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Act 148

Monday, June 7, 2010, Act 148.

At the same work conference for eXtension I met the only representative from Pennsylvania in one of my workshop sessions. I had interacted with him through Twitter, but never meeting him in person.  That evening, he had no one to go to dinner with so I invited him to join me and my coworker.  We had a fun evening of food and music and hanging out with our new friend from Penn State Extension Service.


Paying It Forward Takes on a Whole New Meaning

Panera Celebrates Random Acts of Kindness Week With New “Panera It Forward” Campaign

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ — In celebration of National Random Acts of Kindness Week, Breads of the World, the local franchisee for Panera Bread in central and southwestern Ohio, will encourage customers to pay it forward with their new campaign, “Panera It Forward.”  From February 15-21, in all Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio area bakery-cafes, Panera Bread will be giving coupon offers for free menu items in hopes of spreading goodwill throughout the community and encouraging others to use their coupons to “Panera It Forward” to friends, family, co-workers, or even strangers.

Throughout the week, more than one hundred Secret Good Will Ambassadors will hand out “Panera It Forward” coupons with offers ranging from a free Asiago Bagel Breakfast Sandwich to a cup of coffee. With each order, customers will be handed a flyer with suggestions of various random acts of kindness to help them “Panera It Forward” in their communities.  Attached to each flyer will be two offers, one for you and one for a friend, as a way to encourage consumers to pay it forward and spread the feeling of community during Random Acts of Kindness Week.

“We’re looking forward to spreading random acts of kindness into the surrounding community,” said Jeff Rains, President, Breads of the World. “We hope that ‘Panera It Forward’ will encourage others to help those in their communities, regardless of how small the act is.  In the long run, it has the potential to have a big impact on someone’s day and even their life.”

For more information on “Panera it Forward,” visit where you can view our “Panera It Forward” blog and share your personal story or random act of kindness.  You can also find out more ways to spread random acts of kindness in your community as well as your local central and southwestern Ohio bakery-cafe locations by going to

Breads of the World, LLC, Panera Bread’s local franchise, operates 48 bakery-cafes in the Columbus, Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Dayton–metro areas. With its identity rooted in handcrafted, fresh- baked, artisan bread, Panera Bread is committed to providing great tasting, quality food that people can trust. At the close of each day, Panera Bread bakery-cafes donate bread and baked goods to community organizations serving those in need. For more information on the franchise, including bakery-cafe locations, visit

SOURCE Panera Bread


The Twelve Days of Kindness – Day 12, Act 138

Friday, December 25, Day 12, Act 138:

Merry Christmas everyone!

Today as we all celebrated Christmas and spending time with friends and family, eating, opening presents, etc.; we have to take the time to remember those not able to partake of all the festivities. So my parents and I took some Christmas dinner down to my grandmother who just came home from the hospital and spent the afternoon with her.  She got to open her presents, had a wonderful Christmas dinner, and enjoyed spending time with her family!

This ends the Twelve Days of Kindness coinciding with the Twelve Days of Christmas.  I hope your twelve days was a wonderful journey too. Continue on your kindness deeds and please share them with us on the blog.  Thanks.

Merry Christmas and have a Blessed New Year!

happy holidays

Yahoo! launches social site to encourge acts of kindness

Sunnyvale, CA -based Yahoo! has launched a new site to rally its audience of some 600 million people into random acts of kindness.  Timed to coincide with December holidays, the site encourages users to post activities, such as volunteering at a homeless shelter or helping an elderly neighbor.  Once an activity is posted, the user asks, “You in?” to inspire others to do likewise.

“We believe that one small act of kindness can ignite a ripple of generosity and we hope to inspire the Yahoo! community to create a wave of goodwill around the world,” said Meg Garlinghouse, senior director of Yahoo! for Good. “Update your status to share what you’re doing to spread holiday joy and inspire others to also pay it forward.”

you in yahoo for good

Just launched, the site already has a fair amount of content with people posting text and images. You can find the site at pictues can be uploaded to Yahoo! owned Flickr, or users may visit Yodel Anecdotal.

Weekend with Grandma – Act 114 & 115

Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2, 2009

There could not have been a better weekend to start back up with my daily acts of kindness!

My parents were out of town and my grandmother is pretty much not able move around very much at home or go out. So I spent the weekend taking care of her. I brought her dinner and spent some time with her Saturday afternoon and early evening. I also made sure to check in on her and take care of her on Sunday too.

The funny part is, Saturday she really wanted a couple of hot dogs for dinner. In the town where she lives, I found out there are not hot dog places open on the weekend. I drove all over the city looking for anywhere that had hot dogs. I found the local bowling alley, but it was closed on the weekends for the summer, no where else had anything. I even ended up inside an Exxon to pick up a couple of dogs, but after viewing them in the rotisserie box, they were dried up and looked like they had been spinning around for weeks.

Needless to say my grandma had to settle for a Wendy’s burger. Which she didn’t mind at all because she scarfed it down in no time. I wish I could have found hot dogs for her, but I got to enjoy driving around her city for a little while…….

Act 90

Sunday, April 12, 2009.

Happy Easter everyone!easter-eggs


I know many families have traditions on holidays, and ours is no different. My parents, grandma, and me and my wife always get together for a wonderful Easter feast in the afternoon after church. Like alot of other families I’m sure. But things are different than what I remember them, my grandfather is no longer with us, and my grandmother is now barely able to walk and uses a wheelchair to get around. Everyone has to get older, I know, but it is hard to take when you see your grandma almost slipping away.

With her wheelcwheelchair-symbolhair, she gets around okay, but needs assistance often. She is limited to ground level activities as she can no longer go up and down steps. Even though my parents live in a house with only four steps to access either door, my grandma had turned down the dinner offer. That wasn’t going to happen.

I went and picked her up and loaded her wheelchair into the back of the car. We got to my parents’ house and I helped her out of the car and retrieved her chair for her to use. Then we rolled up to the porch. I had my dad come out and help me as we just picked up her wheelchair (with her still in it) and carried it up the steps into the house. Needless to say, we had a wonderful dinner and enjoyable afternoon.

When Grandma was ready to go, my dad helped me again to carry Grandma and the chair back down the steps. We rolled her out to the car for our return trip back to her house and what a wonderful Easter day it was!

Act 89

Saturday, April 11, 2009.

My wife had to work again this Saturday. So what better thing to come home to after a long day at work – a freshly prepared meal, that you didn’t have to cook yourself!dinner

I surprised her with a home-cooked meal on Saturday evening. After she worked all day, came home, and it was sitting on the table waiting for her.