35 Acts of Kindness on Her 35th Birthday ( this is awesome)

Recently I had the pleasure of receiving a facebook message from face group named GOOD NEWS, GOOD DEEDS ( make sure to like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/goodnews.gooddeeds)

I followed them myself and have been inspired everyday. Desiree, one of the key people behind this page, recently contacted me with something I think is so AWESOME!!!

On her 35th birthday she celebrated by performing 34 acts of kindness for others. What an awesome way to celebrate.

The following are her 35 acts of kindness. WAY TO GO DESIREE…

Will you follow her lead and take the PAY IT FORWARD Birthday Challenge? I promise you it will be the most amazing birthday you have every had.

 Act 1 : I went through my bureau and closet and donated over half of my clothing to help Planet Aid with their efforts. Yes, I said over half my clothing ladies, lol…why? I really don’t need that many…let’s be honest, none of us do. It may change someone else’s world instead of collecting dust in my closet.

Act # 2 : My second kind act was spontaneous and random. I was returning bottles at the redemption center that we frequent. The young man that works there always looks miserable and put upon. I always feel like I am a burden to him, nonetheless he works hard and quickly. I figured there has got to be a reason he always seems to be in a bad mood and figured maybe a kindness would change his attitud…e. I got my bottle slip from the man and went up to the counter to turn it in for my money. I asked the old man at the cash register what kind of beer the bottle guy liked to drink, then bought it for him. I had the cashier wait until I left to give the young man the six pack and then tell him that a customer appreciates his hard work but maybe he could smile more?  I hope this lifted him a little and helped give him a smile if not a better attitude.
Act #3 : For my third act, I bought $100.00 worth of groceries for a local family going through a rough patch Happy birthday to me!!
Act #4 :  I am shipping a really cool toy ( I can’t spill the beans, cause it’ s a secret ) to these two beautiful little girls in the Philippines. They live in a dangerous area and cannot go outside to play. They don’t have many things to call their own and said their big wish is for a really big doll…hmmmm…I wonder what I can do about that???

Act #5 : My fifth act of kindness was really about 30 kindnesses wrapped into one.  I bought two huge bouquets of flowers. I made a little mix for my husband’s best friend’s grave and cleaned it up a bit and then I took the rest of the flowers and distributed them on lonely graves.

Act #6 : For my sixth kindness, on my way to the store last night, I let three cars out in front of me in traffic…such a simple kindness and it only takes a moment!

Act #7: For my seventh kindness I played doorman for 10 mins at the local convenience store.  I opened the door for every customer, smiled, and told them to have a wonderful night

Act # 8: For my eighth kindness, I let two people with less groceries than I had go ahead of me in line. I wasn’t in any hurry and they were very thankful.  I love the weird looks I get when I do these simple kindnesses!
Act #9:  I gave away one of my most important possessions, my paperback copy of Stephen King’s ” Lisey’s Story”. My King collection is my most treasured possession/possessions.
Act #10: Saved and planted a tree!!
Act #11:  Sorry the pic is awful, I forgot my camera…anywho, my 11th kind act was thought up by my husband. He gave me a bunch of quarters and told me to fill all the kids bubble toy machines outside Walmart with change, so the next kids could get free toys!
Act #12:  Again…I apologize for the blurry pic! This kind act was super-simple! I left $1.50 and a note saying to enjoy a drink on me on the soda machine outside of Walmart. Imagine my surprise when I opened GOOD NEWS, GOOD DEEDS this morning and found a thank you for the soda! Thank you Kayla for the birthday wishes!
“I was walking out of Walmart, and found the free drink! Thank you so much for brightening my day! Happy birthday and many blessings!” -Kayla

Act #13: The kids and I ran to McDonalds to get hot fudge sundaes, so we decided to pay for the vehicle behind us in line. Well…there was no one there! We drove around the building a few times, still no one!  So I drove up to the window and asked the young lady working if she could help me. I explained about my Birthday Project and handed her a note to Pay it Forward and a $10.00 bill.

Act #14: This is a huge one!  I have started on this kindness but it may be years before we see the “big” fruit of my efforts and the efforts of this beautiful Filipino family.  I wanted to share this kindness with everyone to show that it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, you can change someone’s life. It doesn’t matter if you may not have the resources at your fingertips, you go out and… make it happen, not taking no for an answer.  For my 14th act of kindness I am sponsoring a family and helping them step by step with the process of seeing their dream of becoming American citizens become a reality.  The Dad has a college degree in Chemistry and the Mom also has a degree yet they live in poverty in a dangerous area of the Philippines. Dad works two jobs and Mom takes in work doing everything from baby-sitting to other women’s laundry for pesos a day. They want a better life for their children and for themselves. Their children have never ridden a bike, never swam in a lake, never enjoyed the view from a mountain. They have never been able to play freely like children should. These children deserve a good, free education and meadows to frolick in. I intend to give it to them. I have pledged to find Dad employment, housing, and the support they need to get on their feet.  We haven’t completed one form yet, but just my words of encouragement and advice is changing this family’s lives. I’m seeing it right before my eyes and the change is amazing! I’ll keep you updated on this brave family’s story as we move them along towards their dream. You can help too by donating to help me with this cause. I have a Paypal set up for the Derla Family. The email address on that is: goodnewsgooddeeds.org@gmail.com Thank you!

Act 15- This was a random act of kindness for the town of Steep Falls/Standish Maine. After an appointment this evening I happened to drive by this park and happened to have trash bags in my truck. I decided to pick up all the litter from in and around the playground and park.  It only took me less than half an hour, the park looks great, and there’s no more broken glass for the little ones to hurt themselves anymore


Act # 16: While I was at the park cleaning up litter for Act 15, I decided to leave little trails and piles of change (heads up, of course) for children to find as they played on the playground.  As I was picking up trash I was watching three little children delight in finding the piles of treasure. This kindness was so simple and so much fun!


Act # 17: This is a simple kindness that we should all do more often.  My big sister and her husband live 16 hours away from me by car. We are lucky to see each other once every two years. So I called them this morning and left a message just telling them how much I love them. Call a relative or an old friend, let them know how much they mean to you!


Act # 18 : Cookie Kindness!! One of my favorite kind acts to do!  I made some chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies as a gift for our neighbor and walked them down to him. He’s an older gentleman who lives alone, so every once in awhile we drop him off a treat to make him smile.


Act # 19: Not too long ago, we lost a dear family friend way before her time. She was a big part of our little beach community for over 20 years and she is dearly missed. Today, April 19th is her birthday…so I decided to take plants and items from my gardens and create a little memorial garden, complete with a solar light that will shine at night, in Patti’s memory.  It is at the beach where we all hold so many memories of her.  I can’t wait until it blooms and grows! We love you Patti and Happy Birthday! I hope you like it.


Act# 20: Since my actual birthday is the 20th and one of my biggest passions are my book collection. I love books, any book…I have some I love more than others that I have carted around for eons with me.  The next couple of kindness involve these books I love so much. For this act, I am leaving two of my favorite books from my collection in random places in town as gifts for the person who happens to pick it up. There is a note inside and a Smile Card attached (Get your free random act of kindness cards here: http://www.helpothers.org/cards.php) …I’m hoping the lucky recipient passes the book on in the same fashion once they enjoy reading it


Act # 21:  I went through my book collection and donated a tote worth of books to the tiny library here in town


Act # 22: I put a one dollar bill and a random acts of kindness card inside one of the books I donated to the library! It could be years before this kindness is discovered!


Act #23: For this kindness, I bought flowers for the girls who work at TD Bank. They are always so kind, helpful and supportive of GOOD NEWS, GOOD DEEDS…I just had to show them some love and tell them they are appreciated!


Act # 24 : My little helper is displaying one of the three Matchbox gifts we left in random places ( generously donated by Dan Jordan, thank you Dan! ) The boys taped one on the wall in a boys restroom for me. We left one on a bench, and the last one we gave to a little boy at the store. It’s fun to give others gifts for my birthday!


Act #25: The kids and I were out getting a pizza last night. While waiting for it to cook, we took a spin down to the Standish Boat Launch and cleaned up the parking lot, launch and beach area of all trash I know, it’s cheating to have them help…but who could say no?? Lol…

Act #26:  This is my backyard, the front of my home looks over one of the biggest lakes in Maine. I have been blessed growing up on beautiful Sebago Lake. I got to swim, fish, canoe whenever I wanted. The land has the most beautiful views and is filled with nature’s wonders. It’s like living inside of a National Geographic. I had a magical childhood. I am doubly blessed because I now own this gorg…eous land I grew up on. I never knew how lucky I was until I lived in the city and saw that the children were super excited over a sprinkler. For my kind act I have pledged to host two wonderful little children at our home this Summer for a three-day summer camp and to transport them to and from miniature horse camp that one received for Christmas from Shayham miniature horse camp and one who was chosen by GNGDs to go.  We will be tenting out, canoeing, fishing, swimming, making s’mores over a big bonfire and all kinds of other fun things.  Giving these children an opportunity they might not normally have and a memory to last a lifetime! I am so excited for August! Can’t wait!
Act # 27:  My cousin Ella and her beautiful daughter Kenna are raising money for the American Cancer Society through the Relay for Life. What better way to celebrate my birthday then by helping the people who dedicate their lives to making sure one day Cancer is only a word found in a dictionary?  Thank you Ella and Kenna for pledging your time and efforts for this great cause. I donated $10.00 to… their efforts…anyone want to join me? https://secure.acsevents.org/site/Donation2?idb=1637472891&df_id=1010546&1010546.donation=form1&FR_ID=50422&PROXY_ID=32377453&PROXY_TYPE=20 P.S. Yes, I noticed the misspelling in the cake.  But look how hard they worked to create that amazing cake! They should be applauded, not criticized
Act # 28: While stopped at a gas pump in E. Baldwin, Maine today, I left a tool set as a gift for the next person who stopped to get gas. I hope he/she likes it! Thank you to Jim for the tools
Act # 29: While out and about today, I stopped at a playground, taped two $1.00 bills together and hid them somewhere for a lucky child to find!

Act # 30: My family and I went Geocaching (http://www.geocaching.com/) and hiking on the Sebago to Sea trails between Rt237 and the Otter Ponds. We found 3 caches and I practiced  “Cache In Trash Out ” by picking up all the litter along our hike! If you’ve never heard of or tried Geocaching, check it out, it’s so much fun!

Act # 31: I absolutely love to garden and I am blessed with way too many perennials. Friends of ours just bought a new to them home and have been wanting some flowers to plant. So I dug up a bunch out of my gardens and brought them over to her to get her started
Act # 32:  We frequent the Pit Stop Gas Station in Standish ME. So tonight, while I was there getting milk, I bought the girls who work there a couple of scratch tickets each…just to let them know they are appreciated! I hope they win big!
Act # 33: Our family tries to shut down the power for an hour every evening…today we shut the power down to the house for a total of 3 hours! My small gift to Mother Earth.

Act #34: I had a young mother stop and talk to me. She was new in town, saw me with all my children and asked me if there were any fun places to take her kids in the area. I spent about 20 mins of my time telling her about all the great natural attractions and playgrounds in the area. It didn’t take much time and she was very grateful! Take the time to give directions or advice to strangers.

Act # 35: For my final act of kindness, I knew it had to be a big one. It had to be hard, it had to hurt, it had to change my life and others’ significantly.  I knew what I wanted to do, but didn’t know if I could find it within myself to do it. There is someone in my life who I felt betrayed me and hurt my family pretty badly. What was done, was to me unacceptable and I haven’t spoken to this per…son in years. This grudge has been starting to affect myself and my family in a negative way and I know I need to forgive and move on. Not forget, never forget…but to move forward and beyond he anger and hurt so I can be free. For my 35 kindness, I am forgiving this person and letting go of the wasted anger and negative feelings. I’m removing the bonds from both of us so maybe we can begin anew. It’s tough to look inside of us, see what’s wrong and grow because of it. It takes courage to face these difficult things, but our lives benefit so much from it.
Way to go Desiree!!!!

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