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Submitted by Amanda Le Noble from Geelong.
This evening I made six jars of lollies and put them on six random doorsteps for people to find first thing in the morning.
On the jars I stuck the RAK website on to promote this wonderful foundation, and just the general idea of RAK. I hope I can motivate people to be kinder to one another.
Thank you RAK for inspiring me to become a better person and to spread positive energy where I...
Submitted by Iona Davies from London
Anyone who was travelling to London Heathrow last Saturday afternoon, July 19th, will have encountered problems if they were on the Piccadilly Line. I live in Chiswick, and left home at 13.30 for my 15.30 check-in (flight at 17.30), and because of a signal failure at T5 I decided to take the District Line to Ealing Broadway and get the overground from there. The tube stopped at Acton Town for a while, but then the doors closed and we...
Submitted by Trevor Scott Barton from Greenville, S.C., USA
When you walk into Paola’s first grade classroom, the first thing you notice is her 'sonrisa.' Sonrisa is the Spanish word for 'smile,' and to my ears it sounds like the English word 'sunrise.' This is what her smile is like - a bright, beautiful sunrise.
One thing you don't notice is her economic poverty. Nine out of 10 students at our school come from families whose income level meets the federal poverty guidelines. Paola,...
Submitted by Ashna D from Thrissur, Kerala India.
One day I was waiting for a bus to come. When a bus finally came, I got in. The conductor asked me for the money and as I took the money out of my hand, it flew right out the window. I just looked at him, not knowing what to do. Several people had noticed but nobody offered to help. Then out of nowhere, a woman came and paid the money. I thanked her and took a seat. Then...
Submitted by Kerry from GA
I remember being at Steinmart at age 7 or 8 walking around the store with my mother and sister. My mother had just given us a dollar each, which at the time that dollar meant the whole world to me. I often would feel my pocket to see if it was there, but about halfway through our little outing to Steinmart I put my hand in my jean pocket and the dollar was not there! I looked everywhere but...
Submitted by Shri from India
Hi Fellow readers,
I stay in a big city with all the people seemingly always in a rush and we've gotten used to people just hurrying to wherever they're supposed to be, ignoring all the small beautiful things of life in the process.
I was having my morning cup of tea at a restaurant one day and i saw this well dressed guy on his bike stop at the restaurant and ordered breakfast and some...
Submitted by janet from Portland Oregon, USA
A few years ago, My husband lost his job and then got cancer. I was transferred, after nine years, from my beloved school where I worked to a different school. losing the support system of my co-workers. Needless to say, I was depressed. My husband and I went to a garage sale where in a box under a table, I found a first edition Julia child cookbook. something I had dreamed about finding. As I went to pay for...
Submitted by Kathy Powell from Florida
I visit with a neighbor each day - he's 90 years old - and today we celebrated the day by making some RAK bookmarks to leave in his library books.
He was so excited when I told him about the "plan" for the bookmarks and the reason behind them!
Totally made MY heart happy and gave us both a smile for the day!
Submitted by CHARLES RICHARDSON from FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA 93015
A while ago my wife and I were in a food court in our local mall. While walking up to order a food and drink a saw a $20.00 bill lying on the floor. As I approached the counter the mand in front of me had place his order and was searching his pockets for his money to pay the clerk.
I watched him go through his front and back pockets to no avail. I tap him...
Submitted by Robert Charles Cole Foundation from Sanford, MI
The Robert Charles Cole Foundation is a family and friends non-profit memorial foundation created to continue the kind work of the late Robert "Bob" Charles Cole. Bob was a teacher, coach and community activist for over 40 years in Sanford Michigan. When he was lost in an unfortunate accident in 2011 the family and community created this foundation to raise funds and provide scholarships and grants for surrounding areas and people in need. It is a small foundation, but...
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