The rest of your Christmas good deeds

About a month ago, I suggested everybody who reads this blog sign up to do a good deed. There were so many participants that I started listing your good deeds about a week ago, and here are the rest. Good job, everyone!

 

Every single time I am in line during this month, I have been/will let the person behind me go first. Not quite up there with saving the world, but it does make people happy. Especially at WalMart.

pendy

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I donated to the Blue Cross (British animal charity) and bought 5 bricks to help build a shelter for homeless children in India.

Vicki

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I volunteered to organize the adopt-a-family program at my daughter's all-star cheerleading gym. I coordinated it with an agency in the city, put tags on the Christmas tree, and collected all of the donations. I am so proud of all of the families who participated. Yesterday I was able to deliver toys, clothing, and gift cards for 12 needy families in our area.

Stephanie

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My hubby went up to the nearby convenience store Sunday night and a woman was broken down and needed a jump. He drove home, got the jumper cables and drove back up to jump her off.

Mrs. Oh

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This organization called Compassion [encouraged] us to adopt a Rwandan child — $38 a month. I was given a 7 year old boy. I really enjoyed telling my four kids about the difference we will be making in his life. My 7 year old asked if he could send his bike to him — of course, that opens him up for the new bike he wants for Christmas but still…it was a sweet thought, yes?

Fawn

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My daughter and I baked a bunch of cookies last night, so I put together a Tupperware full of them to take to her school for the teacher's lounge. 

Cristy

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I've been letting people go ahead of me in line at the supermarket as well as letting cars cut in when there's a line. Last night, I went to the hockey rink because my favorite NHL player was donating the hair to make wigs for kids with cancer. After he got his long locks cut, he was available for autographs and photos for a donation to the Leukemia Foundation. I gave double the amount requested and in return, got a photo of myself with George Parros (he's my Barry Gibb).

Kelly

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We adopted a family of 6 through our church instead of buy presents for each other this Christmas. All 15 of us pitched in $1,000 and went shopping together. Picture all of us schlepping carts through the stores and we had to reach a consensus on each gift.

Kelly

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One of the 3rd shift custodians at my office just lost his wife — he has 6 children under the ages of 16. We have organized dinners and I am cooking and delivering dinner to his family on Tuesday. My department is going to chip in and together cover 3 more dinners in January. It's such a small gesture, but will hopefully ease his burden a little.

Bonnie Lou

 

One of the things I do every Christmas is NEVER pass by The Salvation Army kettle without putting something in…requires a lot of planning …as a former banker I NEVER HAVE CASH! Also plus, helped the sweetest old lady unload the front of her electric cart at the Wal-Marts the other day, load it back up and out to her car.

d-lou

 

My son and I went to the local battered women's shelter and choose six gift lists. Most of these kids had to leave their homes without their favorite toys and they only had the toys in the common room to play with. We had the best time shopping. He kept trying to choose the toys that made lots of noise and I kept reminding him that 50 children in the same play room with all those loud toys would drive the adults insane. I picked out the girly stuff and he picked out all the Tonka trucks, riding toys and several ABC singing toys.

Tarva

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A friend and I were dining at one of my favorite pizza places and there was a large party of fifteen little girls with two parents having a birthday party. After they left I noticed the waitress looked a little disappointed and I thought perhaps she had not been tipped. She had done an excellent job waiting on that party as well. A quick conversation with our waiter confirmed it. I emptied the cash out of my wallet (I don't carry a lot so it was about $20) and had our waiter give it to her. She had tears in her eyes, she was so grateful.

Lindy

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I was shopping for Christmas ornaments. Once I got up to the register, the cashier lady was slow as molasses wrapping all the ornaments up. An old lady showed up with one single ornament, and I would have let her go before me except I was already mid-transaction when she showed up. She was waiting for a couple minutes when one of her little old lady friends came by and said that the bus was leaving, (literally, as this was sometimes what my mom said figuratively to me when I was younger and dawdling) and that they needed to go. She sighed and had to abandon her electric guitar glass ornament and go back with her tour/outing group back onto the big coach bus. When the lady was finished with me I quickly had her ring up the guitar and ran it out to the lady on the bus before it left. She was all sorts of confused, and asked what it was for, and I told her to have a Merry Christmas. I got a "Well, bless your heart!" which made *my* day and hopefully I made hers as well.

Katie

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Our local market puts together bags of groceries for $10. They will deliver to needy families (and there is about $25 worth of food in them). I've bought one each week in December and will continue through the end of the month.

Joanie & Spotte the cat in Northern California

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Today, a tattooed, earplugged teenager was blocking the entire lineup. People were honking and mad at him. I rolled down my window and asked if he was okay. He said his car was in a hit and run at Borders and then after being with the police all afternoon, he came with his girlfriend to pick up her little sister at school. They were first in the lineup but now he thought his battery was dead. I didn't have cables but I knew the principal (who is the coolest guy on the planet) would. I texted the principal. He ran right down and we got the traffic moving, the kid's car running, and everyone on their way. The kid turned to me and said, "That is the coolest principal in the world." I guess my good deed is done for the day.

lisa

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I stopped at Walmart and bought some iTunes gift cards and Christmas cards to hold them (I bought the "good" ones, June!). At the airport, I passed them out to all the servicemen I saw and wished them a Merry Christmas.

Dawn in Austin

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My sister called the other night to let me know some of her kids don't have winter coats (she runs an after school program for at-risk youth). So I am packing up a few extra I have around the house and bought a few new ones to send home with her after Christmas. Last year she had a kid who had to wear the same pair of pants and sweater (no coat) to school every day with shoes that didn't fit. We bought him new clothes and shoes to keep at school since his parents would take away the new ones.

Erin on the West Coast

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The girl in front of me at Target couldn't find her card to pay for her stuff, so I insisted that the cashier add my things to the order, and I paid for both of our purchases.

Jenene

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There is a homeless man who sits by the fountain where I work. He is kind and always happy. He loves the water, which is why he hangs out there. I got our department to take a collection for him, so he can have a Christmas too. We love him, you see. He is a part of our lives. And we wanted him to know it.

Kim

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A woman needing free legal services and an order of protection for herself and her son walked into my office at lunchtime. [They're] finding [themselves] homeless ten days before Christmas. We got her squared away with temporary housing for her and her child; animal rescue assistance for her three horses, two goats, various chickens, geese and ducks (better scurry) and one (1) alpaca (but no partridge in a pear tree, alas); and a hearing date in January. Not the sort of thing I'm usually called upon to do, but what the heck. 'Tis the season.

Roxie's Mom

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I popped in to drop off a donation at the local per pound thrift store and discovered that a hotel had renovated and donated their entire stock of towels. I bought all of them (took me two loads in a decently sized SUV), brought them home, washed them because, well, ew… (three bottles of detergent later) and delivered the final folded product to two animal shelters and an SPCA.

Shannon

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Our pastor's 9-year-old son was diagnosed with leukemia 3 months ago. Our pastor's wife is the sweetest most giving person you would ever meet. It occurred to me that she might be having a hard time getting in the spirit this year. So I sent a message to as many ladies as I had contact information for. The goal is to have something in her mailbox or her doorstep every day in December just to let her know we love her, are praying and thinking about her, and while it won't do anything to help their increasing financial burden or make her son well, it will hopefully bring some joy into her heart. At the end of the month we are all pitching in to give her a day at the spa, including someone to care for all 3 of her kids. So all month she is getting little scented candles, chocolates, cards, bath products, and just endless love!

Lee

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I sponsored Christmas for a child in foster care. She is three years old and since I have two boys, and always wanted a girl, I bought her a pink hat and mitten set, a doll with hair, four cute long sleeved t-shirts, and a blanket. I do it every year and I think I enjoy it more than buying for my own family.

Lety

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I played Coffee Claus one day for someone at Starbucks, today I delivered a few new infant toys to the local hospital for babies born around Christmas who may have some problems or whatever, and I am dropping off a package of goodies and a previously used child's power wheelchair to a disabled children's home.

Lynn delivered donations of clothes and shoes today to one place, and will deliver toys and art supplies on Friday elsewhere.

Mary and Lynn

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After my volleyball game tonight we went out to a local establishment. My bill came to $8 and some change. I paid it and then tipped our waitress $5. She tried to give me change and kept asking me if I was sure when I told her no. I know… no big spender… it's not like I tipped her $100 but she appreciated it.

Jan

 

My best friend, after much deliberation, had switched her mother's nursing home to a brand spanking new Alzheimer's care facility. She had been in her new home a month when she somehow got out one night after she'd been put to bed. She wandered out onto the busy road in her confusion and got hit and killed by a car. Last year, my friend, (an only child), lost her father to a brain tumor. My friend called my husband and me, in the middle of the night from the scene of the accident. We rushed to her side and have been helping her though this ever since. I organized a dinner drive for her and her family, with various friends bringing dinner to them every night. I planned and cooked for the very large gathering at her home after the funeral. When she asked me to host the annual ornament exchange and party she has every year, because she didn't want to cancel it, but didn't feel up to having 40 women in her house, I had it at my house. My husband and I have held their hands throughout this whole ordeal and even though it has been a stretch to devote so much time and energy to another in this busy season, it has been my honor to help her through this awful time. It sure beats the 10 bucks I gave the Salvation Army bell ringer, because I had no other change.

Joanne Mannix

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This elderly woman was on the corner with a cane and a sign saying she needed help. I gave her everything that was in my wallet which was awful since I never carry cash. The next day I paid for the car behind me in the Sonic drive through.

[There was] a woman who returned her DVD to the redbox machine and did not wait to see that it was spit back out. I reconfigured it and popped it back in. 

lauren

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Yesterday, with some friends from church, I helped hand out toys from Toys for Tots and food baskets to needy families in our area. We got to give toys to about 150 or 200 kids and their families, and took pictures of them with Santa. It was pretty great 🙂

Sharone

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The post office near my house has no parking lot. The only parking spaces are a few metered spots and the parking police are very quick to give tickets in that area. Today I put change in every expired meter and in every one that was running low. As I was driving away I saw the parking enforcement car pull up so I'm glad I did that.

I also took the money I was going to spend on myself and donated it to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Stephanie D.

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A friend who is also a special needs teacher contacted a few of us regarding a family that was truly in need and provided us with a list of essentials and yes, I mean essentials, that the family would appreciate. Purchased my entire list, plus threw in a couple of fun things for the children.

Paula

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I helped a woman with three tiny children get her groceries to and into her car. She was teetering about and having a hard time, and one of the kids was attached to her leg.

Fay

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