Entries from July 2006

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

History of random kindness

This great article by Jack Broom of the Seattle Times gives a brief run-down of the urban legend of random acts of kindness, tracing it back to 1982 when peace activist Anne Herbert wrote, “practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty” on a placemat in a Northern California diner.

Seattle diner

Here’s the intro into Broom’s article:

Anonymous acts of kindness catch on

Before Bob Haslam had a chance to thank her, she was gone. In the drive-up lane at a Starbucks in Lynnwood, Haslam reached out for his usual — a nonfat raspberry latte with two Splendas stirred in. But the barista wouldn’t take his money.

“She leaned way out and said, ‘You’re not going to believe this, but the lady ahead of you paid for your latte. She said she wanted to make your day.’ ” Mary Ann Johnson had a similar experience. She had just finished a salmon pot-pie dinner at Chinook’s at Salmon Bay, topping it off with a chocolate sundae.

“When I got ready to go, the waitress told me, ‘Your meal’s been paid for by another patron. They said it was a random act of kindness.’ ”

read the rest here…

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

Teens cleanup TNT (Thursday Night Thing)

Via the Business Gazette, Gaithersburg, MD, read one teenager’s thoughts of volunteering in her community via her church’s Thursday Night Thing (TNT) outreach program.

TNT Cleanup in Maryland

read the article here…

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

More locks of hair

From The Friday Flyer in Canyon Lake, CA:

Girl gives away hair for charity

Another young lady recently demonstrated the meaning of giving with a very special act. According to her parents, Mark and Anita Polzin, Erin Polzin, age 5, became very excited about “giving” when she learned about it in Bible school, donating 10 inches of her hair to Locks of Love. “She understands what her donation will mean to someone out there who is very special,” says Anita. Stephanie Reinner of Regis Hair Salon in Temecula cut it for her. Erin is a student at Menifee Taekwondo Studio, where the tenets of Taekwondo are “Honor, Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, Courage and Community.” Erin’s action donating her hair is for “Community: to do good not only for ourselves and those closest to us, but for neighborhoods, countries, the world and even the universe.” According to Anita, Erin’s comments on her new haircut were, “I love it!”

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

21 Nicest People of 2006

During the week of Thanksgiving, NICE Magazine will announce the First Annual 21 Nicest People of 2006. What better date to recognize the nicest people of the year than during the most thankful time of the year. On Wednesday, November 22, 2006, NICE Magazine will unveil the names of 21 people who inspired all of […]