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    mudhen
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    I know that there was a RAOK thread on here a while ago, but thought it might be fun to give out some ideas for doing it wherever you are as a pre-Christmas thing. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, it’s a stressful time of year with so many people having such high expectations of what can be done in a relatively short period of time, not to mention the whole rellie gathering thing that many of us do!

    I am doing a theme of RAOK for the last 2 weeks of school for the kids to participate in, after being totally inspired by this site:

    http://katherinemariephotography.com/blog/archives/7437

    and even though Advent has already begun, I’d like to do some of these activities with my own kids, not the whole 25 (not that organized this year, and might not ever be!) and because I want it to be fun and not stressful. Then I found this site today:

    http://lillightomine.com/light-em-up-2011.php

    and she has links to other similar blogs etc with more good ideas. They are all from the US, so not always appropriate for Aussies, but between them all, I’m sure we can find enough to keep us busy.

    Any others want to join in? I thought we could use this thread to record what we’ve done, what worked well and the fun we’ve had.

    #515643
    BlueWren
    Member

    mmmmmmmm …….not sure where to go with this one…….kids flown and gone, and to be honest to be THAT organized looks exhausting and a bit OTT…..think I’ll just be more aware of folk around me and remember to do RAOK all year round.But thanks for the reminder, mudhen.

    #515644
    weaver
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    I did my random act of kindness today (not really Christmassy but end of year stuff). My son is going into year 12 next year and the kids designed a year 12 rugby jumper which they all purchased. DS was reluctant to wear his and when questioned it was because one of his friends didnt have one as his mum has cancer and he doesnt see his dad and they couldnt afford to buy one – DS didnt want him to feel left out so was not wearing his. I went to the school office quietly today and organised for him to have his top and paid for it anonymously :hug: I couldnt bear the thought of the poor kid feeling left out in such an important year of his schooling.

    #515645
    mumof6
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    I was out of town in a very tourist town to take my DD12 to cricket this town was just under 50km from home we had had a bad week the clutch had gone on the car and we have had a lot of expenses to cover of late so I had only the fuel to take her there she knew this so we packed a lunch to have at the park and said we would just window shop after cricket for an hour then go home.

    As we walked round all the overpriced shops catering for the tourist dollar I noticed that I had 25 cents in my pocket and said to DD see were not that broke I still have 25 cents and she laughed at me and said what can you buy with 25 cents. As we walked up the street I saw that the salvos store was open so I thought I would just pop in and find a treasure for 25 cents and say “there you go”, as we entered there was a young girl at the counter paying with all the coins in her purse for a few items of clothing just looking at her I knew that she was not a tourist and not well of and she was short for her items and the man running the store who knew the girl by name was explaining she needed to put something back as she didn’t have enough and that they could organise something if she came back on the day they had relief running already ease dropping and having volunteered in a relief centre I could tell by the look on the girls face of embarrassment that she would go without rather than come back, I put the 25 cents from my pocket on the counter and said “there you go and you get 5 cents change” and just walked away before she could protest. On leaving the store I said to DD “See 25 cents just saved the day.” She just looked at me as if I was nuts and we went home, at home her dad askes how was cricket expecting a tally of runs and wickets, she told her dad with absolute horror in her voice “mum just gave away her last 25 cents to a stranger!”

    :tup:

    #515646
    BlueWren
    Member

    Wonderful stories! :clap: :clap: You’d probably usually keep your RAOKs a secret but I feel it’s OK to share them on this thread seeing as we’ve been asked to do so!! :tup: so keep ’em coming.

    weaver……..your boy is a treasure!

    #515647
    weaver
    Member

    BlueWren post=331848 wrote: Wonderful stories! :clap: :clap: You’d probably usually keep your RAOKs a secret but I feel it’s OK to share them on this thread seeing as we’ve been asked to do so!! :tup: so keep ’em coming.

    weaver……..your boy is a treasure!

    I know he is a treasure BlueWren. I am so proud of how caring he is. Other kids may get academic awards etc but I wouldnt trade for the world. :kiss:

    #515648
    calliecat
    Participant

    both stories are lovely 🙂

    I know it’s not quite the same, but thought I would share this as well

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DXL9vIUbWg

    :ohmy: didn’t expect that – oh well lol

    #515649
    Bobbee
    Member

    :hug:

    Don’t be dickerless Callie, it’s zackerlie the same. :hug:

    :hug: :hug: :hug:

    #515650
    BlueWren
    Member

    Thankyou callie ……….that is beautiful ………

    #515651
    calliecat
    Participant

    it;s lovely isn’t it 🙂

    #515652
    mudhen
    Member

    Wow! Thanks for all your stories, and Callie for that lovely video — it’s like Bobbee said! Weaver, you are a gem! You are so right to be busting with pride for your son!

    I did my first organized RAOK at school today (so not totally random, but doesn’t matter!) I printed out “Thank-you” cards and set up a table at lunchtime on the play area with some year 5 & 6 helpers so kids could come and write a thank-you note to one of the school staff. It was alot of fun putting them in all the pigeon holes! We’ll do it again on Friday and target the staff who missed out today, as well as the ladies who help in the canteen. There was a really positive buzz, and kids who wanted to help were given paper and pencils to take away and get others involved. All the kids who helped out loved it and will happily run it on the days that I’m not at school.

    #515653
    BlueWren
    Member

    :tup: :clap: :tup: :clap: :tup: :clap:

    #515654
    Robyne
    Member

    Congratulations on your kindness Weaver, Your son will be very proud of you when he does find out and your son is very lovely haveing the thoughts for his friend above his own. :kiss:

    When I was on the Parents club we used to have an account for children whoes parents couldn’t afford to let them go on trips and buy school uniforms. Only the teacher and the treasurer knew, so it would get out to people, who looked own their noses at those who needed help.

    #515655
    weaver
    Member

    I am pretty sure the school does the same thing but this wasnt a compulsory piece of uniform rather an added extra that the kids design themselves each year. Personally I think they should have made sure any kids who couldnt afford it had access anyway. Fitting in is so important when you are 17 and having to provide care for your very ill mum.

    #515656
    Robyne
    Member

    We always have given to a charity but find some start sending and phoning for more money and we cross them off our list. but a few years ago instead of a lot of different ones, we decided to give to one major charity and the past couple of years its been mainly Fred Hollows fund. For $50 it gives sight for 2 people. We mainly asked for children as they have their whole life ahead of them.

    Every year we recieve a lovely Christmas card of the children our money has been used to restore their sight.

    They don’t send out asking for more. We do recieve letters telling us about the doctors that have been trianed in the name ot Fred hollows.

    We are members of Greenpeace as I think they do a wonderful job saving our world and live stock without them there would be more whaling

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