Have you ever done a Random Act of Kindness?

United States
January 2, 2007 11:12am CST
I have done a few and it just feels good to do a good deed :) One time we were in a drive thru line at a fast food restaurant and the driver from the car behind us was nice enough to get out of his car, walk to ours and tell us that our gas lid was open. He didn't have to, he could've just ignored it. When we got to the window to pay, we also paid for his food (the cashier was really confused LOL) Another time my daughters then boyfriends family was really struggling financially and it was around Thanksgiving. I felt so bad knowing it was the holidays and they were barely scraping by. I anonymously sent them a $100 gift card to the grocery store. I didn't want them knowing where it came from because I didn't want them to be embarrassed or feel "obligated" towards us in any way, I just wanted to help. How about you?
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@suedarr (2382)
• Canada
2 Jan 07
Yes, I once pretended I found a $10.00 bill of money and said it fell from a lady's wallet that was ahead of me in a grocery checkout with her baby and panicked when the bill was over what she actually had. I pretended I saw it fall out so that she could maintain her dignity. She was very confused at first, but after a minute accepted gladly. I felt very bad for her as this had happened to me before. And it is humiliating to have to put items back, especially food. Great topic!
@medooley (1875)
• United States
2 Jan 07
That is very nice of you. I attempted to do that once... But it was a little different. Some friends and I were out eating at a fast food place. There was two college age girls who came in to eat. When they got their bill they were short. Well there the girls go out to their car, and you could see them digging through the seats looking for change. After them doing this for about two minutes, I asked the cashier how much they were short. And they said $0.63, so I got up to go give the cashier a dollar, but by the time I got there, the guy who was waiting to pay for his food paid it instead. So basically my good deed was stolen from me... it still counts though right?
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• United States
3 Jan 07
Those are both great ! It feels so good to be able to help people :)
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• United States
3 Jan 07
That was a very nice thing to do for that mother .I was at mcdoanlds just passing thru a small town and a homeless guy came in the the way he was treated shocked me.He only had a handfull of change and could not read and the cashier didn't want to help him.The manager came up and was asking him to leave,I stepped in and ordered his food for him and paid for it, gave him what money I had left and felt so bad that I could not do more for him.I wish there was more people out there like you.Hope you have a blessed day for your good deeds.
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• India
3 Jan 07
few days ago when i was going to my tuition classes, i was stopped by a family comprising of two men, two ladies and a bunch of small kids. the men told me that they were tourists and they had lost all their money while visiting a temple and told me that although they found it humiliating to ask for money but they had to as their kids were hungry. the second gentlemen asked me to help them 20 bucks so that he could buy biscuits for the kids and asked me for my address so that he can mail me back the money once he gets back. i gave them 100 bucks and did not give them my address as i thought a 100 bucks less wont make a difference to my life if it helps someone.......
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@shywolf (4523)
• United States
3 Jan 07
Wow! You are a truly generous soul. ^_^ It is wonderful what you did! ^_^
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• United States
15 Jan 07
That was SO kind of you ! I bet you will be fondly remembered by that family for years to come.
@missjackie (1328)
• Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2 Jan 07
One time I was in the supermarket and someone was looking at something to buy. Since I had extra coupons on me, for that particular brand, I decided to give them my extra coupons. It's not like I needed them or anything, so why not just give them away? :)
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@lulylove (1561)
• Brazil
3 Jan 07
Wow. This is very nice! I am certain that God blessed you in double and will more continue blessing each day. I wait that God can give to you more of the one than you need! He has an excellent week.
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• United States
4 Jan 07
Very nice :)
@berry9 (590)
• India
3 Jan 07
You have a nice heart.keep it up.I help people who really needs my help.If I see a poor woman out in cold and she once asked me some clothes.I took my mom's saree and gave to her.guess what?the saree was new.but however my mother was keeping it for days as she did not like its colour.
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• United States
15 Jan 07
Thanks :) How kind of you to give that poor cold woman a saree of your moms, I hope she didn't mind :)
• United States
3 Jan 07
I try to do things like that as much as I can. Even little things like letting someone go before me at the store that has only 2 or 3 items and I have a cart full, or giving the person in front of me the few cents that they lack for their purchase that the store just cant lose. It does feel wonderful. Just knowing that you helped someone in any way feels good.
• United States
15 Jan 07
It sure does, keep up the good work :)
• United States
3 Jan 07
I was at the shopping mall one day and stopped in to a fast food place in the food court. A little boy (around 10 years old) was in line in front of me and asked for a drink of water. The cashier told me he would give him a cup of water, but he would be charged 10 cents for the cup. The little boy looked like he was about to cry and told the cashier he didn't have any money. The cashier simply said "sorry." I paid for the cup for him and told the cashier what I thought of their policy of charging a child for a cup of water.
• United States
4 Jan 07
Awww, that was nice. That poor little guy (says the mom of a 9 year old little boy)
@kareng (7985)
• United States
2 Jan 07
Yes I have. It really felt good too and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I gave a bracelet to a friend's son who is mentally retarted. He loved the bracelet. I still think of him whenever I see a bracelet now.
• United States
4 Jan 07
That is sweet ! :)
@shannon76 (1234)
• United States
2 Jan 07
My husband and I try to do things like that. I will give you a few examples: A few years ago my husband and I went to NY for a trip and while on the trip we did a couple of things that were nice. A lady on the street was begging for money for her kids. Instead of giving her the cash, we took her grocery shopping instead for whatever she needed (food and personal items). On the same trip, a man in an eletric wheelchair had ran out of battery juice and was begging anyone and everyone to help him so my husband pushed him about a block or two (and from what my husband said it was not easy pushing it because it was completely out of battery so it's like pushing against the grain). Unfortunatly the man was very ungrateful and mean to my husband but he still helped him out. Then my husband and I went to Texas to visit my grandmother and on the way back we saw a car broke down with a couple and 3 kids so we stopped and my husband tried to help them but no one spoke english. I called a friend that spoke spanish and we got it translated to us so we were able to help them out. My husband liked to stopped all the time to help people out on the side of the road. We don't do it anymore when we have the baby in the car with us but when we don't have the baby we still try to help as much as possible.
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• United States
4 Jan 07
That is generous of you to help, especially when the person you're helping isn't grateful. Just think of it that you're the bigger person. Kudos to you !
@mkup30 (494)
• United States
2 Jan 07
wow you all are so nice to have done these things. I do a lot thru volunteer work and I usually donate to charities does this count?
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• United States
4 Jan 07
Sure it does !!! I volunteer often at my sons elementary school...gotta do it now while he doesn't mind having me around LOL
2 Jan 07
I tend to try to help people when I can, which nowadays is not easy due to being £31,000[about $62,000], in debt! But, I still do try. And in my own discussion "trying to make a difference", I explain how I'm hoping to do so for a lot of people. Either directly, or indirectly via others who will join with me in trying to make my Dream a Reality! But, on a smaller scale, there was one time when I was in a small grocery store, and the woman,[an OAP], ahead of me found herself short of cash by £1.50[about $3]. I wish I'd thought of that "You dropped £5[about $10]", ruse, but truth be told, I didn't have that much to spare and still get what I went in to the shop for! So, I just offered to pay the shortfall as part of my bill, and this was accepted quite greatfully by the woman and the shop owner. Danny, Mousehunter
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• United States
3 Jan 07
That is nice, I'm sure it was much appreciated :)
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@rash219 (808)
• United States
3 Jan 07
well i do tat quite a lot of time specially if i see a lady having trouble carying all this BAGS of groceries and im walking there alone......i take the time to help her drop it uptil her door...i jus like the blessing :D nice thread!!!
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• United States
15 Jan 07
What a great thing to do rash:)
@clookid (75)
• New Zealand
3 Jan 07
Yes I have... My neighbor had enthisima and to make him feel better I went over and brought him a box of sweets. He was rapped and it gave me a great feeling!
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• United States
15 Jan 07
How sweet...no pun intended LOL !
@amienf (57)
• Indonesia
3 Jan 07
never and never. making a fool of others mean to hurt ownself
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• United States
15 Jan 07
Helping someone in need does not make a fool of them
@runsgame (2034)
• India
3 Jan 07
well i heartedly congrats u for the kindness u have showed and the help u did. Me , if U ask , it is not proper to measure the worthyness of kind actions . since it will not give u the fruit of the action . sorry to be kind is a good habit and my congrats to u
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• United States
15 Jan 07
Thanks :)
@shywolf (4523)
• United States
3 Jan 07
Wow! It was so sweet what you did, paying for the meal of that person who helped you out with your gas lid being left open. I also think that you are so wonderful and generous to have sent that $100 gift card anonymously! I am stunned and so pleased to hear that there are people out there as sweet and caring as you. Kudos on all of the good deeds that you have been doing!!!^_^^_^
• United States
15 Jan 07
Thank you shywolf ! :)
@lulylove (1561)
• Brazil
3 Jan 07
I already made a good action. The little time ví in my closet that had many clothes that more did not use, then decided to give for the people who need and feel cold here in Brazil. Also I caught toys and things that had kept of when were child, and gave. You it had that to see the happiness of the children who had received. I do not have much money to give the people, but God knows that in the Little who I have I could share with who does not have nothing.
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• United States
15 Jan 07
Good for you lulylove ! :)
• India
3 Jan 07
Honestly I do not lend or borrow but have done acts of charity very often and there is no count. But one such act is always remembered by me. I with my wife were to visit our native place, which for one reason or the other had to be put off indefinitely. We were happy staying back but donated the amount that we could have spent on our trip for the construction of a Church. But God rewarded us a hundred fold... how ? My wife used to be ill off and on. At one stage, she miraculously lost all symptoms of illness and has become well and normal. Yes, I have that bad habit of doing acts of charity and then speaking about it to others. It gives me that satisfaction. God forgive this wretched ! Bye pal. This is just a thought for today from New Delhi (India) with love.
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• United States
15 Jan 07
how wonderful for your wife
@mbs730 (2152)
• Canada
3 Jan 07
If I am in line to pay for groceries and if someone much older than me is behind me with fewer items, I let him or her go in front of me.
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• United States
15 Jan 07
That is nice mbs ! :)
• United States
3 Jan 07
My friend and I were eating at a restraurant one day and there was this elderly couple sitting there eating. They didn't look like they had much but they said their prayer and started eating. We finished eating our food and both chipped in some money and bought a gift certificate for that couple to come back and eat again. They were so grateful and the lady started crying. It made us feel so good to have done something nice for someone.
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• United States
15 Jan 07
That is so sweet, what a good idea :)
@sunrisekn (1468)
• United States
3 Jan 07
I try to do good deeds also. People get really confused, but I do it anyway. Last week i was behind a little boy at the grocery store and he was trying to buy a chocolate milk. His mom was impatient and the little boy was frustrated and wasn't able to count his money, so I had them put it on my bill. Poor thing really only had about .35 anyways. The mother kinda rolled her eyes at me and said to the little boy, I told you you didn't need that. AAARRGGHH!! I wanted to scream--hey lady, don't block my blessing!!! lol I let people use my discount card at the grocery store. Then just yesterday a woman ahead of me at the gas station prepaid 30.00 for her gas. Her tank only took 21.35, so she knocked on my window, asked me to hold the gas nozzle, explained she overpaid and drove off smiling. Hey--I'll take 8.00 bucks in free gas. So thank you anonymous woman in Geogetown South Carolina. Sometimes Karma does work out.
• United States
15 Jan 07
I'd take free gas too ! :) Good for you :)