As you may have read – I was super surprised by a really nice gift last week from my chapter leaders and got a totally fun running tumbler from RunnerDecals.com.  It totally made my week so I decided to do a week of “random surprises” to a few lucky people :)

It may not be anything HUGE – but they are just fun little running related surprises.  Hey – free is always good right??

Easy to enter – Just tell us below the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you!  You can only enter once, but all prizes will be drawn from the same pool so you have all week for a chance to win!  Do something nice for someone today!! You never know how it will brighten their day!!!!

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55 Responses to Random Act of Kindness Week

  1. Jess Clark says:

    It was my last year of highschool-and as a farewell gift my friend had printed off the list of the entire cast and crew from my senior show and had everyone sign it. He put it in a frame and presented it to me after a speech I had given. I cried for a good 20 minutes straight. It meant so much to me.

  2. Brenda says:

    There’s so many people to list: DeNae/Kristen – both on Disabled List due to surgeries (ACL and bunion) – they are not just runners, but they are motivators when they were down themselves due to unable to run, screamin’ loud cheerleaders to keep us runners going when the going got tough, ass kickers to kick our asses. Michelle – she’s everything to me – my friend, my running partner, my buddy, and especially my “interpreter” – since I’m deaf I tend to miss everything that goes around – Michelle makes sure I’m included and lets me knwo what’s happening (and tells me when coach blows whistle for intervals) and checks on me when I have health issues (exercise induced asthma). There’s many more but that’s all I will list for now.

  3. Bethany says:

    I have great friends but I guess the most recent nicest thing anybody has done for me is letting me and my family stay on a weeks notice when they were super busy, then not batting an eye when my little one threw up and we had to do laundry at 4 am :-)

  4. Mindy Artze says:

    The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me… wow! There are so many things… When i entered a contest for 2 mos. of free personal training, my best friend offered to pay for 2 mos. free because she said I deserved it… But there are so many nice things. It’s hard to pinpoint one things.

  5. Susan says:

    Surprised me with a spa day before undergoing Cancer Treatment. Very unexpected. Helped to put me in a great place.

  6. Heather says:

    The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me was my son’s birthmom entrusting his life to us. Truly unselfish unconditional love. I couldn’t imagine my life without him.

  7. Susan says:

    Surprised me with a spa day before my cancer treatment.

  8. Nicole Decker says:

    During the Zoo Zoom 5k that I completed this past Saturday morning, I was in the last half mile stretch to the finish. It was quite warm & I felt like I needed to stop & take a breather. Another runner waved at me to keep going so I did. During the last stretch under the Finisher Corral I sprinted to try to shave a few seconds off my time. That last half mile earned me a Top 3rd Finisher in my age group & she got 2nd in hers. I found her after the race & thanked her. Especially since my daughter ran the race as well & seemed quite proud when I got my Finisher bling! Thank you “Debi” for my moment! A total stranger no longer & eternally grateful!

  9. holly rushing says:

    There are many I can think of …. but one of my favorite isn’t what someone did for debut what I’ve seen my husband do for others … sometimes in the drive thru he will pay for the person;s meal that is in line behind him. I’ve also seen him pay for a soldiers meal when we were in a restaurant … he didn’t know any of there people but he has the waitress bring over the other’s bill and he takes care of it. And he never expects anything in return … he normally leaves before the other person even realizes what he has done. Its the random acts of kindness that makes the world a better place :)

  10. Kathy says:

    Right before my son had major surgery, we received an amazing care package from a group of friends. There was a huge basket of snacks, cookies, travel size items, a game, and toys for the hospital, a Build a bear for both of our kids , 6 freezer meals for when we came home, and a $50 gift card for gas. It was an overwhelming amount of support and love wrapped up in this gesture. We are so blessed :)

  11. Idalie Beyer says:

    There was a time when my husband and I were having some financial hardship. We didn’t have a car. We stopped going to church because we didn’t have transportation. One of the church members called and asked what was going on. When I told him, he said, “Well you guys have to go to church.” The choir members from the church gave us rides to church and my husband was able to continue singing in the choir. When my second child was going to be born, they came together through us a babyshower and got us a double stroller. We will be forever greatful to our church family at St. Anne Catholic Church, in Gresham, Oregon.

  12. Michelle Corey says:

    When we learned that my younger daughter would be using sign language and may never learn to verbally communicate, one of my friends started learning sign language and teaching her kids the signs that my little one uses. When there were so many people that seemed to take the diagnosis lightly and just say, “oh…she’ll outgrow it and be fine”, it was so nice to have someone there that took the initiative to learn how to communicate with her. Since then, my kiddo has started repeating some words and is trying so we have hope that she’ll turn out to be just like any other kid, but for now, we’re doing what we can to help.

  13. Jane says:

    A group of friends prepared several weeks of food for me after the birth of my son.

  14. Hope says:

    I was about 8 months pregnant with my son last year. My husband had injured his back at work and recently had surgery. We were only receiving workers comp at the time and barely getting by. A very generous couple from my church gave us a sizable check and gift card for food to help us out. I was completely blown away and very thankful to them. They were truly a blessing to my family, and I will be forever grateful to them!

  15. Jacy says:

    One recent act of kindness sticks out for me, I had my terrible 2 year old with me at Panera (just us 2) for a post gym class brunch. He was totally in tantrum mode as I was trying to place my order, carry him in one arm and grab my wallet out of my purse with the other arm. Embarrassed and defeated, I quickly tried to grab the tray of food and stuff everything else into my purse to find a spot to sit. One of the guys behind the counter quickly came to my rescue and grabbed my tray out of my hand and quickly cleaned off a booth (you know how us moms love booths!) for us to sit in — without me even asking! As if I had no choice but to follow him! LOL It’s little acts of kindness like this that I am very appreciative of — not all places to eat have such attentive and helpful staff.

  16. Sulean Carruthers says:

    I’ve always been more of the provider or supplier. I was always taught never to ask anyone for anything unless you desperately need it. Work hard and provide for your own. Well, recently my grandfather passed away near my birthday. It was sudden since we just saw him months before and he was just fine. My girlfriends took me out to eat prior to leaving back for Virginia. They took me to dinner and gave me a heartfelt card. That was so thoughtful! It was more than that though, that made my heart melt. Inside the card was a note from my girlfriends “Just a little help to get you where you need to be,” included with money to help me fly back to Virginia on the sudden notice. I was in tears!

  17. Sheena says:

    3 weeks after moving to San Diego, I joined Team in Training. I didn’t have many friends in San Diego, and was just beginning my journey with running. I’m quite a shy person at first, but warm up quickly once I get to know you. I had met quite a few people in Team in Training, but more just acquaintances at that point. About a month into the season, I met 2 ladies (one is 17 years older than me, and the other is about 35 years older than me… we really represent the generations!). We’ve been great running buddies for the past 3 years now, and I am so thankful to have met them.
    Last year for my birthday, we all went skydiving! One of them had recently been in San Francisco for a race and found these shirts at the expo. On the front were female runners and on the back it read “Friends til the End.” It was PERFECT! It made my birthday even that more special that we all have the same shirt!

  18. Erin says:

    A group of our friends get together every weekend for dinner. We all bring something to contribute. We didn’t eat horribly but it could be better. I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and that weekend our friends put together a dinner that was very diabetic friendly. I thought this was a battle I would have to deal with on my own, but these amazing people are jumping right in with me.

  19. Trina Hall says:

    It wasn’t for me exactly but my husband had left his wallet at home and was on his way 2 hours out of town for a very important business meeting. He realized this halfway there when he stopped for gas. He called me in a panic because he couldn’t get anyone at the gas station to take the credit card info over the phone so he could get gas to get to his meeting on time. A complete stranger over heard him talking to me and offered to give him money for gas. I was nearly in tears hearing this.

  20. Christine says:

    When I was going through cancer treatment, one of the teacher’s aides at my girls’ school asked if she could keep the girls after school one day per week to work on art projects. My girls love art and this aide is super-talented so I agreed. After about 3 months, my girls presented me with an illustrated scrapbook with a story of my journey back to good health. That gift is so precious to me and I so appreciate the work and effort and time that my girls and Mrs. Atvur put into it. When chemo treatment was done, I received a ‘graduation certificate’. My girls added that to the final page of the scrapbook.

  21. Sarah Brouwer says:

    My husband and I were sitting in church one morning when we were first married quietly talking about how we really need a lawn mower (we had to borrow one every time we mowed). The couple sitting behind us leaned forward and said they have one we could have and they gave it to us. I had never had someone just randomly give me something like that, I will never forget that.

  22. Michele says:

    There are so many moments where someone did something so kind it stuck with me. The one that I carry with me the most happened a few years ago just before Christmas. At the time daughter was 1.5 years old & I wanted to buy a gift for her at the mall. Store shopping was very difficult for me because I had 2 fractures in my L5 vertebrae so I could only walk a short distance. I planned on sneaking off to the mall alone for weeks so I could surprise my baby girl but as the time passed my condition got worse &could only walk a few feet with a cane. We were nearing Christmas & I forced myself to go out. It took me nearly an hour to make it thru the parking lot and to the center of the mall. When I realized how long it took me to struggle thru the mall & how much further I had to go I just wanted to cry. That’s when a young guy probably inhis late teens, walked up to me & complimented me on my cane. (It had bling on it) He told me how cool it was & stood with me chatting for a few min. He mentioned that he noticed me when I walked in and thought how brave I was for not giving up. I guess he saw that I had been struggling. After a few minutes we parted ways. That little talk helped me regaine my strength, I made it thru the mall, shopped, stopped for coffee and went home approaching each completed task as if I was in a marathon counting down the miles. That act of kindness from the random stranger helped me remember how to tackle the long road ahead and I will never forget it or him.

  23. Anna says:

    For me, it is always the smallest things. These days the nicest things that happen are when someone holds the door open for me with the stroller or when someone gives me a seat on the subway. I know it doesn’t seem like a lot, but it really is.

  24. Veronica says:

    Welcome me into their home when I was living in abusive circumstances. I am forever grateful for this sweet family!

  25. stacey smith says:

    I have been blessed to have many nice things done for me, some small and some big. I am thankful for each one of them and the person who did it. The most memorable one was almost three years ago during Christmas time and my dad had just passed in October. We took on my mom living with us amongst extra expenses that came with his death. With that buying Christmas gifts for our four children and families was hard. A week before Christmas a very good friend of my dads, whom was like a brother to him sent us a card with a American Express gift card for several hundred dollars on it to use for the kids. I broke down in tears and could never thank him enough for that blessing for our family. We were able to get special gifts for each of them with it and that Christmas was even more special that year.

  26. CharIty says:

    It’s a little thing, but it meant the world to me. I went out for a long run and when I came home my husband and son greeted me at the door with big smiles, ice cold wash clothes they had put in the freezer when I left, and a big glass of ice water <3

  27. Heather Crookston says:

    I had an awesome random act of kindness just a couple of weeks ago!! I was leaving the grocery store with my two little girls (2 and 4) in tow. As we crossed the street just outside of the store, wind picked up the grocery bag on the very top and blew it to the ground. When it hit the ground my 18 eggs fell broken all over. At that moment a lady pulled up beside me and aksed if I was okay. I told her yes and thanked her, but she still followed my to my car and got out to help me unload the groceries. She then proceeded to ask if she could take my empty carton back in to see if the store would replace them. I agreed and stood outside my car in the parking lot, crying of course, when I looked up to see a rainbow in the sky. Several minutes later, she came out with a new carton of eggs. I gave her a big hug and thanked her for being one of the nice people still out there!!!

  28. Amy says:

    I have been blessed by so many kindnesses in this life that it is hard to choose just one. The most recent was just this past weekend. I was returning to my neighborhood from my morning run. The driver of our neighborhood trash truck not only noticed me coming from a block away, but backed his HUGE truck out of the crosswalk and back into the tiny cul de sac so I could run by. It made my day!

  29. The kindest thing anyone’s ever done for me was love me even though I tried to be unlovable. I had a lot of rough years, especially during my teens. Fortunately, there were people who didn’t give up on me despite myself. I have always been grateful for the love and kindness they gave me and to give it to others.

  30. Nicole says:

    A couple that we run, train for triathlons, and hang out with surprised us shortly before my due date by coming over to help mow the lawn and weed. They even bought Mums to plant so that everything was beautiful when the baby came. I went into labor the next day and it was wonderful to see all that love when we brought her home! Love good friends.

  31. Wendy says:

    I was going on a Walt Disney World vacation with my daughter, son in law and two grandchildren. We were staying at hotel the night prior to our departing flight. Since it was late we decide to have dinner right at our hotel. We were the only people having dinner when we sat down. We kids were very pumped up about our vacation and were being hilarious and silly throughout our dinner. It was a great start to our vacation! After we had odered, an older gentleman sat at a table close to ours. He kept snickering and laughing at the kids thorughout his entire meal. We did a little small talk with him, but the kids monopolized the conversations.
    We all finshed about the same time, but we kept waiting for our waiter to bring us our bill. Finally after a few minutes we asked him and he told usth e older gentleman paid for our dinner. He also left a message – “thank you for a fun and entertaining meal”
    We saw him down a hall way later. and he told us consider it an early Christmas present!
    This was an – ah-ha – moment for me. I try to do something like this on a regular basis. It does not have to big….just give!

  32. Lexie says:

    The nicest thing lately was when my hairdresser cut my sons hair on her day off. It was so nice of her!

  33. Christy McDaniel says:

    One of the nicest things someone has done for me was while in Myrtle Beach, SC for the Diva Half Marathon, my husband and I decided to take our three kids to a Christian Concert series that was also in town that weekend. We had already purchased four tickets for general admission but still needed to get one for my three year old. While waiting to get her ticket a woman who had just finished getting her youth group in approached me and asked if we needed any tickets because they had purchased group vip tickets and had some that were going to be unused. We told her we didn’t really need them but she insisted. Thanks to her not only did we get to let our children experience an awesome first concert for them but they were vip seats and were very very good. Thank you to that random stranger who made our night.

  34. Salina says:

    I was having lunch with my spouse and our 2 year old. Our son was fussing during our meal. Good thing the restaurant was pretty slow at that time. The restaurant manager noticed that our son would not sit still so asked if he could take the baby around the restaurant so we could finish our lunch. The manager walked our son around the tables and through out the restaurant giving us about 15 more minutes to finish our lunch. Once we were done he brought our son back and gave us free dessert.

  35. Kristin McKendry says:

    The nicest thing someone has done for me recently occurred this past Saturday. My husband works for the local Fire Dept and as has a part time job working as a paramedic in a busy ER, he was working on shift Friday and went straight to the hospital Saturday morning I had been planning on doing my long run Saturday when he got off of work with my favorite running partner and also a founding chapter leader of MRTT here in Memphis, TN. Kristin Edwards sent me a text that she would not be able to run with me Saturday night her and her husband had plans, we had been looking at the St Jude Marathon training run going on Saturday morning but with my husbands work schedule there was no way I could make it at 0700, with 3 kids in tow, and a soccer practice at 0830. Kristin made my night by saying her husband had volunteered to watch my 3 daughter aged 6,3, and 20 months along with their 7 month old, and on top of that he would take my daughter to soccer practice.
    Kristin and I got to go have an amazing experience with the St Jude run even in the rain 6 miles went quickly, and her amazing husband watched 4 girls and loaded them up in the car and made it to soccer practice on time! It is amazing how nice people really can be and it is great to see such great support of a husband to their wife.

  36. I’ve been blessed with so many awesome people in my life that it’s hard to pick just one! However, just last week though, my friend (magmilerunner.com) nominated me for Athlete of the Month via the Chicago Area Runners Association. So I’d like to put her “in the hat” for a surprise running gift for her random act of kindness!

  37. Jessica says:

    Nicest running related, was having my son and husband by the finish line when I ran my first half marathon, then getting flowers from them when we met up after the race.

  38. BJ Killam says:

    My mom dropped her cell phone in a parking lot recently and someone picked it up and left it onthe windshield of our car. So fortunate.

  39. Stacy Reynolds says:

    I guess the most recent nicest thing that anyone has ever done for me is when I found out that I was having breast surgery. I was VERY nervous of course and confused….. I lost my mom to breast cancer in 2001. My son’s AAU basketball team (15 yr olds and their parents)that he had JUST started practicing and playing with found out and surprised me one day with a pair of pink boxing gloves. Each and every boy signed those gloves and gave them to me after practice one day. I just lost it! They all lined up and gave me a hug! This meant the WORLD to me and my son. I will FOREVER keep those gloves and bracelet that they gave me. They were so sweet and so kind to have done that for someone they barley even knew. Love each and every one of them!!! GO VIEW! :)

  40. Anne Cooper says:

    At Winco grocery stores you bag your own groceries. I was checking out with my son, who was about 9 mos at the time and super fussy, and the woman in front of me bagged my groceries. At the time, I cried I was so happy to be getting home sooner! She said she remembered having a baby and knew how badly I probably wanted to get out of there! Best random act of kindness ever!

  41. Amy W says:

    I was at a gas station on a completely empty tank. As I searched my purse for my debit card, I realized it was missing. I don’t have any credit cards and cash is a thing of the past. All I had was my check book. I went into the gas station to see if they would accept it, and they would not. There was a very nice lady behind me who gave me $5 to pay for enough gas to get home without running out. I was very appreciative, and offered to write her a check which she wouldn’t accept. Totally saved my day!!!

  42. Katie F says:

    While i was in Hawaii for a vacation i was in a really bad accident. We ended up having to stay in Hawaii for an extra week. I was out of work for a while, and my husband also had to take extra time off to help with me. A lot of the businesses around the area that i live put up collections to give to my family. They raised enough money to pay all of our bills for a month!! I will forever be grateful to all the people involved!

  43. Sarah Wells says:

    Recently (as in last week) our air conditioner went out in our house. I live in Texas and its still in the 90’s here. I have a 14 month old daughter and I knew we couldn’t stay in this place in the heat. Our friends (who we haven’t seen in months because of different schedules) allowed us to stay at their apartment for the night! Not only did they let us stay at a moments notice, but they gave up their bed and slept on the couch so my daughter could sleep with me! It was so sweet! You know you have great fiendsw hen you can just pick up where you left off and act like no time has passed at all! :)

  44. Sarah says:

    The nicest thing lately is all the help my mom has been providing by watching the kids while my husband travels for work.

  45. Missy C. says:

    It is not easy always to have only one income while I go to school. But my husband has been working his butt off so I could go to school and be a stay at home mom :) and with this my family and friends helping by watching my children while I was at school:) thanks Katie and Maia

  46. Stephanie says:

    I was having a very rough morning a few months back. I decided to go to the Starbucks drive thru to get a little coffee perk for my day.. I must have looked horrible to the people in front of me. My kids were yelling/screaming/acting up in the back seat..the baby was crying…and I just honestly wanted to run away for a few hours.
    When I ordered my grande coffee and I went to pay, the cashier said that the lady in front of me had paid for my coffee. She had already driven away by this point and was long gone, but I seriously had tears in my eyes. A complete stranger had bought me a coffee. It made my entire day and actually my day turned around after that. I immediately was in a grateful and happy mood after that. So thanks to a perfect stranger, my day really turned around.

  47. Angela says:

    Way back when I had a 5 year old, a 3 year old, and an infant we had gone to McD’s (dont judge) to eat and play at the play place…. We were leaving and it was the first time my children “embarrassed me” with their behavior. (Not the infant… he wasnt old enough yet, but eventually…) Anyway, the 5 year old was doing something naughty, the 3 year old was running out into the traffic and I am sure the infant was crying because it was past time for his nap. I was in tears. A man came up to me helped me herd the kids to the car and HUGGED me. He told me that he understood that he had raised 3 boys. That hug was HUGE. I am sure he has no idea what he did that day, but it meant the world to me. Now the kids are 12, 10, and 7…. thanks to that man they made it to those ages!! ;)

  48. Billie says:

    I was trying to figure out how I was going to pay for my daughter’s school supplies this year. Money has been super tight this summer and I have been very stressed even about the little purchases. Our women’s leader at the church I attend, went out and bought school supplies, not just for my daughter, but for another families children as well.

  49. Sarah McCutcheon says:

    Lately, I’d say the nicest thing is my husband supporting my running. It would be so difficult if he didn’t. I know when I’m training my schedule (and everyone’s) revolves around me. So, I’m very grateful. I know it may not seem like much, but I’ve heard several women say their husbands aren’t on board and I can’t imagine how hard that would be.

  50. Jennifer Cullum says:

    when I was a teenager I had to pull over on the highway due to a flat tire…a very nice man (in a suit) pulled over to help me change my tire!!!

  51. Kayan says:

    There’s been lots, but about a month ago, I ran Ragnar Northwest and my fiance and friend were nice enough to volunteer for our team (each local team must provide 3 volunteers.) So, they drove up to Langley and worked from 6:30 to almost midnight, then came back to Seattle, and slept for a few hours before one had to go to a wedding and the other had to work a beer festival on Whidbey.

  52. Leslie says:

    My parents and in-laws are fantastic at volunteering to watch my children or stepping up to the plate when we are in a bind. This started when my oldest was 3 months old and we went to Hawaii for 5 days on a work trip. They were stuck with an infant that was still on breast milk eating every 2 hours. What troopers!

  53. Ang says:

    The nicest thing anyone ever did for me was in high school. I was the new kid, overweight and shy, and coming into a small town school where everyone had been friends forever. I tried to blend in, hide, not get noticed, because I had come from a school where I had been bullied. The most popular girl in my grade took notice of me, and she began to talk to me, to ask me to sit with her at lunch, and eventually started taking me to various school events like basketball games. We became good friends, and through her, I became friends with many others. My junior and senior year of high school was amazing, all because this girl took time to notice me. It affected my life profoundly, as I finally had the courage to join the drama club and other school happenings, and I went on to college with a changed outlook on life: positive, happy, and friendly. I think that if I had never met Ann, I would have never gone to college and wouldn’t have the life I have today.

  54. Theresa J says:

    My sister went off to college and gave me a heartfelt letter thanking me for all the love and support throughout the years. I balled my eyes out

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