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Archive for April, 2012

I Matter – And So Do You!

Author: pif@helpothers.org
April 30, 2012

As I was standing in line at the coffee shop I dropped something out of my purse without realizing it. The lady behind me bent down, picked it up, and handed it to me.

It was a bracelet that my aunt gave me. 
 
The lady seemed a little shy and even a bit uncomfortable, looking down and away. I asked her, "Would you like to have it? I have another just like it."  
 
She asked, "What is it?" and I explained. It was a bracelet that says, "You Matter."
 
She took it. When it was her turn to order I noticed she had already put it on her wrist!
 
I paid for my order and had a seat to wait for it to be prepared. The lady came and asked if she could sit with me. I said, "Sure!" and we talked a while before I had to go back to work.
 
It was nice to share my time and my table with this shy lady. I hope it made her day. I know she enjoyed the bracelet. Sometimes it's the personal attention that means the most. 

 


This post has been reprinted from HelpOthers.org: Anonymous Acts of Kindness. Read the full post here.

12 Caring Women

Author: pif@helpothers.org
April 30, 2012

One year ago twelve friends got together and formed a group. We call ourselves “12 Caring Women".   

We meet once a month and take turns hosting the event. We each donate $20 except the hostess who donates $25 so we have $250 each month for a worthy cause.  
 
When we meet we discuss needs in the community and decide on a worthwhile cause. One month we donated to a single lady who was attempting to get a baby to the U.S. from Haiti after the earthquake. 
 
Over the past year we have helped many people in dire need. We work with the local Social Services organization as well as the guidance counselor at a local school to find people in need. If we don’t have a pressing need one month we give the money to the chaplain at the local free clinic.    
 
While we have helped many people we feel we have benefited much more from giving. I’m writing this in hopes that it might spur others to begin a similar group. 

 


This post has been reprinted from HelpOthers.org: Anonymous Acts of Kindness. Read the full post here.

Two Lost Ladies

Author: pif@helpothers.org
April 29, 2012

One day my kids and I left our apartment to do laundry. A white car with two little old ladies in it pulled up next to us. They asked how to get to I-79 and I started wondering how they had got so far from the Interstate.

I started to give them directions, but it was complicated and I just knew they would get lost. So, I told them to follow me.  
 
They followed us and I pulled over before the Interstate on-ramp. I rolled my window down and they waved and said thank you as they drove past.
 
My unexpected good deed for the day, but I was happy to help them out.
 
Smiles to all! 

 


This post has been reprinted from HelpOthers.org: Anonymous Acts of Kindness. Read the full post here.

Little Words Of Encouragement Go a Long Way

Author: pif@helpothers.org
April 29, 2012

I love giving, and I often slip smile cards here and there, and I'm not usually on the receiving end, and even though this kind act was so little, it meant a lot to me.

I was on Facebook yesterday and one of my "friends" popped up on chat, saying that they love how they can always see God's love shining through me and I am beautiful inside and out.

I was speechless.

This little word of encouragement just made my day. It made me realize that I need to encourage others more, and I encourage YOU to do the same :)


This post has been reprinted from HelpOthers.org: Anonymous Acts of Kindness. Read the full post here.

His First Word Was, "Smile!"

Author: pif@helpothers.org
April 27, 2012

So right now I'm in Argentina and I gave away a couple of Smile cards. Some people didn't know what 'smile' meant because they mostly speak Spanish here. 

 
I was walking through a really poor neighborhood and a little kid was playing outside in the front yard. He invited me to play with him! I said yes because he so was cute. 
 
Then his parents came outside and said hello to me. We talked for a long time then, before it was time for me to leave, I gave a card to the little kid (he definitely was not more than four years old.) 
 
When he read it he asked me what it said and i told him that it said "smile" in English. He smiled!
 
Heres the best part: he ran towards his parents yelling, "Smile!" over and over again. They told me that was the first word he ever learned how to say in English! 
 
They thanked me. And that made me smile!

 


This post has been reprinted from HelpOthers.org: Anonymous Acts of Kindness. Read the full post here.

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