Doing Good Deeds–Check the Comments! (And scroll down to see new posts)

Till Christmas, I will keep this post pinned to the top of my blog, which means you have to scroll down every day to get that day's new post. Say "post" one more time.

We do good deeds in December around these parts, and the very best deed you can do for me is to not refer to them as RAoKs. Every year for eight or nine years I've called them "good deeds," and every year it segues into being called "RAoKs" (which stands for random acts of kindness, and for some reason the part where people are throwing around the word "random" gets on my nerves. "That's random!" Oh, shut up) and then I get angina and die.

So, yeah, kindness.

We used to pair up, so Sadie and Tee, for example, would be RAoK friends–see what I did there?–so that Sadie would be obligated to Tee to get her kind deed done. But that got to be a pain in my ASS and we don't pair people up anymore.

So, yeah, kindness.

The point is, go forth, RANDOM reader, and do something nice this season, or do 62 nice things, whatever, and come back and tell us about it. At some point, some crab apple will get on here and say, "When I do good things, I don't talk about it. I just do it."

Yeah, you're clearly benevolent AF.

The point of telling is to get inspired, and to make other people happy reading about these kind acts. Asshole.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

It doesn't have to cost a cent. For example, the night of my work party, I ran to Rite Aid to get tanning lotion, and I found this new Sally Hansen mouse kind that I'm pretty happy with, except THIRTEEN DOLLARS, geez, and then I saw my Taylor Swift perfume, and I'm sorry that I like Taylor Swift perfume. I didn't mean to; my father sent it as a joke once and I got hooked. I ran out ages ago, and even Ned has been all, "Whatever happened to your Taylor Swift perfume? It was great. Where can I buy you some?" and I was all, I don't know, the Teen Girls Are Annoying Store, most likely located in an annoying mall near you?

Oh my god anyway.

I ended up having a ton of stuff to buy, and I let the buying-one-small-item woman behind me go ahead of me in line. Turns out of course she wanted to use her goddamn discount card, and said, "Now I suppose you expect me to find it," and then she did this TREASURE HUNT through the small Egyptian city located inside her PURSE, and I have no idea why Egyptian. So then I wished her dead and embalmed in a pyramid, and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

So, yeah, kindness.

Tell us in the comments what YOUR good deed is, and try not to drone on the way I have here, and in turn we'll all run out and do our own nice things that we will not refer to as RAoK. Donate your old towels to an animal shelter. Spend time with people in a nursing home. Put coins in all the parking meters. Shovel your neighbor's walk. Just whatever.

Also, not being mean does not count as a kindness. "Didn't punch my smug sister" does not count.

Okay, go be kind! That's random!

115 thoughts on “Doing Good Deeds–Check the Comments! (And scroll down to see new posts)

  1. Volunteered at a special Mark Wood concert with our high school orchestra. An 8 hour event where I was in charge of high school freshmen and sophomores. It was an eye opening experience.
    Our family went grocery shopping for a local family who had no food in their refrigerator and pantry.
    Donated Christmas candy for our local party for hotel kids.
    Purchased items for the man in front of me at Aldi who was struggling to find his money.
    Passed on my Aldi shopping cart to another shopper.
    Put money in the Salvation Army kettle each time I pass.

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  2. A few times a year, I contribute our gently used clothing to a wonderful charity. They love what we give, but I usually save the brand new children’s items, that were never worn because kids grow fast and still have the tags on them, for relatives. On Monday, when the truck came to pick up, I told the guy to hold on, ran upstairs and got the bag with the brand new stuff.

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  3. A woman in one of the facebook groups I belong to has had a horrible year of family deaths. And this is a close family she says – like they all live next door to each other and across the street, etc. So her kids were so sad about PaPa and their great aunt just dying, and the youngsters always wanted an Elf on the Shelf. The mom knew someone who didn’t want theirs any more, but she didn’t know how to explain it to the kids as Santa sending it to comfort the kids (the kids are tech enough to recognize email addresses). So I volunteered to write as Santa, used all the family details she gave me, and presented the story of the elf for her to read to the kids. They cried, she cried. I wish their life wasn’t hard, and that this good deed didn’t need done, but it is done.

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  4. purchased dinner for the family sitting beside us in the restaurant last night.
    Went to the local officer hang out fuel station in a not so nice neighborhood and bought $20 of coffee’s for them throughout their shifts since it is unseasonably cold.

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  5. We participate in the “tag tree” project at church. This year the tag we took from the tree was for a 13-year-old girl who needed a pair of winter boots. I wrapped them last night and husband is taking them up to the church today.

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  6. Offered to assist a lady in a wheelchair at the drugstore in reaching anything she needed. She accepted the offer.
    Offered a lady with four kids under the age of five to go ahead of me in line at the post office.
    Continue to offer people who look more rushed than me to go ahead of me in grocery store line.
    Played peek-a-boo with a little girl while her mom checked out less chaotically at Target.
    Walking out of a farm store, I blurted out to the mid 20s cashier ahead of me that she had gorgeous hair. It seemed to make her day. I was just being truthful.

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  7. I donated $20.00 to a collection for a co-worker who is having financial difficulties. I am also buying a toy today for our CHiPs for kids toy drive.

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  8. I support a local home for people in need, including recovering addicts. Started by a husband and wife, their outreach has grown to include a food bank and thrift store. Their food bank provides food for seniors and the homeless and their thrift store helps people get back on their feet with clothing and household goods.

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  9. My daughter’s friend lives in Denver. She has had a horrible run of bad luck. Breakup with boyfriend, unexpected hospitalization, no insurance, lost job due to unexpected hospitalization, no money for rent. She had a go fund me and I sent some money and shared the go fund me. Some people made horrible comments to her. I defended her and hopefully bolstered her up. Some people are truly asshats. Some people are truly wonderful.

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  10. At Christmastime (so basically all of November and December) I just leave the quarter in the cart so it’s there for the next shopper. Never thought about that being a good deed. Add that to my little list!

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  11. We tried to give a woman a free buggy at Aldi today, but she would NOT take it. We don’t have a clue why.

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  12. The recipes are a great idea! Also, as a foster Mom, I am so happy you purchased the “good stuff”. I see so many people give the not so “good stuff” and I can tell you these kids deserve more than that. That very well could have been the only time she has ever had new make up!!

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