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Random Acts of Kindness Day celebrated worldwide Feb 17

February 17, 2012

Random Acts of Kindness Day is the name of an unofficial holiday increasingly celebrated around the world on February 17 in order to encourage acts of kindness.

It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture, just smile at some passers by, look people directly in the eye when talking to them, give people some extra time to listen to actually how they are, help a coworker, take a friend to lunch, pay for a stranger’s bus ride or toll……


These are just a few examples of simple little things to do today that could change someone’s life forever. And science has shown that it will change yours too!

Research shows that there are strong links between random acts of kindness and improvements in the health of people, so do not forget to do something kind today.

Post what random act of kindness you did today in the comments section! I want to hear from you!


Act 159 – Paying the Kindness Forward:WVSU HOUSE Program gets surprise Christmas gift

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 or by phone at 304.766.6994 or visit the WVSU HOUSE on the web at

Act 156 – Help a friend out

Thursday, May 26, 2011, Act 156.

It is getting so hot here in WV that on some days it is unbearable to walk around any long distances outside.  Today a co-worker had to travel across campus to pick up a University vehicle for a trip.

Even though the person said they would walk just fine, I wouldn’t have it. I wouldn’t want to walk in the heat and be sweating for my upcoming appointment and I wouldn’t want anyone else to go through that either.

I insisted that I give them a ride to pick up the vehicle and keep them calm, cool and collected for their afternoon appointment. It only took a few minutes of my time, but I believe it paid huge dividends for the person to stay cool and not be frustrated by the heat and the long walk.

Kindness knows no bounds

This is a blog article from a good friend of mine. It talks about her experience when she was the Public Information Officer on site during the Sago Mine Disaster. This post was published on the 1 year Anniversary of the Sago incident:

The first time I saw the 29 crosses lined across a stage I froze. Not one represented anyone I knew personally, but each represented the families I had spent five, long agonizing days with a couple of weeks prior.  When I saw the same scene repeat itself again on the one year anniversary I was immediately taken back to the events that took place that horrible week.

At the time of the April 5, 2010, mine blast I was the public information officer for West Virginia’s Mine Safety Office. I can’t tell you what time I received the first call, but I can tell you that it set the stage for what was to come – life changing news that no one was prepared for.

The drive to the mine site was long. Longer because the loss of cell service isolated me from what was going on. Even the director of mine safety couldn’t get updates as we made our way to the scene. I don’t know how one can prepare for something like this. I had been with the mine safety office for about two years at the time of this accident, and had to deal with many mine accidents that involved the loss of life. But this was the first time I had actually been onsite at the place of an accident. I knew what my role was, but those responsibilities where momentarily overshadowed by the events unfolding around me, as they would a few times during that week.

The first night the governor met with the families. I couldn’t help but study their faces. I wanted to know their stories. I wanted to know more about their loved ones buried deep inside that West Virginia mountain. I wanted to comfort them and make it all better.

Throughout the week I got the privilege of meeting some of those family members. I listened to them talk about their husbands, fathers, uncles, and brothers. I even watched how some braved the media to tell their stories. I grew in awe of their resilience and held out just as much hope as they did that we would bring survivors to the surface.

When the governor broke the news that the miracle we had been praying for didn’t happen, I painfully watched as grown men sobbed like babies and adult women screamed for their daddies. I had heard the news prior to the governor’s announcement, but it wasn’t until that moment, to witness these reactions, that the realness of this event hit me.  And for the first time that week, I cried.

The first memorial service reopened the fresh wounds and memories of this nightmare. I wore my emotions on my sleeve, unable to hide the pain I felt for the families who suffered great loss. For me, the most emotional part of the ceremony was watching the team of miners I recruited turn on the lights of each hat one by one. These brave men took great pride in this task, but I know their hearts were heavy with sorrow. I can not imagine the pain that the miners’ families went through reliving those painful memories. Because as I sat recounting memories and precious stories of miners long lost, my heart was broken all over again.

Even though one year’s time has passed, many are still grieving. The losses can never be replaced. But as West Virginia pride is rooted in each of us, we continue to move forward. West Virginia pride and passion for a job well done and an honest day’s work is the comfort most in the coalfields seek. West Virginians will never forget, but will move forward into the future because we’re too proud and maybe just too dedicated to do otherwise.

written by Jama Jarrett,

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


Act 150 – Chocolate Chip cookies can make anything better

Wednesday, June 9, 2010, Act 150.

On the return work trip back home I bought some chocolate chip cookies at one of our layovers and shared them with my coworker. Chocolate chip cookies can make any trip better!

chocolate chip cookies