Wednesday, June 11, 2014

RAOK Updates and News

We have lots of news in the random acts of kindness (RAOK) department! The Sofia's Angels Foundation is now an officially licensed non-profit organization with the goal of helping those in need. Originally a group of women teaming up for the Susan G. Komen walk, the Angels have now expanded to include friends, family, and even random strangers who have been inspired to participate in the mission. If you wish to link your RAOK activity with this worthwhile cause, please contact Cathy for cards to leave behind! Please show your support and follow Sofia's Angels on Facebook.

One of our most exciting recent projects was leaving a thousand dollars in $10 bills randomly around Boston last Tuesday, but not everything has to be so profound. Here are some RAOK ideas to inspire you!

  • Take the time to talk with a cashier at the register and show them recognition. Slow down and appreciate the people around you!
  • Use your talents to help a friend. If you're good with kids, babysit for a neighbor so they can go out on a date or have some alone time. Help someone clean their house, mow their lawn, or bring a friend or family member a dessert. Use what comes naturally to share joy with others!
  • Send flowers to the hospital and ask them to decide who needs them most.
  • Become an organ donor.
  • Praise your partner with a genuine compliment.
  • Hand out popsicles in the neighborhood or on campus for a refreshing treat.
  • Pass on a coupon or savings you won't be using.

There are millions of things you can do to bring someone more joy and happiness in their lives. Even the smallest gestures of kindness can change someone's life. You never know if the person you smile at on the streets needed to know just one person cared about them.

And kindness is contagious! Inspiring others to help is as simple as showing them how easy it can be. Author Dete Meserve recently wrote a book about RAOK called "Good Sam," and the hype from the book has created a ripple effect of connecting with real life good samaritans who are making a difference in the lives of others. Cathy will be heading to Los Angeles next week to perform some RAOK in California and will additionally be honored along with another good samaritan, Daniel Smith (featured in our blog in the past!) at the book launch event on June 22 in Downtown Los Angeles! In an exciting return of kindness, Dete Meserve has arranged for anonymous donors to contribute funds in order to continue the efforts of Cathy and Daniel's random acts of kindness.

Thank you for taking the time to catch up on our latest news. We appreciate your support and, as always, your help.

"People who are crazy enough to think they can
change the world, are the ones who do." - Steve Jobs

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