Friday, December 14, 2012

~*~ And The Angels Cried ~*~

              ~*~*~*~  AND THE ANGELS CRIED . . .   ~*~*~*~

AMERICA, WAKE UP!!!!!!!  STOP SACRIFICING OUR INNOCENTS!!!!!!!  We need to return to a country that puts JESUS FIRST, & OTHERS SECOND, & OURSELVES LAST!!!!!!!  Only in this way will we find true J O Y!!!!!!!  This country has become a country of "me" first; it is all about "my feelings", "my needs", "my wants".  Do not "diss" or insult or anger or irritate others...because they may LASH a lasting way!!...Because in this country, it is all about "me".  There is a lack of respect for others, a lack of concern for another's welfare, & so little value ~ if any!! ~ placed on another's life!  WHY?!?!?!?  What has happened to us?!?!?  PLEASE, my fellow Americans, PRAY!!!!!  Pray Without Ceasing!!!!!!!  Pray for our children, & pray for ourselves!!!!!!!  Beg God to not forsake us!!!!!!!
Here is the low value that has been placed on the lives of school children {& college-aged as well} in the past 2 decades, by too many people:

Nov. 1, 1991 -- 4 killed, 2 injured: Iowa City, Iowa -- Gang Lu, a gradu­ate stu­dent in phys­ics from China, shot 4 people to death at the Uni­v. of Iowa. Lu, who took his own life in the in­cid­ent, was up­set about not get­ting an aca­dem­ic hon­or. The dead in­cluded fac­ulty mem­bers & the stu­dent who had won the hon­or. 2 oth­ers were crit­ic­ally wounded.

Oct. 1, 1997 -- 3 killed, 7 injured: Pearl, Miss. -- Luke Woodham, 16, fatally shot 2 students & wounded 7 others at Pearl High School, after stabbing his mother to death. He was sentenced the following year to 3 life sentences.

Dec. 1, 1997 -- 3 killed, 5 injured: West Paducah, Ky. -- 3 students were killed & 5 wounded at a high school in Ky. Michael Carneal, then 14, later pleaded guilty but mentally ill to murder & is serving life in prison.

March 24, 1998 -- 5 killed, 10 injured: Jonesboro, Ark. -- Middle school stu­dents Mitchell John­son & An­drew Golden pull a fire alarm at their school in a small rur­al Arkan­sas com­munity, then open fire on stu­dents & teach­ers us­ing an ar­sen­al they had stashed in the nearby woods. 4 stu­dents & a teach­er who tried to shield the chil­dren are killed & 10 oth­ers are in­jured. Be­cause of their ages, Mitchell. 13, & An­drew, 11, are sen­tenced to con­fine­ment in a ju­ven­ile fa­cil­ity un­til they turn 21.  {N’s Note: This is the one I recall the best.   What the news story does NOT say, but what I remember from the news at the time are these 2 things: It was done because the girlfriend of one of the boys had broken up with him; she was TWELVE.  The teacher who died was PREGNANT.}
“Condolences continued to pour in from around the world, stretching the staff at the local post office to the limit...Cards & letters by the scores came from children & adults in Dunblane, Scotland, where, 2 years ago, 16 children, ages 5 & 6, & their teacher were gunned down at an elementary school by a former Scout leader. Confirming the curious link that occurs when towns are visited with similar horror, West Paducah, Ky.--scene of yet another school shooting--dispatched a team of 100 crisis counselors to assist this community.”

May 21, 1998 -- 4 killed, 20 injured: Springfield, Ore. -- Kipland Kinkel kills his parents & later opens fire at Thurston High School, fatally shooting 2 teenagers.

April 20, 1999 -- 13 killed, 24 injured: Columbine, Colo. -- Eric Har­ris & Dylan Kle­bold, stu­dents at Columbine High, open fire at the school, killing a dozen stu­dents & a teach­er & caus­ing in­jury to 2 dozen oth­ers be­fore tak­ing their own lives.
“At one point, 3 black-clad youths described as friends of the assailants were rousted at gunpoint in a field near the school, frisked & taken into custody by SWAT team members in bulletproof vests.  By nightfall, police had recovered 30 explosive devices in the school, laying near bodies & hidden in lockers, & another 17 scattered outside.  Their danger was evident in the blast of a timed explosive that shuddered inside the school as late as 10:30 p.m.”

March 5, 2001 -- 2 killed, 13 injured: Santee, Calif. -- Santana High stu­dent Charles An­drew Wil­li­ams, 15, fatally shot 2 class­mates & wounds 13 oth­ers on the cam­pus. He is ap­pre­hen­ded by po­lice in the school bath­room, where his at­tack began. Wil­li­ams is later sen­tenced to 50 years to life.
"Recognizing violence as a public health phenomenon is important," said California Health & Human Services Secretary Grantland Johnson. "The San Diego events dramatize the problem, but this is an epidemic."

Oct. 28, 2002 -- 3 killed: Arizona -- Robert Flores Jr., 41, who was flunking out of the Univ. of Arizona nursing school, shot & killed 3 of his professors before killing himself.

March 21, 2005 -- 9 killed, 7 injured: Red Lake Indian Reservation, Minn. -- Jef­frey Weise, a 16-year-old stu­dent at Red Lake High School fatally shoots 5 stu­dents, a teach­er, & a se­cur­ity guard & wounds 7 oth­ers be­fore tak­ing his own life. Be­fore his ram­page at Red Lake, Weise kills his grand­fath­er & his grand­fath­er’s com­pan­ion at their home on the Red Lake In­di­an Re­ser­va­tion.
“His grandfather, Sgt. Daryl Lussier, had served for more than 35 years on the Red Lake police force.  ‘The boy took his grandfather's duty belt with the guns. That's what he used,’ said Roman Stately, the Red Lake fire director.”

Oct. 2, 2006 -- 5 killed, 5 injured: Nickel Mines, Pa. -- Charles Carl Roberts IV, a milk truck driver armed with a small ar­sen­al, bursts in­to a one-room school­house & kills 5 Amish girls. He kills him­self as po­lice storm the build­ing.
“…he carried with him tools for a sexual assault: KY lubricant jelly, plastic flex-cuffs & heavy bolts that could have been used to restrain the children, police said Tuesday…At 10 a.m. Monday, after walking 2 of his children to their school bus, he burst into the Amish schoolhouse brandishing a 9-millimeter semiautomatic weapon & ordered the adult women & 15 boys to leave. One girl escaped with her brother, Miller said, leaving the 10 girls -- ages 6 to 13 -- behind.”

April 16, 2007 -- 32 killed, 17 injured: Blacksburg, Va. -- Seung-hui Cho, a 23-year-old Vir­gin­ia Tech seni­or, opens fire on cam­pus, killing 32 people in a dorm & an aca­dem­ic build­ing in at­tacks more than 2 hours apart. Cho takes his life after the 2nd in­cid­ent.
“The killing spree at Virginia Tech was the deadliest such incident in modern U.S. history, outstripping the 1991 mass murder at a Luby's Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas, in which 23 people were gunned down.  It also surpassed the 1999 toll at Columbine H.S. in Littleton, Colo., where 2 teenage gunmen killed 13 people & themselves.”

Feb. 14, 2008 -- 5 killed, 16 injured: Dekalb, Ill. -- Steven Kazmier­czak, dressed all in black, steps on stage in a lec­ture hall at North­ern Illinois Uni­versity & opens fire on a geo­logy class. 5 stu­dents are killed &16 wounded be­fore Kazmier­czak kills him­self on the lec­ture hall stage.
“It was the 5th school shooting in a week in the U.S…The shooting followed a string of violence in schools.  Last Friday, a woman shot 2 students to death & killed herself at Louisiana Technical College in Baton Rouge. Also Friday, a man shot at his wife, a teacher, in an elementary school in Portsmouth, Ohio. This week, a high school student in Memphis, Tenn., was shot, allegedly by a classmate, during gym class. And a 15-year-old was shot at a junior high in Oxnard; he has been declared brain-dead.”

Feb. 27, 2012 -- 3 killed, 2 injured: Chardon, Ohio -- 3 students were killed & 2 wounded in a shooting spree that started in a school cafeteria, as students waited for buses to other schools. Police have charged T.J. Lane, who was 17 at the time, as an adult.

April 2, 2012 -- 7 killed, 3 injured: Oakland -- One L. Goh, 43, a former stu­dent at a Oikos Uni­v., a small Chris­ti­an col­lege, al­legedly opens fire in the middle of a classroom leav­ing 7 people dead & 3 wounded. Jongjin Kim, the Oikos Univ…, said the suspect was angry because administrators refused to grant him a full tuition refund after he dropped out of the nursing program.
“Bhutia Tshering, 38…apparently Goh's last victim…was killed when the gunman stole his car to make a getaway, according to the Contra Costa Times.”

Dec. 14, 2012 -- 27 killed, 1 injured: Newtown, Conn. -- De­vel­op­ing story: By late in the day, au­thor­it­ies said that the num­ber of deaths over­all stood at 28, in­clud­ing the shoot­er.  One per­son was in­jured.  The vic­tims in­cluded 18 chil­dren & 6 adults pro­nounced dead at the school, & 2 pu­pils pro­nounced dead at hos­pit­als. An­oth­er per­son was found dead at a sec­ond­ary crime scene. -- On this same date, in the Henan province village of Chengping, China, a man injured 22 children & 1 adult outside a primary school in central China as students were arriving for classes shortly after 8 a.m.  The attacker is 36-year-old villager Min Yingjun. – “A Guangshan county hospital administrator said the man first attacked an elderly woman, then students, before being subdued by security guards who have been posted across China following a spate of school attacks in recent years. He said there were no deaths among the nine students admitted, although two badly injured children had been transferred to better-equipped hospitals outside the county. It was not clear how old the injured children were, but Chinese primary school pupils are generally 6-11 years old… No motive was given for the stabbings, which echo a string of similar assaults against schoolchildren in 2010 that killed nearly 20 & wounded more than 50. The most recent such attack took place in August, when a knife-wielding man broke into a middle school in the southern city of Nanchang & stabbed 2 students before fleeing.”

How to Talk to your Kids about School Shootings:

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


                 ~*~*~*~   INSPIRING ACTS OF RANDOM KINDNESS   ~*~*~*~
Call it what you will: “Paying It Forward”, committing “RAKs/RAOKs” {Random Acts of Kindness}, participating in a community “Light ‘Em Up!”, or committing “RACKs” {Random Acts of Christmas Kindness}…they all boil down to the same thing: doing something nice for someone else, without expecting so much as a “Thank You” in return.  Bring a smile to God’s face, & bring some warmth to your own soul.  You may be surprised just how good this can feel!  You could do a “one event per year of living” to celebrate your birthday, or “one event per day throughout December” as your “Advent Calendar”, or even “2 or 3 events per week”, for each week of the Lenten season!  However you choose to do them ~ even one per day, each day of the year! {How utterly awesome would THAT be?!} ~ just…please do PASS IT ON!  …& may each & every one of you be blessed for sharing your Christian love with your fellow man.  8-)

Plant a tree.
Donate blood!!
Mentor someone.
Sponsor a foreign child.
Build a house for charity.
Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
Participate in a walk-a-thon.
Sponsor a holiday gift drive.
Hand out “Pass It On” cards.
Hold the elevator for someone.
Send a gift to a local classroom.
Bring soup to a homeless person.
Invite someone at work to lunch.
Wave at a child in a passing vehicle.
Become a Big Sister or Big Brother.
Offer to babysit for your neighbor.
Pay past due library fees for 5 people.
Buy a phone card for someone in need. 
Volunteer at your local humane society.
Tape quarters to bubble gum machines!

Slip a $20 bill to someone who needs it.
Bring flowers to your local senior center.
Offer to walk the dog for your neighbor.
Collect canned goods for the food pantry.
Pay off someone’s layaway at a local store.
Nominate someone deserving for an award.
Share a smile with everyone you see today!!
Pay for Santa pictures for someone at mall.
Bring cookies to your local fire department.
Help someone carry groceries, or…whatever!!
Buy a carousel ride for the next 5 kids in line!
Wrap gifts for your most overwhelmed friend.
Organize a cleanup party for your neighborhood.
Tape a dollar to the candy/soda machine at work.
Invite a friend to a play or show, & pay their way.
Have your kids help clean up an elderly neighbor’s yard.
Take a set of holiday books & leave at a mall play area.
Give an honest compliment to someone you do not know.
Open/hold the door for someone…or several someones!
Purchase Girl Scout cookies; Give them to your neighbor.

Scratch your spouse’s back & give them a neck massage.
Buy a hot cocoa or latte for Salvation Army bell ringers!  
Read a story to the children at the bookstore, or library.
Put a dollar in the jar at the gas station or grocery store.
Tell your boss what you truly appreciate about her or him.
Purchase toys, &/or hats/mittens/scarves, for kids in need.
Leave a fancy new pen for your server at your next meal out.
Give cookies to the postal workers {especially at Christmastime!}
Hand out mylar balloons to children out shopping with their folks.
Bring a Cappuccino or Peppermint Mocha to the daycare workers. 
Adopt a classroom in need (send holiday party treats & craft box).
Mail a “Thinking of You” card to an old friend…or estranged relative.
Tape candy canes & happy holiday notes to ATMs, vending machines…
Leave an encouraging note in a friend’s driveway using sidewalk chalk.
Read to the kids at a local orphanage or group home or hospital wing.
Do a chore, or 2, around the home that is usually done by your spouse.
Supply the quarters for the next person or 4 at the local Laundromat!
Leave small Christmas treats/gifts in shopping carts for folks to find.
Donate old washcloths, towels, & newspapers to the local animal shelter.
Tape quarters to toy machines…or just stick ‘em in there, ready to ‘spin’!

Take toys to the kids at a local orphanage or group home or hospital wing.
Make a street pretty for Christmas (pick up roadside trash-Santa Style!)     
Pay the toll for the next 2 cars behind you at the toll booth or toll bridge.
Give stuffed animals to the police dept. for kids going thru tough a situation.
Bring dinner to a sick friend…& clean the kitchen for them while you are there!
Pay tab behind you at drive-up or inside, at Dunkin Donuts, McD’s, Starbucks, etc.
Leave a candy bar/cupcake & thank you note in the mailbox for your mail carrier.
Give a pack of their favorite gum to the checkout person {any store or gas station!}
Offer to wash the neighbor’s car…if your hose will reach from YOUR outside faucet!  ;-)
Take hygiene & sanitary supplies to the local shelters: homeless, teen, battered women…
Pump a woman’s gasoline so she does not have to get out of her car in the cold, or in the rain. 
Give a Kmart/Target/Walmart gift card to the checkout person, or to the next person in line!
Welcome the new hire at work.  Or the new visitor at church.  Or the new member at your club.
Post a “Free Sunshine & Rainbows” tear-away on the community board, in Laundromat or store.
Hand out treats to co-workers; especially good during various holidays, you can be “themed”!
Send of box of earmuffs, gloves, hats, mittens, mufflers/scarves, & leg warmers to a school.
Support or serve those affected by any natural disasters {floods, hurricanes, wild fires, etc.}.
Stop in at a favorite restaurant & offer to help clean tables or serve them in some other way.
Disperse thank you notes with pre-stamped envelopes for people to give to someone they appreciate.

Sweep a neighbor’s porch & driveway.
Bring hot coffee & a magazine to someone waiting for the bus.
Sneak in a friend’s house & clean or organize a room for them.
Pick up & put away all of the carts in the parking lot at the store.
Bake something yummy & take it to Santa & his elves (at the mall)!
Leave a note in a public restroom thanking the person who cleans it.
Pass out donuts to your neighbors as they leave for work in the morning.
Go thank a librarian & hide some money in the books while you are there.
Swing by your dentist & doctor’s offices with treats for the whole team.
Think of someone overworked at the holidays & make their day brighter.
Donate baby clothes & items, & boxes of diapers, to the local CareNet center!
Hand out water bottles to the homeless, bicyclists, joggers, dog walkers, etc.
Bag groceries for another customer at the store, or help them load it into the car.
If you live in a colder climate, take gently worn & outgrown coats to a homeless shelter.
Inconspicuously drop coins on the playground for children to find while they are playing.
Surprise a stressed-out parent with a free babysitting coupon good for the whole month!
Go on a scavenger hunt in your home for change & find a charity that would appreciate it.
Deliver a candy cane, a hot cocoa, & thank you note to each fella who picks up your trash!
Pay for the purchases of an elderly person at the grocery store.  {Helps to be in front of, or behind, them!}

Leave $1. bills in 5 random toy bins in the $ Store!, &/or 5 random books at the book store!
Hug someone.  Hug a LOT of someones…but be sure they're comfortable w/receiving hugs!!  ;-)
Call the animal shelter & find out what donations they need. Make a contribution & visit the animals.
Go by & tell Santa “thanks” or give him a gift card for a massage if you’re feeling super generous!
Help your neighbors on either side to mow their lawn, trim around the yard, rake leaves, shovel snow…
Find a family who has a loved one (or ones!) serving overseas & thank them in an extraordinary way. 
Pass out candy & spread cheer to folks mailing off their Christmas cards & packages at the post office.
Load bags of groceries into cars for elderly or pregnant shoppers, or just a parent with lots of kids!!
Set up a “helping task force”: take back shopping carts, hold open doors for rushed & weary shoppers… 
Find a widow & tell her she is loved. Send her a note of encouragement & find a way to help her tangibly.
Wait for a public transportation bus & see if the driver will let you deliver a treat for every passenger.

Walk someone else’s dog.
Call someone you love just to listen & catch up.
Single Moms Rule ~ Find one & lighten her load!!!!
Mail an actual handwritten letter. Or two. Or ten.
Allow that person behind you in line, to go ahead of you.
Find someone who is homeless & deliver a warm blanket to them.
Set up a free hot cocoa stand & take donations for your favorite charity.
Say “Hello” & give a smile to someone with whom you do not usually speak.
Buy ten $5. Bibles at the bookstore & pray to find 10 families who need one.
Thank your local firemen (& women!) with a heartfelt note & Christmas treats.
Hide encouraging & uplifting notes all over a playground for children to find.
Go to the bank drive-thru, just to give the teller a treat through the vacuum system.
Throw away someone else’s trash: at your table, or wherever this may be appropriate!
Tell one tired mom that she is enough just as she is, that she’s great at what she does.
Tuck money into the toy section of any store with a little note for one happy boy or girl!
Send a text message to 20 people with a silly face & a funny message to make them smile.
Write your child{ren} &/or spouse a love note; tuck it into their lunch bag, purse or wallet.
Buy umbrellas from the dollar store & wait for a rainy day. Those who need them will appear!
Watch the kids for your most sleep-deprived friend, or so she can run errands or finish her shopping.

Let that car slip in front of you, especially the ones pulling out of driveways, parking lots, & side streets!
Kidnap another {single} parent’s minivan & have your family take the time to wash, clean out, & organize it.
Thank the church volunteers who care for your kids each week. Send heartfelt notes & donuts for the team.
Grocery shopping for the sole purpose of putting it in the “Food for Families” box at the front of the store!
Purchase that annual coupon book from the kid selling them in your neighborhood. Give it to someone who can really use it.
Leave stamps in stamp machine, or buy a book & leave ~ with a note ~ for the next person who comes in to the Post Office for some!
Deliver balloons to hospital patients, particularly those who are terminal, elderly, or who no one visits. {Ask at the nurses’ stations.}
Deliver hand-written Valentine, Easter, Independence Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas cards to the local assisted living facility.
Watch for the performance of a random good deed, & give the person who did it a gift card…or just $5., tucked into a “thank you” note!
Offer a few discounted services, if you run a business of any kind, or if you are licensed as, for example, a plumber or mechanic or electrician.

Pick up trash as you walk, at the park, or from around the neighborhood.  {Some trash does always seem to escape the bins on trash day, doesn’t it?}
BEAUTICIANS: go to the local women’s shelter, & offer your services!  {A hair wash & manicures all around perhaps?}  It will make the ladies feel special!!
When Kmart or Walmart asks: “Would you like to keep the hangers?”, always say “YES!”…then donate them to the nearest women’s shelter, or CareNet center.
Go to your local low-cost animal clinic, & pay for the neutering/spaying/shots of ONE of the felines ~ or more, if you can afford that!! ~ for whoever has brought in the most feral cats.
Mail hand-written Valentine, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Veteran’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas cards to military overseas…particularly if you learn of any who do not get mail!!
Take some warm donuts & hot chocolate {or lemonade, if it is warm out} to a crew working on power lines, or road repair.  {Be sure you can do this without causing an accident, or getting yourself hurt!!}
Donate pet food, cat litter, litter box{es}, bleach, dog treats {enough for ALL!!, or they will fight!!}, & cat toys {large enough to not fall thru the bars or wire cage bottoms} to the local animal shelter!
Ladies: try to compliment each lady you see today: lovely eyes, great hairdo, terrific manicure, flattering dress, pretty necklace, sweetest smile… ~ Sadly, ladies often have trouble complimenting one another!

Give a gift card with ‘leftover’ $$ on it to the person behind you, ANY time you use one! ~ For example, you have a $25. Movie theatre gift card, you spend $19. of it; give away the card & tell them, “There is still $6. on it; enjoy!”
Sit in the hospital ER ~ this is especially good late at night, & on into the wee hours! ~ with a mass of change, then give it to folks who have none for the machines, because they had to rush out without grabbing their purse or wallet.
Do a “house cleaning”, & donate books, clothing, & household items to a NON-PROFIT center/ shelter/store. This does NOT mean Goodwill; they are a 100% FOR PROFIT BUSINESS!!!! They do not pay for their goods!!  PLEASE DONATE TO ‘NOT FOR PROFIT’ PLACES!!!!
At the stores, grab a cart out of the parking lot on your way in; give that bagger/stock person one less cart to push in!
Make a "Sock Lunch": fill socks with water bottle & other snacks & treats, then tie together & hand out to the homeless!
Write a thank you card for a volunteer you know: school aide, hospital volunteer, animal shelter worker, volunteer fireman, etc.
Learn someone’s name, & speak to them regularly {i.e., Sunday School, work, your regular gas station or grocery store, etc.}
Stage an early morning chalk attack. Pick a street ~ yours or another! ~ & write a “good morning” or “have a great day” message on every driveway.
Visit an inner city playground & bring a surprise picnic lunch for as many kids as you can. Think coolers of drinks, sandwiches, a piece of fruit, & cookies for all.

Take a moment to serve those who serve for a living. Drop off gift cards for the leaders of your local ministries.  Remember children & youth ministers, worship ministers, day care leader, secretaries...
Host a baking party for moms & kids, then encourage everyone to use their goodies to “light up” the season for others once they depart.
Set up a free gift-wrapping stand in the neighborhood. Think specifically of who could use it & pass out invitations.
Show up at your local church with a group of kids to sing carols. Or, deliver a special treat to thank the staff. Ask if even they’d let you sneak kind notes all over the pastor’s office!
Make homemade yard signs or flags & place encouraging notes in friends’ or neighbors’ yards. Think superlatives like “best yard”, “sweet family” or “best Halloween candy”.
Find a parking attendant in a cold garage & take him or her a hot cup of cocoa or coffee & a fun puzzle book or magazine.
Pick a favorite retailer or restaurant. Have your kids write “why I love [blank]” & deliver the note to the manager.
Try to find out when your child’s FRIEND has a game or performance coming up. Surprise him or her by attending & bringing a poster or other fun ways to cheer them on.
Think of someone you hesitate to thank or celebrate (especially a strained or hard relationship) & do it anyway.
Have the kids spend time writing 10 reasons why they love EACH grandparent. If you live close enough, sneak over & serve them in some way.

KIDS: Sneak attack Daddy’s office &/or car, armed with special notes or a sweet treat. Make sure the people he works with know that he’s the best dad in the world…then, do the same for Mom!!
Think of those without (or living far away from) little ones in their family & invite them to join some of the season’s sweet moments with yours.
See if the director of a local preschool will let you in early to put a note of thanks or a treat to welcome teachers as they enter the door {Perhaps a prayer card or note of encouragement}.
Pack a cooler of lunches & look around your city for those who could use it that day. There are so many hungry people within blocks of our daily routines!
Have your children write notes of thanks for police officers & take them by the station with something yummy to eat. Or, bring gift cards for them if your budget allows.
Host a Christmas Party for elderly neighbors. (Or take the party to them if they can’t travel!) Have them read books with the kids & sing a few Christmas songs. Have the party as little or big as you’d like. Consider inviting other neighbors or young families to join!
Visit with elderly neighbors in November & ask how you can help make their Christmas special. What was their favorite tradition? See if you can make it happen in a small way. Could you & your children help decorate their home? Send out their Christmas cards? Wrap gifts?
Make a “Sock Hygiene Pack”: fill socks with mini items, such as: tissue pack, toothpaste & brushes, razors, chap stick, lotion, hand sanitizer, shave cream/gel, deodorant, shampoo/ conditioner, soap/body wash, mouthwash, etc., then tie together & hand out to the homeless!

Host a birthday party for Jesus as a play date for the neighborhood. Ask all of the kids what they can give to Jesus this year (such as: kindness to brother or sister, obeying mommy & daddy, respecting my teachers, loving others, a happy heart, gratitude, etc.). Have them wrap their idea in a box & open with friends.
Take a jug of water & a small bowl to the park, & give drinks of water to the dogs playing/walking there. {This may be easier to do if you have a kid with you, or a “test dog”; otherwise, the owners may fear you’re trying to poison their babies!!}
Stand outside your child’s classroom & give each child a single flower as they walk in. Then, as the children enter the classroom, have them hand the flower to their teacher. By the time class begins, he or she will have a vase full of flowers!
Take coffee to someone who works outside in the cold. Or, if you’re in a warmer climate, take them some Gatorade!
Take the Candy Cane Challenge! See how many candy canes your family can distribute in your community during the month of December. Each sweet treat must be accompanied by a genuine smile, thoughtful note, or audible kind wish from a child in your family.
Print a happy photo of your children. Write “thank you for how you serve our family” on the back. Take copies all around town to those we never thank but should.  {N’s Note: I would hesitate on this for a couple of reasons, one being: these acts really should be as ANONYMOUS as they can possibly be!}

Take your smiling, healthy kids & hug some nurses &/or doctors in your community. Call the hospital ahead of time & ask if you can bring a treat for the staff & the children who are there. Make a poster to leave with the treat at the nurse’s station.
If you are able, be an angel to one struggling family. Sneak a HUGE gift card into their mailbox to answer prayers for Christmas needs. Give what you can.
Think of friends you know who own their own businesses. Invite them to PASS IT ON & PAY IT FORWARD, & donate goods or services that your kids can help deliver to those in need.
Buy a bouquet of flowers & have your children give them away one at a time as you are prompted. Think of the grocery store employees behind the scenes, lonely folks you pass on the sidewalk, etc.
Think of unique ways to send love to teachers of every age (preschool, day care, after school care, etc.), maybe with a flower, treat or special note from your child.
When you make dinner for your family one night, make double; then share that extra meal with another family that could use the help.
Feed the meters around town {& have lots of fun explaining to the kids what “feeding” a meter means!} INDIANA PARKING METERS: “feeding” the meters is NOT illegal!!  You may check out the laws & regulations HERE:
Hang out with your nearest Salvation Army rep (at the mall, the grocery store, etc.). Give his or her arm a break & ring that bell!!
Think about an organization or friend that has to raise funds each year to survive. Send them a check with a note that keeps them going.

Color posters with your kids, grandkids, or nieces & nephews, then head to the airport ~ kids & posters in tow!! ~ to welcome soldiers home.
Take a few minutes to hold the door for everyone who walks into a restaurant or office. Teach your kiddos what to say. You’ll get a reaction!
Leave a basket of Easter treats, Summer outdoor play stuff, Thanksgiving goodies, &/or Christmas gifts on the doorstep of a family that needs this.
Give out coupons for free services you can perform for those you love. (Think free back scratch, a ‘chore’ duty, hand massage, or porch sweep!)
Find a family who needs a sponsor…then buy Christmas for the entire family!!  {Or Easter or Thanksgiving dinner!!...or hold a “cook out” for them during summer!!}
Take a basket of treats for those that clean your church or your children’s school. Let’s recognize the people we never see or who serve us behind the scenes.
Think of all the service people who might help maintain or visit your home (delivery person, lawn service, etc.). Have some treats & a handmade card ready just for them.
Lighten the load of someone you love. Ask if you can take a “to do” item off their list. Can you go to the grocery store for them? Paint the kitchen? Help organize the garage?
Donate poinsettias {in late autumn/winter} or other bright & cheery potted flower {in warmer months} to the local assisted living facility, group home, homeless &/or women’s shelter…
Make a “see what happens” basket of goodies & notes to keep in your car so that you are ready for unexpected opportunities to LIGHT ‘EM UP & PAY IT FORWARD as you go around town!

Go by the airport with treats, a sign & balloons. Wait at baggage claim for troops to arrive home, then celebrate them!! Contact your local airport or Veteran's Association & find out how you can help formally welcome troops home if a large group is involved.
Fill your car with as many balloons as will fit. Take your kids to hand them out one at a time to strangers. Teach them how to say, “We just wanted to make you smile today” & maintain eye contact.
Thank all of those tired employees of the local mall for their hard work during the Holidays; think: stores, small booths, security guards, make-up/ear piercing ladies, janitorial staff, food service workers…
Send servicemen/women you know a big box of “goodies” {the Post Office has boxes that cost a set amt. for overseas military shipments; so get one, & FILL IT UP!!!!}; think: stuff they can share with their troops, especially drink/water mixes, jerky, hand sanitizer, chapstick, etc.
Buy 20 mini stockings from the $ Store, then buy 20 candy canes & 20 mini fun items {check out the ‘toy’ aisle!} to go in them; hand them out throughout December to the person who cuts your hair, the one who changes your oil, the person who gives you that manicure/pedicure, even the person standing at the stoplight with their sign…
Contact your local battered women's shelter & make sure they're accepting donations, then ask your friends to join you in a Christmas gift project: Each of you purchase an encouraging CD, make or purchase a necklace, & write an encouraging note. Have each person gift wrap these items, then deliver them to the shelter! Tip on notes: Look up Psalm 27 & consider adding it to your encouraging note.

Christmas Eve:  Take all night drug store or gas station employees a Christmas surprise (because it’s no fun to work on Christmas Eve!)
Christmas Day:  Deliver something special to folks who are working &/or recovering at a local hospital, or Coordinate a Christmas party at an Assisted Living Home, or a Shelter, nearby!
Thank God for Christmas, the birth of His Son, & the gift that He offers us. Let this be a reminder to teach your kids how to pray & why your family gave so much that one day, or has been giving all month {or all year!} long.

Attach an appropriate note to each gift you leave behind {where appropriate & possible!}, such as: “Today is my 50th birthday! To celebrate, I am doing 50 nice things for 50 random people… & YOU are one of them!!!!  Please enjoy this tiny gift…no strings attached!!  Thanks for helping me celebrate my birthday!!”, or perhaps for the Holiday Season: “Random Acts of Christmas Kindness: you’ve been RACK’ed!!  This Christmas season, we are counting down the 25 days of Christmas by performing Random Acts of Christmas Kindness each day.  You are a beautiful Child of God, & we pray you find His blessings this Christmas season!”

Try to be “sneaky” & ANONYMOUS, as much as possible!!  The idea is to give a true service, NOT to receive the credit for same!  ;-)  Give of yourself, out of love for God & others.

…& if someone does a random act of kindness for YOU…just turn to them & say: “Folks like you make this world a beautiful & better place!!”  ;-)