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Today as I was walking out of the shops with the kids, we saw a man standing at the centre’s sliding doors asking passers-by for money. Many turned the other way, avoiding eye contact with him & I said no to an offer of money too but then I thought & really looked at this sorry soul standing in front of me. I said I wouldn’t give him any money but I would buy him a meal. So I walked him into a cafĂ© & bought him a lunchtime pasta meal. The waitress had tears in her eyes to say how thoughtful I was & so did another customer. I’m not writing this to get a pat on the back but I’m thankful for my life, husband & children. Yes life is crappy at times & you have to take the good with the bad but there’s people out there who’s life is just awful. Have any others MoMs done random acts of kindness too?


Posted by damish70, 18th July 2014


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  • A lovely gesture on your part,l’m sure he would have enjoyed the meal!

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  • I don’t know if he still hangs around the shopping mall or not as he wore his welcome out. There was a diabled guy in a wheelchair who used to beg off lot of shoppers. He often chase some of them through some of the Dept. stores. A lady I know offered to buy him a meal. He abused her with plenty of expletives and took off. She later found out he drank most of the money he was given. He had also refused two genuine job offers.

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  • That’s beautiful – the only people that have asked me for money were intoxicated or clearly drug users. Well done for your kind deed

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  • top story to read

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  • Good on you!! And yes, sometimes we don’t want to give money in case they spend it on other things, so to buy him a meal, at least you know he is fed.

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  • I actually love doing random acts of kindness; it makes me feel good.

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  • Random Acts of Kindness are heart warming.

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  • Good on you. You would have made such a difference to him. A little thing I do is take time to speak to elderly people I meet on walks or doing my shopping. Sometimes they are very lonely and might not have anyone else to talk to that day. A little short conversation can make all the difference in their day and I enjoy it too.

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  • Thats just beautiful. Good on you. I once paid for the remainder of a gents shopping when I was behind him in line at the supermarket. He had all generic brand foods and it was only staples. When he got the total he realised he didint have enough to pay…he was seaching through the items to see what he could put back and said…”Oh take the tomatoes and bread out” when i say this I handed over the money to pay and he was very thankful.

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  • Sometimes just saying something nice to someone can be an act of kindness, and make them feel great – especially if you’re a stranger.

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  • you did a beautiful thing! it will make me think twice next time i see the same situation

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  • I think what you did was heartfelt and buying him by the sounds of it a much needed one instead of giving him the money was lovely as well you than had the peace of mind that you knew he ate. You don’t see alot of random acts of kindness any more. By doing this as well with the kids they are learning from you actions.


    • Agreed. We as parents, need to lead by example. So often, people judge and lay blame. I dare everyone to help someone else without judging.

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  • One of my very favourite sayings is “We should all plant some trees that we’ll never seek shade under”. It means that we should do good deeds, with no expectation of benefiting from what we’ve done. I got some cheap business cards printed, and I hand them out when I perform Random Acts of Kindness, to encourage people to “Pay the Favour Forward”.

    There’s lots that we can do for others, that doesn’t have to cost money either. It’s one of the best feelings in the world, helping other people. If you’ve got fruit growing in your garden, leave bags of fruit on your neighbour’s doorsteps. If you see a car with an expired parking meter, put a dollar in the meter. Offer a seat on the bus to someone. Take some flowers from your garden to brighten up a friend’s house. If you make a batch of soup or a casserole, take a bowl of it to an elderly neighbour.

    Even if all you do is smile at people you pass in the street, you’ll be surprised at how good it makes you feel. And you’ll never know just how big a difference it may make to someone else’s life.


    • Both yourself and Damish70 have done wonderful things for others. It put a smile on my face to hear of a lovely charitable acts when I’m having an average day today. Knowing that there is goodness still in people like yourselves has pepped me up a bit. Good on you ladies. I always encourage my son to do nice things for others as it makes you feel good inside.

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  • Good on you. Should be more who help like that.

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