Thursday, February 6, 2014

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS ~ Week #1


His name is Rick.  He was heading down our street looking for recyclables  on garbage pick up day.  Don struck up a conversation with him and I saw my Friday Random Act of Kindness right in front of me.  I ask Rick if he would like a bag of homemade cookies.  You can see the smile and was happy to let me get a picture of him with Don and Molly and his bag of cookies.



In our very mobile society, I have often thought "The only wheels some of these homeless have is a shopping Cart."  Sometimes it breaks my heart when I see how much I've been blessed with.  Home, family, 2 cars, electricity and all the hot water I want.  It causes me to count my blessing every day, and if I can do some small act of kindness...bring it on.  In this case a few recyclables and a bag of cookies.


In our house, the cookie jar is always full and ready to give some away.

33 comments:

  1. Aw...this brought a tear to my eye. You were right...your act of kindness literally came to you instead of you seeking one out. That is amazing. You're right...we are SO blessed and our basic comforts we don't even think about since we are so accustomed to them. Love this Wanda...and I'm so glad you got a photo, too. Wonderful!

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    1. I'm very excited about doing this, and I think the Lord is smiling down as he sees us bloggers trying to live out the "Golden Rule". Thanks again Betsy.

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  2. James laughed and said, "He'll be back tomorrow."
    I baked a double batch of Cardamom Snaps this afternoon. I wonder where they will end up?
    :0)

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    1. HaHa, I've been thinking the same thing. Rick may become a regular... Let us know where your Cardamom Snaps end up.

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  3. Good for you, Wanda...♥️
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. I love that Betsy started this and hope we can keep it going for some time.

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  4. Bless you, dear friend. I know he appreciated the cookies and the conversation. I saw a young man who looked "homeless" walking in town the other day. A few belongings in his backpack and he was carrying a lantern. I could only think of the hymn...The Light of the World is Jesus.
    I was in heavy traffic and could not stop but I need to buy some fast food coupons to give at times like those in the future.

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    1. The idea of fast food coupons is a great idea. I need to do that too.

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  5. Hi Wanda - I'm here from Betsy's place. I love what you did! I shared cookies too. Great minds, right?

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    1. Hey Mari ~ Cookies speak a universal language don't they. Looking forward to next week. Putting on my thinking cap. Enjoyed your post too.

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    2. I keep gift cards for McDonalds and a few other places in my car. Tried Starbucks once but the fellow said he couldn't go there or they'd ask him to leave. I don't buy their gift cards any more.

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    3. I think that's a good idea Joyce. Actually I think they enjoy Mac D's coffee just as much and can get several cups for the same price.

      I keep granola bars in my car too, and sometimes it's all I have to hand out the window at a stop sign when someone with a sign is there.

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  6. I love your act of kindness.

    When the opportunity arises - i seize it and pay it forward and nothing feels so good as to help someone else.

    Love that your cookie jar is always full.

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    1. Thanks Sandy. Pay it forward does feel good doesn't it?

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  7. Brilliant idea for a gift and who you gave the cookies to.

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    1. Think we may have made a new friend. Wonder if he'll come back next week. Maybe I'll fix him a sack lunch.

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  8. Your kindness and generosity really warm my heart.
    I love the idea of random acts of kindness. the gift cards and cookies I think would be really special.

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    1. Don't some of these comments have some great ideas.

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  9. Love the photos, love the act! Brings a big smile to my face this frosty Friday morning :)

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    1. Thanks Susan...Starting a day with a smile is a great way...I'm smiling too.

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  10. Excellent way to start my day... Inspired by you, Wanda!! big hugs! blessings ~ tanna

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    1. Betsy inspired us...and I hope we can just keep paying it forward when the it's not in the limelight.

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    1. Thanks Kathy..I sure enjoyed your post too. Good idea.

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  12. Your wonderful act of kindness made his day. What a nice thing to do. Sometimes I lose sight of my abundance of blessings and stories like yours reminds me of my good fortune.

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    1. Thanks Jan. I try to be aware of my blessings daily..I know how easy it is to lose sight, and forget just how blessed I am.

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  13. That is such a nice thing to do for someone in need. It always pains me to see homeless people.

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    1. Me too, Kelly. It's hard to see someone who is in need. I realize some homeless are there by choice, but most are living the consequences of bad choices in life.

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  14. Most people would walk to the back of the house so they didnt have to see them. Nice to see him treated as we would want to be treated in the same situation.

    BTW, I never got my soup and 1/2 sand, we got snow and socked us in at work. It was like an INCH, and roads were unpassable. LOL

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    1. You know Jim, most of us are only a few paychecks from being in a similar situation. I count my blessing daily.

      Bummer...that snow stole your lunch. Maybe next time. HaHa

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  15. You sound like a really nice person. Glad you have Jesus in your life.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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  16. Great pic of Rick, Don and Molly. I am counting my blessings too.

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  17. LOVE stories like that. You have been given to give to others and I'd say you both do that very well. :)

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