Wednesday, May 22, 2013

$100 Amazon Gift Code Giveaway

Happy birthday to Rayven from Stay a Stay at Home Mom! To celebrate her birthday, she's sponsoring a giveaway for a $100 Amazon gift code. Read this inspiring post, then enter for a chance to win!

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Have you ever done something nice for someone else, just because? Has someone else ever done something nice for you? It doesn't have to be a big thing; letting someone who is in a hurry cut in line, or bringing an elderly neighbor flowers. Just something, random, that brings a smile to someone else's face.

That's what the RAOK (Random Acts of Kindness) Giveaway is all about. It's Rayven from Stay a Stay at Home Mom's birthday this month, and she is celebrating by giving away a $100 Gift Code to one lucky viewer. But her birthday wish is more than that. Read her story:

I am celebrating my 34th birthday this month! Yay! Ok, so maybe not "yay". I'm getting old enough that birthdays just aren't all they are cracked up to be anymore. It gets somewhat depressing when there are enough candles on the cake to set the house on fire. But I love the feeling of birthdays. The joy others have in wishing you well. And so, I am challenging everyone to take a moment this year, on your own birthdays, to find a way to bring a little joy to someone else. Here is a list of "34" things I have done this year to brighten someone else's day. I'd love to hear yours as well.

1. Help Someone Move
2. Pay the Toll for the Guy Behind You
3. Pay Double the Cost for a Field Trip to Help Another Student
4. Pick Up Trash at a Park or the Beach
5. Thank a Police Officer
6. Bring a Small Gift to a Shut-In at Christmas
7. Stop to Help Someone on the Side of the Road
8. Smile at Everyone You Meet
9. Leave a Comment on a Blog You Enjoy
10. Donate to the Salvation Army or Goodwill
11. Compliment a Stranger (Nice shoes!)
12. Forgive Someone
13. Offer to Babysit for a Friend
14. Practice the Golden Rule
15. Rescue an Animal
16. Volunteer
17. Be an Organ Donor
18. Be Happy for Someone Else's Accomplishments
19. Invite Someone Alone to Thanksgiving Dinner
20. Introduce Yourself to All Your Neighbors
21. Make an Old Fashioned Thank You Card
22. Buy Candy from a Child's Fundraiser
23. Pick Up the Tab at Lunch
24. Donate (and Volunteer) to Your Food Bank
25. Donate Your Car or RV (I've done both)
26. Listen
27. Help Someone Find Something (I helped a woman find her diamond rings last month)
28. Donate Blood
29. Call a Manager About a Good Employee
30. Leave a Basket of Food/Paper Products (anonymously) at the Door of Someone who is Unemployed
31. Let Someone Cut in Line
32. Take a Moment to Talk to a Child
33. Buy Supplies for a Teacher

This last one is the most important. Don't just talk about doing something, actually go out and do it. There were five frog sitting on a log; four decided to jump off. How many were left? Five. There is a big difference between deciding and doing. Do it.

I wrote this list before the tragedy of Moore, Oklahoma, but it posts just after the tornado. Take action. Donate money to the RedCross if you have it. Donate toiletries to a drop off center if you are a couponer and have a stash. Or, if you are far from Oklahoma, but just want to feel like you are doing something, donate blood. Do something.

There is an old episode of Friends where Phoebe and Joey have a contest to determine if there really is such a thing as an "unselfish act". Phoebe's argument is that when you give of yourself to make someone else happy, you feel good, therefore it is selfish. And she has a point. So for my birthday, I'm going to be selfish, just for me :)

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Suburban prep May 22, 2013 at 10:01 AM  

I have tended to my sister's children at the last minute and I have looked up deals for furniture buying for a friend and I have looked into traveling schedules for a friend.

Anonymous,  May 22, 2013 at 10:02 AM  

I babysit for free for some people... I guess that is not all that "random" but.............LOL and I did buy them peanut butter and milk......

Anonymous,  May 22, 2013 at 12:15 PM  

Every month, I send packages to the kids at - Judith R.

Unknown May 22, 2013 at 1:23 PM  

i have been sewing quilts for the babies at the hospital for poor people

Miss Sarah May 22, 2013 at 1:50 PM  

I just sent 5 notes of praise and thanks to some of the children I teach at church, and I'm planning to send more soon.

Thanks for the giveaway! It's almost my birthday too, and I'm only a couple years behind you. :)

Melissa May 22, 2013 at 2:31 PM  

Probably Babysitting or cleaning up a mess someone else made :)

BowieTip May 22, 2013 at 4:12 PM  

I gave a packet of Sea Monkey eggs to my computer repair instructor.

Hope to win!

Shauntea Crutcher,  May 22, 2013 at 4:28 PM  

Knew someone that was in a financial bind, and gave them some money because it was the right thing to do. Had extra money at the time.

LORI WOLFE,  May 22, 2013 at 7:40 PM  

My husband and I try and pay for a meal for an elderly couples...we love being annoyomous.

rebeka deleon,  May 23, 2013 at 4:07 PM  

while we were in the store, someone dropped something and they didn't realize it, so i picked it up and gave it to them

Julie Greenwood May 23, 2013 at 5:12 PM  

I paid for some books that one of the cafeteria ladies at my daughter's school had set aside at the book fair. I marked them paid and put them in her mailbox.

Selinda,  May 24, 2013 at 7:40 AM  

I stopped and helped a random person at the grocery store who had lost their car!


selinda_mccumbers at

Stacy May 25, 2013 at 10:57 AM  

My friend lost his job and is having financial issues didn't really want to go out, so I told him I got free tickets to a comedy club and took him out. I didn't really get free tickets, but I didn't want him to think I was paying for him out of pity.

Eliza-Ligia Enache May 25, 2013 at 12:04 PM  

I try to go RAOK every day, just basically be nice, maybe someone could use an extra smile during these tough times...

The last one I remember was yesterday - I offered my place in front of the line at the shop to some kids.

Anonymous,  May 25, 2013 at 1:45 PM  

i do this all the time - i leave coupons for free items i've won that i won't use at the store right next to the item itself for a random person to use if they so desire.
timgus at cox dot net

Amy Green,  May 26, 2013 at 2:30 PM  

Hung up my brother's favorite collector tee so the design wouldn't get ruined in the dryer.

Kimberley Meier May 29, 2013 at 12:18 AM  

I escorted an elderly woman to her car in the pouring rain with my umbrella on Sunday!

Kimberley Meier
momof3chaos at gmail dot com

Springjoy May 29, 2013 at 8:19 AM  

A friend's hubby lost his job a few weeks before their baby was due. They didn't have $$ to get the last few things they needed. Since my hubby and I have been in a similar boat, I know how stressful that can be! I was happy to share a little so they could get diapers and a couple things from their registry. :)

Unknown June 6, 2013 at 4:40 PM  

I left a box of clothes on the front steps of the house of a single mom's with three kids.

Anonymous,  June 7, 2013 at 7:34 PM  

We do a lot of donations and charity work through my job... It's wonderful!

trishden June 9, 2013 at 7:38 PM  

Well, I'm having a big graduation party for my son and hosting my inlaws for 3 nights. Does that count? Thanks for a great giveaway!


Anonymous,  June 10, 2013 at 6:14 PM  

Donated money to a friend to help pay hospital billso God be the Glory I am just a servant :)

Unknown June 10, 2013 at 7:56 PM  

I'm always holding doors open for people to enter or leave locations, just seems like the thing to do.

Anonymous,  June 11, 2013 at 5:49 AM  

Last RAOK I did was help an elderly lady carry a chair into the apartment lobby.


Candie L June 11, 2013 at 3:44 PM  

I let someone go ahead of me in the grocery line. Thank you


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