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DonnaP

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Spreading Kindness thread
« on: March 10, 2015, 08:25:51 AM »
This is my original post - we are working on a kindness chain. Let me know if you still want to participate.

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I stumbled upon this website today and read the story behind it. Basically, there is an organization based in Tucson, AZ, and Newtown, CT, called Ben's Bells, which is dedicated to spreading kindness. What really struck me is the idea of recognizing the kindness in others AND making a commitment to practicing kindness in your own life. We can participate in a number of ways. The easiest is this one:

Be Kind Challenge
https://bensbells.org/bekindchallenge

I also plan to get some of the kindness coins (in memory of). These are handmade clay discs with a tag that you can write the name of someone who has passed away. See the description at https://bensbells.org/shop/memory-kindness-coins-set-10 and pass them out to people.

If anyone wants to join me, reply to this thread, and/or PM me your info, then I'll put a group together. Then we can all post our "1,000 acts of kindness" and I will work on making our chain of kindness.

If you want a memory coin, let me know. I can order a bunch and distribute them to people.

What do you think??
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DonnaP

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Re: Spreading Kindness thread
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2015, 09:49:06 AM »
Helped coordinate a visit with my step-daughter and her aunt (sister of her deceased mother). Both were grateful for the "kick in the pants" that led them to make plans for an overnight visit.

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Re: Spreading Kindness thread
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2015, 12:42:49 PM »
Thank you Donna , was apart of the original kindness thread. Happy to see it brought back !

Last night at baseball , I received my girl scout cookies . Over heard a friend , that I know has money issues saying to another , I wish I had been able to get some this year. So I went over , asked her what she likes and gave her 2 boxes. She kept saying I'll pay you back. Told her nope. Was on me.
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Re: Spreading Kindness thread
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2015, 01:09:43 PM »
So glad you reposted this. Please count me in!
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Re: Spreading Kindness thread
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2015, 03:54:14 PM »
A student came to me this morning wanting to talk.  Without sharing confidential information, he had a really bad night and a difficult morning.  I offered to contact his other teachers to get his assignments and allowed him to just stay in my room, for today.
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Re: Spreading Kindness thread
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2015, 07:40:22 AM »
3/12

Took SD out and treated her to lunch.

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Re: Spreading Kindness thread
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2015, 09:04:50 AM »
I love, love, LOVE this idea!  Count me in and thank you so much for posting this.

I learned many years ago of the benefits of giving.  It's amazing medicine for both the heart and the soul.  I find that getting out of my head is good therapy.

I am only nine weeks out, so the first time I found myself focusing on giving was Valentine's Day.  I was determined not to sit there and cry all day, so I began either making or picking up small gifts for my inner circle.  The fact that no one was expecting anything made the giving that much sweeter.  My favorite gift that I gave was to my sister-in-law.  I found a really pretty portable coffee cup with a heart that said, "I don't know what I'd do without you."  She loved it and still uses it every day.

With joy in my heart, I then wrote my first blog post since my husband passed, entitled simply, Love.  I wanted to let my readers know what it's really like to lose your beloved, but also convey my ideas for getting through it.  I expanded the idea of widowhood to also include divorce and break-ups, so it would have more reach and hopefully help more people.

It felt so good, and it was the first time I enjoyed writing anything again in weeks.
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Re: Spreading Kindness thread
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2015, 10:57:48 AM »
3/13

Sent a donation to Archbishop's Annual Appeal. Hoping it will be put toward "the greater good."
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Re: Spreading Kindness thread
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2015, 02:07:21 PM »
Love it!!!  Count me in too!

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Re: Spreading Kindness thread
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2015, 08:07:23 PM »
Tonight I donated  for 2 girls to play soccer, who can't afford it, at my daughter's soccer club.

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Re: Spreading Kindness thread
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2015, 11:40:34 AM »
Excellent post Donna! I'm in too.

Bought breakfast for a marine home on leave this morning without him knowing who did it. Loved his face when the waitress told him.

Babysat (is there a better term for this?) one of my wife's special ed 1st graders so that her great-grandmother (her guardian) could get her hair done and have some alone time. We had a very nice tea party but my tiara wouldn't stay put.

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Re: Spreading Kindness thread
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2015, 03:43:35 PM »
I also volunteer and do deliveries for Meals on Wheels every Thursday.  Does this count?  I love to visit the elderly, they are so happy to see a friendly face!  I makes my heart happy to help.

Are we supposed to just keep adding to the thread and keep it going?
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Re: Spreading Kindness thread
« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2015, 08:24:17 AM »
I also volunteer and do deliveries for Meals on Wheels every Thursday.  Does this count?  I love to visit the elderly, they are so happy to see a friendly face!  I makes my heart happy to help.

Are we supposed to just keep adding to the thread and keep it going?

Yes, SimiRed, of course that counts!  :)

And yes, we are supposed to keep adding to the thread. We are trying to get to 1,000 acts of kindness!
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Re: Spreading Kindness thread
« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2015, 02:19:20 PM »
3/16
Sent a donation to The Wounded Warrior Project in memory of my Uncle John, who just passed away last Friday.
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Re: Spreading Kindness thread
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2015, 08:05:26 AM »
Awesome @DonnaP !! 

Helped the neighbors son write his resume' for an internship :)
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