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My 22 year old son Jimmy (Luv) and his best friend Shawn (The Gentleman) came up with a great idea. They had me design some (business) cards for them. When they do a good deed they pass the card along to the person they did the deed for. It is their hope that the recipient will also do a good deed and pass it along. They hit on a way to spread kindness. One good deed could start a chain reaction of good deeds.

You can copy the gif above and paste it into your own program or layout or use the links below to download your own cards. Start your own chain reaction! These below are already formatted for 8.5x11 business card sheets.

Full Page LayoutThis is a full page layout gif which you can copy and paste into your own word processing or graphic program.

Word VersionTo download the Word version click this button.

If you use this idea please send an e-mail to to let him know what you think of it.

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Kindness Coupons for Kids - This is a great idea for kids to give coupons to perform an act of kindness. Kids can print out the great coupons that will tell you they are volunteering to pull weeds in the garden, mow the grass, or perhaps do the dishes. Just click on Kindess Coupons at the bottom of the right hand box!

Rebecca Ryan Resources presents A Magazine of People and Possibilities, The Daily Inspirational Page and Acts of Kindness -The Daily Page plus many more inspiring stories on acts of kindness.

Practice Random Kindness Everyday - This link will take your to a daily suggestion to do so!

We would like to invite you to The RAOK Group - Random Acts Of Kindness - and extend our hands in friendship across the miles. We are so glad you found your way here and hope you will stay for a while and meet us and explore our site. RAOK is a group of over 3000 men, women and children who have signed up to spend 5 minutes a day making someone else smile. We sign guestbooks and send cards to people we do not even know. Of course anyone can commit an act of kindness on the internet as well as in their home and work place but we have joined together as a group of friends to make the internet a friendlier place.

Wonderful Things That Come Around

He almost didn't see the old lady, stranded on the side of the road. But even in the dim light of day, he could see she needed help. So he pulled up in front of her Mercedes and got out. His 20-year-old Pontiac was still sputtering when he approached her.

Even with the smile on his face, she was worried. No one had stopped to help for the last hour or so. Was he going to hurt her? He didn't look safe, he looked poor and hungry. He could see that she was frightened, standing out there in the cold. He knew how she felt.

It was that chill which only fear can put in you. He said, "I'm here to help you ma'am. Why don't you wait in the car where it's warm? By the way, my name is Bryan." Well, all she had was a flat tire, but for an old lady, that was bad enough.

Bryan crawled under the car looking for a place to put the jack, skinning his knuckles a time or two. Soon he was able to change the tire. But he had to get dirty and he hurt his hands. As he was tightening up the lug nuts, she rolled down the window and began to talk to him. She told him that she was from St. Louis and was only just passing through.

She couldn't thank him enough for coming to her aid. Bryan just smiled as he closed her trunk. She asked him how much she owed him. Any amount would have been all right with her. She already imagined all the awful things that could have happened, had he not stopped. Bryan never thought twice about the money. This was not a job to him. This was helping someone in need, and God knows there were plenty who had given him a hand in the past. He had lived his whole life that way, and it never occurred to him to act any other way.

He told her that if she really wanted to pay him back, the next time she saw someone who needed help, she could give that person the assistance they needed, and Bryan added, "...and think of me". He waited until she started her car and drove off. It had been a cold and depressing day, but he felt good as he headed for home, disappearing into the twilight.

A few miles down the road the lady saw a small cafe. She went in to grab a bite to eat, and take the chill off before she made the last leg of her trip home.

It was a dingy looking restaurant. Outside were two old gas pumps. The whole scene was unfamiliar to her. The cash register was like the telephone of an out-of-work actor -it didn't ring much. Her waitress came over and brought a clean towel to wipe her wet hair. She had a sweet smile, one that even being on her feet for the whole day couldn't erase.

The lady noticed that the waitress was nearly eight months pregnant, but she never let the strain and aches change her attitude. The old lady wondered how someone who had so little could be so giving to a stranger. Then she remembered Bryan.

After the lady finished her meal, and the waitress went to get change for her hundred dollar bill, the lady slipped right out the door. She was gone by the time the waitress came back. The waitress wondered where the lady could be, then she noticed something written on the napkin, under which were four $100 bills. There were tears in her eyes when she read what the lady had written "You don't owe me anything, I have been here too. Somebody once helped me out, the way I'm helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here is what you do: Do not let this chain of love end with you."

Well, there were tables to clear, sugar bowls to fill, and people to serve, but the waitress made it through another day. That night when she arrived home from work and climbed into bed, she was thinking about the money and what the lady had written. How could the lady have known how much she and her husband needed that money? With the baby due next month,it was going to be hard on both of them. She knew how worried her husband was, and as he lay sleeping next to her, she gave him a soft kiss and whispered soft and low, "Everything's going to be all right; I love you,Bryan."

There is an old saying "What goes around comes around"

Don't throw away those old greeting cards

Did you know that the Saint Jude's Ranch for Children in Nevada, a facility for helping abused and neglected children, has an innovative recycling project that will transform your old greeting cards into much- needed cash for the facility? Yes, indeed!

People from all over the world send their cards to St. Jude's where the children cut out the front covers and create new cards to resell as a fundraiser for the ranch. It seems that no part of the card goes to waste. Even the leftover cuttings are recycled and sold to a chipboard company.

If you would like to help out with this worthy cause, mail those cards to:

Saint Jude's Ranch for Children
100 Saint Jude's Street
Boulder City, NV. 89006

If you would like to purchase some of the newly created cards, send your order to:

Saint Jude's Ranch for Children
P.O. Box 60100
Boulder City, NV. 89006

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