Something easy we all can do is give a gift to everyone you meet. I’m not talking about a formal, wrapped-up present. Your gift can be your smile, a word of thanks or encouragement, a gesture of politeness, even a friendly nod. And never pass beggars without leaving them something. Peace of mind is worth the spare change.
Happy Holidays to one and all and many blessings in the New Year!
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Thursday, December 22, 2011, Act 159
It seems to be true that the holiday season brings out the best in everyone. Even when most organizations are wishing for an end of the year donation or surprise gift, it usually doesn’t happen. But the West Virginia State University Helping Our Undergraduates Succeed in Education (HOUSE) Program’s Christmas got an early visit from a local “Santa” and made their Christmas so much brighter!
The WVSU HOUSE Program consists of two nationally unique programs for young adults who have faced challenges growing up and serving formerly homeless and battered women who want to begin their college education. The WVSU HOUSE Program exists to help these individuals achieve their goals by providing comprehensive, nurturing transitional housing programs.
Mr. Ray Williams contacted the WVSU HOUSE program about making a large holiday donation to the program. Williams told a touching story of how his home recently burned down and the abundance of love and support he received from the community. Williams, overcome with gratitude, was inspired by his daughter Ostin’s suggestion in holiday spirit and paying the kindness forward. Without hesitation Williams decided to use the same amount of money he was given in his time of need and donate it to select nonprofit organizations around the Kanawha Valley in a pay-it-forward fashion.
The WVSU HOUSE program would like to thank Ray, daughter Ostin, and son Grant for their overwhelming $1000 gift. Their kindness and generosity made the holidays brighter for WVSU’s HOUSE Program in helping to provide residence, guidance, and support for “at-risk” young adults and abused or formerly homeless females. The gift will be a welcome addition to the program going towards program costs, while directly assisting the residents and their children.
For more information on the WVSU HOUSE Program, contact David Boyles at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 304.766.6994 or visit the WVSU HOUSE on the web at http://www.grdi.wvstateu.edu/extension/family-and-consumer-science/house
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We believe that one person–you–can make a difference with an act of kindness, big or small. Through Youmanity, Aviva can inspire people to do good, and we can recognize their effort. This may not sound like something that would come from an insurance company. But that’s our goal. It’s just another way we put people before policies.
You + Humanity = Youmanity
Visit their website to get started and request your own token to pass on and create a lifechanging story for you and someone else.
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Thursday, December 8, 2011, Act 158
If you’re cash-strapped, that doesn’t mean you can’t help others this holiday season. Here are a few Web sites where you can give without a lot of green.
GoodShop.com & GiveClicks.com: These sites donate a portion of proceeds to charity as you shop.
IDoFoundation.org: Helps couples create gift registries, invitations and party favors that benefit charitable groups.
Soles4Souls.org: Distributes shoes to poor and the disaster-struck around the world.
StuffedAnimalsForEmergencies.org & LovingHugs.org: Gives your gently-used stuffed animals to children in need.
HandsOnNetwork.org & VolunteerMatch.org: Pair you with local volunteer needs.
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Monday, February 15, 2010, Act 141.
Today marks the beginning of 2010 Random Acts of Kindness Week. I seemed to be reminiscing about things lately so I decided to brighten someone’s day to kickoff Kindness Week. I sent a personally written note inside of a card to a family member that I haven’t seen or visited with for several years. I just simply let them know what had been going on in my life and asked them how their life was going. I included my email and address for any return correspondence.
I hope the joy I imagined as this person opens the card with the note inside, will cause the receiver of the card to pass it on and reconnect with someone from their past too!
Have you started your “Week of Kindness”?
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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!
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