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Random Act of Kindness

On Saturday we held a compassion cell event called Random Acts of Kindness Day. About 20 volunteers who participated in this event formed quickly into four smaller teams all armed with their kindness assignments. Two teams were assigned the job of handing out bottles of waters and packets of snacks at parks in Brea and Orange, another team was assigned the job of helping grocery store shoppers with their carts of food and my group was assigned washing car windows in Newport Beach. We headed to our car equipped with the necessary tools of Windex, paper towels, kindness and of course SMILE cards.

We drove off winding down the 55 onto the Pacific Coast Highway and decided upon a Chevron station near Fashion Island. As cars pulled in we realized this might be a little more difficult than we had anticipated, at least half the cars entering the station were spotlessly clean. Offering to clean the windows of these cars was pointless. So we decided to hand out the smile cards to those who had clean windows and we washed the windows and passed out smile cards to the cars in need of a window cleaning. One of our first customers was a light blue, mini, euro car filled with four passengers. After extending the offer to wash the windows of this car the woman driver’s face lit up with a lovely smile and she answered, “yes that would be wonderful!” She told me her passengers were all visiting from Europe. I handed three more smile cards to her and asked her to explain the task of passing the kindness on. She grinned again, thanked us and said she would. Quickly following this encounter, another woman pulled up and looking extremely harried, darting out of her car and quickly stepping to the back of her car. She seemed to be trying to avoid us but I approached her anyway. I asked her if she would like her windows washed, she looked up and said she was really more concerned with her tire. As we peered around the back of the car to look at the tire we realized her tire was completely flat. So Ganesh, thinking quickly on his feet, went into the small store attached to the station and bought a can of Fix a Flat. He generously offered to pump up the tire and fill it with the contents of the can so that the car could be driven safely to the tire store. In a lovely southern drawl the woman thanked him profusely and was on her way – dirty windows still but with a tire that would now get her to her destination.

This is how our task embraced us. It was so amazing our offers of simple kindness brought the warmest, brightest smiles to the people who we touched and who touched us in return. We received so many words of gratitude, which we accepted gratefully, among a few offers of money, which we quickly turned down. We asked them instead to continue to pass the kindness onto to those strangers they would meet. My team was still brimming with energy by the end of this event and when we returned to the warehouse they continued to clean the car windows of other volunteers. It was a really wonderful way to start the day and I think that the lesson learned was that in giving we receive!

I have found that among its other benefits giving liberates the soul of the giver.– Maya Angelou

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To the Staff and Supporters of BTC and BTC Newsletter
A million thanks of gratitude for the BTC Newsletter. It is an inspiration just to read it and to know that there is such a spiritual, active perspective occurring in Orange County. I hope to attend at least one of the events listed on the calendar of events. Sincere wishes that the supporters of BTC and attendees of the events grow exponentially in the coming months, years. We sorely need this kind of spirit in our midst.
Namaste,
Gloria DeLaTorre~Wycoff

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Wow! You guys are so great. Thank you for all that you are doing EVERYWHERE in the world and on the planet! You are fantastic. Hope to see you at the Diversity Faire at UC Irvine on Saturday.
Love,
Linda Monfort
Baha’i Faith

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Thank you for this wonderful email. And I am glad you had so much support and gained new volunteers.

The only thing that continues to lack from our society is compassion and understanding. My delete key is very easy to hit and therefore I knew it was just a glitch and these things happen – delete delete delete. Your follow-up email is so comprehensive, humble and wonderful – thanks for spreading the love. We pray for all to find more love, compassion and understanding.

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THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! for all you do – your work and crew are a refreshing and welcome change from all the negativeness in the world.
Sending you Oceans of Appreciation,
Stephanie Barger, Executive Director

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So glad to hear you are back on line! Please keep us on your list. We depend on you to help get our events publicized. We share common ideals. Please help us disseminate the upcoming play on the death penalty on Dec. 3 rd in the City of Orange. Our flyer and map are attached.

Blessings,
Jan Urban
California People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty
Orange County Chapter

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Good to hear all is well!
Peace, Karen of Earth Spirit Agape

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This is a great email — clear, concise, to the point — taking full responsibility for an awkward event and offering solutions. I respect you folks even more than I did a week ago. Good work.
– Roth Herrlinger, Santa Monica

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It was obviously a system error. These things happen. I look forward to continuing to receive your newsletters.
– Rose Lord, Global Coalition for Peace

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Sending much love your way. Keep up the good works you are doing.
From the heart,
Steven

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In this high tech age, this is bound to happen. The work you are doing and promoting must continue despite adversity.
Please keep us on your list.
Keep the Faith,
Katie and Randy

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This stuff happens! No problem – I just deleted all the extra emails. I work in Information Systems, so I know how things go sometimes. Take care and keep on doing the good things you are doing!
Mary Ann Perdue

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Nothing a few little deletes can’t handle! You guys are wonderful. thank you so much for your work.
peace, Sofia

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Thank you for explaining. It’s professional and honest.

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Thanks for the explanation and detailed description of what you believe and are trying to do. We always thought that was the case, and have valued receiving your newsletters, so send em on over to Alaska, OK???? Appreciate knowing that it was not I who screwed up, maybe forwarding something wonderful from you all to the wrong folks?? Anyway, you are the greatest, and no need to apologize.
Valerie & David Young-Williams Seldovia, Alaska

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You really should not worry about it. It was a human error.
You are a good writer. I am particularly impressed by your “core Values”. I copied and e-mailed to lof of my friends and their kids to give them guideline to live by.
Keep up the good work.
Rupal Shah

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Keep on fighting the good cause.
Best, Jaideep

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Thanks for sending such a nice note with your optimistic, glass is half-full, ever enlightening, life is good perspective! […]I am glad to hear more people want to join in helping others through BTC.
Namaste, Stacey

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No need to apologies. I figured there was some problem as I am in this business. Glad to hear you got things under control. Let me know if I can be of some help.
– Sunil

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Hi, sorry about your glitch, it can happen to the best of us.
– Nellie

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You have handled this beautifully, responsibly and transparently! This kind of thing happens, no big deal. Thank you for handling it with such grace!
– Peace, Rev. Giovanna

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Like you have said things must explode and then retake shape. The power of the universe. I love […]Be The Cause. Be The Cause is a real inspiration for me. […]
– Satya Kaur

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Perhaps it was a cosmic jitter as the universe grasps the real impact of the Be-The-Cause work beyond the hundreds on Huntington Beach and onto thousands around the globe. ;)
– Nipun

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