Sunday, December 21, 2014

Random Act of Kindness Suggestion #7: After You, Sir!


My father told me about a time he was walking toward an exit door when a young boy went running past him, nearly bumping into him.  Just as he was about to judge this young man, who appeared to be rude and disrespectful, he realized as he approached the door, he was anything but....the boy had run past him so abruptly so he could open the door for him.  He was humbled by the kindness this young boy had extended as he helped an elderly, arthritic man out.
Have a patient, tolerant and open mind.  Always remember: Things aren't always as they seem.
This Random Act of Kindness is dedicated to sweet Caroline Previdi.  To learn more about Caroline and the other angels of Sandy Hook Elementary, please       go to:  http://mysandyhookfamily.org
Lovin' Life in the Lowcountry,
Janie

My mission statement:  To live each day to the fullest, with excitement, enthusiasm and a strong desire to build a successful and highly respected real estate business, earned by developing relationships through consistent and predictably high work ethic of always going above and beyond, and always doing so with a creative surprise up my sleeve.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Random Act of Kindness Suggestion #6: Return the Buggy!

One day, it was pouring down rain when my son and I went to the grocery store.  Before we got out of the car, I suggested that we should retrieve a few extra carts from the parking lot and return them as we walked to the store.  Of course my son's first response was, "Don't they have workers that do that?" I replied, "Well, yes they do. But I am sure they don't like to have to go outside in the freezing rain to retrieve the carts.  Just because you get paid to do something doesn't mean you wouldn't like a little help now and then with the least favorite part of your job."
So another teachable moment----we both grabbed several carts and pushed them to the front of the store.
Now when we go to a parking lot , he is in search of runaway and abandoned carts in the parking lot to retrieve.  We got my husband on board with it, too, so now it seems neither of us can walk past a grocery cart with taking it with us to the front of the store.....Rain, shine, sleet or snow!
This Random Act of Kindness is dedicated to sweet Anne Marie Murphy.  To kearn more about the other angels of Sandy Hook Elementary, go to http://mysandyhookfamily.com
Lovin' Life in the Lowcountry,
 
Janie

My mission statement:  To live each day to the fullest, with excitement, enthusiasm and a strong desire to build a successful and highly respected real estate business, earned by developing relationships through consistent and predictably high work ethic of always going above and beyond, and always doing so with a creative surprise up my sleeve.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Random Act of Kindness Suggestion #5: Dinner To Go

One of the best parts of these activities is the opportunity to get your family involved....especially the kids. Kids imitate what they see, so it is important they see adults being kind to one another.
One night, the first year I started my list of 26, I sat down with my family so we could come up with some ideas.  We had a giant crock pot of chili on the counter that was ready for us to have for dinner that night, but could have easily fed two families.  As we sat at the kitchen table writing down ideas, my son, who was 10 at the time, decided we needed to immediately drop what we were doing, and take half of it to our neighbors down the street who had just had a baby a couple weeks prior.  So we bagged up a container with half the chili, a sleeve of saltines, some wrapped chocolates, and headed down the road to surprise our friends.  We got to spend some time with friends, get some "baby love" and share some laughs.  Good times for all!
This Random Act of Kindness is dedicated to sweet Jessica Adrienne Rekos, born May 10, 2006.  To learn more about Jessica and the other angels of Sandy Hook Elementary, go to:  http://mysandyhookfamily.org
Lovin' Life in the Lowcountry,
 
Janie

My mission statement:  To live each day to the fullest, with excitement, enthusiasm and a strong desire to build a successful and highly respected real estate business, earned by developing relationships through consistent and predictably high work ethic of always going above and beyond, and always doing so with a creative surprise up my sleeve.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Random Act of Kindness Suggestion #4: A Hot Cuppa Chocolate To Go!

Early morning bus rides during the winter can be a little chilly for the driver, opening and closing the door over and over again.  Send a to-go cup of hot chocolate with your child to give to the driver. Add a wrapped treat with a note taped on the side, letting them know how much you appreciate them!  Stand back and just wait to see the reaction and smile you get!
This Random Act of Kindness is dedicated to sweet Avielle Rose Richman, born October 17th, 2006. To learn more about Avielle and the other angles of Sandy Hook, go to: http://mysandyhookfamily.org

Lovin' Life in the Lowcountry,
Janie 
My mission statement:  To live each day to the fullest, with excitement, enthusiasm and a strong desire to build a successful and highly respected real estate business, earned by developing relationships through consistent and predictably high work ethic of always going above and beyond, and always doing so with a creative surprise up my sleeve.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Random Act of Kindness Suggestion #3: Beverage to the Bellringer

My son and I noticed the Salvation Army bell ringer at the market had an almost empty bottle of Coke at her feet when we entered the store.  We bought a fresh, cold bottle and gave it to her on our way out of the store as we dropped some change in her bucket.  The look on her face was priceless! Part confusion, part appreciation, part, "What is this for?"  We wished her a Merry Christmas, and give her a big "thanks" for her contribution to the community and walked through the parking lot, with huge grins on our faces and a high-five when we got to the car.  This stuff works!  The giving to others was an even bigger gift to ourselves!
Every year, thousands of volunteers stand outside stores across the country in all kinds of weather---rain, sleet, snow, sun....ringing bells to draw attention to drop some change in their red buckets.  The traditional red kettle is one of the first signs of Christmas, with millions of dollars collected each year to help needy families, seniors and the homeless.  The donations provide Christmas dinners, clothing, and toys to families in need.  Financial assistance also helps with basic necessities, along with seasonal aid.  The volunteers that ring the bells for hours at a time are an integral part of the success of this program.
This Random Act of Kindness is dedicated to sweet Daniel Barden, born September 27, 2005.  To learn more about Daniel and the other angels of Sandy Hook Elementary, please go to:http://mysandyhookfamily.org.
Lovin' Life in the Lowcountry,
 
Janie

My mission statement:  To live each day to the fullest, with excitement, enthusiasm and a strong desire to build a successful and highly respected real estate business, earned by developing relationships through consistent and predictably high work ethic of always going above and beyond, and always doing so with a creative surprise up my sleeve.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Random Act of Kindness Suggestion #2

Is there someone that has made a difference to you or your kids, somewhere along the line?  A teacher, coach, parent, friend, pastor......that really helped you in some way?  How about sending them a "Thank You" note, just to let them know how they impacted you/your child?
Think about your child's teachers, coaches or youth directors.   The amount of time, energy and emotional effort these men and women put into our kids is huge, and as in many public service professions, is often a thankless job.  Our kids spend hundreds of thousands of hours with these dedicated care-givers each year.  Let's tell them how much we appreciate them!
This Random Act of Kindness is dedicated to sweet Josephine Gay, born Decmber 11, 2005.  To learn more about Josephine and the other angels of Sandy Hook, go to http://mysandyhookfamily.org.
Lovin' Life in the Lowcountry,
 
Janie

My mission statement:  To live each day to the fullest, with excitement, enthusiasm and a strong desire to build a successful and highly respected real estate business, earned by developing relationships through consistent and predictably high work ethic of always going above and beyond, and always doing so with a creative surprise up my sleeve.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Random Act of Kindness Suggestion #1: Donate to Toys for Tots

The Toys for Tots Program collects new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distributes them as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community. 

In 2012, State Troopers stood outside a Kohls store to collect toys for the local kids.  As I dropped some toys in the bins, I didn't realize how emotional it would be, after the what happened the day before. I could hardly say “Thank You” to the troopers before I burst into tears walking to my car. Acts of Kindness are a gift you give to yourself as much as those you are acting toward. Although I couldn’t stop crying for what seemed like forever, it made me feel so good to do something in honor of the Sandy Hook victims.  It was then that I decided to make it 26 Acts, one for each life that was lost at the school that day, now an annual tradition for me and my family.  

In Charleston, go to http://charleston-sc.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx for more information and collection site information.  Or you can go to their main page, http://toysfortots.org/default.aspx.

This Random Act of Kindness is dedicated to sweet Charlotte Helen Bacon born February 22, 2006. To learn more about Charlotte and the other angels of Sandy Hook Elementary please go to http://mysandyhookfamily.org/

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