Guess what. It's Christmas. Below are the good deeds you all did, although there were so many of them that I couldn't list them all in on post. You all rock the haus! I will list more tomorrow.
P.S. The part where Marvin just called poor Talu "lard ass" is not listed as one of the good deeds below.
My church was asking for sheets, clothes, blankets, etc. so they could help folks stay warm. So I dropped off two bags full of old clothes, plus a set of king-sized sheets.
I ordered a bunch of dvds to donate to the Children's Hospital in memory of my niece.
I didn't cuss at any of my kids this morning.
I purchased a variety of toiletries from Target (Hi, Steve!) and donated them for USO packages for our troops.
We have a list of 30 kids that are in need of gifts since they have been removed from their homes. We have some friends who help us buy them goodies –15 kids are taken care of so far, but we will buy for the remainder so they will have something for Christmas this year.
I started by donating presents to The Christmas House, which provides presents for the children of soldiers.
I just called to officially volunteer at an assisted living facility. I also asked if they wanted Edsel to volunteer too. No word on Edsel yet, but I do have to get tested for fricking TB, which of course I probably have.
A walk to benefit a family whose daughter is dying from a brain tumor. It's so sad … the little girl attended my kids' school … all our proceeds are going to her family.
A young (17 years old) motorcycle racing friend has been in a coma since November 18 after crashing during the Baja 1000 off road race. I've been pushing his story and urging people to donate to his fund via Blogger, Facebook, Twitter and various message boards. Heck, I'll push it here, too. http://www.blaisracing.com/imhof/
A three year old I know is having a biopsy in her brain today for a tumor. A friend and I packed a huge bag of snacks, necessities, entertainment, and prayer beads for her family. We even sent candy for the nurses so they would visit her room more often.
My good deed is to donate to the Dax Locke Foundation. He passed away last december at the age of two. He spent most of his life at St. Jude hosp. His mother's goal is to raise enough money to run St. Jude for a day.1.6 million dollars. Yes, I am extremely wealthy and donated the whole amount. Not! But every little bit helps. So that is one of my good deeds.
My favorite waiter lost seventy bucks while we were at the restaurant the other day. Even though Terra had just lost his job, we left him a ten dollar tip to ease the sting.
I just donated £20 or $30 if you prefer, to the Blue Cross (one of the biggest animal charities in England: http://www.bluecross.org.uk/) to pay for a homeless puppy to stay in a shelter over Christmas.
I'm volunteering at a hospital near my parents' house as a health care assisstant. This lets regular staff have an easier time getting precious holiday and I get to be all chatty with the patients. My mum reckons it could well be turned into a bad deed since I'll be expected to sing carols with other staff and that's apparently unfair on a very captive audience.
I overheard a woman at Target saying she couldn't find any advent calendars. Considering I've been stalking the Christmas aisles since August (not to mention that I know exactly where all the chocolate is), I ran and grabbed one and brought it to her just before she finished checking out. She was so excited. 🙂 I also donated a toy to a local organization for military children.
Today my RAK goes to Mother Earth. Refused the plastic or paper offer at the grocery store. Offered up my two canvas bags.
So far I have:
–Helped a little lost boy stay calm and in one spot until his mom could find him.
–Upped my standard tip from 20 to 25%. And we eat out frequently, so that's a biggie!
–I was kind to my brother even though he really didn't deserve it
–Devoted Saturday to smiling at people who seemed stressed at the mall
–Helped a nice elderly lady who was struggling with her scarf at the drs office
–All month during December I keep all my singles out of my wallet and in my coat pocket. I put one in every kettle, pot or tin cup I pass.
I've donated a bag of food to the Boy Scouts' food drive, am taking a friend to a spa this weekend to cheer her up after she had a dog AND a cat die within two weeks of one another, and I bought a food donation bag at Whole Foods, and will continue to buy one every time I go in to go shopping between now and Christmas.
I'm organizing and cooking for a fundraiser luncheon for a co-worker whose husband has been in the hospital since November 18th with bacterial meningitis. No disability insurance or sick pay, and she doesn't make much as a teachers aide. She's a wonderful person who in the midst of all she is going thru can laugh when her husband is asked if he knows where he is and he replies, "Microwave Plate, North Carolina."
So far this season I've donated to the bell ringer Salvation Army dude and gave money to a homeless man who had a dog.
As a Buckeye, I already did a good deed in helping a Michigan fan with directions that were actually correct. I probably need to step up my game a bit.
Last week I gave away a few tangerines at work, just because. Really, I'm not a big tangerine fan, and I had some extra that I knew I would not eat so rather than let them go bad, I gave them to a few "chosen" few, and they were so happy, smiling and everything. Be on the lookout for more riveting acts of kindness from me.
I dropped off a piping hot pizza to a guy who's been out of work today.
So far I have helped an elderly lady get in the door of the Dollar General while pulling/pushing her shopping cart. I didn't tell her they have them already inside the store. I guess her good deed was bringing it in from the parking lot.
I picked two angels off the angel tree at church and I bought a cute pair of Disney princess shoes and a pretend cell phone for one of my angels this evening. Because even underprivileged 3 year olds need pink shoes and a pretend cell phone.
I took my neighbor some coated roasted pecans. Do you know how bad I wanted to keep all those?
I was in Belk Saturday shopping and had several items waiting for me at the checkout counter. When I was ready to check out, an older gentleman was there looking kind of out of place and the cashier asked who was next and I said the gentleman was next, so off she went to help him locate something in housewares.
My husband and I passed two Salvation Army buckets Saturday and we made contributions to both of them. Good way to get rid of all that change.
One of my small RAK goals this year is to always put something in the bellringers' pot wherever I see them, and I've done that three times so far. I gave a bag of my kids' used clothes to our school's family liaison, and two days later I saw two little girls wearing my girls' outgrown jackets in the hall.
I have so far made donations for 2 Angels from our church's angel tree. Both kids got clothing – several outfits and shoes, as well as requested toys.
I donate each time I go into a store with a Salvation Army bucket.
I did some caroling and visited with the vets at the local VA hospital.
A friend of mine just brought home her little baby from the NICU. He and his twin brother were due December 9, but were born September 27. The twin died three days after birth and the newborn had to stay in the hospital until last Tuesday. When we got the news he was coming home, we ran over to their house and put up a big Welcome Home banner my kids decorated, gave them a gift card for a grocery store, and dinner for that night. It was all there waiting for them when they got home, so they could enjoy the evening at home with their sweet little family and not have to go out and worry about groceries and money and dinner and everything.
The second thing I did was compliment the man at the window of Sonny's BBQ. He had THE most pleasant speaking voice, soft and comforting, and when I got to the window he had the saddest expression on his face. I told him how nice his voice is and he smiled a big smile and said that's the nicest thing anyone had said to him in a long, long time. He was obviously gay, and not the cool and stylish I'm popular with all the women gay, but the I get beat up daily gay. My heart was so sad for him.
My good deed for yesterday was donating to the family our neighborhood is sponsoring for Christmas.
I sponsored an 8 year old boy for Christmas. He wanted a rip stik, which I had never heard of, but Googled it. It's an interesting-looking skateboard. I found it at Target and my husband and I bought him a lot of clothing and shoes as well.
Last night in the freezing cold I sat outside in the foreclosed neighbor's yard. With no shoes on either. Anyways I spied more baby kittens the night before and I finally after 6 weeks of looking have located them. I could only see two kitties and one of them had the 'Yodie' eye: all crusted over and glued shut. Poor thing. After 2 hours I was able to coax out the Ray Charles kittie with some scrambled eggs — don't ask… and I got her in our house.
The other day I saw something that touched me in a personal way and even though I'm shy to reach out and it scared me half to death to do it, I wrote to the person to say thank you, and in order to thank her properly I had to sort of, you know, let the wall down a little or whatever. That totally counts as a not-so-bad deed because it really means a lot to a writer when someone comes along and says stuff like that. So there.
There is a house I drive by every few days that is in an older neighborhood, a little run-down but not bad. Anyhoo, they put up lights and decorations every month. They are clever at finding ways to change them up and make them relevant to the time of year. I really appreciate driving by and seeing the little touch of cheer they try to put out. So I am going to leave them an anonymous thank you card with a gift card so they can replenish and get new stuff and a few dollars to help with the electric bill. I love the idea of leaving it anonymously and picturing in my head how they will react to knowing that their effort really does brighten others' days when they drive by.
– Making and bringing dinner to a dear friend who just had baby #2.
– Taking my daughter's preemie outfits that she didn't get a chance to wear (therefore they are still new with tags) and making gift bags to donate to the NICU at the hospital where my little one was for 4 weeks.
I bought 25 hats today to hand out to clients at our free clinic.
Does it count that I did all my sister's Christmas shopping for her because she can't drive due to knee replacement?
Left an extra $10.00 for the waitress even though another party in the group had already tipped her and donated a children's picture book to a worthy group.
I put an elderly woman's groceries in her car for her and took her shopping cart to the corral. I turned back my VISA card Christmas gift, from work, to be included with the other gifts we've donated to our adopted family. I also complimented a woman, who had a fairly hefty beard and moustache, on her Christmas sweater…as I have a feeling she doesn't get too many compliments.
Today I dumped all the change in my pocket into the Toys for Tots can at the convenience store.
Today I made a huge pan of yummy yummy fudge for some teachers. Believe me, those ladies NEED chocolate this time of year!
The guy in front of me at the coffee stand today paid by credit card, but the stand doesn't have a place on their cc slips for tips, and he didn't have any money, so I tipped for both of us.
Yesterday, a beautiful, scruffy, Benji type pup found his way into my yard. Since I live in the country with not a lot of neighbors, I knew this boy must have been lost. My daughters and I climbed in the car with this sweet dog who wagged his tail the whole time and knocked on doors. He had a collar, but no tags. It took us a little while, but we found someone who recognized the dog and sent us to the owners' home. It was an elderly couple and they were so happy to see their Tokus.
[There] is a website where children and seniors list their needs. I picked my angel as an infant boy from Cleveland. The only thing listed on his page was a snowsuit. It touched me deeply that the parent of this child asked for nothing more than a snowsuit. I purchased the only boy snowsuit Penney's had. And then had fun picking out a few one-piece outfits and sleepers. The most fun I had was picking out an appropriate toy for someone his age. My youngest is 20. I haven't had to shop in this department for awhile. I found something I believe will be loads of fun as well as educational and help him when he starts to walk to boot!
After 30 minutes pretended to understand the young man at the Apple Store's Genius Bar who was trying so hard to communicate with this old lady. We were practically down to sign language and smoke signals. Did NOT speak the same language. I walked out and cried in the parking lot. He was probably crying in the back room. I guess I should have stayed so we could hold each other.
One of my favorite local charities has an Amazon wishlist. So I chose a boy and a girl gift and they will be shipped out in your name. Yay!
I followed Duffylou's lead and adopted a 5 month old boy from JC Penney's Angel Giving Tree. He is getting a winter coat and 2 outfits. I couldn't find any infant toys in stock at jcp.com so I feel like THAT aunt. You know, the one who only gives socks and underwear.
Started the day by driving through the Starbuck's and in honor of my good friends, Kim and Target Steve, I paid for the person behind me.
I also gathered all of my baby onesies, socks and little, bitty, sweet knit pants and took them to the women and children's shelter.
My two favorite co-workers love my coconut cake. I made one and brought it in for the office.
Yesterday my neighbor's trash can & recycle bin were in the middle of the sidewalk long after they were emptied. It is pretty cold here and she has 3 little kids (one of whom is recovering from leukemia). So I just drug them up through the yard & returned them to their spot for her. Not a big RAoK but it made me happy!
At the LEGO store a lady complimented my "Christmas is about Jesus" pin/button that I was wearing and I offered it to her. We argued back & forth, and she finally accepted and put it right on. That made me happy too.
I Toys for Totted my change again and then after lunch I fed the soda machine so the next person would get a surprise freebie.
The school where I work is having a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis (a teacher's newborn was recently diagnosed): Sock it to CF or somesuch — donate and get a sock-shaped cut out to write your name on and decorate. There are now 5 "socks" hanging up that say "June's Mother."
I'm a moderator at a forum and we have lots of new kids signing up all the time and today I made a point of going and welcoming a few of them, in a way that was mostly nice and only slightly scowly, even though we're in the middle of a huge reorganization that I'm in charge of and every spare second of my time has been sucked up by moving forum posts all over the place. This is a good deed because the new kids are usually pretty scared people are going to be nasty to them because they come from regular forums where people are nasty to new kids, and it takes a little while before they realize our forum is full of nice people (except me, I mean). That counts right? If that doesn't count then this game sucks.
At this very moment, I have a big pot of baked potato soup cooking. I'm serving my family some and I'm taking some to a neighbor who just had hip surgery.
I did actually sponsor a six year old girl and purchased clothes, a Barbie doll knockoff (it wasn't an actual Barbie) and a bracelet that was on her wishlist.
I went to a party last week and there was a man there all by himself. So I went and introduced myself. He has a lot of physical/social/psych issues, all of which he gladly shared with me, because I didn't tune him out although I thought it might be more fun to socialize with others. Anyway, 30 minutes later, I found myself still sitting next to him and letting him talk away. A friend shared later that Lone Wolf was really cheerful and said that was one of the nicest nights he'd had in a while. So, not the biggest thing, but it's a start…
The lady in line in front of me did not have enough money to pay for her stuff. She went out to her car to ask her daughter if she had any money. I told the clerk to add my bag of Fritos (with which I was later going to make a scrumptious and also healthy Frito pie for dinner) to the lady's total and I would pay for it all. A young girl came in at that moment with a $10 bill and I handed her the bag and told her Merry Christmas! She tried to pay me back but I told her not to worry. She smiled and ran out the door.
And then I got in the car and read the receipt to see what I had bought her. Here's what it was:
one Santa hat
a bottle of El Guapo cayenne pepper
Ziploc plastic storage containers
So here I am saving the world one bottle of cayenne pepper at a time.