2015 Twelve Days of Christmas Kindness: PART THREE

The last of the Twelve Days are here!

I have to admit, it gets harder ever year to be creative. But I know that doesn’t matter so much, as just doing something for something else. I don’t have to make it perfect, I just have to make it happen.

So here are the remaining Random Acts of Kindness (RAKs) I did for this years Twelve Days of Christmas Kindness:

RAK 9 – I wasn’t sure we were going to get any snow this week, but we did. And before I could get out and shovel someone else’s sidewalk, my next door neighbors had already done ours and their own! Awesome, right? That was a cool surprise. So, I decided to continue paying that forward. I went and shoveled a different neighbors driveway, instead. I’m not a fan of snow, not gonna lie. But I was glad it arrived this day so I could do something for others.

RAK 10 – There are tons of toy drives this time of year. Pretty much everywhere you go there are groups or businesses collecting toys, to deliver to either hospitals, less than fortunate families in the community, or to group homes. The yoga studio I am apart of has been collecting gifts for the YWCA. Toys for young children and teens were among the suggested gifts. I decided to buy a book-set suitable for a teenager, and I placed it under the tree to be donated. Hopefully whoever ends up with this gift discovers a love for reading or continues to grow an already blossoming love for reading. Plus, the book-set has 6 books in it. So, it’s the kind of gift that will extend over a period of time. YAH!

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RAK 11 – When I was planning the RAKs out originally, and all the ideas I could do, I did include the idea of giving blood. This is an important one to me and one I’ve done through the years, whether it’s apart of the 12 Days of Christmas Kindness or not. Well, I went to book my appointment and realized (through conversation with the lady helping me book) that I wasn’t eligible to give blood just yet, due to being tattooed less than six months prior. Doh!! Yes, that is correct. If you have gotten a tattoo, you will need to wait six months before you can give. Well, that tossed that idea under the bus and I had to come up with something else.

But what could I do, on such short notice?

Well, here is an idea you can look for and do, if you too are struggling with finding things to do for others during your mission of RAK.

Notice all the grocery carts scattered among the parking lot at the grocery store? Yah, they are hard not to notice sometimes. Start collecting them and putting them all in one area. Or hell, just bring someone else’s cart back up to the store for them, after they have unloaded their groceries. It’s easy and it’s available pretty much every time you go to the big box stores. Done like dinner!

RAK 12 – Ahhhh the last one. That went quickly!

The last RAK I did was to gather clothes, books and house stuff that I was no longer wearing, reading or interested in, and take it to the second hand store. There are so many people that use second hand stores as a source for their Christmas shopping, especially if they have growing children and cant justify paying full price on a pair of kid’s jeans, which they will just grow out of in a few months. Yes, you are “cleaning out your closet” and doing something for you, but you are also providing new options for families in your community to shop and find lovely things to GIVE or use to make their own holidays special. It’s just another way to help others in a round about way.

I hope you have enjoyed this year’s annual Twelve Days of Christmas Kindness! Thanks for joining in on the giving or simply reading and being a part of my journey.

I’m wishing you a kick ass end to 2015 and an even more kick ass start to the new year. Happy holidays!

Sending love, hugs, and butt slaps…

Xoxo

McDooogs

 

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2015 Twelve Days of Christmas Kindness, PART TWO.

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It’s getting so close to Christmas! Ten days away, people. TEN. DAYS.

Nine if you count the days left to get sh*t done.

Anyone feeling stressed yet?

I am actually doing okay. I have had all my shopping done for awhile. There are a few bottles of booze I need to buy, but apart from that, I’m ready to rock.

To continue with the theme of giving! Since that’s what you are here to read about. Here is part two of three for the 12 Days of Christmas Kindness… I hope these ideas are inspiring you to get out and try your own Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) this holiday season!

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RAK 5 – I got a gift card for the grocery store and went and found a lady shopping with kids. I handed it over to her, saying I knew that it wasn’t much in the grande scheme of things but I would like her to have it, to help with her grocery expenses that day. She was so gracious! And so blown away. Her two little boys just stared at me, probably confused as to why this stranger was making mommy act so happy. Lol… it felt awesome.

RAK 6 – I went through the Tim Hortons drive-thru with the sole purpose of buying someone else’s coffee or lunch. A mini van pulled in behind me. YAH! So I ordered my coffee and when I got to the window to pay, I told the employee I wanted to pay for the van behind me, too. Good stuff. I bought their lunch that day, and drove off happily. Hopefully I made there day feel pretty lucky and light in the process..

RAK 7 – Okay, lotto tickets. This one is cheap and easy to do. $1 scratch and win lotto tickets are always fun to get, plus who doesn’t like the chance of getting rich?! I went and bought 5 scratch cards… I paid and as soon as the lady handed them to me, I handed the right back and said, “These are for you.” 🙂 I wished her good luck and she said had literally I made her day. Now, THAT is awesome.

RAK 8 – I had intentions of making christmas cookies to take the the fire hall or the police department. But unfortunately, my free time for baking these days is few and far between. So, I went and bought a dozen donuts instead. I can’t decide if thats cheating… lol… since my originally plan was to bake the cookies myself. Just roll with it, right?

Anyways! There I was with twelve donuts and my pooch (he came along for the ride). We cruised over to the nearby fire hall, and with a quick knock at the door, a man in uniform appeared. There. Right there. This trip is worth it, I thought to myself. (Who doesn’t like a man in uniform!?) I explained to him what I was doing and handed the donuts over for him to share and enjoy with his coworkers. In return, I got another bright smile delivered back to me.

I’m telling you guys, giving gets me high. 😀

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Hope your 12 days of giving is giving back to you, the way mine is to me!

Sending love, hugs, and butt slaps

xoxo

McDooogs

Part one: Twelve Days of Christmas Kindness 2015

As you know, the Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Kindness are upon us. Twelve days of Random Acts of kindness (RAK). Who’s with me!?

I hope you are joining along, and encouraging others to get involved, too. Do one day only or hell, do all twelve. All that matters is that you go out of your way to do something kind for other people.

I don’t share this here to brag about what I have done or try to shine some egotistical light on myself as being holier than thou. I post these not for attention, but to encourage others to get involved. To inspire them and to get their heart growing and their creative juices flowing. That’s it, that’s all.

Here we go!

Day one! I volunteered to wrap ALL of Grandma and Grandpas presents for the grandchildren. It took me a few hours, but it saved them probably double the time. I love wrapping presents! The past few years I have volunteered with the YMCA to wrap gifts. This is a great option if you don’t have anyone “close to home” to offer to wrap for. Check out your local YMCA for their needs. Most shifts are about 1.5 to 2 hours long, and all you do is hang out and wrap presents! I recommend this to anyone who wants to start volunteering but is intimidated by time commitments or their own busy schedule.

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Day two! I put about 20 Christmas cards on the windshields of cars at the shopping center. So, when these shoppers came back to their vehicles from shopping, hopefully this put a little love in their hearts. 🙂 You can get Christmas cards from the dollar store for dirt cheap, or if you’re feeling extra crafty, you can make your own special cards!

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Day three! Ah yes, this one happened easily. I was at the grocery store and of course my big cart of groceries was in line and a lady came up behind me with just a few things.

Perfect,” I thought, “I needed someone to come in line behind me so I could offer for them to go in front of me.” I welcomed her to skip ahead in line and she accepted, informing me that this was wonderful as she was actually already running late. Well there you go, people. The Universe always provides us with who we need, when we need them. 😉

Day four! Off to the humane society I went! In tow I had a bunch of supplies of things that they go through quite quickly there. Their most needed supplies (apart from food for the animals, obviously) were paper towels, bleach and dish soap. I arrived with supplies in hand to give, and of course they were gracious and thankful.

Call your local animal shelter to see what products you could donate or to find out the brand of food they choice for their pets. Lethbridge Humane Society serves Acana basic adult and Acana puppy & Junior for the pooches. For the cats, they serve Acana Prairie Feast, incase you’re interested in buying dinner for these babes!

I unfortunately didn’t snap any photos of any of the little sweeties needing a home 😦 (I promise you there were plenty of little sweethearts, waiting to be loved on! You’ll just have to go see for yourself.) but you can check them out on Facebook here or check out the website here. Regardless of where you live, please call the shelter ahead of time to find out hours, their supply list, choice of dog and cat food, arranging visits or volunteering.

See you in a few days for the next couple of RAKs!

Sending love, hugs and butt slaps

xoxo

McDooogs

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2015: Twelve Days of Christmas Kindness

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Oh, it’s that time of year again! My annual Twelve Days of Christmas Kindness.

Random Acts of Kindness (RAKs) are so fun to be in receipt of. We feel light, lucky and happy to be on the receiving end when someone randomly gives to us. But, let me tell you, the rush from giving is just as good. If not better.

When it comes to my annual 12 days of Christmas Kindness, I usually post one RAK a day, over the 12 days for readers to follow or enjoy. But, it was brought to my attention from one of my readers last year, that they wish they could see the list all at once.

This individual made the point that sometimes the RAK I did that day was either out of their budget or too late in the day to plan for (volunteering was the example: yes, that takes some planning ahead of time if you know you are going to do it).

So for this year, I decided to just make the list and share it all at once. These are the RAKs that I will be doing this holiday season.

Interested in playing along? Awesome. (If not, that’s okay too.)

Try what you like, leave what you don’t. You can also click here for some ideas of things I’ve chosen to do in past years.

Good luck and have fun!

2015 Twelve Days of Christmas Kindness:

  • Leave Christmas cards on the cars in the mall parking lot, wishing the shoppers a safe and happy holiday season.

 

  • Buy the coffee for the person behind you. Easy peasy.

 

  • Volunteer to wrap presents for the YMCA (or even for family members who might be busy this season and could use the free time.)

 

  • Head to your local animal shelter and spend some time walking the pups or playing with the kittens. With any luck, you might turn this into a weekly visit and routine! 😉

 

  • Is it snowing where you are? Shovel the snow for the neighbors. If you are one of the lucky ones who don’t have to deal with snow, you can still make your neighbors day by wheeling their garbage bin back up to the house on garbage day, or maybe raking their leaves.

 

  • If you’re in line at the grocery store, with a lot groceries in your cart, and the person behind you has only a few, let them go ahead of you.

 

  • Buy some $1 scratch and win lotto tickets, and take them to a store that you know is crazy busy during the holidays (maybe a toy store or a liquor store), and leave them for the sales staff who are working their butts off to meet everyones shopping needs.

 

  • Bake some cookies and take them to the local fire hall to give to all the brave men and women. What’s that you say? You don’t consider yourself much of a cook? I bet a pack of tim bits or donuts would be appreciated, too.

 

  • As per every other year of doing the 12 Days of Kindness: DONATE blood. This is always needed.

 

  • Volunteer at the local soup kitchen. There are always plenty of meals to be made, and this time of year, the staff could use the extra hands. Whether you wash dishes or clean up plates, your efforts for a couple hours will be much appreciated. This is really fun to do with your friends (speaking from experience), so round up a few of the besties!

 

  • Leave a small toy for the toy drive. Some families can’t afford many gifts for their children; it sucks for kids to go with out, and then see all their friends receive so many fun toys. Leave a small gift and help make a young kids Christmas memorable and special.

 

  • If you’ve got the extra money this month, purchase a $20 or $50 gift card to the grocery store. Walk around the store when you are there, and see if you spot any mothers with young kids in tow. If so, offer the gift card to them. Groceries are expensive, but imagine having four or five other mouths to feed? If there were no young mothers shopping, elderly people would also be a great choice, too. Go ahead and restore their faith in your generation.

 

Give.

That’s all that the RAKs are about… give your time, your efforts, your money, your words. Anything that spreads kindness.

Sending hugs, love and butt slaps…

xoxo

McDooogs

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Holidays 2013: Twelve Days Of Kindness… part 3

I’ve been a little bit behind on sharing my 12 days of Kindness project!

I guess this season will do that to a girl… busy, busy, busy…

Here is days nine, ten, eleven, and twelve! Enjoy. 🙂

photo 5-2Giving to the local food bank

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Placing Christmas cards on the cars at the parking lot

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Treats for a stranger

photo 2-4Myself, mom and Mira before we left THIS note…

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Buying breakfast for an elderly couple

Yes, we realize diners is spelt wrong. Excitement and giddiness can do that to a girl. I didn’t notice until after it was pointed out to us by multiple critics on Facebook. Goes to show, those who are not doing it will always find a way to criticize those who are. I mean, they missed the whole point of the good deed because they focused on a fault! Ah well. We still had fun doing this. It was by far my favorite of the 12. 🙂

Hope you enjoyed! I’m back with it again next Christmas… but of course you don’t have to wait for Christmas to do random acts of kindness.

Sending love, hugs and butt slaps… stay warm!

xoxo

Love McDooogs

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Holidays 2013: My Twelve Days of Kindness… part 2

More photos from the 12 day of Kindness… days 5, 6, 7 and 8.

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Day 5: Paid for a drop in Yoga pass

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Day 6: Starbucks for a stranger

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Day 7: Toy drive!

photo 3-2Day 8: Christmas cookies!

Sending love, hugs and butt slaps…

xoxo

McDooogs

Holidays 2013: My twelve days of kindness… part 1

Well hellooooo!

I’ve brought back the 12 days of Christmas kindness! Another 12 days of random acts of kindness… ending 2013 right!

Giving is fun.

It feels good.

Sometimes it’s tough, cause I’m like, “Ugh I want to be creative! How can I top what I did last year, and do different acts of kindness that are super badass and fun?”

It’s happening though. Super badass and fun random acts of kindness are taking place…

Check out days one through four!

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Giving blood ❤

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Mira and I giving out Starbucks gift cards

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Sticky love!

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More sticky love ❤

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Operation beautiful 🙂

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My girl Mira left some, too!

photo 1.PNG-2Scratch and win lottery tickets to strangers.

YAH!!

Sending love, hugs, and butt slaps…

xoxo

McDooogs

ps … check back in a few days for part two! Days 5 – 8!

Holidays 2012: twelve days of Kindness… part 3!

Here is the last segment to my 12 days of Kindness adventure! This post includes days 9, 10, 11 and 12. I hope you have enjoyed following along! Obviously, this felt amazing to do… and I can’t help but hope you feel inspired to do something similar to this, down the road as well. The world needs more love and kindness. Go be the change!

Day 9 ... My sister Jilly and I went to the second hand store and bought a bunch of house hold goodies, to put in a care package.. which we will be giving anonymously to a family in need.
Day 9 … My sister Jilly and I went to the second hand store and bought a bunch of house hold goodies, to put in a care package.. which we will be giving anonymously to a family in need.
* Day 10... I took a gift card, wrote a tiny explanatory note, and stuck it in my favorite book, at my favorite bookstore. Someone, one day, will have a lucky surprise!
* Day 10… I took a gift card, wrote a tiny explanatory note, and stuck it in my favorite book, at my favorite bookstore. Someone, one day, will have a lucky surprise!
Day 11... I left sticky notes all over the mall! On mirrors, in the change rooms, on clothing racks.. and this one, on a car window. :)
Day 11… I left sticky notes all over the mall! On mirrors, in the change rooms, on clothing racks.. and this one, on a car window. 🙂
Day 12! I taped this note, with some change to the table of a coffee shop. Embracing change is something I am working on... I hope to inspire someone else to do it gracefully and with an open mind, too.
Day 12! I taped this note, with some change to the table of a coffee shop. Embracing change is something I am working on… I hope to inspire someone else to do it gracefully and with an open mind, too.

Holidays 2012: Twelve Days of Kindness… part 2

A little update to my 12 days of Kindness! Today was day with 10, but here is a recap of the last few days.
Day 5... Christmas cookies were delivered
Day 5… Christmas cookies were delivered
Day 6... I volunteered for the YWCA gift wrap centre
Day 6… I volunteered for the YWCA gift wrap centre
Day 7... Santa McDooogs donated a toy to the Toy For Tots
Day 7… Santa McDooogs donated a toy to the Toy For Tots
Day 8... I gave my sweet mama flowers :)
Day 8… I gave my sweet mama flowers 🙂

Holidays 2012: Twelve days of Kindness, part 1

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to meeeeeeee…

You know that Christmas song? Gawd, you do not want to hear me sing it. That would be a great form of punishment, and I’m guessing that you have been a good kiddo this year, and not naughty (although naughty isn’t always so bad!) soooo I will save the punishment by NOT continuing any further with that song.

But, now that I have you thinking of that song, The 12 Days of Christmas, I would like to apologize and carry on to my little spin off of it.

12 days of Christmas for ME this year is actually the 12 days of Kindness.

It’s pretty much exactly what you think. 12 days of kindness. Just random (or pre-planned) acts of kindness. At least one a day.

I thought I would share with you guys, what I have done so far.

Day 1: I gave my friend flowers :)
Day 1: I gave my friend flowers 🙂
Day 2: I plugged the parking meters downtown.
Day 2: I plugged the parking meters downtown.
Day 3: I took homemade christmas cards, wrote a little message in each and placed them on car windows parked at the grocery store and liquor store.
Day 3: I took homemade christmas cards, wrote a little message in each and placed them on car windows parked at the grocery store and liquor store.
Day 4: I went to Tim Hortons for coffee and bought the order for the person behind me, too.
Day 4: I went to Tim Hortons for coffee and bought the order for the person behind me, too.

Cool beans.

The first four days! Eight remaining. Stay tuned.

Sending love, hugs and butt slaps…

xoxo

McDooogs