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« on: April 25, 2008 01:23:00 AM »

So There is a back story to this, I'll try to keep it short.

Today i went to Tim Hortons (doughnut/coffee place) while in line a lady taps me on the shoulder and says this is for you and hand me a plastic bag filled with something. Turns out in the bag was a purse some candy and a little rubber ducky that quacks. I turned around to thank her and ask if i could buy her coffee but she had disappeared! Totally out of the blue, I'm still not sure what quite happend, and to be honest I'm still a little confused/disturbed (wrong word but you get the idea)

But I need to pass this good will forward and i wanted to do something crafty. Any ideas? I was thinking Knitting a bunch of preemie/baby hats for the local children's hospital (not quite the same but somewhat close) or possibly making up a bunch of something and just randomly going to people and going here this is a random act of kindness. Am i overdoing it?
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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2008 09:17:47 AM »

Ok, first off, that ROCKS!! I bet that totally made your day. Personally, I'd go more for the personal random act. I think that has a bigger impact on the recipient and the giver. Look how it inspired you!
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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2008 08:59:15 PM »

Neat! It's nice to pass on the goodness whenever you/we can! Great ideas! Do what moves you! Today I did a Support Our Troops event and it was very successful!!! Great fun too!
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« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2008 09:18:46 PM »

that's very cool... i'd probably do just the same thing as she did for others... make some bags, stick some dollar store loot inside, and give them to random people and make their day Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2008 07:49:54 AM »

OOO, I think I'm going to get some of my friends together and do this. Or give out flowers or something. That has to make a persons day.
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« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2008 02:21:58 PM »

I think it might weird me out a little if someone just came and gave me some stuff.  One time an old man in line at front of me a coffee shop struck up a conversation with me and then paid for my order.  I know it's not crafty at all, but it definitely made my day.  Another idea if you go to college (or live in a college town), is to show up at a dorm with baked goods.  especially a dorm with a bad cafeteria.
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« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2008 07:04:50 AM »

Once a random woman complimented me on a beaded bracelet I had made and liked okay but wasn't super happy with so I took it off and gave it to her. She didn't want to take it, but I insisted. The look on her face was awesome- I hope she still wears it and smiles about the stranger who gave it to her.

So, I think you should make something, anything that you would be pround to wear, carry, whatever and give it to the first person who says something about it!
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« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2008 07:32:37 AM »

wow..how great is that..

first I find it interesting people still do this-in a world that seems so hectic and guarded(can you tell I live in DC) its hard to open yourself up by tapping them on the shoulder out of fear of the reaction..

and that there is nothing that she wanted in return..

and that you were so gracious enough to accept it..I belong to a freecycle thing and its amazing how many people get stinky about something that they are getting for free..

I am inspired by her generosity too..see shes helped so many just with her one gesture..imagine what you can do Smiley

I do think that as crafty people we have been given such great gifts that we should take the time to do random acts of kindness..imagine if you were having an off day and got a neat package of random goodies.. Grin

just one or two bags and carefully selected recipients..how awesome would that be..

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« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2008 09:12:45 AM »

I can't stop thinking about this thread. I really want to do this. I live in Chicago, though, and I'm just trying to figure out the logistics. How do you do this without people thinking you're crazy?

Also, I was thinking of putting a small card in each item saying something along the lines of "You are the recipient of a random act of kindness. If this has made your day a little brighter, please consider passing it on."

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« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2008 09:28:12 AM »

i think I'm going to do roses or flowers (definately NOT food, people might think you've poisoned it). Attach a note saying they're a beautiful person inside and out, like a flower? I don't know, is that cheesy?

What other things could be given other than that?
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