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Day 363 – “What this World Needs is a New Kind of Army – The Army of the Kind”

“Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world.” Annie Lennox Do you belong to the army of the kind?

I have just 2 days left of my 365 days of giving journey. One of the organizations that inspired me start 365give was the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. (RAK) They make it easy to give every day. You can be part of a community that believes being kind will make the world a better place. I believe RAK is changing the world and I have one last idea to share with RAK and you.

Day 363: Give (RAK) 363

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” Princess Diana

My house was in need of a new roof.  It’s not exactly the home repair job you want to be getting done when you have a new baby in your home (we just adopted a baby boy 2 weeks ago) but it had to be done before the Vancouver winter rains arrived. 

I had a team of 6 men scraping down my roof at 8 am this morning. I escaped from the banging and scraping for a few hours with my son but when I returned home they were still working like dogs. I thought they were in need of a little break. I put on my “Betty Croker” hat and went and prepared a pot of coffee and snacks that would fuel them through until lunch time.

I didn’t have to provide coffee or snacks for this group of gentleman – they were getting well paid to complete the job but instead I wanted to show some additional kindness to make their long, back breaking day a little bit better.

Isn’t that what Random Acts of Kindness is all about? “Inspiring people to practice kindness and pass it on to others.”

The workman were so appreciative – it was obviously not a common practice at each home they do a job at – but it is at my house. I can’t preform the job they do and I appreciated their expertise to fix my roof.

If we all appreciated each other, if we were all kind to each other whether you are a garbage man, a roof layer or the Prince of England – what a place the world would be!

Share your favourite RAK with us today!

Time Commitment: 10 minuntes

Cost: $5.00

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)