Audrey was busy with her toddler! We were at a restaurant celebrating my mom’s 75th birthday. Anyway, to a single mom, who only makes minimum wage, $50 is a fortune, and it was all the money she had… she was devastated. The very next Monday I anonymously mailed her $50, and made sure it wasn’t postmarked from where I live.

  25. Stacey Says:

    I never seem to have much to spare. Two small boys and I am a SAHM. There was a local gentleman who chose to live a solitary life on the street. I usually saw him with his bicycle outside the grocery store. He never asked for anything, no hand outstretched. He always waved at my boys and they waved back. We had gotten some lovely bananas one day. My son was eating one on the way out of the store. The man was there and I son held out his banana, saying “banana”. He said yummy. I asked him if he would like one. He said no thanks, save it for your sons. I asked him to please take one and he did. The next week, I bought an extra bunch of bananas, just for him, along with peanut butter and bread. We came out with the groceries, my boys say hi, and I just walked up and handed him a bag with those items. He started to say something, I said no, please take them, it would be doing me a favor. He thanked me. That went on for about 3 months. I felt so good!! Sadly, he was killed shortly after, in a tragic accident. My small town pulled together to buy him proper headstone.
    Such small things can be big things to others!!

  26. Erin B Says:

    I donate to charities but I find the best one are the smalla cts that make life a little better.

    I cleaned snow off a stranger’s car and openned a door for some elderly ladies….

    The other list was so amazing. I can even compare….

    The stahman’s book is amazing and I highly recommend it!

  27. SallyA Says:

    A truly remarkable woman, a really good friend of mine, died this past summer. She touched so many lives that there were about 800 people at her memorial service. To keep alive the spirit that was Sara many of us are doing random acts of kindness. One of the things I do routinely now is that every time I go in the drive-thru at Starbucks, I pay for the car behind me. It isn’t much but I do it every time. I also put money in expired parking meters as I walk down the street. These little things are the kinds of things my friend did for her whole life. Now I understand why. They make me feel wonderful and like I have a special secret. I love doing them and am sure many other opportunities will open themselves up for more RAKs.

  28. Rachel Says:

    The local grocery around the thanksgiving and easter holidays has a stamp card for 10% a one time grocery purchase. You get a stamp for every $25 and need to collect 10 to fill the card. I don’t spend much on groceries but I collect the stamps and fill the card. Then I give it away on the redemption week. One year it was a mom with a couple kids, this past thanksgiving it was a couple elderly ladies. (I had to make a special trip because I didn’t need groceries)

  29. Amy Says:

    As a student at a small town liberal arts college, it was graduation Sunday and I was packing up everything to go home. I stopped by the school’s cafeteria, practically the only place open in town that day to grab food, and there was a family of 7 behind me who looked like they were going in as well. While I had plenty of meals left on my card, they unfortunately had no ticket, and would have to pay more than $8 a person, when all they wanted was ice cream from the soft-serve machine! I turned around when I heard them discuss it and asked the cafeteria lady to swipe my card for all of them. It was the least I could do!

    Another time I was leaving the mall on a winter’s day and a somewhat frantic woman stopped me outside and asked for the time. When I gave it to her, she looked horrified, and exclaimed she’d missed her bus, the last of the day. I asked where she was going, and though it was on the other side of town from where I was, I drove her over there.

  30. Dorothy Says:

    I love the thought of RAK but I call them Happy Day Gifts. Things done given for no other reason than I want to make some one feel special even if I don’t know them. I have been knitting socks and small items for people that touch my life if only from a distance, for the kindness they offer to others. I am especially fond of those people who dedicate their lives to helping animals. While I support thier efforts as much as possible it has been fun to surprise them with an unexpected gift just for them. I find giving in itself a gift to myself because I really like making the receiver smile!! I wish everyone here a wonderful holiday season. And remember Happy Days are just because…………….

  31. Katie Says:

    I always feel awkward tooting my own horn…but i LOVE doing nice unexpected things for people!! A few years ago my friend in Indiana was helping with the toys for tots drive in his city, and a couple of weeks before Christmas all of the toys were stolen from the warehouse where they were being stored. He called me all upset, and at the time I was only making $250 a month, but since I was getting ready to go home for Christmas break I immediately cashed my most recent paycheck and sent half of it to the organization. I was broke, but I felt really good. ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Chris Says:

    What a wonderful idea. And YES YES YES knitters can change the world because every human can. And though our significant others might sometimes think we are from outer space we still are running around with human hearts ;-))).
    First I could not think of any RAK worthy enough for such a comment. Mine are only teensy. Then I remembered some funny thing that happened once, without my interference – except in thought and to many people thought energy materializes immediately, so who knows…. So Here’s the story.
    My former friend who was unemployed at that time told me he lost 50 EUR. It was a huge amount for him and I was tempted to give him that money having a job myself. But I did not want to hurt his pride. So I thought about slipping a 50 EUR bill into one of the back pockets of his trousers to make him believe he accidentially placed it there. However before I got the chance to do so (we were not living together) he called me and told me he chose a pair of pants he wears only rarely and – surprise surprise – found a 50 EUR bill in one of his back pocktes. I was stunned. Was this a prayer heard by somebody up there?
    As to my deeds, they are only small. I remember shopping at a do-it-yourself store and witnessing a young lady struggling with very long 2 by 4’s she could never carry home on her own. I was with a car and had a top that could be opened one foot. So I offered her a ride with the 2 by 4’s sticking out of the ceiling. We must have been a silly sight.
    Now I will ponder how to add some RAKs into my everyday life. Which proves that things like this CAN change the world, because we all are part of it.
    Have a nice holiday season and happy knitting

  33. jane Says:

    when out doing holiday or regular food shopping, Ilike to pass along coupons to the person behind me,,,,especially the percentage ones I receive on the internet. 20% can make a real difference

  34. babyface Says:

    I practiced “random acts of kindness” since 199? I even
    had a bumper sticker on my car. I have a muscle disease
    and although I cannot do what I use to do, I still try to help
    out whenever I can. I live in a senior center and I am knitting
    little face clothes and putting in some pretty soaps and giving
    them to some of the people who live here and don’t have
    anything. I use to make lovely baskets, but this year they
    will be getting their things in gift bags. We are all mixed here,
    so the Hanukkah people already got theirs and the Christmas
    people will get theirs later. Although, I hate to take help
    from anybody, I have received many much needed RAK’s
    since I am so ill. They are truly a blessing to people who need
    them. I have been on both sides of the track and although
    I’m not a good receiver, I am very grateful. The people who
    need are very grateful and the people who can give will be
    truly blessed. Happy Holidays to everyone and big “thank
    you” to
    you and Sheri. No one knows when they will be on
    the other end. I am really impressed with the family who
    gives their children money to help other people. What a
    wonderful lesson for a young child

  35. Melissa F Says:

    I think my biggest RAK was giving an anonymous gift of $100.00 (a large chunk of my money) to a mother I knew would not be able to buy gifts for her children. I was at the party where she opened it and she cried. It made me feel good to help because I knew she would have never taken the money if I had given it to her directly. I have been trying to instil this idea/spirit with my kids. We go buy Christmas gifts for needy kids every year and it is one of their favorite things to do. Imagine what a better place this world would be if we treated others how we would like to be treated. Sometimes the RAK seem like things we ought to be doing anyway.


  36. iowakitkat Says:

    I’m a public knitter and do quite a bit of community knitting since it provides me with simple, quick projects. A couple of my favorites are the Ships Project, which sends handmade “hugs from home” to troops in conflict areas and our local Coats for Kids project.
    In October, I delivered 10 sets of hand-knit caps and scarves to the Coats for Kids project, sponsored by the TV station that’s associated with the newspaper I work for. After the project coordinator opened the sack containing the scarves, she teared up and told me how great she thought it was that I had taken the time to make the scarves special, “something you’d be happy to see a loved one wear.”
    I often get a similar reaction when I’m knitting the scarves — or stocking caps for the Ships Project — in public. People ask what I’m knitting and many when they hear the answer tell me how touching it is.
    To me, it’s not touching so much as it is helping, giving someone a boost, a smile and at the same time keeping them warm mentally and physically.
    I’ve knit over a 100 stocking caps and at least 24 pair of slippers for the troops. Though I don’t believe in the war in Iraq, I do believe in letting the troops know they’re thought of.
    The Coats for Kids project, I’m not certain how many sets I’ve made.
    A year or so ago, I also knitting at least an afghan’s worth of squares that were donated to the Linus Project.
    Most of the knitters I know have at least one or two community knitting projects going. I’ve always thought it would be interesting and probably amazing to have a clearing house for community knitting projects for our knitting group.

  37. I saw this in my Denver Knits group(even tho I am in California) just wanted to come read the stories, really. I am a new knitter, only about 2 years now, with it taking me 20 some odd years to learn, since no one wanted to teach a lefty, and my Nana died before she could show me. She taught me to crochet, needlepoint, embroider, etc tho, so I have been crafting a long time. I dont know that this qualifies as a RAK, but there is this elderly man who frequents the little coffee shop I scrounge my pennies to treat myself to (being a single parent equals tight budgets) and he is always so polite, inquires after my health, my daughter’s health, how is my mama…etc. He is living in a home for psychiatric patients(because he hears voices) and you can tell he doesnt have much, and that little coffee treat to warm himself seems to be something he looks forward to….I have been rummaging thru everything I can find so I can make him a scarf, hat, and some mittens to help keep him warm. I guess I do this alot and just dont think about it much…I never keep anything I make, it always winds up going to someone I think needs it more. The lady on the bus who always looked cold got a thick snuggly scarf, the elderly lady seen every day at the bus stop got warm bed socks, but I dont know that I consider these RAK, more my Nana always telling me to count my blessings no matter how small, and then find a way to pay them forward somehow. (Did I ramble too long?) Happy Holidays and Blessings to all for the New Year to come!

    Deb, The Redheaded Lefthanded Knitter(who kept on trying no matter how many times she got told she was doing it WRONG)

  38. Jennifer Says:

    This is such a lovely idea. I hope I try to be kind when I can, but all this attention has kept it top of mind for me. Thank you!

  39. Cindy Yeager Says:

    The last RAK I did was to ‘refuse’ the sell a beginning spinner my Corriedale fleece. I convinced her to purchase my Romney fleece instead, and then sent her ~1 pound of the Corriedale fleece to try.

    I try to send a sample of other fleeces, when available, to introduce people to all that we have to offer.

  40. Aimee Says:

    I was in line at a WalMart behind a military man who was obviously buying things for a little girls birthday, so I told the cashier that I would pay for it. He wasn’t sure what to say at first, but he told me it was actually for a little girl who’s Daddy was in Iraq currently. He thanked me profusely and said that he would tell her what I had done.

    Another time there was a young soldier in line behind me (can you tell we live in a military community yet?) who was purchasing flowers, a gift I can’t remember and a card. Being nosy, I saw that the card said ‘Happy Anniversary’, so I asked which anniversary it was. It was his first anniversary but with times being what they are, they had spent less than 3 months of their first year actually being together. So I used my yarn money and bought that too. I asked him before he left if he was taking her anywhere nice, and his response was ‘Now that I can afford to, yes!’

    Lately I have been using bonus money to purchase Christmas for elderly folks who have no family. My little girls and I will be delivering presents along with fruit baskets to a senior center. My daughters (6 and 3) enjoy making the blankets with me and as they have no biological grandparents, they enjoy the heck out of it.

    Its been a ‘knit from my stash’ year, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  41. Elaine Says:

    I am a very big fan of giving of myself in addition to money. Over the years, my family has selected a few charities in the categories most important to us (feeding the hungry, providing medical care to those without resources, environmental) and donate to those few very generously.

    But what I feel best about is the volunteer work that we all do. From the time my daughter was a little girl, she came with us to volunteer at a local National Wildlife Preserve. We do it as a family roughly monthly and spend time helping visitors, especially children, learn about and most importantly learn to love the outdoors. I run a little “boardwalk bingo” find things along the trail, and everyone, no matter what they find, is a winner. I give out small prizes (a “tattoo” and usually a $1 gift certificate for our little gift shop where we have lots of wonderful, very cheap things that kids love).

    I do a lot of charity knitting. My daughter, mother and I recently finished knitting a dozen hats for preemies and newborns, and there isn’t a coat drive that I can pass by without adding a couple of handknit scarfs (I knit very very quickly)

    I am a scientist and I volunteered regularly in kindergarten, first and second grade classes doing hands-on science experiments that I’ve developed for little kids that require no real equipment. The kids all love doing them and my ulterior motive is to let them see that science is fun, and more importantly, that women are scientists. In fact, for many of the student I interact with, I am the first scientist they have ever met and so they never think that it is weird for a scientist to be a woman. This is a very big issue in many fields of science like physics, engineering, and my own field, computer science, where fewer than 10% of the PhD’s go to women and worse yet, the numbers are DROPPING.

    Which brings me to my biggest volunteer endeavor. I have been chairing for the last several years, the Women’s Committee of the Computer Science professional society. It is a huge amount of work, and takes lots of time which I don’t have, but has been wonderfully rewarding. We have programs to encourage girls (k-12) to consider computer science, programs for college age women to help encourage them to try and/or keep them majoring in the field, programs for graduate students, and for women around the world (we run a foreign ambassador program where we have a designated woman from each of a number of countries talk about what the issues are in their countries). This includes women both in first world countries and third world countries and it is fascinating and in some cases heart-rending. I raise money to provide scholarships to allow these girls and women to attend conferences because without help it is generally impossible for them to afford to do so.

    And I have a 92 year old mother that I am caring for and a 19 year old daughter, work full-time, and knit. I sound like superwoman, but I’m not, I’m just someone who cares a lot about the world and spends most of my free time either knitting or volunteering.

  42. Lois Brooks Says:

    What a great idea – I try to do RAK as often as I can. My latest was last night. I drive one of our warehouse workers home everynight – just a mile but 12degrees was too cold for him to walk. He asked if I would take him to the drug store to get a prescription filled. I have done this before and usually leave him there to walk hom, but last night – too cold. His prescription took him 20 minutes and then I drove him home. I hadn’t plan on this extra time as I was going Christmas shopping and then home (I live 40 miles away from work) Anyway I got home at 7PM after leaving work at 4:30. But I felt good and I’m sure he was grateful, although he never says. This has inspired me to do more when I can.


  43. okay, so today’s RAK or Happy Day event is because we got a brand spanking new Panera Bread 1 mile from my house. Said Panera Bread had a coupon in the paper yesterday that I clipped “just in case” I wanted to use it or could give it to someone else lives near me. I ahve been up til midnight tuesday night and 2:30 AM wed/thurs night/morning sewing on a t-shirt quilt. this morning with only 2 1/2 hours sleep in me I was exhausted. I did not even make my lunch as I took a long VERY hot shower to help my aching muscles AND to wake up ๐Ÿ™‚

    As I’m getting ready to hit the “line at the light” I remember the coupon and that i did not pack a lunch. I swing into Panera. As I go through the door I get handed a ticket. I use the coupon and get three bagels free for buying three bagels, get a small container of veggie cream cheese and they handed me a Panera Bread shiny red travel mug! AND I can fill it for free every day until Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚ the lady next to me did not want hers and gave it to me. So now i have one for me AND one for dh who is out of town on business. Don’t know if he will stop daily for free coffee but *I* will.

    I brought the bagels into work and left them in the accouting office near the computer lab I work in. later my gf calls to catch up with me and turns out she LOVES Panera Bread and has on her Christmas list a travel mug… because then hot chocolate is cheaper than in the styro cup. Guess who is getting the mug?

    I have a full belly, the bagels and crm ch went quickly, I get to have free coffee until Christmas, my girl friend can have reduced cost hot chocolates.

    And all of that for a whopping $3.82! shoot I still have money left in this week’s discretionary income!

    and the bonus is, it was nearly sunrise and as I’m driving into the parking lot there, I do a double take, I see distant mountains? I live in Florida, highest elevation is top of an on ramp! I had the camera with me and snapped a couple of sunrise pictures that look like I am anywhere but flat plains of florida. That also warmed my heart.

    Wonder what tomorrow will bring for an “opportunity”.

    thank you again for this chance to read about so many happy day events… love that one.
    denise/deBRAT in warmed up too much FL

  44. sorry just realised that for some reason the “link” is taking you to the soaping blogspot and not the knitting one. so sorry. please feel free to read the soap one, but the knitting one is the one I meant to leave in the website box. Testing to see if it works now.

  45. max Says:

    I love this idea, I have got some wonderful warm fuzzys’ from reading other people’s stories. RAK are something I have always tried to perform at least once a day. Like the movie, “Paying it Forward.”

    This may be disapproved of by some, but I have given a another chance to a young man on a Methadone program. He and his partner are working hard to turn their lives around. First I employed him as a handyman/cleaner, as I am on my own and disabled, and I need a lot of help. Over the months a grew to trust him. The first thing I couldn’t find was my new 80 G IPOD. I have a small firesafe belonging to my friend ( she has one belonging to me), we both save emergency cash with each other – the idea being that even though we each have money at home it isn’t ours so can’t be spent. My friend wanted her money for Christmas shopping, actually asked for it a couple of months ago as we always shop very early. I couldn’t find the keys anywhere – Got him to pull the house apart. It took a while for me to realize what had happened. hen I confronted him. I wouldn’t let him interrupt me, because I knew he would try to lie his way out. I said I would give him time to think about his answer, and if I thought he was lying I would call the police – he has a record from when he was on Heroin. He admitted to everything I had suspected, the IPOD, the money and other things I had, “lost”, and is now repaying me in full.

    I strongly believe in, “Tabula Rasa,” clean slate, so he is still working for me, although I have warned him that nothing else is to be, “lost.” His girlfriend is furious with him because I have done so much for them, and her and I have become good friends

  46. Tammy Says:

    I bowl in a league on Wednesdays. It is so much fun and most of the ladies there are fine financially so it never occured to me that one in our midst was not doing so well. Often, we pass around catalogs and place orders. About a month ago one lady asked me to place an order for her as she did not have a credit card or debit card- not even a checking account. So not a problem- placed the order got the order delivered the order- She has told me she will pay me later. She told me yesterday that she has no money for rent or other necesseties but would pay me next week- my heart broke for her and it made me realize how I live in my own little world and I was a little sad and disapointed in myself. I pulled her aside and told her to think of it as a Christmas present from me and to not worry about it. I have never made someone cry from relief but she did. This is the first I have spoken of it and it will be the last- it just made me feel good-
    I think this is a great idea- I just ran across your blog today- you are wonderful!

  47. Jess Says:

    The bottom line that I live by is to remember that I want to be a “giver”, not a “taker”. It informs most things I do. Now that doesn’t mean I don’t like to receive presents, or even win a contest :-), or have someone say thank you, but when I have 2 branches to take, I strive to take the right one.

    A recent RAK that I was involved in was knitting scarfs for the homeless. It was fun to do and I knew they’d be appreciated. I told my mother about it and she got all enthusiastic and said to sign her up for doing one. But, although she used to be a wonderful knitter, once she got started, she realized that her arthritis made it all too difficult. She was very disappointed. So I just finished it for her, attached her name to it and sent it in along with mine. At first she felt badly that she couldn’t do it and that I had done it for her, but then we both realized that this was a sort of double-whammy RAK. We were donating scarfs to the homeless, and I was repaying my mother for teaching me to knit all those years ago and giving me so much pleasure, and, of course, for all the wonderful things she has done for me.

  48. Susan Jane Caraccio Says:

    I donated a lead for an electronic knitting machine to an American lady as I didn’t need it, it was sitting doing nothing in my bag of leads (famous amongst my family – I collect redundant power supplies, old leads and connectors.

    I also donated some square s I had a in an exchange which were completely the wrong colour for me to the people who are collecting squares to make blankets for the people who lost homes in the fire storms in the USA.

    I also taught a left handed person to both crochet and knit who had never managed it before, took three lunchbreaks to get them to crochet and another week to teach them to knit.

  49. Deepa Says:

    Our local libraries in the Twin Cities have a self-checkout system. A few days ago I was in line behind a little old lady who looked utterly bewildered by it. I showed her how easy it was to use and let her practice scanning her books. We must really be Minnesota Nice because nobody behind us complained. ๐Ÿ™‚

    After we were done checking out I chatted with her about computers. She doesn’t have one yet but I think she’s going to ask her kids to get her one for Christmas.

    Not a real big RAK in the scheme of things but good karma nevertheless, right? I used to be a library volunteer for an assisted living facility too, before I had my baby.

    Happy holidays, everyone!

  50. Deb B Says:

    Recently I have a freind who told me about someone she knows who has learned to crochet and has been chroceting blankets like crazy to occupy herself. After completing said blankets she has been giving them away to whomever needs them. My friend also told me that this person is down to only a few skeins of yarn GASP! and her funds are very limited, well I determined that is definately not okay and I have a big stash of yarn that has her name on it; especially since I have a large stash of fiber where I can spin my own. Anyway my friend left with 3 large trash bags of yarn and has told me I made one lady very happy. What a great feeling, especially the fact that I cleaned out some stash to make room for more LOL! I enjoy doing RAK….I much rather give than recieve…Now why is that??

  51. Theresa Says:

    I work in a nursing home and every day I am reminded how blessed my life is! There are opportunities for RAK’s every day. Last year at Christmas, I donated a bunch of new socks (you’d be surprised how many people have no socks or shoes), and I gave out handmade soaps to the CNA’s and residents. Today I made an adorable chemo cap for a patient who lost her hair during chemo. Just taking 15 minutes to sit and chat with someone can make a huge difference in how they’re feeling. There are a lot of lonely people out there, and not just in nursing homes.

    In this hectic season, slow down, make eye contact with people, and smile. Merry Christmas!

  52. Jill Says:

    I know this isn’t as impressive as some of the bigger acts of kindness. This week, I tried to figure out what I could do that wouldn’t cost much money, as things are tight right now. I decided to spend the week letting people go first. So as I drive around town, I let other cars in or let them turn first, and I let the walkers cross. Wow. Maybe it’s just because I’m in New England and it’s been 20-30 degrees F this week, but the walkers look mighty happy! ๐Ÿ™‚ There have been a few people who just slowly meander across the street, but for the most part, people hurry and say thanks or wave, and I have to say…it feels GOOD!!

    I’m so glad for people like you and Sheri who remind us that sometimes we can make a really big difference, even with something that is actually a small gesture. Thank you!!

  53. Hilary Says:

    I like to do little things all the time, hold open the doors for people, and whatnot. The other day, I was able to help a mother pick up dropped items at the post office (in our town, the mothers wear a kind of jacket where they carry the babies in their hood – I live in the far north). After reading this, though, I think I will look for some quick warm wear patterns to whip up for kids in our town, it’s so inspiring to read all of these posts.

  54. Sherry Says:

    I work at a high school and there are a couple of kids who parents are going through tough times. They don’t have any food at home and they have a hard time coming up with money for lunch. So, I paid for them each to have a couple of lunches this week. Poor kids, makes my heart want to break.

  55. Teresa (NC) Says:

    Today’s RAK was taking a turkey to the local Baptist center. They give food items and clothes and toys to those in need. My husband’s work gave all the employees a turkey this year for Christmas. I knew the turkey would stay in our freezer and get freezer burn, so I took it to the Baptist center so a family in need could have a Christmas turkey.

  56. Lynda Hitt Says:

    I don’t have any of the huge grand stories that I’ve read here, but we drive a truck for a living. It seems that every truck stop you go into, there are people under the misguided notion that truck drivers make the big bucks. A lot of times, we will give them the coupons that we get for buying fuel that they can use in the restaurant to buy a meal or get a drink or whatever. We’ve gotten badly burned several times by giving money, so we don’t do a lot of that, but we will buy a meal for someone that is down on their luck.
    Yesterday, we were in Rapid City, SD and there was a woman that was doing laundry in the truck stop. As we came past the laundry room, I noticed that she was wrestling with a comforter. I stopped and took 30 seconds out of my day to help her fold that comforter and to suggest that she add a tennis ball or old sneaker to the load next time and she not only was very surprised, but thankful for the tip. This afternoon, as we were doing some Christmas shopping, I was standing in the only line open and a man came up behind me. He had one item in his hand so I told him to go ahead of me.
    Those aren’t big things, but these two contests have definitely made me more conscious of the things I choose to do or not do.

  57. Colleen Says:

    Like one of the previous commenters, I regularly let vehicles in front of me at lights, busy intersections, etc. Also allow people with just a few items in front of me in store lineups. I think it goes a little way to making my part of the world just a little more civilized. I also tend to give anonymous gifts when I see they are needed. It’s a lot of fun watching people try in vain to figure out where things came from.

  58. Karen Says:

    I work in Baltimore and take the Light Rail into the city every day. As I’m on the first train at 5:45, I’m able to park my car in the same spot, as do many of the other early morning commuters. Baltimore had its first snow storm of the season this week, totaling about five inches in the county, and I was able to leave work a few minutes early to hopefully beat some of the inevitable traffic problems on the way home. After clearing my car of snow, I thought, why not use a RAK and clean the car next to mine? This person, whom I don’t know personally, also takes the same morning train and is in the same parking space every day. I knew the individual would be on the next train, so I worked fast and finished just moments before its arrival. I drove away smiling, hoping that this RAK would bring some cheer and possibly offset what may have been a long, frustrating drive home.

  59. Elise Says:


    I love the RAK ideas. I have one I do every year, I give away at least one gently used coat. I’m just trying to give back for being able to afford more than one warm coat myself.

  60. I love that you’re promoting RAK’s, too! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  61. Kelley Says:

    I love that everyone is so interested in RAKs. I do post mine every week over at Sheri’s blog and will gladly post them here as well so long as you don’t mind that I’m listing the same ones twice.

    I took a hint from Sheri and have been paying for the folks in line behind me at Starbucks a couple of times a week.
    This week I also paid for the person in line behind me at McDonald’s.
    Yesterday, on my daily Starbuck’s trip, I bought an ornament to be given to the person in line behind me in the drivethru.

    I found a cell phone on the curb in front of the house across the street, so I took rang the bell but nobody answered. I put it in their mailbox hoping they’d find it. There are always a bunch of teenagers coming and going over there so I assume it belongs to one of them.

  62. Beverly Says:

    Once upon a time, I was in a big-box crafts store with my 40%-off coupon. I didn’t find what I was looking for, so I picked up a small package of M&M’s and got in line. The lady in front of me was purchasing a big-ticket item but could not find her 40%-off coupon anywhere! So, I gave her mine. After all, it wouldn’t break the bank for me to pay full price for my snack.

    She was so grateful that she paid for my M&M’s!

    Sometimes, kindness is *more* than its own reward!

  63. Laurie Says:

    Wow, what a great read!

    I do some big things but I tend to like to do something nice each day for someone as my RAK. Sometimes, it’s just leaving work 20 minutes later because a co-worker “really needs to talk to someone”. I like to let cars merge in front of me on freeways or when a highway narrows down into one lane and someone didn’t realize it and they are stuck out in a dead lane. On my days off, I like to let people go ahead of me in check out lines in stores, especially if they look frazzled. At restaurants at crowded times, we always tell the server to take care of their other customers first and come back to take our orders when things calm down (it’s funny how it makes the most stressed out server become suddenly “calm”). If a restaurant is not very busy, I will leave the server a much larger tip than necessary (they have to make a living wage too, and if there aren’t many customers they won’t make much money).

    What is the best random act of kindness? The one that every person who is reading this has done for someone else and not told anyone about, no matter how small it may seem!!!

  64. Allison Says:

    I am sitting here with tears rolling down my cheeks. Thank you for doing this.

    Since you insist this contest is a “copy-cat” of Sheri’s, I guess I will post a continuation of the RAK I wrote to her about here:
    I wrote to Sheri that my 5 year old son and I give food to the people asking for help at the street corners, but more importantly, that we always ask them their names and whether it is okay with them if we remember them in our prayers. Often, I will also add that there are people out there who love them (and that I am one of those people). My son alwyas remember thier names and asks God to keep them safe and healthy.

    I didn’t realize how ingrained this has become, but last night my Mom and Dad took my DS to a party, and on the way, he saw someone on the corner with a sign. He had just gotten some cookies he really liked at the store and was trying to give them to the man when the light changed and my Dad had to go. They spent about 5 minutes trying to understand what was going on (DS was very upset), and then they told him that we could still pray for the man at bedtime. DS said, “But we don’t know his NAME!” My Dad said, “It’s okay, honey, God knows his name.” And you know what? During night-night prayer, he asked God to help “the man I saw today—you know who I’m talking about.” I am simply awe-struck by my beautiful boy’s huge heart. For that matter, by all of theses stories. Imagine the glow of all of that love… Isn’t it amazing how that feeling bubbles up inside us more when we give than when we get?

  65. EJ Says:

    A few years ago I hit on a brilliant idea for the annual winter coat drive. At the very end of the season, when winter coats and jackets are very deeply discounted, I go and buy one or two new kids jackets. I buy the highest quality jackets they have cheap.

    Since I am not buying for a specific kid, I have the luxury of not worrying about getting the size right for next year, or the gender for that matter. I just go for quality and price.

    I put them away until the start of the drive, and then I donate not gently used, but brand new jackets. That way a poor kid can have something new all their own (as the youngest in a large extended family, I know how exciting that can be for a kid used to nothing but hand-me-downs)

  66. Debi Barry Says:

    I’ve been giving out Bath and Bodyworks coupons that I can’t use. I love to see how excited people get when they find out they can get a present for a loved one for free. I’ve also been letting people go ahead of me in line if they only have a few items. Just extending some Christmas cheer!

  67. RachelO Says:

    I’ve been knitting caps for preemies so that their parents will know that other people care about them tool. I hope it gives them hope.

  68. catsmum Says:

    Like Rachel I knit hats for preemies, I also make tiny quilts to wrap the ones that didn’t make it, and in winter I always carry small child size caps in my bag to be given to mothers whose babies are hatless. This happens more often than you’d want as there are some not at all well off people in this town.
    I DO want to comment to the effect that it kind of defeats the purpose of a RAK if you publicise it… but I’m guessing that no one from my small town in the wilds of Central Victoria is going to read this so that’s ok.
    I don’t perform RAKs in a mindful way, I just simply do it because I always have done and I’m more than a little sad that people are genuinely surprised to receive a RAK.

  69. This past week, Toys R Us emailed me a coupon for $10 off a purchase – catch was, it was only good the one day. I made a special trip to the store to look for a specific toy for my son, who was under the weather. Not finding it (of course), I turned to a woman who was staring at the very expensive LEGO toys, and said “Can you use this?”. Boy, did her face light up. I was so happy that I was able to pass that on.

  70. Chloe Says:

    I agree with what someone else wrote above- the best RAKs are the ones that go entirely unrecognized, uncredited-but it’s also so nice to have this place to semi-anonymously celebrate those acts, too! I think most of my acts of kindness, lately, are for people I know, so I don’t know if they still count as “random”. But if you bake a friend cookies or offer to babysit for free or just spend a little time listening to someone talk out a problem, is it any less kind? I guess not. Anyway, something I’ve done more anonymously is that lately, I’ve been going along with a friend to help her shop for clothes- I’m not shopping a lot for myself right now, and mot of my xmas gifts are going to be knitted, but she likes to have a second opinion. And for some reason, several times now I’ve had strangers start consulting me as if I was their shopping buddy as well- “How does this look?” “Do you think this would be nice for a teenage girl?” and so on. So we talk about it- i certainly don’t know any more about these things than anyone else, but it’s nice to be able to offer that kind of comraderie, which seems all to rare between strangers these days.

  71. Jax Says:

    These stories are great ^^ I need to turn off the internet so I can read them guilt-free.

    I’m currently living in Budapest, and it can be rather confusing if you don’t speak Hungarian. I know just enough to get by, but most English-speakers I meet don’t, so just having someone ask “Do you need help?” is often enough to brighten someone’s day.

    A few weeks ago I was walking home from a bar at one or two in the morning and came across a group of people, speaking English and looking confusedly at a map. I’m normally a bit on the hesitant side, but I asked them if they needed help. Turns out they’d gotten lost and couldn’t find the street their hostel was on, which was luckily near the square where I live, so I was able to walk them there.

  72. Nicole Says:

    I paid a library fine (anonymously) for the lady who was ahead of me in line. I know she has several kids and not a lot of income, and she couldn’t afford to pay it that day.

  73. Lisa Says:

    not so much – but maybe it all adds up! I always print lots of 40% off coupons and walk thru the store handing them out – I got permission from management. The woman ahead of me at the grocery store was short a couple of bucks and very embarassed – I remember trying to shop with cash – uggh!- and I just gave her what she needed. I made a couple of hats and a shawl for a young woman going thru dialysis. she told me one day that it was so cold there and they can’t wear a sweater but a shawl is perfect. A college grad I know just moved from Fla to Scotland and has been so cold – I made and sent him knitted hats and a scarf. I helped a eldery neighbor lady put up some Christmas decorations – and I brought her a plate of homemade cookies. I gave an eldery man who has very little a rocker/recliner chair. I saved the coupons from the grocery for free ham and turkey then gave the coupons to the salvation army food program. Every time I go to Kohls I buy a toy so I have at least 12 toys to donate at Christmas. when I see people asking for $ – I offer to take them to some place local to eat. I helped a blind lady do her grocery and gift shopping and fixed her computer too

  74. Chris Says:

    RAKS from others? Are they allowed as well?

    Hi folks. It is so exciting to browse through the RAKS whenever one needs to keep up one’s spirits. Ruth, maybe you should publish a book with all the stories like one of the books with daily meditations in it.

    I wondered if you are interested in RAKS that one has had the chance to get instead of giving them as well. And how about RAKS you have heard of, but that touched you deeply?
    So I wanted to contribute one of each category.

    When I was about 18 we went on a school trip to Prague. That was before the wall came down and people there were eager to lay hands on west currencies. And I happened to have all my money stolen on the second day. I really felt bad, not being at home and sort of destitute while all my schoolmates could shop everything for bargain prices because of the profitable exchange rates. In the evening however one friend came to me and handed me an envelope with cash. They had all chipped in and shared a little from what they had. Though every single person gave only a small amount it was quite a sum all in all. I was close to tears and lost for words. Although this is ages ago I remember it like yesterday.

    Another RAK I heard of through a friend is so angelic that I want to share it, even though I have not been party to it.

    My friend told me about a new colleague he met at a seminar. This young man had once been deeply in debt and could not get out of his misery because he was working for a door-to-door sales force. They sold subscriptions for magazines. One fine day he visited an elderly couple that was willing to sign on condition that he was no member of such an organisation. The old man looked him straight into the eyes and asked him to tell the truth. Well, the young man lied and got his deal.

    Later he had second thoughts about it. He went back to the couple and confessed having been dishonest. The old man asked him to wait and talked to his wife in private. Then he came back and handed the young fellow an envelope to be opened after he left. He told him that this came from the heart, but he should never ever come back again. When the guy had left he looked inside and found a cheque about 1000 EUR. So he could pay his debts and free himself from the door-to-door sale force. He found an upright job and changed his life completely.

    To hear that story gave me the chills.

    It’s only a week until X-mas. Let’s be merry

  75. Sue Says:

    RAK – our maintenance staff at work is overworked and underpayed. They are also, lately, very unappreciated. Today I brought them in a plate of homemade cookies to let them know I notice and appreciate what they do.

  76. purple Says:

    A group of my friends at work and I take a vacation day together and volunteer at a local food pantry for the day. We do whatever is needed – sorting donated food, helping elderly and disabled people “shop”, restock shelves, whatever they ask of us.

    It is fun to do it as a group, and we know it makes a difference.

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