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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Random Acts Of Kindness

THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED.  THE WINNER HAS BEEN NOTIFIED.  THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR WONDERFUL COMMENTS ON PAYING IT FORWARD!


Have you ever done anything for a stranger without expecting anything in return?  A couple of times I have paid for the car behind me when I've gone to McDonalds.  That simple act of giving, gives me such joy. 

I was recently contacted by Pampers and asked to participate in their launch of Miracles Missions, in celebration of its 50th birthday.  A pay-it-forward program was designed to deliver acts of kindness to little miracles and their families while challenging the public - like you - to support others within your very own communities.

I was sent a $50 American Express gift card from Pampers, with the challenge of performing a random act of kindness and paying the gift card forward to a family in need.

I was super excited to come up with a way to pay my gift card forward.  However, the best thing about participating is that Pampers has also given me a $50 American Express gift card to giveaway to one of you, with the challenge of paying it forward as well.

What random act of kindness did I perform?  I contacted the Life Care department at my church Lifegate, and requested that the card be given to a family in our church that was, in need and had small children.  Pretty cool hugh?

With that said, my question to you my friends is, how would you pay your gift card forward?  I will send the card to whoever comes up with the most creative idea.  Have fun!


WIN IT!
1) Tell me the most creative way you would pay your card forward
2) Follow me here on Blogger or by Email - winner will be verified

Contest Ends June 8, 2011


Good Luck!
Buena Suerte!
Yatta
(Yah-ta)


From Pampers:
Little Miracle Mission

Let’s make a dad's first Father’s Day one he’ll never forget. The mission is to help give dads the time he and his baby deserve to bond. 

As it's so critical to his baby's development. Just by running some of his errands, covering his late meeting at work or helping him out with some chores at home can make room for some precious quality time with his little miracle. Pick one or one of your own and tell us how it goes.

For committing to help, you can enter The Little Miracles sweepstakes for a chance to win free diapers and wipes for a year.


Pampers' Pledge

If we get 4,000 commitments to complete the mission, Pampers will throw special Father’s Day cook-outs for dads and babies across the country designed to give dads and their babies valuable bonding time. It'll be a day to remember.




 

88 comments:

  1. I follow you via email.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  2. I accidentally deleted a comment by Mami2jcn. So is her comment and it is an awesome idea!

    Mami2jcn says: I would donate $50 towards Haiti. A local church can use $50 to send one Haitian family a survival kit.

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  3. I would buy seeds to plant in our community garden!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. I follow your blog publicly with google friend connect as Amber
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. I would buy sports equipment for the local shelter (for the kids, or any adults who want to play)...Those poor kids must get so bored sitting inside playing board games with pieces missing...they need a ping-pong table or a badmitton set or fribees, or even Nerf squirt guns for those really hot days that we get here...
    Alicia Webster
    5webs@comcast.net

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  6. GFC(5webs)
    Alicia Webster
    5webs@comcast.net

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  7. I follow you through email. I would use the gift card and forward it to Compass Ministries in North Omaha. Its a great ministry in the community that invests in the lives of young kids spiritually, emotionally, and academically. The executive director goes to our church, and our high school youth have gotten really involved in volunteering.

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  8. My friends daughter is having a baby in July. I would give it to her
    whit1966@gmail.com

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  9. i would buy diapers for a homeless woman in need

    vanitizebaby at yahoo dot com

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  10. i'm a blog follower-courtney

    vanitizebaby at yahoo dot com

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  11. I am always tortured yearly by those little gift trees in the stores w/kids wish tags on them. They are always so full. :( I want to use this card (and match my own $50) to buying as many presents as I can!

    Beeanne(at)gmx(dot)com

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  12. Followed via GFC! (Briannimal - beeanne(at)gmx(dot)com)

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  13. I would buy things for the community center that my church runs.
    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

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  14. New GFC follower
    Denise S
    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

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  15. i'd drop the card in a random mailbox.

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  16. I would give it to my sister, we are going through a rough spot in our lives but so is she. This would bring a smile to her face.

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  17. There are a couple of young mothers that have babies that need pampers.

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  18. would love to do diapers and personal items and coupons for storm victims- wow the storms have hit us all hard but instead would wither buy a ton of books here and there and donate to the school so kids have books to read and take take hme... another idea I have is to take part and give it to my son who takes his own money to buy gas and mow lawns for seniors in the area- they should not be out in the heat and they mow for no charge- not because someone tells them to do it but because they know its hte right thing to do mrs.mommyyatgmail

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  19. I would fill a random person's gas tank up at a local station.

    hellrzr(at)juno(dot)com

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  20. Following on GFC.
    hale

    hellrzr(at)juno(dot)com

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  21. i would use it to donate diapers to local residents affected by the tornadoe

    teechbiz at gmail dot com

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  22. I'd buy baby products and donate it to the womens shelter.
    Dove056 at aol dot com

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  23. I follow you via GFC - Cindy...
    Dove056 at aol dot com

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  24. I would match that $50.00 and give it to Lifecare..

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  25. GFC as dawns41
    I would buy some fruit trees to add towards our home orchard so moms could have fresh fruit.
    dawns_horizen@yahoo.com

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  26. Some friends of ours just had a child and they already have a 2 year old. The mother has had to take off work so this would really be great to help them out! I am an e-mail subscriber and follow on Google Friend Connect under the name jmcharries

    jmcharries@cox.net

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  27. I would use it to buy some baby clothes for my church's clothing shelter.
    GFC follower (coliebear).
    lenz.nicole(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. Due to a power outage last week, our 90 year old neighbor was unable to call for assistance, poor woman had been robbed. The $50 card would be used to buy a cellphone, so that she could call for help.
    writer61@yahoo.com

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  29. I would buy children's pajamas for a Women's Shelter. You haven't seen desolation and despair until you see a bedraggled woman bringing her bewildered children to a shelter late at night, and the first thing she has to do is look through the Shelter's thrift shop cast-off clothing to find something to put on her children for bed before she herself starts the long process of signing in, learning all the rules, and figuring out how to move forward with the rest of her life.

    Email address is in blogger profile

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  30. I follow you with blogger/google friends connect - barbara wright

    Email address is in blogger profile

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  31. diapers for the people in need
    amy16323(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. I don't know if you would select this or not but this is what I would do. There is a residential chemical dependency program in our neighborhood. They serve women and dependent children up to age 12. I love the idea of this program so addiction can be addressed while maintaining family unity. Don't get me started about the potential value of life skills/parenting training and the importance of the child understanding the mother's addiction.

    I would use this to purchase something for their playroom or perhaps some special food treat. I'd let the women decide how to spend it.

    ky2here at msn dot com

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  33. You all are making my heart sing! You are coming up with wonderful ways to pay it forward. Keep it coming friends! :-)

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  34. I would donate this to my church every June and December they have a baby shower for needy moms.The church can get much more than I can because they work with the local stores.
    carolkfoster at comcast dot net

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  35. new GFC follower carol foster
    carolkfoster at comcast dot net

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  36. Following the blog via GFC. (panicxduh)

    I would love to make a miracle happen for my church's youth ministry team.
    They have a "Send a Kid to Camp" Program that I would want to lend money to
    so I could help just one child learn about Jesus and make friends too!

    panicxduh[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  37. I am a follower. I would donate it to my church Sunday School program for summer Bible school supplies!
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

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  38. I would give it to my friends who recently had a baby.
    brittneydejajason at gmail dot com

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  39. gfc follower (brittney p)
    brittneydejajason at gmail dot com

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  40. I would take mine to FavorHouse (a shelter for battered women) and ask them to use it it purchase items they need for the families there. Most times when a woman leaves with her family in an emergency situation, they leave with only the clothes on their backs. I am hoping this will be able to help in some small way!
    kitty32504 at cox dot net

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  41. I am a new GFC follower (Cataroo)
    kitty32504 at cox dot net

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  42. follow via gfc (julieh) honeypie411 at yahoo dot com I'd buy baby supplies to donate to a shelter for women and children.

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  43. Follow on GFC purehrt555

    I would gift this to my church, we have a family that is going through some really rough financial and health issues. I would love to be able to bless them with this card to help ease their mind a little bit.

    purehrt555(at)Yahoo(doT)com

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  44. I'm trying to become a bilingual teacher, and even if I don't find a full-time position, I will still be substituting next year (thank goodness!). I would use my card to purchase some much-needed classroom supplies for my students as we'll all have to do a lot more with a lot less in the coming years due to the drastic budget cuts.

    ashaldridge (at) gmail (dot) com

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  45. Blogger follower (Ashley).

    ashaldridge (at) gmail (dot) com

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  46. Buy a graduation gift for a girl who worked really hard in school.

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  47. I follow (happi shopr) and would buy 10 $5 McDonald Arch cards and give them out to the homeless downtown. trinitygsd at yahoo dot ocm

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  48. Since the gift card is donated by Pampers, I'd like to express my appreciation by donating Pampers to a local halfway house for women. They accept women with children there, and these women rebuilding their lives could use all the help they can get.

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  49. I would give this to my friend who just had a baby last month to help with the cost of formula and diapers, thanks!

    Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

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  50. Following via GFC, thanks!

    Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

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  51. I follow on gfc and I would use it to get the local food pantry some baby food and formula

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  52. I would use the card to buy diapers for a neighbor in need. Thank you for the lovely giveaway.
    sewmuchstuff at ymail dot com

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  53. I follow you via Google Friend Connect (Sewmuchstuff).
    sewmuchstuff at ymail dot com

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  54. If I win, I would use it to pay (partially) for a diaper cake for my friend's baby shower. Her husband is serving in Afghanistan, and I believe this is his 4th deployment. He did not get to see his first baby (son) born....and most likely he will miss the birth of the second baby too. So I want to make the baby shower extra special and memorable for my friend.

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  55. I follow you, My Friends Call Me Yatta! ;)

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  56. I would like to use it to buy diapers and baby clothes from goodwill for moms at the low income center. spiersrp at gmail dot com

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  57. I follow gfc Rebecca
    spiersrp at gmail dot com

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  58. I subscribe via email.
    spiersrp at gmail dot com

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  59. I'm a GFC follower :) I would buy my coworkers dinner during one of our night shifts to save them all a few dollars.

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  60. I follow via GFc-traymona. I would donate diapers to my local women's shelter.
    traymona[at]aol.com

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  61. my postal carrier's a single mom with a bad back and young kids. i'd buy groceries for her, come over so she could rest in bed, and spend the day with the kids cooking casseroles together to stock up her freezer.

    kolpin4680 at gmail dot com

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  62. gfc follower kolpin
    kolpin4680 at gmail dot com

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  63. My best friend just her third! i think her and her husband deserve a date night! Id babysit and give them this to go out.

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  64. I follow your blog as jelaws5
    thanks
    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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  65. There are so many people who are in need of things. I remember when my husband was not working,we had a 6month old at the time...and some people helped us out by buying diapers,food etc. we so thankful for them....so I know what's like to be in need and no money..My husband works with a young woman who has a 2 year old son...her husband has been unemployed for about 6 months old
    I would like to give them the card
    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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  66. I would donate $50 to our local church
    4robert2win(at)gmail(dot)com

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  67. i would give to homeless shelter

    lmurley2000@yahoo.com

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  68. follow on GFC

    lmurley2000@yahoo.com

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  69. I live very close to the area in MA devastated by the tornado. I would donate food to them.
    Lovefool827 (at) yahoo (dotcom)

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  70. I would buy diapers for a fellow single mom. not too creative but it's what I really needed.

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  71. I would help my very good friend who is having a baby she would love that! Great giveaway thank you.
    tishajean@ charter.net

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  72. gfc follower agatewood1 and I would love to donate baby items to the tornado victims in Joplin! Thanks so much!
    agatewood1@ymail.com

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  73. Follow on GFC/latishajean
    tishajean@ charter.net

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  74. our family buys small items to fill shoe boxes to send to the troops overseas. i would use it for that.

    jagar0049 at yahoo dot com

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  75. follow you on blogger as mary

    jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

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  76. i am a follower on gfc susansmoaks
    i would use the card to buy baby items with coupons and double or triple the money and then give them to a family in our neighborhood
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  77. I'd use the card to donate diapers and other baby items to a local womens shelter

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  78. I follow via GFC

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  79. I would take one of my struggling girlfriends out for dinner and a movie. Also, I would arranger for someone to watch her kids.


    ccboobooy at gmail dot com

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  80. Follow on blogger.

    charity/ccboobooy


    ccboobooy at gmail dot com

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  81. I would pay my card forward by helping our sandwich collection for a local shelter

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  82. I would make a donation to our church.
    wonitoo@hotmail.com

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  83. I would pay it forward and donate food to a local drive going on right now to help feed students of families that are struggling and who are out of school for the summer

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

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  84. follow gfc
    ardy22
    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

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  85. Thanks for the giveaway...we would support our local food bank with a donation of formula, canned goods, & diapers.

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  86. senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

    GFC Follower: Brian E.

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  87. I'd buy as many diapers as $50 could to share.
    Now following GFC (Gianna).

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