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Random Acts Of Kindness

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Next week in my classroom marks the 100th day of school. This is a huge deal to little ones. For part of our celebration we will kick off a random acts of kindness campaign. I am challenging my kids to do 100 (note 100th day of school , here is the tie in :P ) random acts of kindness. I am hoping that we well exceed our goal of 100!! The things they do will go on a heart and be put on our classroom door for all to see (and hopefully inspire).

Random acts of kindness week is Feb. 12th -18th. (yes we are getting an early start)

I have noticed, as many of us have, that the morale of the board is kinda ugly lately. I would like to turn that around. Post your stories of kindness. Has someone here helped you? What have you caught someone doing that was great? Let's share some positives!!

-Jessica :rolleyes:


Jessica

Gluten Free since 12-31-2002!!

Kansas

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one member, Guhlia, lives in my area and she has helped with hints on our area's offerings. She also always lends an ear when I have something to say. Thank You!!!

To all the other members who have helped with my advice I owe all you guys. You have helped me through a lot. Love ya all!!!


~~~~Gluten Free since 9/2004~~~~~~

Friends may come and go but Sillies are Forever!!!!!!!

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A random act of kindness? My neighbor came over one afternoon and tested the wiring in my Bronco to see which one needed to be replaced.

My daughter fixed me some lunch when I wasn't feeling well.


Dessa

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you." Numbers 6:24-25

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A random act of kindness? My neighbor came over one afternoon and tested the wiring in my Bronco to see which one needed to be replaced.

My daughter fixed me some lunch when I wasn't feeling well.

That's sweet of them. However, I'm trying to find things here on the board that are nice that folks are doing :D Keep your eyes peeled for happenings here on the board. We sure could use some happy/nice things around here.

-Jessica :rolleyes:


Jessica

Gluten Free since 12-31-2002!!

Kansas

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Jessica, this is a good thread. Thank you for starting this.

I don't intend to be about me, we all can do these things.

Have you ever been behind a low income person, buying a loaf of bread and a package of sandwich meat in a grocery line. They put back the meat because of lack of funds. I paid for the man's sandwich meat. It cost me almost nothing and he would not be hungry.

There is an older Viet Nam Vet, in a wheel chair, who hangs around a convenience store here. When I go there, I buy him a cup of coffee. I don't know his name and he quietly tells me thanks.

These are simple gestures on our part, but, they can mean so much to others.

We hosted a foreign exchange student so she could experience this part of the world. THAT gesture will NOT be repeated. :(


Lisa

Gluten Free - August 15, 2004

"Not all who wander are lost" - JRR Tolkien

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Jessica, this is a good thread. Thank you for starting this.

I don't intend to be about me, we all can do these things.

Have you ever been behind a low income person, buying a loaf of bread and a package of sandwich meat in a grocery line. They put back the meat because of lack of funds. I paid for the man's sandwich meat. It cost me almost nothing and he would not be hungry.

There is an older Viet Nam Vet, in a wheel chair, who hangs around a convenience store here. When I go there, I buy him a cup of coffee. I don't know his name and he quietly tells me thanks.

These are simple gestures on our part, but, they can mean so much to others.

We hosted a foreign exchange student so she could experience this part of the world. THAT gesture will NOT be repeated. :(

MommaGoose........sounds like you have quite the heart. Thanks for sharing. Sure does remind us all that it doesn't take much to make someone elses day!

Example........caught two young ladies on this board making my day lately. Happygirl and Jayhawkmom have both sent me the nicest PM's in the last week or so. Sometimes it is sure nice to open my messages to some nice friendly messages. Being a moderator they are usually reported posts ha. They probably had no idea that they made my day just by sending me a short note :)

-Jessica :rolleyes:


Jessica

Gluten Free since 12-31-2002!!

Kansas

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MommaGoose-you sound like a terrific person. The story of the man in the grocery store really touched me. It is sad in a country as rich as ours we have people who cannot afford the things needed to survive such as food and shelter.

I volunteer at a local shelter/soup kitchen. I started doing it as part of my college honor society group, we would go help out. I continued doing so after I graduated. The people are so wonderful and really appreciate the meals they get.


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You girls, don't be petting on me. <_<:) It's so easy to do something simple. I think that Jessica wants to know what act of kindness has someone done for you or what you have experienced. Perhaps regarding you experience with this forum.


Lisa

Gluten Free - August 15, 2004

"Not all who wander are lost" - JRR Tolkien

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I get a tons of help from people on this board. Today Brian helped me by filling me in on what to expect as far as gluten-free,DF,SF,EF, CF medications ... And Judy in Philly told me I had a msg from someone I had been waiting for ...

And in return, I posted on the Daily Strength seizure board about celiac disease ... hoping to save someone from what I went through

Random acts of kindness are common on message boards :rolleyes: ...

Good thread ... marcia


Jan 1990 - Dx CFS/ME/FM (URI's, Ataxia, myoclonus, orthostatic hypotension, insomnia, brain fog, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat... ) Completely Disabled (housebound and bedridden at times)

2004 - Digestive pain all the time.

May 2004 - Hiatal hernia, erosive gastritis, gastroparesis (endoscopy)

August 2004 - Colon polyps, diverticulitus, internal hemorrhoids (colonoscopy)

No relief from Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix, Zelnorm, Miralax, Imodium, Lomotil ...

July 2005 - GP recommended WFDFSFEFCF + vegan (Also, anything that hurts free)

Immediately stopped needing naps and digestive pain reduced.

Sept 2005 - GFDFCFSFEF + chemical free - Immediately stopped feeling jittery / buzzing and digestive issues were much better.

June 2006 - Dx B12 and iron deficient. Started B12 injections and using cast iron pan.

August 2006 - MYOCLONUS GONE. (off Klonopin)

September 2006 - ATAXIA, INSOMNIA and Feeling like the floor was moving under my feet gone.

June 19, 2007 - Positive DQ2, Dx Celiac

October 2007 - Sleeping like a baby, waking up with energy, but still having fatigue/stamina issues

Nov 2007 - Started Paleo diet for chronic hypoglycemia

April 2008 - GTT normal. I'm no longer hypoglycemic. Started Low oxalate diet for kidney stones.

May 1, 2008 - Began salt loading for OI/NMH - noticed immediately muscle weakness was gone. I was sodium deficient but my labs don't reflect it. Still working on OI and PEM.

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There are so many kind, loving, and caring people on this message board. I won't mention names because I know I'll forget someone. There is usually always someone that offers advice or trys to help someone who has a question. Many of you put a lot of time into helping others on the board, which is very much appreciated. People will sometimes have a response to their question within minutes of posting!

There have been many times when I came here asking questions and looking for advice and I want to thank all of you who took the time to help me, especially when I was really sick with celiac disease and when I had my severe allergic reaction last July.

I'm just glad that we have this board to come to and help others and also get advice.


Carrie Faith

Diagnosed with Celiac Disease in March 2004

Postitive tTg Blood Test, December 2003

Positive Biopsy, March 3, 2004

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Oh, yes, there are many acts of kindness on this board. I love that Penquin is our CIA (Celiac Intelgence Agent) with her cooking class. I had no idea that they added wheat to eggs to keep them fresh at a buffet.

Thank you Penquin, do a happy dance :P


Shirley

[save the Earth, It's the only planet with chocolate and wine.

It isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...

It's about learning to dance in the rain.

Gluten free since 1989

West Kootenay.... British Columbia

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I spy Tarnalberry, Ursula, TCA, Kibbie and Plantime helping out Rook's Mommy in this thread: http://www.glutenfreeforum.com/index.php?s...c=29334&hl=

Way to go ladies!! Thanks for making the board a helpful place to come.

-Jessica :rolleyes:


Jessica

Gluten Free since 12-31-2002!!

Kansas

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Ursula helped me with a problem that was bothering me. She was kind enough to keep it private, too.


Dessa

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you." Numbers 6:24-25

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Jessica, this is a good thread. Thank you for starting this.

I don't intend to be about me, we all can do these things.

Have you ever been behind a low income person, buying a loaf of bread and a package of sandwich meat in a grocery line. They put back the meat because of lack of funds. I paid for the man's sandwich meat. It cost me almost nothing and he would not be hungry.

There is an older Viet Nam Vet, in a wheel chair, who hangs around a convenience store here. When I go there, I buy him a cup of coffee. I don't know his name and he quietly tells me thanks.

These are simple gestures on our part, but, they can mean so much to others.

We hosted a foreign exchange student so she could experience this part of the world. THAT gesture will NOT be repeated. :(

I've been really sick this past week and hubby came came over to my office during the day to bring me medicing because I was being to lazy to get it for myself. That made me smile.

I've actually done a similar thing as Momma Goose. I was in Dunkin Donuts one day (obv this was in my gluten days), and a homeless man came in and wanted a donut but didn't have enough money. I had just bought mine right before he walked in. Sad and obviously hungry he walked over to a table and started flipping through a newspaper someone had left. I figured he needed the donut more than me so I walked over and gave it to him.


Jillian

Positive Blood test and Biopsy

Inflamed stomach lining

Gluten free since July 6, 2005

Tarrytown, NY

"Sometimes being a b$tch is all a woman has to hold onto." - Dolores Claiborne

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Have you seen the movie "Pay it Forward" great one to watch!

A few months ago while going on the weekly work Starbucks run, I went to my coworker to ask if she would like a Starbucks? She had just came back from there, but told me a surprising story.

When she went through the drive up window to pay for her order (about 15 cars deep in the morning), she had discovered that the person in front of her had paid for her drink. The frazzled barista also mentioned that this was such a crazy day, because it was about 35 (yes 35) cars up who had started this chain of events to pay for the next person in line. As each person went to pay and found out it was free, they continued to pay it forward. I was really touched by this. I then to went around the corner to get our department's coffee and the same thing had happened to me, I could not belive it was still going on 30 minutes later. The barista had told me this has been happening for the past hour now. I to had decided to pay it forward, not realizing that the person behind me around the bend was another coworker! When I got back to the office, I had a message from that coworker thanking and said that it had made her bad morning change around.

I know this sounds silly, but it only takes a small gesture. I was having a bad day when I walked in and then my heart filled with pride in my community and the smile continued. This happend in Sacramento California.

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I know this has nothing to do with the board, but to show how a random act of kindness can start a great friendship.

I was going to the bank to do some stuff I had to do at a teller station, and this other lady came in the doors about the same time as me. Anyway, it was a gorgeous day and I wasn't in a hurry (which was a good thing as there was a huge line-up) so I told this lady that she could go ahead of me.

Funny thing, she said she wasn't in a hurry either, so we let a very harrassed looking gentleman go ahead of both of us and we stood around and chatted. It turned out that both of us love dogs and are quilters. We had such a wonderful visit and was almost disappointed when our turn came up ... both at the same time as two tellers were open. :P


Shirley

[save the Earth, It's the only planet with chocolate and wine.

It isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...

It's about learning to dance in the rain.

Gluten free since 1989

West Kootenay.... British Columbia

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What a nice story, Shirley :)


Patti

"Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans"

"When people show you who they are, believe them"--Maya Angelou

"Bloom where you are planted"--Bev

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Jessica:

I think this is a great thread (yes, I honestly do think this is a truly great thread, but I admit I am biased because I got a little shout out :) )

I think this board is a random act of kindness everyday. I know thats kind of generic, but I wouldn't have succeeded on the gluten free diet if it weren't for people on this board who taught me all that is Celiac.

I think there have been a lot that stand out in my mind...some are "random acts" and some are just good things that I've seen.

Armetta suggesting the idea to nominate Lynne (tiredofdoctors) for a Home Makeover thread.

AndreaB for always keeping up with everyone's appointments and helping with multiple food issues.

Sandy (2kids4me) posting great info on dental effects and celiac. I needed that info coincidentally and it saved me a lot of time.

CarrieFaith for her endless recipes :)

Nantzie's post on how to help welcome newbies

These are just a few things that I've noticed that have helped this board tremendously.

Also, in general, I've noticed that more people are stepping up and helping welcome people and provide thoughtful, accurate, and helpful answers. I think that people realize the importance of, I've been helped, and I should help someone else. Otherwise....this board wouldn't even be here!

Laura

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Ditto what Laura said, but a clarification - Sandy is 2Kids4Me. It's confusing - we have similar user names and we're both from the same area in Southern Alberta.

I don't know anything about dental problems and Celiac, so I can't be accused of helping anyone in that area. :D


Linda, Mom to Ty (11 years old)

Ty was diagnosed by blood test June 7/05

biopsy Aug 11/05, diagnosis confirmed Aug 18/05

Mom, Dad and big brother Celiac-free.

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I have witnessed more random acts of kindness from people on this board than anywhere else.

Case in point:

A few weeks ago, I received a rather large box in the mail. In that box was a light that specializes in helping those with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Those who know me know that from November to February, I am a write-off. I have to admit, I was skeptical about light therapy, which is why I never really pursued it, but this person was quite adamant that I try it. I will admit now, that I am quite surprised at how much it is helping..... and I would never have had this additional tool to combat it without this person going the extra mile and sending it to me.

It is exactly what people on this board do: Take care of each other.......

This person would kill me if I named her, so I won't, but let's just say she's the cutest little rodent around! LOL!

Hugs.

Karen


Karen

positive bloodwork, positive biopsy

Celiac, collagenous colitis, hypothyroidism

endometriosis (at age 20)

spinal stenosis (early 20's)

Biopsy August 2006 confirmed complete villous atrophy despite being gluten-free for years and bloodwork within range showing compliance with diet. Doctor has confirmed diagnosis of Refractory Celiac Sprue.

Endoscopy also showed numerous stomach ulcers, have started taking Losec.

Mother to Eileen 13 yrs

Rhiannon 8 yrs

Daniel & Connor 6 yr twin boys......

"Joyfulness keeps the heart and face young. A good laugh makes us better friends with ourselves and everybody around us."

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Tom Nansbury

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I have witnessed more random acts of kindness from people on this board than anywhere else.

Case in point:

A few weeks ago, I received a rather large box in the mail. In that box was a light that specializes in helping those with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Those who know me know that from November to February, I am a write-off. I have to admit, I was skeptical about light therapy, which is why I never really pursued it, but this person was quite adamant that I try it. I will admit now, that I am quite surprised at how much it is helping..... and I would never have had this additional tool to combat it without this person going the extra mile and sending it to me.

It is exactly what people on this board do: Take care of each other.......

This person would kill me if I named her, so I won't, but let's just say she's the cutest little rodent around! LOL!

Hugs.

Karen

;):) Yup, she's gonna kill you!


Lisa

Gluten Free - August 15, 2004

"Not all who wander are lost" - JRR Tolkien

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Yep . . . that little rodent is surely something. She gets so much pleasure in helping people. I know that I haven't thanked her NEAR as properly as I should. I've heard it said that the people who do the most for you are often the people you thank the least. Unfortunately I think that there are a few people that I should thank much more. Karen, are you listening????? You're definitely on the list. That cute little rodent needs to have heaps of thank you's from me poured on her!!

I love doing random acts of kindness! I just gave my medical software to a friend who has her own psychotherapy practice. I also gave her the invoices that match it and the forms to file for insurance if she needs them. This software has the capability to file electronically. The look on her face was worth EVERYTHING! It made my heart feel so good!!

I also have a girl at my favorite office supply place -- she is so intelligent, but got caught up in the wrong crowd for awhile. When I was still in practice, I would go there to get my office supplies. She and I would talk -- she liked the idea of Physical Therapy -- and I convinced her to go to college! So, she's away from the bad crowd, finding day care for her daughter, and is going to college. That makes me feel GREAT!

I also like doing things that are anonymous. Also, you don't tell anyone that you did it. That negates the value of the act of kindness. The best way to do a random act of kindness is when you get no recognition for it at all. There are things that I have done -- kind things -- that were completely anonymous. I also didn't tell anyone. I would sign the card, "your guardian angel" or "Your Fairy God Mother" or something like that. It just makes your heart feel so good.


Lynne

Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is the quiet voice at the end of the day that says, "I'll try tomorrow".

"There's not a word yet, for old friends we've just met. Part Heaven, part space, or have I found my place? You can just visit, but I plan to stay, I'm going to go back there some day." Gonzo, in the Muppet Movie

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She is the sweetest little rodent. :P

I had such a sweet experience with an elderly gentleman in the supermarket about a year ago. I was in line with probably ten items (the express line) but he only had a gallon of milk so I told hm to go in front of me. No big deal. as he's leab=ving, he turns and hands me a card that says:

I Said a Prayer for You today

I said a prayer for you today and I know God must have heard,

I felt the answer in my heart although He spoke no word.

I didn't as for wealth or fame (I knew you wouldn't mind)

I asked him to send treasures of a far more lasting kind.

I asked that He'd be near you at the start of each new day

To grant you health and blessings and friends to send your way.

I asked for happiness for you in all things great and small,

But it was for His loving care I prayed for most of all!

I've carried it in my wallet ever since. :D


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Beverly

Gluten free since 2005

In the midst of winter, I found there was within me an invincible summer.

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She is the sweetest little rodent. :P

I had such a sweet experience with an elderly gentleman in the supermarket about a year ago. I was in line with probably ten items (the express line) but he only had a gallon of milk so I told hm to go in front of me. No big deal. as he's leab=ving, he turns and hands me a card that says:

I Said a Prayer for You today

I said a prayer for you today and I know God must have heard,

I felt the answer in my heart although He spoke no word.

I didn't as for wealth or fame (I knew you wouldn't mind)

I asked him to send treasures of a far more lasting kind.

I asked that He'd be near you at the start of each new day

To grant you health and blessings and friends to send your way.

I asked for happiness for you in all things great and small,

But it was for His loving care I prayed for most of all!

I've carried it in my wallet ever since. :D

Ahhh man, I had a very sad day today and when I read that, I got tears in my eyes. I read it three times. After reading it three times, I knew that this had my name on it. And, I smiled.

Thank you Bev. I think that this is one of those "pay it forward" moments. (a sappy me? :blink: )

Lisa


Lisa

Gluten Free - August 15, 2004

"Not all who wander are lost" - JRR Tolkien

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