Acts of Kindness Around the Holidays

make-up junkie
on Dec 15, 2009 @ 04:25 pm

I usually notice around the holidays more so than any other time, random acts of kindness.

Like the other day, I was having a hard time pulling out bus fare for my son because I was holding a billion things plus him, and the bus driver waved his fee.

Another experience happened last week after I took my son to the doctor's. We were in Shoppers getting medicine and he was soo cranky. He started balling - loud - in line while I was paying. I was so flustered but pretending to keep it together. This older woman was soo nice and just started talking to him and playing with him. Then she said, "Us mom's have all been there so don't worry honey. You're doing just fine". Totally made my day!

What about you guys? Any nice stories to share?

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Snow! on Dec 15, 2009 @ 06:41 pm

We just had a huge dumping of snow overnight (30cm) so needless to say everyones cars were buried under a heavy heap of snow. My neighbour and I went around cleaning off cars on the street when we were done ours this morning... just for the heck of it!

I also had someone buy my tea for me in Starbucks...the person in the line next to me. When I went to pay, the barrista said, no worries, that person bought yours as well. That made my day! :o)


make-up junkie
Awww! on Dec 15, 2009 @ 07:46 pm

Mizzrobin that is so sweet of you and your friend to do that! Today I helped this lady lift up a cart onto the bus - she was totally surprised because she didn't know I was behind her haha.

And was this person that bought the tea a handsome fella?? ;) haha

random...but nice on Dec 15, 2009 @ 10:26 pm

So i was at fedex kinkos to print off a design booklet for my final project. It's supposed to print both sides back to back and line up so you can fold it. It was pretty late and i've had bad experience with this lady at kinko's that was really rude so i was kind of nervous to ask for help.But I'm pretty illiterate when it comes to printing so i asked the guy working to help me anyways. There were so much problems, it didn't align, the size was wrong, the color was off etc. He was very patient and helpful and tried a lot of different ways to print my document. In the end, we 'test' printed like more than $60 worth of stuff. I only wanted one but i was prepared to pay for it since i did print all of them. Then at the cashier, he asked if i only wanted that one copy that was perfect and he only charged me for that one...saved me 50 something bucks! WOOT WOOT for fedex kinko guy.

make-up junkie
Yay Fedex Kingo Guy! on Dec 16, 2009 @ 11:19 am

Aww that's so awesome! That's a huge savings - good luck on your final project. Can't wait to see you in January!


and sometimes, it should be obvious! on Dec 16, 2009 @ 01:03 pm

I don't consider what I did to be an Act of Kindness. I think it's just plain human decency. But apparently bystanders thought otherwise!

I was at the drugstore and after checking out walked past the area where the carts are returned. A purse was left inside one of the carts, and after looking around for a probable owner, I fished it out and brought it to customer service.

The CS rep was surprised. The guy buying film nearby was surprised. The manager came over and thanked me. "Most people wouldn't do this," he said. Say what?? I simply replied, "well, I sure as heck hope someone would do the same for me!"

Another time I was at the grocery store and there was only one till open. My cart was laden to almost overflowing and there were two people behind me with just a few items in their arms. When I offered to let them go ahead, they asked over and over again if I was sure. Since it was going to take me much more than the time span of their transaction to just unload my items onto the band, I firmly assured them that it was not only okay, but it was no inconvenience whatsoever.

Having let two go ahead of me, and more than halfway done with unloading my cart, the newest line member gave me an irritated glance when she heard the person ahead of me thanking enthusiastically for the "cuts". I guess she thought I should give her "cuts" too, but she had a lot in her cart and I was already unloading. I guess a good deed never goes unpunished ;) But at that point I simply chuckled and finished my business.

make-up junkie
sometimes you can't win mamaluv! on Dec 16, 2009 @ 03:22 pm

lol wow - I can't believe the person behind you was actually pissy because you wouldn't let her go ahead. If you did that you would have never gotten out of the grocery store!

That's scary that they were surprised you actually brought the person's purse to customer service. Some things should be obvious! Actually, I remember losing my wallet in a grocery store. Sometimes I don't bring a purse so I just brought my wallet. Left it on some fruit stand while I was putting fruit in the bag and walked away. When I went back it was gone and no one had turned it in. :(

kindness - year around on Dec 16, 2009 @ 11:36 pm

I love this time of year because I agree seems more people seem to be doing more things for others. I do my best to do acts of kindess year around. My view is - help someone in need because it could easily be me needing help. I also want my kids to know that is it good to help others and I always try to be an example to them.

A couple months ago I went to lunch with a friend of mine and a gentleman walked into the place we were at and it was clear he was hard on his luck. he was sitting there counting the money he raised on the corner. My friend got uncomfortable and said he wanted to leave. I decided that I needed to help him. I gave him the money in my wallet to get something to eat. He was thankful.

Another time I designed and printed a bunch of buisness cards for a local bookstore to handout because they were not able to do little things like that for business. The lady said it helped them considerably.

I had someone help me recently with my vehicle. I broke down and had no way to get my son to surgery. Someone I know took the time off work to take us and take us home after he was done. He also then ran around and filled our script and got us what we needed. He then went and got the parts for my car and fixed my car.

I am a firm believer in what goes around comes around. I also believe as I said before, try to help people when possible.

Hope everyone has a safe and great holiday season. Enjoy your time with your family and the time of the season.

Merry Christmas.

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