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Re: One (small) good deed a day 2022
« Reply #100 on: July 17, 2022, 09:33:13 PM »
SGDOTD: I went to an event tonight and the ladies' room beforehand was pretty busy... and, annoyingly, two of the three sinks had no soap in the dispenser. This caused quite a backup. There was also a hand sanitizer dispenser on the wall for people who didn't want to wash their hands with water (I guess?). Anyway, after I waited my turn for the only working soap and washed up, I noticed a lady with a broken foot who clearly didn't want to deal with the whole waiting-in-line-for-soap-in-a-crowded-bathroom situation, and was trying to use the sanitizer instead since it was off to the other side. She'd already had to come down to the basement to use the restroom on her broken foot, super annoying. And now? Sanitizer is also empty! She gave up and left in a huff without being able to clean her hands. I wasn't far behind her so I caught up to her and offered her the sanitizer I keep in my bag, which she seemed really thankful for. :-)

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Re: One (small) good deed a day 2022
« Reply #101 on: July 24, 2022, 08:17:29 AM »
A woman left her watch on the dock after swimming, so I yelled after her to let her know (she had a bicycle).

-a small thing but stands out since I'm generally not a yeller and she was happy to not lose her watch :)

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Re: One (small) good deed a day 2022
« Reply #102 on: July 24, 2022, 09:19:26 AM »
-I helped a lost hiker at the nature preserve (I was on a run, and she was going in circles).
-I picked up my first Too Good to Go order, and there was so much bread! More than we could ever eat. We kept one loaf (which was, triple the size of a normal loaf), & I dropped another loaf off at a friend's house, and gave another away on Buy Nothing. Very glad to keep food from waste, and for being realistic enough to know that we wouldn't get through it all quickly.

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« Reply #103 on: July 30, 2022, 08:45:25 PM »
We ordered pizza tonight, and the pizza place pit the wrong toppings on our pizza, so they remade it and gave us both. My mom lives pretty close to the pizza place, so I called her and offered to drop off the extra pizza to her. She wasn't feeling well, so she was happy to not have to worry about dinner.

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« Reply #104 on: July 31, 2022, 01:51:50 AM »
I have been traveling, and I encountered a nonfunctional charging station and a train locker with a broken lock.  I used a bit of a receipt (did not have paper the first time) and a post-it note to mark each one BROKEN to prevent the frustration that I went through, and hopefully alert workers that they need fixing.

Nice work to everyone for the random bits of kindness you've been sharing! The world hits us with so much random badness so it's lovely to see the opposite happening.

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« Reply #105 on: August 18, 2022, 03:58:22 PM »
Went to a quiet, somewhat secretive spot to read/set up a hammock and shortly after arriving a young couple came. I got the impression that it was an first date or something of the sort. So I decided to set up my hammock elsewhere and left them to enjoy the swimming spot  :)

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Re: One (small) good deed a day 2022
« Reply #106 on: August 18, 2022, 06:12:00 PM »
I'm in :-)

Nice job giving blood, there is a blood shortage where I live but I don't think I'm allowed to donate (plus I have apparently got the world's worst veins).

I'm not sure I have a lot to report from this year so far, we're just getting over the peak Omicron surge and I've mostly been isolating at home since I have an immune deficiency. I just got my booster (long after most folks, due to the way immune deficient people got their shots spaced out in the US) so hopefully will be out and about more with other humans soon. :-)

I did send another immune-deficient friend a little care package with some extra home COVID test kits and some other stuff he said he could use, he's having multiple surgeries this winter and also has a kid in school so it's a pretty rough time. It was a worrying experience since about a third of the people in the post office weren't bothering to wear masks...
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Re: One (small) good deed a day 2022
« Reply #107 on: August 22, 2022, 11:43:37 AM »
Helped assemble soccer goals, and then disassemble them at the end of the day. I would have done it anyway, but it does count toward my volunteer hours of our soccer club. Setting them up is quite an effort, and there are weighted sandbags that need to be carried quite a distance. I traded jobs with someone who was struggling with more of the manual labor portion.

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« Reply #108 on: August 26, 2022, 07:06:34 AM »
Met someone new yesterday who turned out to be another passionate gardener. She obviously enjoyed the garden tour and I gave her a rare bi-colored tropical plant that she hadn't encountered before and fell in love with and a handful of seeds for a Moringa tree.

She also had a client that wanted a climbing vine that can take the Florida sun up on a rooftop gazebo and I was able to help with that as well.
(Red passionflower, easy, prolific and a butterfly magnet and host without destroying the plant.)


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Re: One (small) good deed a day 2022
« Reply #109 on: August 27, 2022, 09:03:34 AM »
A really small one:
I spotted a football behind my shed and put it on top of the wall adjoining my neighbor's yard so her kids can retrieve it.  They probably thought it was lost so I'm glad to let them see it and take it back. 

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Re: One (small) good deed a day 2022
« Reply #110 on: September 06, 2022, 08:43:44 AM »
Ordered curbside grocery pick up Friday evening and a sudden, hard rain shower started during my pick up time. The lady next to me and I both got out to help our delivery person put the groceries in our cars faster. None of the delivery people had rain gear as it was not expected that day. I noticed several other customers did not assist with their own groceries and it broke my heart a little for humanity.

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« Reply #111 on: September 06, 2022, 07:05:27 PM »
-helped with some invasive plant removal from our local trails
-checked in on a friend who is going through a rough time
-sent a recipe to friends who had requested them (herbed salsa verde--yum!)


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Re: One (small) good deed a day 2022
« Reply #113 on: September 09, 2022, 09:36:25 AM »
Nice article, thanks for sharing :-)

I've been short on good deeds lately since I haven't got much bandwidth right now, but someone did one for me yesterday: they reached out and asked if they could help out with some rides (since I don't have a car) for me or my parents after my mom's surgery. That was very thoughtful!

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Re: One (small) good deed a day 2022
« Reply #114 on: September 12, 2022, 09:18:27 AM »
@Dollar Slice —it’s also so nice to be on the receiving end from a kind deed :)

-Yesterday I saw that someone had left a bag of garbage outside of the shed and animals had torn it apart and spread the food waste everywhere. I managed to find some gloves and clean it up.
-heard about someone having a very hard time with covid-anxiety and popped them a note just to connect and check in

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Re: One (small) good deed a day 2022
« Reply #115 on: September 12, 2022, 09:08:53 PM »
Yesterday, I worked a shift at the Farmer's Market on behalf of a Community Board I'm on. I noticed the caricature artist was pretty slow, despite excellent overall traffic. However, as we were packing up to leave, I noticed he had a client.

Today, I was walking with my walking partner in the same area. We were on the other side of the street and noticed an odd-looking pile. On closer inspection, I recognized it as the artist's gear. His folding chair, easel, sketchbook, pastels, paints and other paraphernalia were strewn about. Some of it was in the gutter, which had a small amount of moisture in it, which, alas, sketchbook had soaked up. There was even a bag of food. I recognized it, because a few vendors had been passing out their leftovers among the other vendors at the end. I picked up the open chalk container and gathered all the strewn chalks into it. Then I picked up everything else and put it to rights as best I could. My friend called the people who operate the market, so hopefully, his things will be returned to him, assuming he's okay, which is not at all certain at this point. I hope he didn't get mugged. There's safety in numbers* and he was definitely not packing up when everyone else did.

*After a busy day, it's pretty obvious that a lot of vendors have piles of cash on them.

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Re: One (small) good deed a day 2022
« Reply #116 on: September 12, 2022, 09:34:23 PM »
Oh no, I hope he's OK :-(  Give us an update if you find out!

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Re: One (small) good deed a day 2022
« Reply #117 on: September 17, 2022, 02:55:22 PM »
Shared the bounty of our Avocado tree with two of our neighbors.
Mr. R. harvested too and took a big brown paper grocery bag of Avocadoes to work to share. (always well received):)

Made my special (homemade - German) pancakes, with extra homemade whipping cream and cherries in Brandy for a friend who has too much to do and no time to cook. She's been stressing out a bit.   

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« Reply #118 on: September 17, 2022, 08:06:46 PM »
@Rosy —a bag of avocados..what a dream!


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Re: One (small) good deed a day 2022
« Reply #119 on: September 18, 2022, 01:25:05 PM »
@Dicey - any updates on the artist? Fingers crossed everything was okay.

It was really rainy today (which, we desperately need, & I'm grateful for!), & I helped an elderly woman to the car with her groceries. It was a few trips, to and from the store covered area, and she was really appreciative.

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« Reply #120 on: September 18, 2022, 01:41:08 PM »
@Dicey - any updates on the artist? Fingers crossed everything was okay.

It was really rainy today (which, we desperately need, & I'm grateful for!), & I helped an elderly woman to the car with her groceries. It was a few trips, to and from the store covered area, and she was really appreciative.
Oh, boy. He's okay. Apparently he is "on the spectrum"* and simply walked away from his stuff. The Farmer's Market staff is required to clean up everything before they leave, so they dismantled his stuff and piled it on the sidewalk. I'm guessing passers-by messed with it a bit. By the end of the day when I saw it, everything was gone. I'm going to guess that the city sent someone out to clean it up, because piling it on a corner does not satisfy their requirement that the Farmer's Market staff leave nothing behind. IMO, the FM crew dropped the ball, but apparently they're having trouble finding staff these days... To clarify, a couple of blocks of city streets are closed off for the market, hence the requirement for full clean-up.

I have to guess he's done similar before and that his things can be relatively easily replaced. I just hoped he was okay and hated to see the waste of his materials and food ruined.

*Not my words. That's an actual quote.

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Re: One (small) good deed a day 2022
« Reply #121 on: September 18, 2022, 03:20:37 PM »
I gave up my seat on transit to a street person (or very close to a street person) who was holding her little dog and trying to manage a very large shopping bag.  Way easier for me to stand than someone with a dog. 

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« Reply #122 on: September 18, 2022, 07:52:25 PM »
Saw some folks on bikes who were confused at a trail intersection so I stopped to offer directions as one of them was biking off in the wrong direction from their intended destination :)

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Re: One (small) good deed a day 2022
« Reply #123 on: September 18, 2022, 07:53:30 PM »
We went on a river hike on this lovely fall day.  I picked up trash on the way back (though I really wish people wouldn't litter in the first place).

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Re: One (small) good deed a day 2022
« Reply #124 on: September 18, 2022, 08:20:51 PM »
There was no one helping at the welcome table at church, so I volunteered.

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« Reply #125 on: September 19, 2022, 09:07:37 PM »
I was at a small event at my friend's art gallery... my friend was busy in the back office with a group of people, and I saw an older woman come in the front door using crutches. There were no seats left, and she just leaned on a windowsill rather than trying to ask someone for help. I went over to ask if she would like me to look for a chair for her, and she said that would be great. So I went back to the storage area and found one, carried it out and got it set up where she wanted to sit. (Backup plan was my friend who offered to give up his chair - but I was pretty sure there were more in the back.)

I also agreed to send out text message updates to all my mom's friends and selected favorite extended family members to let them know how she's doing post-op so they don't have to sit around wondering if she's OK or if it's too soon to text her/bother her in the hospital.

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Re: One (small) good deed a day 2022
« Reply #126 on: September 20, 2022, 09:57:59 AM »

I have to guess he's done similar before and that his things can be relatively easily replaced. I just hoped he was okay and hated to see the waste of his materials and food ruined.

*Not my words. That's an actual quote.

Ouch! I hope so, too.

@Serendip, thank you for sharing the article! That's just what we on this thread feel too-- sometimes there are little things we can do that can make a big difference to somebody else's life.

@pachnik  and @Dollar Slice, thank you for offering a seat to those who needed it-- sometimes that can add a "spoon" back to a person who is low on reserves. @MaybeBabyMustache, same!

@Freedomin5 It's been so hard to find volunteers in the past year, so I'm sure that your help was well appreciated!

@elderflower100 in your honor, I'm going to remember to bring a bag to collect litter when I walk my daughter home from school today.

Hmm, for me... I've been helping a friend who has been taking an organic chemistry class for her nursing degree. She has been working hard, but sometimes the online software used for homework submission is cranky, so she needs a little reassurance and another head to help her figure out whether the problem is the software or her answers. I've seen her work her way up from a HS equivalency degree to this point, and I'm very proud of her!



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« Reply #127 on: September 20, 2022, 10:06:10 AM »
Oh, @Poundwise - love the way you are helping! Not mine, but I'm loving it. My husband speaks a moderately unusual language, and has helped our school district translate last minute communication for a family who recently moved to the area. My two sons speak very little of the same language, but have been able to help a school mate in class. They are taking an art class together, and while the student knows a lot of English, art terms are more complicated. My husband made them a list of terms they might be able to use together, and they are helping him about with instructions & projects. Teamwork!

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« Reply #128 on: September 20, 2022, 09:20:59 PM »
Managed to not cancel a previous commitment to help out at an event my friend was organizing tonight. Mom's surgery was yesterday and it was kind of up in the air whether I would have to cancel last minute. But the only helpers he had were elderly/infirm (they were doing things like selling tickets and merch), so he would have been doing 100% of the lifting and carrying and physical stuff himself if I didn't come. I managed to be there at the end for the cleaning up and getting everything broken down and put away by a curfew, which is probably the toughest part of the evening.

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Re: One (small) good deed a day 2022
« Reply #129 on: October 04, 2022, 05:48:14 AM »
My friend’s sister has cancer and has just undergone her third surgery in 3 years to remove the tumor. I told my friend about the book entitled Anti-Cancer, and she borrowed it from her library.



Teachers from DD’s wealthy international school were throwing away tons of imported English books because they were old and they had newer books — we’re talking about Scholastic and other well-known educational leveled books. I asked if I could take them all. My sister works for a school for orphans in Cambodia, so she and I spent about 3 hours on a video call sorting through the books. Good thing we did that, because one of the books was about refugees and included a photo of an orphan child from the Khmer Rouge period which would have been extremely triggering for the kids as some of those kids lost their parents in that conflict.

This past week, I mailed two big boxes of books to Cambodia. Cost ~USD$250, but honestly, the shipping costs are less than what it would cost to purchase the books new from the US. Plus, we saved 32kg of books from the landfill.

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Re: One (small) good deed a day 2022
« Reply #130 on: October 04, 2022, 09:13:14 AM »
Noticed a black purse in a shopping cart at the grocery store parking lot.  No one else around.  I took the purse back inside to the customer service desk and they thanked me.  I hope it got reunited with its owner.

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« Reply #131 on: October 04, 2022, 11:53:54 AM »
Helping my neighbor who runs a cat sanctuary this weekend. She'd planned on selling her passion fruit jam at a free to her, local event, to spread the word and benefit her charity but it never happened because of hurricane Ian.

She was talking about setting up a table streetside. We are in a high-traffic area so it should do well.
I volunteered to help with the setup, get some colorful balloons, and convinced her to add her glass bottle wind chimes she made for another event.
Plus I offered to add some baby plants for sale and donate the proceeds.
If we still have Avocadoes from our tree this Saturday I can add a big bowl of them into the mix.
Fingers crossed it will go well.