31 Acts of Kindness – Part 5 – 60 Supporting Acts!

If you’ve been following along in this series, you are aware that I am doing 31 Acts of Kindness in memory of my husband, Chaz, for his 31st birthday.  I did this in order to get through the emotionally difficult weeks around his birthday.  And it really did ease some of the pain!
I described all 31 acts in Parts 1 through 4 of this series, which you can read by clicking the links below:
You’re probably wondering, if I finished all 31 acts, then why is there Part 5?
Well, if you remember in Part 1 of the series, my 5th Act of Kindness was to spread out the reach of these acts by asking A LOT of other people to do at least one Act of Kindness.

The response to that little Facebook invite was incredible!  So this post is dedicated entirely to all the Random Acts of Kindness performed by friends, family, and supporters of Me Plus 3!

I received messages, comments, and even pictures of all the wonderful things that were done.
I was going to take their words and paraphrase, but I loved what everyone had to say so much!  So, I decided to post exactly what everyone sent me.  Although, I did substitute any names for initials, just out of privacy.  Each person who participated is listed by their initials as well.

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I hope you enjoy reading through all of these AMAZING acts of kindness.  Seriously, prepare for some heart-warming, good feelings!!! 🙂
60 Acts of Kindness:
ANONYMOUS: I want to list this one first because I don’t know who did it. On Chaz’s birthday, we woke up to a gift bag with balloons attached on our front porch. Inside were 3 little lizard stuffed animals, and a gift card for our local zoo! Pictured below is the card that was included. Thank you anonymous follower, we used the gift card to have lunch at the zoo yesterday! 🙂

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HS:  “I did three today in honor of your cute kiddos. First, was help an older couple find their vehicle at Meijer. Second, I purchased a gift card at target and gave it to the person in line behind me. And third, I put money towards the person behind me food at Burger King. I have more plans for tomorrow and will let you know. Have a good day and know that I will pray for you often tomorrow especially.”
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TM:  “Invited my sisters to assist me in my random act of kindness. Today we all brought balloons to a local park to spread smiles to the kiddos there. It was a perfect day for it and there were lots of kids who flocked to the balloons excited right away

Yes- my sisters really stepped up! I think we had 45 or so balloons!!! The parents were surprised, confused and loved it You may use the pics in your blog:)


31 Acts of Kindness Series - Part 5 - 60 Supporting Acts! Read these great ideas of what my family, friends, and supporters did in memory of my husband on his 31st birthday!  www.MePlus3Today.com #RAK #RAKtivist #widow Balloons to kids at the park.

It was fun and a great feeling. We have a little old neighbor lady who’s kids never visit, one took her car so she’s stranded here all the time. I’m planning on seeing if I can pick anything up from the store for her, but haven’t had time trying to balance both babies, so not sure I’ll make it in time for your blog- but you’ve inspired me!!!

Just thought I should follow up- I did call the old lady downstairs, she had just gotten help from a lady who cleans her house. They went to Meijer together. I’ll try her again in a few weeks. I loved reading what you and everyone has done for their acts of kindness. Maybe it’s the hormones talking but I got teary-eyed through many of them.”
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SF:  “For your 31 acts of kindness, I had heard T’s grandpa, who is 80 and lives alone has been lonely, So…….feeling inspired by you and Chaz, today I went and took my lunch break to visit with him for an hour and just chat. I think he needed it as much as I needed it.”
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YC: Our family act of kindness comes a little late, but with much thought. 31 Bags of Fritos (couldn’t find chili cheese) his favorite snack and 31 white t-shirts (Chaz rocked the tshirt look every night walking through the neighborhood w the kids) all donated to Camping for a Cause, an outreach group that assembles care bags to be given to the homeless. Gone but not forgotten, we miss you Chaz.

31 Acts of Kindness Series - Part 5 - 60 Supporting Acts! Read these great ideas of what my family, friends, and supporters did in memory of my husband on his 31st birthday!  www.MePlus3Today.com #RAK #RAKtivist #widow T-shirts and snacks to Camping for a Cause, an organization that supports homeless.

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BS:  “Random acts from B….. 1) bought meals for people behind me in drive through 2x 2) flipped kid $2 that was short at gas station 3) bought a surprise round for entire group at bar. 4) let like 10 people in in a row at church….funny how church folks can get so pissed! 5) took my son to say “hello” to Chaz. Told him his girls and boy look great! It was the right way to top off my assignment!”
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SO:  “Brought donuts into work today in honor of Chaz’s birthday! Praying for you today Sarah!”


31 Acts of Kindness Series - Part 5 - 60 Supporting Acts! Read these great ideas of what my family, friends, and supporters did in memory of my husband on his 31st birthday!  www.MePlus3Today.com #RAK #RAKtivist #widow - Donuts to coworkers

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JS: 
“Acts of Kindness. Hi Sarah! I have some acts of kindness I did but haven’t had a chance to type something out to share (sorry) so I wanted to quick tell you a few of them! The things we did for Chaz…. 
1) A girl on a garage sale site was looking to buy preemie clothes for her daughter who is in NICU. I contacted her and brought her all of M’s old preemie clothes and gave them to her for free. About a month go was the first time I was willing to let go of any of M’s things (to strangers). With the whole FA thing I’ve held onto everything of hers and it was hard of me to let it go. But I did it, and I hope her daughter was able to use the items I gave her. 
2) I bought someone’s groceries ahead of me in line at the grocery store. 
3) I am meeting someone today to give them a bunch of clothes for free from the twins.

A brought his Engineering team to Devos Children’s hospital and they do bingo with the kids that are in-patient. 

After some reflection these are the things I do on a regular basis that I never even realized I did that would be considered acts of kindness 
1) I participate in Amazon smile, am an organ donor and on the bone marrow donor registry, and any time someone is having a fundraiser I participate whether I know them or not. Including an event in Kalamazoo we are going to next weekend for a little girl with a brain tumor. 
2) I regularly donate to the following charities: American humane society, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, St. Judes research hospital, United Way, Lake Haven Animal Rescue, and I’m not sure if I over told you but for the last 4 years I’ve donate to the American heart association in memory of your dad, and recently in honor of a girls 12 year old son that had a heart transplant last year (I went to high school with her). 
Lastly I have gathered together all of my suits and business apparel that are in new-like condition and I’m looking for an organization that helps low income women to get jobs to donate them to. If you know of a good place let me know!!   Those are a couple of the things we do!
Thought I’d share with you. Sounds like you are doing some wonderful things!!! I think it’s a great example you are setting for your kids!”
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JH: At Aldi’s I let a woman go in front of me and left a quarter in the cart.

31 Acts of Kindness Series - Part 5 - 60 Supporting Acts! Read these great ideas of what my family, friends, and supporters did in memory of my husband on his 31st birthday!  www.MePlus3Today.com #RAK #RAKtivist #widow Let someone go ahead in line, quarter in cart.


My random acts of kindness today were leaving pennies on the horse at Meijer, loading groceries onto the belt for a mom of three (her youngest was screaming), and finally I brought bacon wrapped dates to a friend. Trying the dates was on her bucket list.”

31 Acts of Kindness Series - Part 5 - 60 Supporting Acts! Read these great ideas of what my family, friends, and supporters did in memory of my husband on his 31st birthday!  www.MePlus3Today.com #RAK #RAKtivist #widow Load groceries on belt for mom, pennies on ride.
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AR: “Tonight I bought a beer ticket for a guy about our age at the Grandville beer tent. I explained why, and he promised to get the fruitiest beer they were serving. Happy birthday Chaz! We are throwing one back in your honor down here.
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CM:  “Attached is a very blurry picture of a jungle gym. My daughter In-law mentioned to her sister that I had a jungle gym for sale on my garage sale. She called me and told me that she was interested in buying it for her 2 1/2 year old son. Knowing that she recently became a single mother to three children, I told her that she could just have it. Her circumstances are vastly different than your’s, but she had three boys, ages 10, 2 1/2, and 4 month old. I was only asking $20 for it, but I thought it was more than fitting to give a single mother of three a helping hand.

31 Acts of Kindness Series - Part 5 - 60 Supporting Acts! Read these great ideas of what my family, friends, and supporters did in memory of my husband on his 31st birthday!  www.MePlus3Today.com #RAK #RAKtivist #widow Give away toy to someone in need.

We are dropping it off to her house this weekend. If you are using pictures, I can take a better picture tomorrow. Just let me know. 

Also, just so you know, I think of Chaz often. My husband only met him once, but he made a great impression on him. He is dearly missed by many and you and the children are thought of often.”
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RS:  “Sarah today my act of kindness was…. I brought the groceries to the lady that was in front of me in line at the grocery store out to her.

I’ve been doing acts of kindness here are some of them….emptied coworkers trash with the help of Aunt D. … made boxes for a coworker…. swept coworkers area… bought silver ware for someone who needed it… bought a few tops for a special little girl…. reached a box of cereal for an Elderly man… etc”
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JA:  “I started mine today. Since Chaz was a co-worker I am directing mine at co-workers and letting them know I care. I won’t say more yet, but today’s felt good. 
For Customer Service, I appreciate every single one of you I’ve worked with these last 4 years!!!”

31 Acts of Kindness Series - Part 5 - 60 Supporting Acts! Read these great ideas of what my family, friends, and supporters did in memory of my husband on his 31st birthday!  www.MePlus3Today.com #RAK #RAKtivist #widow Treats for coworkers.

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KR:  “Little things…picked up a spilled box of toys at five below, let someone go ahead of me in line at grocery store, donated a bunch of stuff to salvation army, took care of a neighbors child.”

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KF:  “I try to remember this when I drive and let people in front of me and drive “nicer.” But tomorrow I have fun things planned that I’ll post.

We brought cupcakes to daycare today. Also, we brought a package of gifts to a neighbor who is in a similar situation – her husband passed away from untreated pneumonia, leaving behind two young daughters. I didn’t take a picture of that because it didn’t feel right, but you know…

We also picked up some random trash in the daycare parking lot, although I think it might have blown out of my car…”

31 Acts of Kindness Series - Part 5 - 60 Supporting Acts! Read these great ideas of what my family, friends, and supporters did in memory of my husband on his 31st birthday!  www.MePlus3Today.com #RAK #RAKtivist #widow Treats for daycare kids.

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CR:  “I just had a dream about Chaz and I love that it happened on his birthday…the dream was about someone’s act of kindness. I received a call and Chaz showed up on the phone. I answered and heard his voice greet. It was amazing. Then it went on to random recordings from dialogue with others around the office. In my dream someone anonymously sent calls from Chaz to a chain of people. Even though it happened via dream I very much appreciated it. Happy Birthday Chaz!”

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HC:  “Left quarters on all the meters … That’s a big hooray for those of us in Cali!! Sarah, I love that u did this reminder to spread joy!!!!”

31 Acts of Kindness Series - Part 5 - 60 Supporting Acts! Read these great ideas of what my family, friends, and supporters did in memory of my husband on his 31st birthday!  www.MePlus3Today.com #RAK #RAKtivist #widow Quarters on parking meters.
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JV: G and I, on the passing of my Step-Mom on Tuesday and in honor of Chaz, surprised my step-brothers and sisters by not taking an item they had offered to us and one that will help them.”
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AD:  “I treated my student workers & coworkers to pizza tonight! I also got together a box of clothes to donate.”

31 Acts of Kindness Series - Part 5 - 60 Supporting Acts! Read these great ideas of what my family, friends, and supporters did in memory of my husband on his 31st birthday!  www.MePlus3Today.com #RAK #RAKtivist #widow Pizza for coworkers.
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SA:  “I got the courage up to make a phone call to help out a friend, and she got the job!”

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JG:  “My sitter showed up today and I decided to send her home with a paid vacation day. Also got the kids out of the house for 6 hours so my husband could have some uninterrupted chill time. I frequently thought to myself, ‘there’s no way you can complain, because Sarah has to do this every day, ALL day, with three!’ You are an amazing example of courage and strength, Sarah, and I admire you for it every day.”

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KK: I remember you saying that Taco Bell was your “first date” with Chaz so I paid for the person behind me in the drive-thru at Taco Bell today. I also gave the cashier this flyer explaining the act of kindness to give to the person behind me. (In hopes of them passing it on).
Also I made copies of the note and my coworkers took them and plan to perform acts of kindness today as well.”

31 Acts of Kindness Series - Part 5 - 60 Supporting Acts! Read these great ideas of what my family, friends, and supporters did in memory of my husband on his 31st birthday!  www.MePlus3Today.com #RAK #RAKtivist #widow Pay for someone at drive-thru.
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MS: “I made three flowers (for Charlotte, Violet, and Will) out of pipe cleaners and left them on random cars with a note wishing them a happy holiday and explaining the act of kindness. What a great idea, Sarah! Oh, and I copied KK’s note lol”
31 Acts of Kindness Series - Part 5 - 60 Supporting Acts! Read these great ideas of what my family, friends, and supporters did in memory of my husband on his 31st birthday!  www.MePlus3Today.com #RAK #RAKtivist #widow Flowers on car.
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JA: “So my random acts today was bought a doughnut for a random lady…. And a guy needed money for the bus and it was his lucky day because I normally don’t give to random people asking for money it but I gladly did it for Chaz!”

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VN: “Today i weeded my neighbors flowersbed around there house. They’re out of state for couple months.”

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HS: “A and I have our acts of kindness/juiceboxes ready to go for the 4th of July activities tomorrow in allendale. We will be handing them out until they’re gone. There is also a note taped to them explaining why we are giving them out and to check out Sarah’s blog. Can’t wait to do this and I will try to post photos. : )

So I totally forgot to take pictures but we went through 100 juice boxes in less than 10 minutes!!” 

31 Acts of Kindness Series - Part 5 - 60 Supporting Acts! Read these great ideas of what my family, friends, and supporters did in memory of my husband on his 31st birthday!  www.MePlus3Today.com #RAK #RAKtivist #widow Gave out juice pouches at festival celebration.
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MBC: “Sarah, I have to admit I did not do any Acts of Kindness, shame on me. But I want you to know that with your 31 Acts of Kindness project, you made me realize that I am more selfish than I thought I was. So maybe you can add another item on your list of “Acts of kindness” because you made someone aware of their selfishness. I do plan to do random acts of kindness in the very near future. Xoxo!”
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Wow!  That is every Act of Kindness that was done because I asked friends, family, and supporters to do just one. I counted 60 acts from 27 different people! And I’m sure more great things happened that just weren’t shared with me. How awesome is that?!?!

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." ~Martgaret Mead - 31 Acts of Kindness Series - Part 5 - 60 Supporting Acts! Read these great ideas of what my family, friends, and supporters did in memory of my husband on his 31st birthday!  www.MePlus3Today.com #RAK #RAKtivist #widow #quote #inspiration

I can’t even explain how much this helps my heart and my head get through all of this. The kids and I are surrounded by some very thoughtful and generous people. Again, it’s all of these amazing acts that continue to push me to pay it forward.

Thank you to everyone who participated! I am probably going to make this a yearly tradition, so I can’t wait to see your Acts of Kindness next year!

And that’s a little bit from Me Plus 3… TODAY!


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Celeste Proveaux
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Wow, I was so incredibly touched by reading this. What a loving tribute to your husband's memory.

Sarah @ Me Plus 3... TODAY!
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Thanks Celeste!

Sarah @ Me Plus 3... TODAY!
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Thanks Celeste!

Dawn
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Blessed beyond words by your example of faithfulness. You are inpspiring.

Sarah @ Me Plus 3... TODAY!
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Thank you Dawn!

Sybil Brun
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I couldn't agree more with Celeste and Dawn (above)! Thank you for being brave enough to change the world, one act of kindness at a time. What a tribute in loving memory of your husband! I so enjoyed this whole series, and this post was one of my favorites as I imagined the ripple effects that will continue on from all the extra people touched by the acts of kindness of all your family and

Susen Kuchta
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Reading your posts in the series has touched me. This part of the series however has brought tears to my eyes. You reached out to others to offer up random acts of kindness and look how you involved others and how you touched them and how that just spread and spread! Major kudos to you for finding joy in a challenging and difficult time. I am going to be sure to offer up random acts of

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