Category Archives: school

Act 155 – Just a little time….

Tuesday, March 29, 2011, Act 155.

I’ve learned that you can do amazing things in only 60 seconds.

You can enlighten, inspire, or motivate someone. You can cheer them up or ease a burden. You can give them something they might need, and it just might be that single thing – a bit of information, an idea, help with something that before was overwhelming – that allows them to fulfill a dream and maybe turn their life around.

A minute is actually a substantial amount of time. (Sprint for just 60 seconds the next time you’re out for a run or bike ride, and you’ll see what I mean.) Set a timer, take a full minute and…………..

…find the phone numbers of three friends you haven’t spoken with in six months. And call them, rather than sending an email.

…go visit a relative that lives close by, but you never have the time to stop in.

…make a doctor’s appointment, if you haven’t had an annual checkup in more than a year.

It only takes 60 seconds to be kind – to others, to yourself, to everyone!


Pay It Forward Day

Celebrate with the world. Tomorrow is David’s 2nd Annual Pay It Forward Day of December 1st, 2010
‘Tis the Season! A random act of kindness goes a long way …


What can you do?
ON DEC. 1st…
• Pay for someone’s cup of coffee…
• Buy someone some groceries…
• Get the next person’s gas…
• Help someone out…
• Donate something…
• Be creative!!!

When you do something for someone there’s a good chance they’ll do something for someone else. If not, at least you’ve done a good deed for someone.

So on December 1st share some kindness and spread some joy! It can be as little as a few dollars or as much as you want. No one needs to know!

Join us, won’t you?

please… spread the word!

Check out the Facebook page – Pay it Forward Day


Kindness Week Act 3

Wednesday, February 17, 2010, Act 143.

recyclingI went and visited a professor friend of mine from when I was in college. After we had caught up and finished chatting, I noticed a bag of office papers and magazines that she had sitting in the corner of her office. I asked her about it. She said that she had been collecting recycling for our campus recycling program, but the bag had become too heavy for her to move.

I kindly offered to take it off of her hands and out of her office. After saying goodbye, I picked up the bag full of recycling and carried it across campus to the nearest recycling bin.  This was a win, win, win for everyone involved. The professor’s office wasn’t as messy with the bag of papers, the environment was helped because of less trash into a landfill, and I got to keep celebrating Kindness Week in style by helping out with the grunt work.

Kindness Week Act 2

Tuesday, February 16, 2010, Act 142.

Today I was getting a drink from the soda machine.  There was a couple of students down the hall studying, so I went ahead and bought 2 Cokes. I surprised one of the students when I gave the drink away to them.

The Twelve Days of Kindness – Day 4, Act 130

Thursday, December 17, Day 4, Act 130:

This act wasn’t performed by me, but made such a significant impact, it had to be shared. This was performed by hundreds of college students, college students mind you, that gave and gave for the benefit of someone else.

You Load 15 tons…………..

Sheets, towels, t-shirts and pants were among the more than 30,000 pounds – or 15 tons – of used textile products that were collected by West Virginia University students to benefit the homeless.

The items were collected throughout the month of November by students in WVU’s Fashion Design and Merchandising program. The 2009 A-WEAR-ness Campaign for the Homeless was led by Tracy Vash’s Fashion Design and Merchandising 235 class.

pile of clothes

The collected items have been donated to the Clarksburg Mission, which is in the process of sorting to identify wearable garments and bailing those goods that have lost their serviceability. Proceeds will then go to support the mission’s programs and activities.

Recyclable textiles include clothing, shoes, purses, belts, bed linens, towels, stuffed animals and fabric scraps. The materials are usually broken down into component parts and rewoven into new products.

Since the campaign’s creation in 2005, over 112,700 pounds of textiles have been collected for redistribution and recycling. Two permanent collection boxes have been installed at the Student Recreation Center on WVU’s Evansdale Campus and at WVU’s Intermodal Facility.

Way to go Mountaineers!

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.

Act 95

Friday, April 17, 2009.

Today I was able to teach three free one hour workshops for the Community College. The subject was social media 101 and how to utilize these new tools for business, family, and students. The workshops were great. Well attended with attentive audiences.

social-media-workshopBut the last workshop of the day was a little different. Only 1 person showed up for it. I could have cancelled it and went home early, but I wanted to give the student who wanted to learn a chance to participate in the new phenomenon of social media currently taking place. I actually stayed the entire hour and spent it one-on-one with the student answering questions and showing how these new media tools worked.