Monthly Archives: February 2011

Donating Clothing for RAK Week

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By BookRenter Briana

Clothing for Donation

That’s right, I’m doing my share of random acts of kindness. Not only did I refrain from flipping off the girl who cut me off this morning when it was pouring rain [ed: Sorry BookRenter Briana, we’re not counting that], but I also spent last night going through my closet to collect clothes for donation. I figure if you haven’t worn something in an entire year, get rid of it and give it to people who actually need it!

According to Every Monday Matters, 20 billion pounds of clothing a year are wasted and thrown away. Hello, that’s 68 pounds per person (a large child’s worth of clothing).

Seriously, it’s not that hard to take your old clothes to your local Salvation Army or church, and it’s a great RAK! There’s a ton of organizations that will gladly take your unwanted clothes. I give my closet a good cleaning every year and do it.

What RAK’s have you done?

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Our Weekly Coffee Winner is….

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Congratulations, Teresa Harvey you are this week’s $10 coffee gift card winner!

“I went through my cupboards and closets, gathering useful items. On Friday myself and a small group of women are going downtown to seek out homeless individuals that stay away from the shelters and give them winter clothing, toiletries, and food items.”

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Top 5 Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness Week

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By BookRenter Nicole

Random Acts of Kindness


Everyone knows how easy it is to get wrapped up in your own life, right? We slip in to bad habits and forget that we are all part of a larger community. For this very reason The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation was created. Random Acts of Kindness Week is upon us and I’d like to give you some ideas of how you can join in the movement for a more kind-hearted community.

Here are some suggestions:

  1. Send a hand-made card letting a special someone know how much you appreciate him or her.
  2. The next time you go to your favorite coffee shop, get one of your pals a drink too. When they ask, “Oh, what’s this for?” tell them, “Just because you’re you. Thanks for everything.”
  3. Volunteer! Whether it’s donating a coat or helping out at the animal shelter, volunteering is a great way to spread kindness while helping in your community.
  4. Hold the door for someone when exiting or entering a building. It’s so simple and can be easily overlooked as we rush around our daily lives.
  5. Leave some notes of inspiration somewhere for a stranger to read. Apparently, “Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty” was found written on a placemat in a restaurant, and the phrase was thereby coined! You could probably make someone smile by leaving a note at the coffee shop that says, “Smile, you’re a great person!”

Now step up to the plate and do a random act of kindness for every day of the week. And why not next week too, or all the time! Feel great about doing something good for someone else. Rack up the good karma points!

We would love to hear how you made someone smile with your random act of kindness.

For more information and ideas, check out randomactsofkindness.org.

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Random Acts of Kindness Week

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By BookRenter Eric

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In 1995 the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation was formed with the hopes of inspiring people to practice kindness and pass it on to others. After coming across their site I couldn’t help but notice the cool stories section where you can read member’s stories and watch videos. Also, if you’re in need of some inspiration you can browse the kindness ideas section. There are some really good ideas here ranging from giving care packs to the homeless to donating used books to a library.

So now, I challenge you to go out and make a difference. Do something nice for someone this week and maybe it’ll turn into a habit .

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Ahh, Valentine’s Day

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By BookRenter Briana

Ahh, Valentine’s Day… To some of you this is the most romantic time of the year to express your love to that special someone, and to others it is the most pointless and money wasting day ever. Don’t get too caught up in the season of love by spending a truck load of money, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg!

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Here are a few ideas, to help you decide on the perfect inexpensive way  to either spend the day together or make the perfect gift, that screams, “I love you” this Valentines Day.

1. Cook – Instead of going out to dinner and wasting money on over-priced food just because it’s Valentine’s Day, try making dinner together. It’s a lot cheaper and shows a little more effort. Add a few candles and you’ve got yourself a nice romantic date.
Make a mix CD – of the songs that remind you of each other. I recommend some nice Al Green and some Marvin Gaye. (You might want to avoid Bruno Mars Grenade, I’m just sayin’.)

2. Make a Collage – If you’re feeling crafty. If you’re not the type of person to keep pictures (Yeah you, guys), go on Facebook and snag a few, get a poster board, slap those pictures on there, write some captions and you got yourself a giant V-day card that will WOW your significant other.

3. Photo Slideshow – Get some cute pictures together, put them on the comp, add a sappy song to it and give them the CD or email it to them. I suggest David Gray “This Years Love”…it’s sappy I know.

4. Rent a Movie – One you both enjoy. Buy a bunch of candy, make some popcorn and have an in-home date night.
Bake a heart shaped cake with extra frosting (Betty Crocker style – she knows how to do things on the cheap).

5. Be Outdoorsy – unless you’re in the Midwest (sorry guys – you can write in the snow how much you love them). Try and plan a day of activities like sightseeing, hiking, or visiting museums and galleries.

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