When I started the "let's do good deeds at Christmas" project a few years ago, I was able to list them all. If I did that this year, you'd have to cancel your own Christmas or Cha-neww-ka or pagan ritual with your family and sit here and read my blog for 47 hours.
And that's good, don't you think? All over the place we were out there doing nice things for each other. Like we're you know, supposed to. So here is a smattering, and yes I just said smattering, of some of the things y'all went out and did as you were wandering around on this planet. If your personal deed that you reported isn't in here it was nothing personal. And if you want to read them all, just read the comments starting after Thanksgiving till now, and also read all the entries on Pie on the Face on Facebook. See above reference to no family time.
Without further ado, because your hair is fine the way it is and yes, that DID make zero sense, here are some of your good deeds:
Today I was sitting next to a little old lady traveling alone who had a Kindle that had accidentally rebooted back to factory settings, and she didn't know how to re-register it so she could access her books. I did it for her and she was so grateful.
At Zaxbys, I attached a kind card (on which I had written 'use this for yourself') to a $20 and dropped it off at a table with a mom and six kids and just walked away without a word. She looked like she really needed a break.
I brought in a lb of freshly ground snooty coffee and left it in the breakroom here at work. The usual coffee here is whatever is delivered in pre-measured envelopes.
We were sitting at a highway construction site where the guy stands with his stop sign on a pole until all the oncoming cars get through, then he waves you through. I had some miniature Hershey bars and Kisses in the car and as we crept by him I handed him a handful of chocolate. He beamed like a kid. It was so cute. He tucked them in his pocket and patted his pocket.
Bought a new rolling pin today for a little old man who was looking for one in our thrift store recently. (We had none that day.)
While downtown, I fed all the meters that were running low. I has a ton of change.
I was tutoring at the high school when a girl asked me if I had any lotion because her hands were so dry they were bleeding and none of the boys had lotion (we were in ROTC.) I did, so I gave her my (almost) new tube to keep.
I haven't done a RAoK on my own yet but did join a group from the office to adopt a family. We collected enough money to go above the suggested amount and got them all nice gifts. They haven't had any christmas presents for the last 2 years.
When the DISH tech guy was here today, he admired my horse door stop so when he left I gave it to him.
I paid for the person's meal behind me at Chick-Fil-A yesterday.
Yesterday I had a Christmas card delivered to my house that was meant for the elderly, widowed lady down the street. I walked it down to her house where I saw her newspaper still laying on the sidewalk at 5 p.m. I gave her the card and newspaper. She said she was afraid to go out to pick it up in all the rain we had yesterday for fear of falling. That was a teeny, tiny RaoK, but Ima set her newspaper on her porch table every morning from now on.
A lady came up to me in a parking lot and asked if I knew where a soup kitchen or church was, she was trying to get something to eat for her and her two girls. The man I was talking to told her he would buy them a meal, so I gave her forty dollars and she started to cry, now I wish I would have done more.
I was in a small aisle with a lady in a wheelchair cart. She saw me looking at some potholders that were out of her reach and she asked if I would mind handing her one of them. So I did.
I scooped up a little black pekingese that was lost and drove around harassing strangers for an hour until I found somebody who knew somebody who knew how to contact somebody who would have a way of finding the owner. The little smashed-in-face cutie is back with her family this evening.
I won an overnight stay at a local Holiday Inn. The room is a family suite with two queen beds and bunk beds. Since my children are grown, I gave the gift certificate to a friend with young kids. They will totally rock those bunk beds and the hotel pool.
The man behind us in line had no cash to pay for a meal and they didn't take credit cards. He looked a little down on his luck so I asked the lady if I could pay for his burger and twirly fries. He never knew it was me.
A friend I work with recently lost her mom and she's having a hard time with the holidays approaching. This week we have some shared responsibilities, and I took them on for both of us. She's off the hook!
I could tell by caller ID that the call was from a l.o.n.g. talker who is boring as hell but she lives alone and a long way away…so I answered it and just let her talk for a half hour.
I bought snacks for the person in line behind me at the gas station and I have gone out of my way to be extra friendly to cashiers when I go Christmas shopping.
I have an autoimmune disease and belong to a forum board for folks with said disease. I haven't been on it in many months. Last evening I logged on and responded to all the new postees who are just diagnosed and scared and looking for encouragement and connection.
Today I paid off someone's lay-away at K-Mart. There were toys and boots and a coat on the list for both boys and girls. It made me happy to do it.
My husband and I gave $60 to one of our employees who has a young daughter and no money for gifts. She just got away from a bad relationship, got her license (she is 24), is buying a house and has like $10 left after bills every week.
I gave money to a homeless person sitting on the corner at a busy intersection who was petting his adorable and sweet-looking pit bull.
After dancing till the wee hours with some friends, I sleepily agreed to go out to breakfast with them. Sitting next to us in a booth was a man I figured was homeless. He was and he hadn't eaten all day. The local shelters are all full and he was trying to stay warm (we're in Minnesota) till the Mall opened. I visited with him a bit, bought him breakfast, and left him with a gift card so he could stay in the restaurant all night.
I took 80.00 to Goodwill and asked the checker (I know her) to pass 20.00 to four different folks. Asked her to pick folks with kids.
Today at Petco adoptions, I met a little old lady with her little old dog. She said the dog had wandered up onto her porch, skinny and mangy, about a month ago. Dog's fur is coming back now and they are fast friends. The tail wags slow and content and continuous. The lady realized that her wallet was not in her purse, and was putting back the dog food and treats she had intended to purchase just as I walked up. She looked a little upset. I grabbed the treats and a bigger bag of the food and paid for them.
I was at the bank and the nice lady who is the head teller? She complimented my perfume, and I just happened to have a tiny bottle of it in my purse? So I gave it to her!!
A friend is going through a tough time with her boyfriend and I sent her an anonymous care package with chocolate, gummi bears, a girly movie (27 Dresses), and trashy magazines.
At a Starbucks before a business meeting a woman in the parking lot who looked very stressed stopped me & said, "Could you buy me a cup of coffee? My car was stolen & I'm waiting for the police." I normally would have thought scam & said no. But, honest to God, the words "June's blog" popped in my head. So I said yes & bought her the coffee. As I was leaving, the police pulled up & she was telling them her story. Thanks June for making me be nice & trusting!!
I stopped into the local Home Depot to pick something up, and saw this woman and the HD guy trying in vain to get her just purchased fake Christmas tree into her car. It was SO not going to fit. I appreciated that she was still being nice to him, even though she was obviously frustrated. I had him load it into my truck and I took it to her house for her and got it into her living room.
Yesterday when my sweet little 88 year-old retired undertaker friend brought me a poinsettia, instead of a handshake and smile, I gave him a smooch on the cheek. He was pretty happy, I think.
I went through the donation box and selected some nice new Q-tips and baby shampoo; it makes my hair soft…(Cosmo's Dad. A dink we can count on, year after year.)