AUTHOR: Julia TITLE: Random Apps of Kindness (and GIVEAWAY!) DATE: 6/21/2009 12:29:00 PM ----- BODY:
Several years ago, my friend David and I started Random Apps of Kindness: every time we dined out, we sent an appetizer to a stranger. What started as a way to make peace with a favorite bartender, turned into a little adventure. For 6 months, we made new friends and even had an article written about us in the local paper. But like most good things, it came to an end.

When Melissa announced she was having a giveaway – 5 Random Acts of Kindness – I was reminded how much fun it is to do nice things for others. I entered into her giveaway, not thinking I’d win, but I did! Part of winning is means passing along 5 more acts. Even though the rules suggest that I use my blog to give my kindness, I decided to send 2 Random Apps and 3 Random Acts to my blog readers.

So here’s how it works:

1. Leave a comment on this post no later than 8 pm EST Monday, June 29. I’ll pick 3 comments by random, on whose authors I’ll bestow an act of kindness, and I’ll announce the winners Tuesday morning. And to fulfill my “obligation of 5” to Melissa, I will send 2 random apps of kindness and blog about it here.

My blogging prowess prevents me from capturing your email address. If you don't want to leave it here in the comments (so I can contact you if you win), be sure to check back.

2. My kindness can be anything of my choosing. It might be handmade and it might be purchased, but it will be selected just for you. It will be given to you sometime in the next 12 months. I make no guarantees that you’ll love it (or not find it odd or quirky), but I guarantee that it will be heartfelt on my part.

All you have to do, dear readers, is have a blog and be willing to pass on the kindness by creating a similar post. If you don’t blog but you Facebook, pledge to bestow a kindness on five Facebook friends. If you do neither, play the game the old-fashioned way: find a neighbor, stranger or friend in need and fill it.

Mayberry Magpie described it as a kindness dogpile, which sounds like great fun, don’t you think?

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----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous jo DATE:6/23/2009 08:05:00 PM I think that is a terribly nice thing to do. i love reading about the person in the toll booth who pays for the car behind. In fact I recently read that it once led to a marriage! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Karen DATE:6/23/2009 09:55:00 PM One day when I was in the checkout line of our work cafeteria, the woman in front of me discovered that she'd forgotten her wallet. She was discussing what to with a friend (I guess the friend didn't have any extra money on her, either) and while they were talking I told the checker that I'd pay for the woman's lunch.

The woman overheard me and started to protest. Since it was the height of the lunch rush and there was a long line, the checker took the money from my hand and I skedaddled away. I heard the checker say to the woman, "you can pay her back later." And the last thing I heard as I walked out of the cafeteria and back to my office was the woman saying, "But I don't even know her!" ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Psychgrad DATE:6/27/2009 11:17:00 PM I feel like I've already used up my "random apps of kindness" ticket with you with the vanilla you sent me! But, I'll play`.

BTW - I got the kitchen torch at the wedding and I'm thinking it's vanilla creme brulee time. ----- --------