RAOK Challenge!!

Okay, folks. Time for our Random Act of Kindness. We haven’t done this for a while, so let me refresh everyone’s memory. We basically try to make the world a better place by helping someone in some way. You have to be really observant and creative. It is best if you can do the deed without anyone knowing you did. This means you get no credit for it, but that’s kind of the point. However, sometimes you see a need and there is no way to help anonymously. That is fine. It is better to provide the help that is needed and just tell the person to pass the favor on. That is more pay it forward than ROAK, but that’s okay. It still makes the world happier.

So, your challenge is to do one ROAK during the month of August (you can do more if you want) and post about it here under the comments section 🙂 The one that makes me cry gets a free autographed copy of FINDING MS. RIGHT. (I will email the winner)

Lori

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5 Replies to “RAOK Challenge!!”

  1. Lori says:

    Okay, folks. Here is my ROAK for the month. I couldn’t do it anonymously, but it was very much needed. One of my very best friends babysits so that she can stay home with her children. She is the best babysitter you’ve ever met. She also works as part of our youth leadership team. She is stretched quite thin and has a hard time taking even a minute for herself.

    She phoned me today and asked if I could help her helper (my daughter) while she ran her own daughter to the doctor. Her daughter had strep and the doctor was about to close. She then told me not to look at her kitchen. I recognized the tired strain in her voice from when my own children were little. I remembered how there were never enough minutes in the day to get everything done. Not only does she watch all these children and feed them two meals and a snack every day, but she was up all night with her daughter, who was ill.

    When I arrived at her house, I decided to go ahead and empty her dishwasher and clean the dishes she had leftover from breakfast. It really was a small thing to do for someone but she appreciated it and it made her life a lot easier. So, what are you going to do to help someone out? I challenge you to come up with something as soon as possible.

    Maybe pick some flowers and take them to an elderly neighbor or bake your new co-worker a plate of cookies (you probably don’t want to give food anonymously). Would you eat food that you didn’t know where it came from? LOL

    I can’t wait to hear what you come up with!

  2. Mickie says:

    Hi Lori,

    I forgot abut the roak challenges. Looooove them. I will do another for this month, but I just did a random act. There was a mother in the car behind me at McDonald’s who looked frazzled. I could hear her one child shrieking from our open windows. I told the worker I wanted to pay for her food and also give her some of those little booklets with the coupons. By the time she received the free meal and coupons, I wa long gone. I sure hope it brightened her day!

  3. Valerie C says:

    I was introduced to a young single mom about 8 weeks ago… I was also told she was homeless.
    My heart just was so heavy for this young mom who has a 10 month old little boy. I went home prayed about what I should do.
    I then got on my local homeschool board and started making inquiries about where I should take her as
    I had NO idea. I was given a few recommendations and from those recommendations more doors opened for this
    young mom. By my willingness to help her help herself, as she has no family here locally and her mom is in rehab for
    the million time (per her DD) she isn’t available to help her either.
    I took my paycheck when I first met her and got the baby a port a crib as he was sleeping in his stroller!
    I also purchased some baby toys, books and clothing for him. I also bought baby food for him as all she has was
    formula… I felt good about doing something that wasn’t asked of me but yet so needed.

    I don’t know what God’s plan is for this young woman yet, but she is a candidate for a local program to help families
    get post secondary education to break the cycle of poverty.

    I take this young woman where she needs to go, various appointments and such.
    I have another mom who has helped me get things for this young mom’s apartment that this local program will provide
    for her and her son since they are homeless while she is attending college for the entire 4 years.

    I encourage everyone to step up a little and lend a helping hand when there is a need, BEFORE it is asked of you.
    You will certainly be blessed by it.
    I know I have.

  4. Karen says:

    I put $20 in an envelope and tucked it into the door of an elderly neighbor that struggles for money. It isn’t a lot, but it’s what I could afford and maybe it will help her a little and allow her a special meal out. I also enclosed my favorite Bible verse, which is Romans 8:32-33 — “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”

  5. Lori says:

    Wow! You guys are truly awesome. I’m so impressed by your giving natures. Can’t wait until the next challenge. I need them too so that I’m reminded to think about others more often and appreciate the many blessings God has given me.

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