Project RAOKK: Random Acts Of Katie Kindness

Saturday , 29, November 2014 4 Comments

This coming Monday, December 1, would have been Katie’s 35th birthday.  In contemplating how to spend the day, I’ve never doubted that I wanted to celebrate–to me, it’s not a day to be sad over what we’ve lost.  December 1 was the day when Katie entered the world, and, even though it would be years before we met, it was the day that she started on a path that would eventually cross mine in a way that would change me forever.

Katie's 21st Birthday--Queen for the Day!  Probably the last birthday I celebrated in person with her.

  Katie’s 21st Birthday–Queen for the Day! Probably the last birthday I celebrated in person with her.

Katie's birthday, 2012.  I wasn't there at dinner, but I just love how she's glowing!

Katie’s birthday, 2012. I wasn’t there at dinner, but I just love how she’s glowing!

Even though so many of us are still mourning her loss, I can see her birthday only as a reason to celebrate all the love, joy, and wisdom she brought to the lives of everyone she met while she was here.  I think the best way to honor her is to share the love and joy she would still be spreading if she were here.

Because of that, I’ll be spending Monday doing 35 random acts of kindness in her honor.

I’ll post about the day sometime later this week, but in the meantime, I’d love to have YOUR help, too!!

I’d like to ask, invite, encourage, etc. everyone to participate, whether you knew Katie or not–on Monday, I invite you to do so some random act of kindness in her honor.

If you’re willing to share with me what you do, I’d love to collect a list of everyone’s acts to share at the end of the day.

Not sure what you can do?  Here’s a list of free or cheap ideas to get you started (no act of kindness is ever too small!):

  • Hold doors for other people
  • Let someone go in front of you at the grocery store
  • Let someone merge into traffic in front of you
  • Take out/bring back in your neighbor’s garbage can
  • Give up the prime parking spot to someone else who’s waiting
  • Call a loved one just to tell them you love and appreciate them
  • Ask an elderly, ill, or extra-busy neighbor what you can do to help them
  • Forgive someone
  • Put you phone away and really listen
  • Write a note to someone who needs a reminder that they’re awesome
  • Sincerely compliment a stranger
  • Feed a parking meter that’s run out
  • Pay the toll for the car behind you
  • Buy coffee for the person behind you in line when you grab your own in the morning
  • Donate to a food pantry, homeless shelter, or thrift store
  • Donate blood
  • Pick up garbage at a park, near a school, etc.
  • If you haven’t already done so, sign up to be an organ donor (and tell your family!)
  • Send a note to someone you’ve been meaning to thank
  • Etc.  If you keep your eyes open, you’ll notice opportunities everywhere!

I imagine Katie grinning at a day dedicated to service and love–I hope you’ll join me in celebrating her legacy!

4 thoughts on “ : Project RAOKK: Random Acts Of Katie Kindness”
  • Aims Treese says:

    I found these printable notes on Pintrest.

    There are many others. ( including Random Acts if Christmas Kindness ) and many idea starters. Smiles! Aims

  • Kristen says:

    i am giving cooking and baking items to a lady and mom in need as she is starting over . This message just came over facebook with my neighborhood association. Must be meant to be!

  • Ed says:

    Donating plasma and platelets as we speak.

  • Robin Langlois says:

    Had lunch today with friend who’s husband only has a week to live. Went to visit my kids past babysitter that is dying from cancer

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