Acts of kindness, have you ever commited a random act of kindness or generosity?

@wiccania (3361)
United States
September 23, 2011 12:03pm CST
Have you ever done that? Given someone the $5 they were short at the grocery store, paid for someone's meal at a restaurant, etc? I work at a grocery store, and I see it occasionally, not nearly as often as I hope. And I try to do it as often as I can, which isn't often enough. It always brightens my day when I see someone do something like that for someone else. Whether it's the guy who bags groceries for an elderly woman and offers to help her load her car, because he hopes that someone would do the same for his more, or the guy who pays for a trio of Buddhist Monks' purchase. Today, while we were out having lunch, my mom paid for the meal of a US Soldier who was eating alone. It only cost her $10, but it made him feel special and appreciated. Which was the intent. Do you ever do things like this for people? Or have you ever been the recipient of a tremendous act of kindness?
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@megamatt (14332)
• United States
25 Sep 11
A few times every now and again. It is really amazing how much a simple act is rather going to brighten someone's day to say the very least. Someone had their arms pull with packages and were struggling to get through the door, so I was nice and held the door open with them. They were rather appreciative of this fact to say the very least. On the other times, there have been a few times where I have been the person who have had the kindness directed me. Nothing out of this world, out of the ordinary. Regardless it is the small things that tend to matter. A small thing here and there that can really make all of the different. Whether you are the person who is giving or the person that is receiving, it can make the difference.
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@WakeUpKitty (8707)
• Netherlands
23 Sep 11
I only do these kinds of acts. I send frequently a box with food or money to a friend who lives in an East Europe country, I give beggars on the street, I don't care to pay if someone is a bit short with the shoppings, I borrow my car (and get it back broke), etc. I take the kid of someone to school who has backtproblems even it cost me money (I have to go by car then otherwise I could take my kids by bike), etc. But I can tell you that most people don't appreciate it at all. They find it normal. And a big group is just getting lazy and not willing to work themselves anymore since you will help them out every time they are in need.
@wiccania (3361)
• United States
23 Sep 11
I don't often give to beggars on the street, because many times, they are not homeless or destitute. Begging on the street is essentially their job, and there are many who make more than $30,000 a year doing it. They have clothes they've "roughed up" and dirtied, which they put on in the morning, drive to the neighborhood they're going to begging in and set up their "station.". They actually did a big thing about it on the news a few years ago. They followed several "homeless" men after they left their respective corners and found that most of them got intomluxury cars and went home to nice houses. The guys came clean when they were confronted and admitted that it was not only easier than a regular job, they didn't pay income tax. Which is why I very rarely give anything to them.
@buddha3 (1029)
• India
24 Sep 11
I agree with both wiccania and wakeup. when we do such an act both we and the other person feel good. Meanwhile, there are people who take undue advantage of our kind nature. So we should be careful in choosing whom we help. And beggars, yes I never give them a penny.
@marie2052 (3697)
• United States
28 Sep 11
I remember going to Atlanta, Georgia. We were going to the shopping mall there to dinner with a friend. This lady wheeled up to me with a baby in her lap in her wheelchair, and she took my hand and asked me if I had anything to help her she was homeless and just trying to get enough money for her and her grandbaby to go to a hotel. I never gave a second thought opened my purse and handed her 5.00 and told her I hoped she would get what she needed to get a room. My friend and I started on our way, and he looked at me and said, you are something else. He said I know I make more money than you do, and I would never have given that lady a second thought. yet you have 5 children and make barely minimum wage and you made sure you helped that lady. I just looked at him and said really? I never thought of not helping someone if they asked. But on the other side of the coin, I recently was at my banks ATM. This couple come up and said they needed money for a meal. I gave them 2.00 as there was a McDonalds next to the bank. They told me they were homeless etc and needed something to eat I told them I was on my way home and that I had a dr appt but if they came by I could give them a loaf of bread, and a pound of ham. Well they came. I gave them the food. They looked pretty shabby and I told them to call me the next day and if they had not found a place I would let them take a shower. they did not call and I figured they found a church or something to assist them. Well the next day they called and gave me a totally different story from the original and wanted 40.00 for a hotel room I put the wheels to a stop there. it is one thing to ask for help and a person to give you help. Its another when someone helps you and then start asking for exact amounts of money. I informed them I was disabled and that I could not continue assisting them. Now I have to watch who I give what to as even though you want to help sometimes people can turn things on you.
@TrvlArrngr (4058)
• United States
24 Sep 11
One time I baked 450 cookies and put them 2 to a baggie and tied it with ribbon with a small poem attached about helping others. I left them anonymously in our cafeteria at work and made a sign saying to take some cookies and then do a good deed for someone else. It was a big hit with everyone talking about who did it - no one knew it was me.
• Philippines
24 Sep 11
You can always show kindness anytime to anybody unconditionally whether to a stranger or to a close friend. Such situation is a test to your character. In return, God will surely reward in a mysterious ways.
• United States
24 Sep 11
I helped a tourists find where they were going on the metro. And last week I helped a partially blind woman by telling her the time as we waited for the bus. I'm just paying forward things I have gotten/ When my mom and I werer in New Orleans , a bus stopped , at the wrong stop, and picked us up. I have had guys give me their seat on the bus. And have motorists stop and let me pass!
• United States
23 Sep 11
I have noticed that random acts of kindness are not done like they were in the past. Sometimes I wonder where our country is headed if we do not help each other like we used to. It is important to teach our children kindness and compassion. My daughter's school has a mentoring programs that does community service. They also have a rewards program that acknowledges children caught doing random acts of kindness. I think all schools should do this and we as parents need to constantly need to be good examples to our kids!
@hexebella (1140)
• Philippines
23 Sep 11
I did several in the past, but I will share the most recent. I was on my way to Manila from Muscat last May 2011 and as I passed the Immigration Desk at the airport, I saw an Indian Muslim lady sitting on the bench. I didn't know why, when she saw me she stood up and approached me. She asked me if I have a cellphone and if she can use it. I asked her why....she said that she would like to call home. The lady looked poor and might not have money, I just secretly hoped that she was not a victim of an abusive employer. In addition, I also wondered how she was able to buy an air ticket to fly home. I told her that my credit wouldn't be enough to call overseas, what I did, I gave her OMR (Omani Riyals) 3.000 (OMR1.000 = USD2.60)and told her to buy a telephone card from the shops at the airport and use the telephone booth. The woman's face brightened, she smiled and thanked me. She may not have expected that I would shell out a small amount of money for a stranger.
@greenline (14864)
• Canada
23 Sep 11
I do that when I see some one who is in desparate need. One time, at a reatsuarant serving buffet, we were lining up. An old lady was in front of me. She was moving very slow, probably for health reason. At the same time, she was counting a few coins of change she had in her hand. I knew that was another reason she was moving too slow, not enough money for a meal she wanted. So, I went close to her and told her "take any thing you want to have, I will pay for that". She was so glad. Then she started moving, and I paid for her when we got to the casier.
@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
23 Sep 11
one year, when my husband was out of work, a couple from the church we go to gave us a cheque for a thousand dollars to have a Christmas.
@best2011 (210)
23 Sep 11
actually i have done such things many times... recently, i was at the bus station a lady came to me and asked me for the cell phone because she didnt had balance in her cellphone .. and later because of me she was able to go at the home on time .. otherwise she would have been late waliking in the streets ..