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National Random Acts of Kindness Week February 15-21, 2010

Did you know that this week is National Random Acts of Kindness week (aka #RAK on Twitter, FaceBook, blogs)? Did you also know that Random Acts of Kindness have health benefits as well? They do! According to the The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation website:

A number of scientific studies show that Acts of Kindness result in significant health benefits, both physical and mental, for those who perform them.

Birthdays are a very special event in everyone’s lives and are often overlooked. So the focus of this post is going to be about doing random acts of kindness geared towards birthdays.

But first, I’d like to share my Random Act of Kindness story with you:

My random act of kindness happened many years ago but lives with me as if it were yesterday. About 13 years ago I was tested for a bone marrow match at a co-worker’s request (their friend needed a transfer) and consequently added to the Donor Program Registry. Unfortunately I wasn’t a match for my co-worker’s friend, but about 5 years later I received a call from the local Red Cross asking if I would come in for further testing because I might be a match for someone else. As it turns out, I was and I did donate bone marrow (via my pelvic bone) to a young lady who had leukemia. This person was not a family member, a friend or even an acquaintance. It was a stranger in need and I never felt more honored to give of myself. I still have the teddy bear with bandages on his behind that I received as reward for my donation. If it wasn’t packed I’d post a picture of it. :)

There are millions across the US in need of bone marrow donations, but matches can only be made if people register as a bone marrow donor. If you’re looking for Random Acts of Kindness ideas, consider getting swabbed and Be a Match – www.dkmsamericas.org.

Now if you’re looking for a birthday related Random Acts of Kindness and need some inspiration just read this sweet story shared on The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation’s website: Birthday Surprise

Ideas for Birthday Random Acts of Kindness:

Donate to the Amercian Cancer Society’s More Birthdays campaign

Donate to these non-profit organizations that provide homeless kids with birthday parties or birthday gift bags:

Volunteer or donate to a local SPCA shelter. You can even volunteer your time online!

Simple yet effective Random Acts of Kindness:

  • Smile often
  • Take time to tell friends, family, co-workers, teachers why you appreciate them
  • Put a note in your kid’s lunch
  • Pay for the person’s Starbuck’s drink behind you
  • Give compliments
  • Send hand written notes
  • Offer to carry groceries for the elderly

Looking for more #RAK stories and ideas? Check out some of our friends’ sites!

Carissa Rogers – GoodNCrazy: Little Randon Acts of Kindness

Robyn’s Online World: National Random Acts of Kindness Week Feb 15-21

Do you have a RAK post too? Post a comment below with your link…we can all use some more #RAK in our lives!

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