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Thursday, December 14th, 2006
1:29 pm - Holiday elves needed :)

ladycatherina
I am looking for a Secret Santa for my disabled friend's two children, niece, nephew, and a young family friend. The family has fallen on hard times this year after she lost her husband and became even more sick than she was before. Please let me know if anyone here would be interested in helping, or could direct us towards an organization that could accept late registration and help provide some gifts. I'll provide my friend's address upon request.

Thank you very much for your time and attention, here are a few thoughts from my friend about what the children might like:

Boy, age 13, friend's son. [Size large men’s shirt, 101/2 – 11 men’s shoe, size 34, 30 men’s pants]. He probably would prefer to get some kind of drawing stuff or some kind of toy for a teenager. He loves Bart Simpson (no beer stuff though). He also likes to light candles in my Mom’s room for her. He might enjoy a few white or turquoise neat candles. He loves to draw, he loves the computer. He’d like learning or education computer software or something. He has a great sense of humor and loves to laugh and make people laugh too. Both my son and daughter love to act.

Girl, age 12, friend's daughter. [Size medium tops, 81/2 – 9 women’s shoe, size 6 women’s pants]... My daughter loves that bunny you see on clothing. The bunny that says those cute little sayings, you know. She also loves Sparkly clothes and says that’s all she wants this year (sparkly clothes). She is mature for her age and extremely intelligent. She is also very wholesome and dresses conservatively.

Boy, age 15, friend of my friend's son. He probably would prefer to get some kind of toy for a teenager. He loves cartoons and he used to like bugs.

Girl, age 4, friend's niece. This is my niece, my younger sister’s little girl. She is extremely mature for her age]... She loves make up and dressing up. She loves to look beautiful. She hates naptime. She has a very short attention span, even for her age. She loves Dora the Explorer and some of the other popular cartoons out for little kids. She is a little genius.

Boy, Age 3, friend's nephew. He is an adorable little boy, an only child. His Mother is a 2nd grade teacher.

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Wednesday, December 13th, 2006
1:06 pm - :)

prncsbkwrm

I'm happy I found this community! :D

To the charming young gentleman I met at school today:
Thank you so much for not throwing a fit. I know you said that you wanted your friend to have the computer, but you didn't end up getting what you wanted.

I didn't tell you, but my knee has been acting up, and it hurts to walk. The computer the front desk gave me is allll the way in the back. I just said that this was the number they had given me. You said it was no problem at all, and you took another computer. :D

Thank you for not requesting I get another number. You rock. :D I hope you have a very happy day today and that all your finals go exceedingly well for you.

Much happiness,
The girl with the brown hair in the blue sweater

(p.s. you were kinda cute too. :D)

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Sunday, December 10th, 2006
11:55 am

firstredmoon

be an ambassador for kindness.
perform one act of kindness per day in 2007.
yearofkindness


[please advise me if community promos are not allowed here]

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Sunday, November 13th, 2005
2:09 am - Pakistan earthquake relief

ladycatherina
I'm now involved with a charitable Wiki (an open-source online website set up for anyone to edit, designed to be democratic and updated regularly by eyewitnesses and local experts on changing conditions - like the Wikipedia online encyclopedia). This is for the survivors of the recent earthquake in Pakistan, to help coordinate volunteers and donations of shipments of survival supplies. (http://www.helppakistan.net). So far I've written a press release and some Craigslist/blogger's postings to draw awareness to the cause.

The earthquake has killed at least 73,000 people so far and left at least THREE MILLION homeless and at risk of starvation and death by disease in the frigid Himalayan winter.

So guys, click on http://www.helppakistan.net - they're looking for foreign and remote volunteers too, who can help with databases and phone calls and stuff. What they really need is someone who knows how to do web design/Wikipedia stuff who can make their site more readable and organized, and can proofread all the broken English - although it's generally understandable, I give them credit for that.

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Tuesday, November 1st, 2005
2:03 am

ladycatherina
Here are some ways people can help the world right from their computers, for free:

http://www.thehungersite.com - link to a whole family of sites that give money to world hunger, breast cancer, literacy for children, etc each time someone clicks. Paid for by advertisers and no need to enter any of your info.

http://www.amnestyusa.org - info about world human rights issues, for the ones you feel informed about, there are links to email world leaders.

http://www.craigslist.org - send an encouraging email to the many people who post because they are lonely, depressed, etc.

http://www.freebatteredwomen.org - site with info about women incarcerated for defending themselves against violent batterers, or for crimes related to survival while escaping abuse. You can either go into Survivors Speak for snail mail addresses of the ladies (they welcome encouraging cards and pen pals), or just write an email to the governor on behalf of incarcerated battered women in general using the statistics on this site.

http://www.mercycorps.org - global relief and development organization, consistently rated near the top by Money magazine for distributing 92% of its income to charitable work. Click on the top right link for "Email Updates," and sign up for updates about actions you can take for the world's poor - i.e. contacting senators, spreading awareness, etc.

http://www.studentsforafreetibet.com - link to Students for a Free Tibet, a leading promoter of religious free exercise and human rights in Tibet. Provides many email campaigns.

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Thursday, October 27th, 2005
3:08 am - Quake-related articles from the Pakistani Daily Times

ladycatherina
New baby girl brings joy to Pakistani village:
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2005\10\16\story_16-10-2005_pg7_8

Honest prisoners remain in wrecked jail, awaiting scheduled release:
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2005\10\16\story_16-10-2005_pg7_9

To help: http://www.mercycorps.org (donations), http://www.helppakistan.net (volunteers, possible stuff you can do from home)

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Tuesday, October 25th, 2005
3:48 pm - Something to feed the soul

fierce313
This is a little bit off the topic of this community, but I know that for me, some of the most wonderful stranger experiences I've ever had have been at something like this. A chance to gather quietly but forcefully and share hope with others.

Vigils to recognize the death of the 2000th US service member

They are co-organized by:
Military Families Speak Out
American Friends Service Committee
Gold Star Families for Peace


Peaceful protest/remembrance.

current mood: sad

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Tuesday, September 6th, 2005
12:52 pm - Address for cards/letters for Katrina victims

ladycatherina
For everyone who told me they were interested in sending cards and letters of encouragement to the Hurricane Katrina victims - I have finally been able to locate an address to send them.

This is a church and school in Lafayette, Louisiana that's spearheading a drive for supplies and cash - but also specifically said they would love it if people just sent cards and messages of support (even if that's all they sent), and that they would give them out to people who've been affected. This is a secular, nonpartisan relief effort - the church just volunteered its space to store items and some of its people to process them.

They can be reached at:

Our Lady of Fatima School
2315 Johnston Street
Lafayette, LA 70503
(337) 235-2464

Our Lady of Fatima Church
2319 Johnston Street
Lafayette, LA 70503
(337) 232-8945

This was posted online on a community effort to list websites that would provide help to those in Katrina's wake. http://www.showandsport.com/disaster_relief.htm

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Saturday, September 3rd, 2005
2:01 am - Free - 5 mins - help Katrina victims

ladycatherina
I still send my prayers and best wishes to all affected by the hurricane. Here are some easy, free ways to help:

1. My friend jhood is putting together a benefit art show/sale for the victims of Katrina. He lives down there so he knows what's going on. If you'd like to, send him some of your writing/visual art at ihavechapstick@hotmail.com

2. Oxygen.com will donate $1 for every new person who signs up on their webpage (this takes 15 seconds and is spamfree as far as I know). Here's the link: http://speakup.oxygen.com/campaigns/neworleans/impact/4fce139cf4342e1d430c44ed7c406724/

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Tuesday, August 30th, 2005
2:26 pm

ladycatherina
We should send prayers - wishes - thoughts of compassion out to all those affected by Hurricane Katrina here in the southeast U.S. - at least 50 dead and lots of people lost homes.

I wonder if there are any ways to offer practical help if you can't drive there and you don't have money to send either. I'd be happy to send cards to rescue workers and their families or something like that.

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Wednesday, August 24th, 2005
2:27 pm

ladycatherina
A meme I just posted in my journal for friends, that I thought might make good discussion here:

List five blessings/gifts from God/Spirit/the Universe that you're especially grateful for today:

1. My good health - being able bodied, breathing, having sight and hearing.

2. Having discovered a funny, clever, great new series of beach-reading books, the Ladies' Detective Agency sequels by Alexander McCall Smith.

3. All the fresh, ripe, organic tomatoes in my father's garden.

4. Not having to worry about money at the end of every month (I'm currently staying with family till I get back on my feet).

5. My mother's positive, confident attitude while facing breast cancer, in large part inspired by her faith.

Now think of a way you can take one of those blessings and share it with others (post if you want, or think on this for later). I'm letting my grandma and whoever else wants to borrow the Mc Call Smith books.

Tagging EVERYONE! Everyone on my friends page who sees this and feels like responding, especially those who've never been tagged or never responded to one of my meme's before. I'm the Poet of Light and the Happy Poet, remember :)

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Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005
6:40 pm

ladycatherina
China's infant castoffs find home - Yahoo! News

http://news.yahoo.com/s/chitribts/chinasinfantcastoffsfindhome

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Saturday, July 30th, 2005
12:34 am - Elderly man climbs for Mexico's poor

ladycatherina
Seventy-eight year old man seeks to climb three mountains - Mount Whitney, Mt. Kilamanjaro, and Mt. Fuji - as well as descend to the bottom of the Grand Canyon in only four weeks. Mr. Carl Haupt is raising money from various donors to help the poor in a certain lower-income area of Mexico, and goes with a team every so often to help with construction there and to deliver supplies - food, medicine, books, etc.

http://www.starfishdifference.org

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Friday, July 22nd, 2005
1:51 pm

ladycatherina
Hi everyone, I'm Cristina, and I'm in the San Francisco Bay Area, after recently having moved back from Davis (in the Central Valley near Sacramento). I just finished a degree in Comparative Literature (world lit) and am heading towards a journalism career. My dream job would be to travel the world, writing about interesting people I meet and places I see, and call attention to social issues for which I'd like to raise awareness.

Now I'm staying with family in the suburbs until I can find full time work and get back on my feet, and so that I can help my Mom, who has breast cancer, in case she needs it.

Some acts of kindness anyone can do right from their computers:

1. Amnesty International has a petition out now to get Congress to continue funding the Violence Against Women act, which has helped to provide shelter and resources for those leaving abusive relationships. You can sign an email petition for that from their website: www.amnestyusa.org

2. The Hunger Site, www.thehungersite.com (and a whole family of fellow sites for other causes) will donate money for each click to a lot of good causes - feeding the poor, caring for sheltered animals, giving books to kids, etc. Advertisers pay for everything, and they don't even take down your email or anything like that.

3. Write a letter to your local newspaper (or your congressperson, after the next congressional elections) in support of international debt relief. There are some easy fact sheets and info on www.jubileeusa.org

4. Free Battered Women - a San Francisco-based organization working to allow women incarcerated for self-defense kinds of crimes related to domestic abuse they've suffered to get adequate legal representation and new and fair trials. There are plenty of email petitions on their site, too - www.freebatteredwomen.org

5. Craigslist has plenty of people who are homebound or homeless and have no other friends and family to talk to who share about their personal problems or concerns on the general community section. You could drop a few folks an encouraging email (www.craigslist.org)

6. There are plenty of other environmental and other organizations with email alerts - just search online depending on what causes you support.

Here's a real-life one I've done a few times, got the idea from a florist's promotion:

Go down and buy a dozen roses (if they're just in a bouquet and not a vase, they can be cheap, I got one for just 17.95) and hand them out to whoever in your neighborhood looks like they need one. Perhaps homeless people, tired-looking moms with lots of little kids, the elderly, or even traffic cops who usually just get yelled at.

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Thursday, July 7th, 2005
10:02 am - A lady at my church.....

byrthebb
gave me $100 this past Sunday after the service. Bless her. She knows I'm struggling. She said God has been so good to her and she just wanted to help someone else out.
I hope she is OK. She also told me she was going to have some tests done soon. I need to call and find out how she is.

I wish I could help others out but right now my finances don't allow for it.

I am volunteering as much of my time as I can. That may have to be scaled back if I start this telemarketing job next week. I am hoping something else comes along before then but it's not looking good. The temp. services I'm signed up with just don't seem to have anything. I hate telemarketing but I'm running out of options. I have rent and bills to pay-including a huge hospital bill which will take me another 5 or more years to pay off.

Well enough of my ramblings. I hope I wasn't too much of a downer.
Thanks for reading.
Please stop by my journal sometime.

current mood: worried

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9:53 am - The Spark

byrthebb
http://www.thesparkmovie.com

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Saturday, June 11th, 2005
5:11 pm

thesecretfairy
I am the Secret Fairy, and anonymous posting, messages and confessions are my speciality. I love secrets, glamour bombing and random acts of kindness. ♥

I need missions. Make sure you check out my "journal". I am sure that you will like it.
Let's work together to make LiveJournal a more magical place every day. thesecretfairy

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Wednesday, June 1st, 2005
10:40 pm - A sort of spam, a sort of suggestion

mippy
Hello there

Just a wee request, seeing as you are all fans of philanthropy, to take a look here...

http://www.livejournal.com/community/savemippy/

Please, if you do decide to lend a hand, post a suggestion for an Act of Kindness in the comments box and I promise I will do them for you! A little karma never hurt anybody...

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Friday, May 27th, 2005
2:47 pm - Lovely Meeting

featherfish
What a lovely idea for a community! I commend you all.

I have had many pleasant brushes with totally random people, but this one stands out the most:

Recently I was in New York City with a youth group — we were doing mission work to help homeless people. Community service is not something I typically do, so that was a great experience in general, but one of the worst things about it was that I could not for the life of me get along with our three adult chaperones. Midway through the trip, I thought I might just flip out if I had to deal with their detached lack of interest in our wishes any more, and I was really honestly missing my parents and wishing I had some sort of good adult role in my life right about then.

We went to a small one-act play festival and sat through five short plays, one of which was terrible, two of which were decent, and two of which were really top-notch. My favorite of the five was innovative and funny, and one of the main actors drew me in with some strange charisma despite the annoying character he played.

Afterward, we were allowed to mingle with the actors, directors and writers. I drifted around, looking for someone I was interested in speaking with, and I saw my actor of choice. His charisma was even more noticeable now that he had dropped character—he had the nicest smile. His name was Robert.

He passed me, and I began the whole thing by poking his arm. I was rather shocked at myself, but he was immediately inviting, smiling and asking lots of questions, clearly interested in who I was, not just talking about his work. We had a brief conversation where I complimented him and the writing, and he guessed from about ten words out of my mouth that I was an aspiring writer (not really sure how he pulled that one off). He told me I ought to speak with the playwright, and offered to point him out for me when he got the chance.

I'd figured he wasn’t really planning to come back.

But I ran into him again that evening, and he asked if I’d found the writer yet. I said I hadn’t, so, upon locating him, Robert brought me over to him. He was chatting with two elderly, pompous-looking stuffed-shirts, so I waited patiently, but they didn’t show any signs of stopped soon. Robert returned, and went so far as to interrupt their conversation and introduce me.

I ran into him several other times that night, and every single time he was unbelievably kind and willing to drop everything and talk to me. I actually ended up walking out with him, talking about a film I was trying to make with a hand camera.

His last words to me: "It was lovely meeting you; you’re a great person to talk to!"

That was exactly the kindness I needed. I’m considering dedicating my first film to him.

current mood: grateful

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Sunday, February 13th, 2005
5:31 pm
secretivebub Cross posted sorry people, must be done. But this is a random act of kindness.

I apologise if this sounds like an advertisement, but not enough people have been donating enough money to this radio station in New York called WFDU 89.1 FM. Maybe because it consists of oldies music [salsa, blues..etc] but they would appreciate it if people helped out by at least giving $5.00.Or if you feel more generous, you are welcome to give $10 to above. PLease help to fundraise, ring 201 692 012 or go online on their website here,email them your name so they can credit you on air & give you a free cd(i think when you can donate $39)other than this they will be left to shut down if not enough people help! :(
I heard it through internet radio, & I don't even live in usa but i still care!HELP OUT PLEASE by ringing & making a pledge..or they’ll go off the air. They are volunteers who love their job but are on the verge of giving up, please.

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