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Thursday, 19 February 2015

RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS ADVENTURE 2015 WEEK 2


Welcome to the second RUK week, hosted by our own lovely Betsy at My Five Men.  The idea of Random Acts Of Kindness is to spread a little love to anyone by treating them to a gift or a service ~ Betsy suggests several ideas HERE.  Last week was very successful with an encouraging number of friends participating, showing kindnesses in a variety of ways.  At the foot of Betsy's post we are invited to link back to our own RAK post so we can read participating friends' posts, HERE.


This week I was fortunate to help two people, both during the course of my voluntary Dial-a-Ride driving, or relating to it.

The first RAK concerned an elderly lady who I took to a doctor's surgery.  She was a little late coming out from her appointment and I was getting a rather concerned the delay might mean my late arrival at a Nursing Home to pick up two people, a lady and a gent, both visiting their respective spouses.  As it turned out the lady emerged from her appointment and I helped her into the bus, explaining I would be picking up two more passengers on the way.  She held her chemist prescription and was rather concerned that she would not be able to get it to a chemist.  I said I would deliver it to a pharmacy on the way after we collected the others and to ask for it to be delivered to her.  I picked up the other passengers and then reached the chemist, leaving all three in the bus.  A very nice lady pharmacist said she could make up the prescription in just two minutes and was surprised I could remember the lady's address.  Anyway I managed to give the lady her prescription and got them all home.

My second RAK centred on a ladies hairdresser salon in town.  I had got to know two very nice ladies who owned the salon, Lizzie and Nickie. Every week I took an 85 year old lady to the salon and over the weeks and months I got to know them and we are good friends.  This week I explained about RAKs and asked how much they charged for a lady's shampoo and set and they said around £20 so I said I would like to donate that amount anonymously to pay for someone they might have in mind deserving a free hair appointment. Lizzie in particular had tears in her eyes and said she knew the exact person who could use this gesture. The lady she had in mind had drawn the short straw all through her life and in fact had a dreadful time in terms of nearly all aspects of her life and her daughter had tried to take her own life a while ago.  I was very touched when she was telling me this.

I called in the other day with baby Peter, as I do sometimes when they are not busy.  Lizzie explained that the lady was totally gob-smacked saying she could not believe anyone would do something like that for her in this day and age and it had caused her to restore her faith that there was at least some good still in this world.  Lizzie, in fact broke down crying and put her hand on my shoulder saying, "God will repay you when you get to Heaven, Ed".  I then learned that she is a believer, which gladdened my heart.

I am almost ashamed to say I did get an inner glow that I had helped someone, albeit in a small way.


45 comments:

  1. Oh Eddie, your RAK did bring tears to my eyes and I love the elderly and have visiting nursing homes for years. Your gestures to the group and getting the Rx was great....but the free hair do for some one....melts my heart. These are just the best ever.

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    1. Thanks Wanda ~ the hair RAK was not entirely original because Betsy did it last year but I thought it a nice one to do . . . will have to think of something for next week . . :)

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  2. Good on yer, mate! I was impressed by your efforts to make the world a happy a place. If only the rest of the population were as kind hearted as you there would not be all this bickering and the "I'm all right, Jack, blow you", and the "me-me-me" attitude that is so prevalent in this country nowadays.

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    1. Thanks Keith ~ yes the world is a pretty selfish place . . I suppose we all are from time to time . . :)

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  3. Awww so sweet. Good for you, Eddie. I suspect that these ladies will find some way to pay it forward.. no matter the means.

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  4. Studies have found that people who help others get measurable health benefits from it. It lifts your spirits, lowers your blood pressure, and releases those feel-good endorphins...all very good for you!

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    1. I can understand why . . .
      So now you know the real reason why I do these . . . rofl
      . . and I must say you must do a lot too . . . :)

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  5. Aw...that lady will remember this her whole life,Eddie.
    Jane x

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  6. How very nice of you to get the lady's prescription filled for her! I'm sure she was relieved!

    I did the salon payment last year...a very fun thing to do! They kept it for several weeks until just the right lady came in and then surprised her. What a fun story to hear of yours...sounds like she was the perfect person to be surprised with such a treat! So much fun! Love reading everyone's work this week!

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    1. Thanks Betsy . . . it did not take long to get her prescription so I thought I'd do it.
      Yes . . . I remember your from last year and the situation presented itself for me this year . . . they did chose the perfect lady for it . . . :)

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  7. so very cool on what you did for the lady with the hair appointment...i bet you made her day...and not only hers but the hair dressers as well it seems...

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  8. Now that's what I'm talking about! Good job, Eddie! I love it when a kind gesture truly touches someone like this.

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  9. Both lovely gestures, Eddie. And nothing at all wrong with feeling an inner glow. It's a great feeling to know that you have spread kindness and made another person's day that much better.

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    1. Thanks Suzie ~ Yes I think you are right . . . hugs x

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  10. Eddie, this is just so sweet. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. I know . . . rofl
      Thanks V ~ nice to see you here . . . :)

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  12. What a great RAK and beautiful thought!

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    1. Thanks Manu ~ liked your's as well . . . )

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  13. Mr. Ed........you are a angel. Your kindness touched many people that day. Not only did your provide for a person in need, but you opened the door for others to want to do kind gestures for someone. I admire you for your work and your service in doing great deeds for the elderly...
    Shug

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    1. Mr Ed . . . . too funny. Please call me Ed or Eddie . . . :)
      Thank you for your very kind comment . . . I have just visited you post and was very moved by your kindness.. . . :)

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  14. lol first Mr. Ed? hahaha
    Don't like being compared to at talking horse head?
    The cat had to
    Here at his zoo

    Two great things to do
    Through and through
    Made he first work
    All got through with perfect timing and none went berserk
    The second was grand
    a random helping hand
    One needed from the crowd
    You should be proud

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    1. Thanks for coming down my way
      To see what's up on my RAK

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  15. Eddie, all I can say is...You Are The Man!!

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    1. Thanks Rose . . .I'm not all good you know . . . like most of us but I enjoy doing RAKs and getting others to want to do some . . . :)

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  16. Your post left me smiling this afternoon.
    :0)

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  17. I saw that glow all the way over here!
    RAK's do make you feel good.
    Well done!

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  18. You think you did something small, but it meant everything to that lady.

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  19. What a week! Not one, but two wonderful acts of kindness towards others.

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    1. Perhaps I should have saved one for next week . . . lol
      Thanks Kathy . . :)

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  20. She was totally gob-smacked... See, that's why I like the one and only Eddie Bluelights.

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    1. Thanks Blue ~ will pop over soon ~ I have been rather incognito lately . . . :)

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  21. Wow, that was good of you! Would have liked to see her face (and hair).
    Maggie x

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    1. Thank Maggie . . . . see your little brother has a big heart (sometimes) . . . . lol . . x

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  22. Well done Eddie Bluelights ... really enjoyed reading about your RAKs. Have a good week.

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    1. Thanks Mary . . . . have a good week too . . . :)

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