How I Celebrated My Birthday (aka 38 Random Acts of Robyn)


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I mentioned a couple of weeks ago my birthday wish was to complete one Random Act of Kindness for every year of my life thus far, as well as asking friends, readers, Facebook fans and fellow Twitter-ers to each perform one Random Act of Kindness and to let me know about it throughout the day.

I planned out 38 things ahead of time just in case, but really was praying for opportunities to present themselves throughout the day. It was absolutely freezing and windy but we were not to be deterred!  My husband, three daughters and my husband’s parents joined me in the most favorite birthday of my life!


1.  Returned grocery carts back inside the store from the parking lot for shoppers.

raok1.jpg 2.  Loaded bags of groceries into cars for shoppers (received a hug from one adorable elderly man).

raok2.jpg 3.  Handed bottled waters out the car window to joggers/walkers/bicyclists we passed by (felt like we were support for the Iron Man triathalon or something…lots of laughs from people on this one).

4.  Inconspicuously dropped coins on the playground for children to find while they played (my girls are really good at this apparently.  No, no one choked on a random found penny.  Yes, LOTS of squeals of delight floated through the air as we walked away!)

5.  Fed parking meters.


6.  Paid for the  next two cars behind us on the toll bridge. (Toll operator said, “You gotta be kidding me”).

7.  Handed out Tootsie Pops to children (asked parents permission first of course!).


8.  Bought a gift card for groceries and turned around  and handed it to woman in line behind me.  I wasn’t prepared for the look on her face.  I immediately left before I started to cry.

9.  Walked up to a family eating lunch at a local restaurant, placed a gift card on their table and walked out.


10.  Dropped off several hand written thank you notes and doughnuts at the police station.


11.  Gave a dozen hot doughnuts to a very cold crew working on the power lines.

raok7.jpg 12.  Took  a large bag of clothes to the local homeless shelter.

13.  Left 3 gift cards with notes hidden amongst books at Barnes & Noble.

14.  Paid for the woman’s coffee behind us in line at Starbucks.

15. Chased down and caught runaway Happy Birthday balloon and returned it to the owner’s unlocked car (then secretly watched as he returned and was completely baffled at the balloon sitting in his front seat!)

16.  Tucked happy notes in car doors in parking lot wishing people a good day full of God’s blessings.

raok8.jpg 17.  Handed out mylar balloons to children shopping with their parents.


18.  Took art supplies to the Family Waiting Room of labor & delivery floor of the hospital for new big brothers and sisters to be.

19.  Dropped off stuffed animals on the children’s floor of the hospital.

raok10.jpg 20.  Delivered balloons to hospital patients.


21.  Handed out water bottles to very appreciative nurses (who knew they were so thirsty?).

22.  Taped change to vending machines (I actually saw passersby stop and take pictures of the machines without taking the money).


23.  Pumped woman’s gasoline so she didn’t have to get out of her car in the cold.  (We also added a bottle of some sort of additive since she asked. I should find out what that stuff was.  I never add stuff to my gas tank.)

24.  Left quarters at a laundromat.

25.  Delivered handwritten Valentine cards to the local assisted living facility.

raok13.jpg 26.  Phone card to young woman in need. (I asked the owner of a store I frequent if he knew of any customers who might need it and he got a big smile on his face.  He looked at the girl working there and told me she had just confided in him yesterday that she couldn’t afford her minutes on her cell phone to call her family back home.  It was a suuuper cool moment.)

27.  Handed out hot chocolate at ice skating rink.

raok15.jpg 28.  Left free Krispy Kreme doughnut coupons on coffee table at church.

29.  Gave coffee to a toll booth worker on our way home.  (He seemed the least affected or appreciative of the day.  I feel like he might have needed it the most of everyone.)

30.  Walked into McDonald’s and asked the cashier to use my free coupon on next person in drive through line.

31.   Wrote a letter to old friend and mailed it (yeah, the total old fashioned way).

32.  Took plates of cookies to 2 neighbors I don’t really know and spent some time talking with them (no, I did not bake them myself but no one seemed to care).

33.   Read a story to children in Barnes & Noble (I think people thought I worked there!  The kids liked it and the parents loved it!).  BONUS:  My 8 year old daughter found a little guy and read him a book too.



34.  Took pictures of two tourists in front of Hard Rock Cafe and a family in the park.


35.  Brought in the neighbor’s garbage can for them.

36.  Gathered a newspaper that a woman who’s hands were full dropped at the grocery store.

37.  Left a small treat with a note of thanks for the mailman.


38.  Read an entire Junie B. Jones book (all 9 chapters) to my children before bed, instead of the usual two chapters.  (Happy girls indeed!)


I was overwhelmed by the number of texts, emails, Facebook messages and Tweets I received from family, friends, colleagues and people I don’t even know, telling me a Random Act of Kindness they did in honor of my birthday.  I cried several times throughout the day from how touched I was.  Here are the great RAOK other’s did:

Jeanette:  I am so glad to hear that you had an amazing birthday!  My ROAK – My assistant teacher was having a rough week so I baked her a box of her favorite cookies… Snickerdoodles!!

Heidi: we collected old towels, washcloths and newspapers and am donating them to the local animal shelter!

Debbie: Just paid for the order for the car behind me at the drive thru lane….

Kimberly: Happy Bday! We just taught an older lady how to use the automated postal machine from start to finish ;o) (everyone deserves to learn how to avoid the postal line!!!)

:  Called a new colleague to tell her a press release had a major typo on it before it went any further! Handled it graciously and with understanding that we all make mistakes.

Becky:  Happy Birthday Robyn! I let someone use my discount card at the grocery store since they didn’t have one…not major, but I thought of you and smiled! Hope you get all of your Random Acts of Kindness fulfilled! Enjoy your day! Xoxo

: I didn’t kick the %$#* out of someone who drove me crazy tonite~~~ does that count?

:  I collected something from Freecycle (electric Hannukah menorah) that I donated to an Adult Living Facility. I know that they prefer electric over real candles. Does that count towards your 38? I love your post!

:  In honor of your birthday i cleaned out our closets and have donated 7 garbage bags of clothing to haiti!! (this was on my radar and i needed a little incentive, thank you!) happy birthday sweet friend!

Traci: We bought a box full of medical supplies, food, etc to donate to Haiti. O. was thrilled to help me pick out band-aids, gauze pads, tape, etc. Love you friend…hope you had the best birthday ever!! XOXO ♥

Mara: Happy Birthday Robyn!  A. and I are making valentine cards to send to the military troops today! Hope you have a wonderful birthday!

Shandra: My random act was that I just paid for the bridge tolls of strangers behind me in line coming back from Logan airport. :) Also gave the toll taker a coffee from Dunkin Donuts. It’s WICKED cold here today. :)

Stacy: This pay it forward thing is an amazing idea. Wow. I am going to have to do this on my next bday. You have inspired me!!! Giving away free food randomlly to people at our (pizza) place today in your honor…probably shouldn’t say where, huh? xoxo

:  Today we spent the morning at the school doing yardwork and then came home and cleaned out closet/garage and donated everything to The Bargin Box!!!

: I let a mother with two squirmy kiddos ahead of me in line, even though she had way too much stuff :)

Lynn:  Does it count if the lady next to us in “Avatar” was crying her head off and I gave her some tissues? She was most grateful…:)

Nicolle: My RAOK in honor of your Birthday…but, before I share, I have to say that you have started a tradition…and I, too, will use this request on my Birthday in August! I just LOVE this, Robyn…it is right up my alley and has filled me up today with good cheer and warm vibes and in turn has brightened the worlds of complete strangers~ matter-of-fact, I had such fun doing so, that I did it twice today! Ok, ready?
RAOK #1: Walked up to an elderly man in the mall today and simply smiled, asked if I could bless him and was surprised to find how open he was to the occassion…rested my hand on his shoulder, said a silent prayer, smiled and told him he was a special addition to this world of ours~ he, in turn, had tears and a smirk all in one. My heart was fulfilled~
RAOK #2: On the way home, stopped in 7-11, a little girl was glaring at the big cookies…asked her Mommy if I could, she said yes, so we (D. delivered) bought her a BIG GIANORMOUS cookie and some milk to go with it….D.’s little heart was fulfilled and his cheeks were rosy~
Thank you, Robyn!!! YOU, my friend, have made MY day! I adore you! HAPPY BIRTHDAY all over again!!! xoxo

Lara:  My raok today, I bought coffee for the man behind me at Starbucks today!! And I just read that you did the same thing! How fun!

Amy:  Bought tea for the lady behind me in line at the coffee shop declaring “it’s Robyn’s RAOK day.” Granted she has no idea what that means but my new friend, Betsy, declared that I must be the nicest person in the whole city. : ) I do stuff like this at the Holidays all the time. Thanks for the reminder to keep it going all year long. Love to you! (And I’m totally stealing this for my 38th in 2 weeks!)

:  In your honor, spent 2 hrs counseling a past acquaintance in his new walk with the Lord. Happy Birthday….

Claire: Hey Robyn- RAOK took $40.00 worth of quarters into Magic Kastle Laundromat and asked the lady behind the counter to pass out to all customers for a day of free laundry. Guess great minds think alike!

Diana:  WOW ROBYN! I have never been so excited to have my Bday! You have inspired our whole day! My husband got involved we cleaned my 96 yr old great grandmothers house then went grocery shopping for my cousin who is currently unemployed! My acts werent randon but they were kind! Thank so much for a wonderful day!HaPpY BiRtHdAy my friend!

: had to call a maintenance guy out to my place yesterday (friend of a friend) – his 7yr old daughter was tagging along with him everywhere on Sat – when I realized I didn’t have any goodies for her, I stepped out & bought some Little Debbie Zebra Cakes & her very own bottle of milk – when I brought them back they were both blushing & smiling when they received them – the whole time I was thinking about your day! Thanks Robyn. B-)

Laura: RAOK We boxed our pizza up and handed it to two guys on the street in NYC. They were so excited.

: I pushed wayward grocery carts up to the front of the store so the bag guys/gals didn’t have to.  :)

Carlos:  RAOK – A boy came to the house selling chocolate bars so that he could earn money for him and his baseball team to go to Cooperstown. When I paid him, instead of picking out the bars I wanted, I told him to take what he wanted for himself. His face lit up! Not the biggest deal, but it was nice for him. And plus, it was for baseball!

Lynn:  While visiting the freezing cold restroom at the Outlet Mall, I realized that the lady cleaning the area must really need lunch and a hot cup of coffee. Her sweet face and shocked response when I handed her the cash REALLY made my day! Thanks for inspiring us, Robyn!

Sean:  After purchasing our tickets at the theatre, we purchased the next in line’s tix too! The Mom and her two teenagers were completely floored. “WHAT??? WHY????” then…”thank you so much, thank you!!!” We were giddy with having made their day and saved them a buck or two!

:  Our random act of kindness on Saturday in honor of your birthday… At R.’s cheerleading competition we met a girl from Pensacola who was competing as an individual. Her coach, her family and her friends weren’t able to go to the competition, so she didn’t have anyone to cheer her on. We all yelled our lungs out for her. She placed 1st in her division :) Happy Birthday Miss Robyn!

Kylene: Inspired by your RAOK so I paid for the ladies’ coffee behind me at Starbucks this morning. She seemed excited. :)

Julie: In honor of your bday I treated the stranger behind me @ Starbucks to their morning coffee. Thanks for the inspiration!

:  Just bought gift card for lady behind me @DSW shoes. :)
Lindsay: not that creative but I paid for a girls cookie at the great cookie co at the mall:)

: RAOK – paid for the person’s meal in the car behind us.

Michelle:  Hi Robyn – hope ur having a great wkend!  Reached out 2 a troubled teen 2day-thx 4 the inspriration

Kate:  I paid for the next two people behind me at the coffee shop this morning in honor of your bday.

Elisha:  I’m organizing an event with friends to help raise money for a friend that has lost 5 members of her family in Haiti and is trying to get money together to send to other family members who are in need of a tents that are ranging in price from $500 -$700 each.

Kylene: Me & my hubby took pictures for 6 different groups of people at Millenium Park in Chicago yesterday. We’re both photogs. ;)

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO CELEBRATED WITH ME.  With the exception of my wedding day and the days I gave birth to my children, my 38th birthday was by far the best day of my life.  We were both exhilarated and exhausted but mostly reminded how opportunities to help others are all around us all the time; we’re just usually too busy to notice.  And thank you again, Kimberly, for the inspiration.  You, my dear, are the original Rockstar!


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992 Responses to “How I Celebrated My Birthday (aka 38 Random Acts of Robyn)”

  1. Donna Says:

    That is the best birthday celebration I have ever heard of! Happy Birthday Robyn!!!!!

  2. Rachel Hollis Says:

    I’m so blown away, inspired and proud to know you! What a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful celebration of your life!! Can’t even read them all because I can’t stop crying I am so touched. xoxo

  3. DIANA Says:

    Such an amazing read, brought tears to my eyes!

  4. Spencer Says:

    You made my day and have inspired me. Great idea. I’ve always thought that birthdays were backwards. The birthday person should be the one giving gifts not receiving them. Thanks for doing this. On my next birthday, I am going to get gifts for everyone and donate everything given to me.

  5. Sherri Says:

    I will be doing this next year and I am going to do random acts of kindness in your behalf this week!
    Plus I will be blogging about you today!

    happy birthday!

  6. Chris@Celebrations At Home Says:

    Now I’m all teary-eyed! What a wonderful way to celebrate your own blessings, and great teaching opportunity for your kids.

  7. Brinn66 Says:

    I wish the entire world could read this post. Your acts of kindness will live forever in the hearts of those you gave to on your birthday.

  8. Kristy Says:

    You are simply an extraordinary human being. Selfless, beautiful and inspirational. xoxoxoxoxo

  9. Krystal Says:

    Wow, this was an amazing way to spend your birthday. What an inspiration! You definitely made a difference, Robyn!

  10. moderneve Says:

    i am so inspired. what a lovely idea. did you do all these things in one day?

  11. k. crafton Says:

    Love love love it!

  12. georgie Says:

    absolutely incredible!!!! since I missed all the fun i will do a RAOK today in honor of your birthday

  13. Onna Says:

    You are so incredible!! This is so amazing and wonderful and I really am gonna share this with everyone I know I can. This is so great.
    What a wonderful way to spend your birthday.

    I love that you did this! You’re such an amazing person!

  14. Lori Renn Says:

    I put a link to this post on FB and told everyone that the world would be a better place with more people like you in it! You are wonderful!

  15. Kathy Says:

    My niece posted this on her FB, and I was so blessed to read ALL 38 that you did. I have been a recipient of RAOK and I was really surprised at how it touched me so deeply. This is an absolutely amazing idea. Thanks so much for the picture portfolio!

  16. Lorie Says:

    I smiled and cried through this entire post! What a great birthday for you and for everyone you gave a little gift of love to!!!

  17. Lisa Says:

    Wow * Wow* Wow* What an Amazing thing to do! Thank you for showing this world that people DO care.
    I want to do this too!! :)

  18. tiffany Says:

    this is one of the most touching & inspiring things i’ve ever read…what a great lesson for your kiddos. i can’t wait to share a day of raok with my own kids.

  19. Susan@Entertain Exchange Says:

    We all live such time crunched lives – how great that you gave your day to everyone else!

  20. Shelley@DivinePartyConcepts Says:

    I absolutely love this and it warmed my heart to read all of the great things!!!

  21. Toni Chase Says:

    Ok, I don’t know you, but I have to tell you that I LOVE THIS IDEA!!! What a great way to celebrate! There is not better feeling that being in the service of others. And, I’m going to copy your idea…..I’m turning 40 in April, and I am going to do 40 Random Acts of Kindness to celebrate, and ask of of my blogging and facebook friends to join me! I’m so excited!!! Thanks again and Happy Birthday!

  22. sarah Says:

    This is so awesome. I remember a lady buying me a box of diapers in the grocery store before. She doesn’t know it but she had just saved me from overdrafting my checking account on diapers. I was so thankful. Thank you for doing this.

  23. Joanna Says:

    Your entry was posted on a message board that I frequent. I have to say that I have been feeling pretty down the last few days and reading this really lifted my spirits. I think instead of dwelling on the pain my daughter is about to go through I’d like to do something like this. Thank you for inspiring!


  24. Blair Says:

    This is one of the most amazing blog posts I have ever read. What an incredible idea & way to celebrate life! & an inspiration for my next birthday, coming this June.

    A belated Happy Birthday!

  25. Clarissa Says:

    Robyn, I don’t even know you, but you have inspired me. What a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday. I loved reading this and picturing all the wonderful things you and your family did. I cried like a baby and can’t wait to do it myself. I loved it!

  26. Tammy Says:

    This literally made me cry. God bless you for being this way. I was having a really bad day until I read this.

    There are still good people in the world.

    Thank you!!!

  27. Says:

    what a fun person you must be!

  28. Kate Says:

    OK- this has inspired me to do the same thing. I cannot think of a better way to spend a birthday! Thanks so much for sharing.

  29. Sandy Says:

    Hi Robyn i just read your blog today happy late birthday but in honor of your birthday well belated birthday i did three random acts of kindness the first i put change on the front of the payphone at the gas station where i was feeling up. The second on i put change on another payphone at the store i was at. And the third i went to albertsons to pick up some milk i bought a ten dollar gift card from their. Then I stood in the produce section for a couple mintues after checking out looking for that somebody who i could give it to. Then i saw this man who reminded me alot of my father and i thought he looks like he is probably single doesnt have much money not broke but not a rich man by any means this is what i was thinking in my head who knows he could have millions hehe so i walked up to him handed him the card and said here is a ten dollar gift card he looked at me and said thank you and it was like he was in shock and didnt belive me it was a card as i walked off i notice him reading what i had wrote on the front of the card. I put the same thing you did here is a random act of kindness for you have a blessed day! We caught eyes one more time he smiled, and i said have a great day. It felt so good i was kiddy! Thank you Sandy It made my day

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  32. Rhonda Says:

    That is why you are such a blessed woman! That is one of the sweetest things I have ever heard. Many of us receive things for our birthday, and yet you decided to give. What an unselfish thing you did and it was sweet to see your children helping and learning about giving in such a special way.

    God bless you today and everyday!!!

  33. Lori Says:

    I’m late in seeing your post but it has brought me to tears (happy ones). This is such a beautiful idea. I’m going to incorporate this into my family. Imagine what a world we would have if everyone did this on their Birthday. Thanks so much for this wonderful idea and for sharing it with us.

  34. Michelle Says:

    So happy to have stumbled across your post. I’ve been sitting here grinning the whole time I was reading it. Happy blessed birthday to you!

  35. Leianne Says:


    Thank you!!!!!!! We are doing a study at church about the Holy Spirit and how he moves in our lives…I think your acts of kindness are evidence of the Holy Spirit working in your life and through your blog. LOVED IT…Gives me chills!!!

  36. Rebecca Says:

    That is an INCREDIBLE idea! Love it. What a great experience for your kids. Thanks for doings so many wonderful acts of kindness. I am going to steal some of these great ideas. Happy Birthday!!

  37. WENDY Says:

    I shared this on my blog, i hope it is ok. You have truly inspired me and I hope to inspire others to give rather than receive!

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  39. Jennifer Says:

    I hope you had a fabulous birthday! You have inspired me….. Even though I do not know you, thank you for being YOU! A random act of kindess does not have to be financial….. But for some reason, people have forgotten that. YOU ROCK! Thank you, Thank you……. I will be sharing this with everyone I know. God Bless

  40. skippymom Says:

    Every year my family forgets my birthday. And it hurts. So much especially because I make their days so great [at least I think so] and I have 6 kids.

    For once I think I will have a birthday to remember – it isn’t until September, but I won’t forget your inspiration and will do in kind. Thank you.

    [Funny thing is I have never done all of these things in one day - but I have literally done ALL of them at random, singular times].

  41. Bonnie Says:

    My sister in law shared a link to this article. How inspiring you are. I wish I had seen it before my birthday. But I think I will do it for my anniversary which is coming up. This was such a great idea and I’m so glad it’s making it’s way around for other’s to consider.

  42. Jennifer Raven Says:

    Happy Birthday,

    I have to let you know……..I had a horrible day today, feeling down, I got cut off 4 times while driving, my 5 yr old gave me a challenging morning……..but then I read your site. I am in awe….. I am putting this link on my FB page AND my churches page and issuing a challenge…….. I am going to ask everyone I know to do at least ONE RAK…….I figure 1 x1x1x1x1x1x1x1x1x1x1x1x1x1x1x1x1… let’s spread the love around….. thanks for lighting my candle and making my day brighter….. I just may celebrate my 44th birthday in June the same way…. In Christ……Jenn

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  44. robyn (another one) Says:

    well then, that’s just very, very cool. My friend/ neighbor noted this on her blog (because that’s how neighbors in WI communicate during- via internet :) .

    I love it!
    I posted on facebook and got instant reaction. So, doubleYay!

    Another robyn with a y, no, not an i; yes you can spell it that way.

  45. robyn (another one) Says:

    winter. during winter. clearly i need a cup of coffee.

  46. robyn (another one) Says:

    seriously, like for 3?
    yes, a third comment.

    noting my common love for agave.
    just picked some new Raw organic agave this morning at trader joe’s. not sure what raw means, but whatever…



    To plan 38 random acts of kindness is one thing, to have actually accomplished it is another.I ADMIRE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. respectfully,
    Amy Pickering

  48. emily Says:

    I found your website randomly, but love the idea of the RAOK on your birthday.

    I have one coming up in a few weeks, so I think I’ll do the same!!

  49. Sarah Says:

    2 days before Christmas I had someone in front of me in the Starbucks drive through pay for our I paid for the car behind me. The next morning I was told by the people that work there that it went on for about 3 hours!!! So On Dec 23 at my Starbucks anyone that went through from 4am until 7am paid for someone elses drink!!! I thought it was pretty cool!!!

  50. Debbie Says:

    That is the coolest thing I have ever heard of. It’s my fortieth b-day in 8 days and I am for sure going to hook something like this up. Love it, love it, love it. Hmmmmm! All the possiblities.

  51. Lynda Says:

    I do RAOK but your list is not only impressive + generous, you also gave me many ideas for further RAOK.

    You are a fine example to people everywhere, young + old.

  52. Karrie Says:

    Amazing story- Happy birthday Robyn! I turn 51 in a few weeks- so I think I may take this idea and have some real fun! You gave me such a smile today- make that RAOK #39!!!

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  54. Jocelyn Says:

    Ive been thinking about what I could do for my 40th birthday and feel so uncomfortable with the usual idea of a big party with lots of random people that dont really know each other. I like your idea and am inspired about what to do on my special day to bring joy to friends and the community around me. Thanks from Jocelyn in AUstralia.

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  56. Joe Says:

    Absolutely amazing and very inspiring! Thank you!!

  57. Amanda Papp Says:

    Your blog post is definitely making its rounds on FB. I put it on the Charity Chicks Houston fan page. Truly an inspiration!

  58. Jenny Stevenson Says:

    So wonderful and inspiring ♥ Happy Birthday Amanda!

  59. Penny Register Says:

    You have done more for your kids than words could ever do, they will know what it means to put others before themselves as Jesus did when he died on the Cross to pay for our sins. God Bless

  60. Michelle C Says:

    WOW what a great Idea, an to include your children. I have always taught mine to pratice RAOK. Hope you had a great Birthday

  61. melissa stover Says:

    this post made me cry. this is such a great, inspiring idea.

  62. Lemonade Mommy Says:

    Wow…this is amazing. It actually made me cry…this is just a GLIMPSE of Heaven! :)

  63. Jade @ No Longer 25 Says:

    Wow what an amazing way to celebrate you birthday – how are you going to top that next year?!

    I love your blog, just found it through A Familiar Path’s Melissa.

    Have a lovely day,

  64. M.L. Zupan Says:

    Great article – I love hearing about how people are blessed and inspired when they bless others. Imagine what the world would be like if we all sought to help others on a regular basis in our daily lives. Certainly a much better place.

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  66. Amy Rich Says:

    What a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday! Mine is coming up and I’m already thinking of what I can do with my boys. The city I live in is home to the 10th Mountain Division, Army – and many of our men and women deploy. We have lived here our whole life and are not military but have a considerable amount of appreciation for all that they are giving up for us. Many times if we are in a restaurant, we will secretly pay for a military families meal. Thanks for your inspiration!

  67. Pot Luck Mama Says:

    WOW. Tears in my eyes, smile on my face…can’t wait to turn 30 in May – thanks for the inspiration:)

  68. Katie Says:

    Wow…this definitely brought tears to my eyes! I LOVE this idea! Can I use it for my sister’s birthday??

  69. Alison@howdoesshe Says:

    Love this idea!!! I gave it a thumbs up on stumble upon!

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  72. Dennis Says:

    Plain and simple, this is awesome. Making someone forget about their own stress in life for a few moments can have positive effects way beyond the simple act of kindness. Kudos 2 you!

  73. Tracey C. Says:

    Found you from “It’s Come to this” blog on the Ultimate Blog Party as one of her favorite stumbles. I think this idea is SO ME! I love to do RAOK and you have just made my 40th BP this summer look so much more exciting then I ever thought it could be! So thank you so very much for inspiring me, and so many others. Oh, and just think, (as I see this has happened a LOT) your 38 acts, driven by one selfless act..(that is, the act/idea of doing something for others) has produced a VIRTUAL RIOT of RAOK’s that become real, touching, day, hour, minute or life changing moments for 1,000′s and 1,000′s of people all over the world. I would say you are definitely Blessed to be a Blessing. So great to meet you. Warmth and love, Tracey

  74. Breanna Says:

    This made me cry. Thank you for existing. It makes me much happier knowing that the world has people like you out there.

    This is inspirational.

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  76. Cairenn Says:

    !!!**WAY-2-GO Girl**!!!

    ( : 2 Thumbs Up : )

  77. annie Says:


    Just read your “38 Random Acts of Robyn”. Very nice! I am presently working on a website to raise money for sick children. A whole new experience that will (i hope) change how we help people. A lot of effort put on the user experience.

    If you have any tips, please do not hesitate.

    I am from Montreal, Canada.

    Thanks again for proving to me that pure generosity still exists.

    Have a great day!

  78. Vicki Says:

    Wow!! This was an amazing post to read!! It brought tears to my eyes!! What a fantastic idea!!! I think I’m going to try this. Although, I’m so weird – whenever I do something “unexpected” for someone I don’t know – I get all choked up. So then I just look like a freak who is giving/or doing something for someone and crying while I do it. Ay yi yi!!!! :) I’m going to try though. God bless you – what a beautiful person you are!!!

  79. Jocelyne Says:

    I loved your 38 random acts. It gave me chills & tears at the same time. I’m going to try to do at least one every day now. The other day I brought flowers to a neighboor who had a stroke & has brain cancer; his wife didn’t think he would appreciate the flowers, but I wanted to do it anyway. I also brough hot cross buns for Easter :) Mom had a stroke and she really appreciated visits :) When I saw the smile he was trying to make as he touched the purple hydrangeas I knew it was the right thing to do, even if he wasn’t able to smile back or talk anymore because of his stroke. Next week I’m going to bring him socks that will keep his feet warm. People are often afraid to visit people who are sick, but they so appreciate it. You’re a great inspiration :)

    I am from Riverview, NB, Canada

  80. Shauna Says:

    I can’t tell you how this have moved me! I have always thought that during times of crisis, to give back is the best way to get over it, rather than dwelling on your situation. I say this because I am going through some of my own personal turmoil and my birthday is coming up! After reading your blog and what you did for your birthday, you have inspired me to do the same! I host a radio talk show in London, Ontario and will ask my listeners to hep me (I have a week, my b-day is Apr. 22 and I will be 43 so I will do 43 acts!) I know you won’t mind me copying my idea and maybe I could interview you before the 22nd! It was also so inspiring how you included your kids in it. Watching my mom do Random Acts when I was growing up, always kept it on my mind. She once won a gift card for an achievement at work. She was excited but as we drove home, we stopped at an unfamiliar house. She went inside and when she came out, I asked her where we were. We were at our local women’s shelter and she had simply taken her gift card straight in and donated it. I’m tearing up as I write it. My mom, and you and your family, are wonderful examples!

    Shauna Rae
    London, Ontario, Canada

  81. Tara Says:

    This has brought tears to my eyes. So nice to hear the good things that people do. You are a special woman Robyn and your kiddos too for helping! Thanks for the inspiration. I have always believed in complimenting people but this is something new to start doing. Love it! God bless and Thank you!

  82. Erin Says:

    Wow!! I hope all of us who are inspired choose to do this on days other than our birthday. It’s amazing how simple acts can make such a difference in someone’s life. Thank you for the inspiration!!

  83. Gregor Anton Says:

    Nice! I have donated a truckload of goods to Big Brothers and Sisters. Cleaned out my library of books, donated the ones I haven’t read in eons to the library. Old games, DVDs, CDs, clothes, furniture, all donated to Big Brothers and Sisters.

  84. Laura Jennekens Says:

    Wow, Robyn you’re a huge inspiration. I love this idea.
    I’m a breast cancer-survivor and have had many an act of kindness performed for me. There is such surrender in accepting a gift that truly no one’s looking for a ‘thank you’ for or anything in return. And the act itself becomes the reward for the giver.
    I’ve become the ‘go-to’ person for friends or friends of friends that I don’t even know to walk beside and encourage them through their journey with cancer. I’ve been an ear on the other end of the phone to people I don’t even know or sent messages through people to their loved ones battling the nasty disease and treatment right up to going to scheduled surgery days, chemo and radiation. I never could have imagined myself in such a role, but God did, so I follow my heart and feel privileged to share such personal journey’s.
    You are spreading such positivity it will indeed re-shape the world around you. Way to go!

  85. Ruth Says:

    I love this SO much – I am now doing something similar for my own birthday! Thank you for the wonderful inspiration, sweet lady!

  86. Juliana Says:

    You are awesome!

  87. Selvi Says:


  88. Michele Says:

    Robyn, I have tears running down my face as I’ve been reading your blog. I am so inspired by you! Imagine what a different world we would be in if each of us took the time on our birthdays to do as you have done! I think we should start a movement! Thanks for the inspiration!

  89. Lori Says:

    Today is my own birthday. While I have been performing RAOK since before there was a name for it…I never thought of celebrating my favourite day by requesting that as my b-day present. Thank you for a brilliant idea. Same time, next year?! Happy Birthday to you ☺

  90. Cheri Says:

    Tomorrow is my Dad’s 76 birthday that almost didn’t happen for him. I will do a raok for him! You have touched me with your blessings for others. Thank you. Your children are blessed to have you as their role model! :-) Have a blessed tax day tomorrow!!! :-) God bless you!

  91. Celeste Says:

    This is so fantastically awesome!!! I love the idea. I might have to spend some of my vacation time doing some similar stuff. I can’t spend this kind of money as we’re a 1 minimum wage income household, but I can certainly be helpful in non financial ways!

  92. Tammy Says:

    WOW!! Reading your post literally made my day, yeah… I had teary eyes while reading. You really warmed my heart in such a way I just have to share this page with others. Thanks for inspiring me. You are truly an amazing person…I have no doubts you will receive so many blessings back in your life. Happy Birthday!!

  93. Tiffany Says:

    Wow. Your post is amazing. Wow, I’m speechless

  94. Nancy Says:

    Thank you…
    I had just written and published a post about love and how we are called to love. Then I read your post here. I had to go back to my blog and add a link directing people to read what you’ve written.
    God bless you,

  95. lynn Says:

    This is just the coolest idea ever. I love how you took pictures and listed every act you did, to inspire the rest of us. Did you really do all this in just one day?!

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  97. Jeanne Says:

    I just found you off of Orgjunkie and I am crying here reading this. You are an insperation to others of how things should be. Blessings to you and your family!

  98. Melissa Sterling Says:

    I can’t stop the tears. Who would have thought a snippet of simple acts that take literally minutes (or somtimes even less) could be so fulfilling! Just reading about it I feel inspired. I can’t wait till the next time I go to the drive-thur for coffee! I’m so treating the next person in line!

    I wish I could read stories about this in the local newspaper!

    Hats off to you and to every else who now participates in ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ just for the FUN of it!

    Cheers… Melissa

  99. Advait Says:

    It’s the best way of celebrating a birthday and spreading goodism..

  100. Cricket Says:

    I found your blog by accident while searching other blogs for party ideas. And now I am sitting here with tears running down my face. What an amazing thing to do for others on your birthday. I wish I lived close enough to you to give you a big hug. You and your family will surely be blessed for the way you touched others.

    What a beautiful spirit and big heart you have.


  101. Scentsy Tara Says:

    From the looks of the pictures you not only had a super busy day but an amazing Birthday! Way to go showing of your RAOK!

  102. Wiley Mulderig Says:

    I wish more people would write blogs like this that are actually fun to read. With all the garbage floating around on the internet, it is refreshing to read a blog like yours instead.

  103. jodi adams Says:

    BEautiful idea, I am turning 29 next Tuesday and I will be doing 29 RAOK with my kids. You inspire me!

  104. Joanna Says:

    This is the best blog posting I’ve ever read. I’m bummed that I missed celebrating it with you and everyone, but I think I will do the same for my birthday. Great idea and a wonderful way to bring happiness to people everywhere! :)

  105. Marit Says:

    Greetings from Norway! What an awesome way to celebrate your birthday. I love doing RAKs, and reading your post has inspired me to plan something similar for my own birthday. Thanks for sharing your day! :D

  106. Lara Says:

    I just wanted to thank you for your inspiration. I just celebrated my birthday the same way and it ended up being a moving and powerful experience for me (and my entire family).

  107. Keri Says:

    How utterly amazing you are! And to think that thanx to facebook and Twitter and blogging you are spreading this amazing idea all over
    the world. Like so many I read, I can’t wait for my august bday to start this tradition. And one year later I will celebrate my 40th with hi school besties and this is something we can all start together!! Thank u thank u!!
    Keep it up! And I am starting now to do one on a daily basis!

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  109. Joann H Says:

    Thank you for having a gracious spirit filled heart…. . I was having a hard night with my special needs sister and need to walk away from her for a bit and God put this sweet story in front of me. I am going to walk back in there and give a big hug. I hope this will catch on and we can all start spreading a little WWJD around… God Bless, Joann

  110. Laura Says:

    The world needs more people like you! Bravo!

  111. Monica Says:

    An amazing idea… and I think that is just awesome! I have always wanted to do something similar, so I think I may do the same next year for my birthday! Really warms your heart, and reminds you that all people aren’t so bad. Good people still do exist. Your post was great, and it brought tears to my eyes in a good way. Thanks for sharing! What a great memory that will always be with you!

  112. Angie Says:

    You are an awesome and amazing woman. I My husband & I are both turning 35 this year. I think this might be for us as well….. THANK YOU.

  113. Amy @ Living Locurto Says:

    WOW! I’m so impressed and inspired!! I can’t believe you did all of that in one day?? I LOVED the smiles on your little helpers. What a wonderful thing to do with your children. I was recently given a free Starbucks coffee by a random act of kindness and it made my day. WAY TO GO! I’ll be 39 soon as well and would love to try this. I think this would be a great tradition to do with my kids on their birthdays. Doing 4 and 7 things I know I can handle! ha.

  114. sprittibee Says:

    That has to be the best blog post I have ever read. Ever. Thank you so much for sharing it.

    It could also be PMS, of course, but I am seriously crying.

    Both of my tweens said they want to have RAOK birthdays from now on, too. What a wonderful and Christ-like idea.

    :) xoxo

  115. Wenderly Says:

    Beautiful. Inside and out. May you have as many blessings come back to you as you have given.
    This is my kinda Birthday celebration!
    This is what makes the world go round.

  116. Kate Says:

    I have been dreading my next birthday – it’s the big 4-0. Now… I’m not dreading it so much. Guess what I’m going to be doing?

    Thank you for this wonderful idea. Thank you for blessing so many others on what was your special day. Thank you for sharing you with us.

    May God bless you deeply.


  117. TidyMom Says:

    Well I don’t know what happened……I thought I left you a comment yesterday!….I spent so much time, tweeting, FB and blogging about your post, I must have missed commenting!

    I think this is AMAZING and you have inspired me to do this as well!! Not for my birthday, but I’m planning a day of RAOK!! thanks for the inspiration!♥

  118. arizonamamma Says:

    I came to you by way of Kate’s Life. She warned to get tissues ready, and I didn’t listen. I should have. I know it’s after the fact…but I am very inspired to do this as well. I just had a birthday in April, and we didn’t really celebrate…so I am going to do this. I may take some of your ideas ;) But I will have 34 to do in all. Thank you so much for such a wonderful idea.

  119. Renee C Says:

    Love it, love it, love it! I’m sharing this post with everyone I know. I think many of us will be stealing your great ideas!

  120. Lori Says:

    What a beautiful amazing way to celebrate! Thank you for sharing. I will be using some of your ideas! :) God BLess you and your family and all the people whose lives were touched by your kindess.

  121. Nancy Says:

    I am so excited about this!!! I am proud and amazed at all the things you accomplished. I hope that your inspiriation will help alot of people push forward and be a little kinder from now on. I know I will. I hope to make this my new project, and see just how many days I can keep it going. If I can accomplish one thing a day, I will be so happy. Thank you for your inspiration!

  122. Sherry Says:

    I am touched about your random acts. It moved me, what a wonderful way to celebrate. My birthday is next week and I love the idea, so I am going to see if I can follow your lead. Thanks for sharing.

  123. Kymberly Kempiak Says:

    Thank you so much for this article. I have no idea how the Lord brought me to your site tonight but I know exactly why!

    In just a week it’ll be my brother’s 44th birthday, however he is with the Lord already. Usually it’s a hard day but I want it to be different and now I know how!

    I too will ask my friends, facebook crew, and such to celebrate my brother’s birthday with me as we do Random Acts of Kindness. I can’t wait for June 6th now! Thank you!

  124. Chelsea Sprang Says:

    Robyn, I cried the entire way through this. Thank you so much for caring so much about other people. It’s what we need most in this world. I’m doing this every birthday for the rest of my life, and I am totally serious. I turn 21 in January. I’m so excited.
    I’ve had a few things in mind that I have been wanting to do and just hadn’t done them yet. I’m going out Tuesday to take people in need in my area to lunch.
    I read a book called The Divine Matrix by Gregg Braden. In a section of this book he describes how the square root of one percent of a population changing how they think is all it takes to jump start a shift in the consciousness of an entire population. By making yourself aware of these things and sharing them with others, you’re able to realize them in yourself and in others. You’re helping people realize how they should treat other people always.
    Thank you again, this is a true inspiration. I have an unbelievable amount of respect for this.

  125. Adrie Says:

    You are amazing. I struggle with my bday every year. Every year I tell everyone I know to please not stress out about buying me something or making a big deal out of my birthday. I usually have to fight off to my family & friends the idea of a birthday party. I know what I’m doing next year. 32 acts of kindness. Thank you so much for the love blankie you just wrapped around my soul. Peace, love, & God.

  126. Heather Says:

    Ummm…. YOU ROCK!! I feed meters too!!! and I give lots of clothes away to non-profit agency thrift store. I also belong to! I love your ideas!! I’m going to try to do alot of these too and include my family too!! I LOVE IT!!

  127. Janet Says:

    I found your blog today. Today my son is celebrating his 12th birthday with several of his buddies. For the past 10 years I have always asked that a donation be made to a charity instead of giving him presents. As he has gotten older Ben has chosen the charity himselft. The past two years he asked his firends bring food, toys old blankets etc.. so he could take them to local animalshelter. This year he picked a food pantry and you should see the items that came through our door today!

    He looks forward to spending time with his friends … talking, playing, building memories and strengthing the bonds of friendship.

    For his birthday next year I am going to suggest he try your ROAK and have every friend bring a note of one ROAK they did in honor of his birthday. We will read them aloud and celebrate the joy they have put into the world.

    I know I will be asking for this ROAK for my birthday as well as doing a few myself.

    Love & Light

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  129. Michele H erbon Says:

    Wasn’t sure if I left you a note or not but you have INSPIRED me to do this with my church. I am hoping to get our church to do this from now on every year. It will be our Random Acts of Kindness Day. Thank you so much for sharing this and for what you have done!!

  130. Birthday Blessings Part I « My crazy life with 4! Says:

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  131. Shereen Says:

    My friend forwarded me your link three months ago and I was so inspired by you and your idea that I did the same thing yesterday on my birthday. What a great day I had! Emotional, Exhilarating and Exhausting! (( I did 45!!! )) Thank you for making this blog so that it could inspire others to do random acts of kindness.

  132. Crystal Says:

    Amazing! Touching! Inspirational! I cried happy tears reading it all the way through. Guess what I’ll be doing on my next Birthday – perhaps we’ll do this for ALL of the birthdays in my family!

  133. Adam Says:

    Hey! It’s my 38th birthday today too and I think that Kimberly’s idea was fantastic! I think you should do one raok for yourself though, after your thirty eighth. Very few people are actually kind to themselves. Or perhaps the acts you do for others creates yours.. Anyway, lovely idea, although I don’t consider the ones where people are sharing their religious views with other people acts of kindness.

  134. Jenifer Says:

    This is the second time I’ve been by to read your post. All three of my kids and I have birthdays in December and it’s hard to come up with birthday ideas that close to Christmas. I think this year we’ll rock the RAOK! That’s 57 acts combined! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  135. Kay Says:

    Thanks Robyn for a wonderful idea. My mom will be 76 on August 15th and has spent her whole life serving others. She never wants a fuss on her birthday but I know she will love this. I’ve asked family and friends to help so we can reach 76 RAOK on her birthday. I’ve shared the link to your blog post in my invitation so they could come and get some wonderful ideas! Thanks again! I can’t wait!

  136. Dawnmarie Says:

    I LOVE this idea! I’m so bummed I missed it for my birthday which was a couple of weeks ago. This sounds like so much fun. Would it be ok with you if I copy this idea on my blog? I would totally give you the credit for the idea.

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  138. August Menoher Says:

    This idea was truly inspiring! I am turning forty today and have planned an entire day of Random Acts with my family because of you. Thank you for providing me with such a rewarding birthday!!!

  139. Lisa Says:

    Damn, girl. *sob* Just found this today and you killed me. It sounds like the coolest. day. ever.

    My 39th is coming up soon. I have the sneakiest feeling I’m going to be pulling a Robyn this year.

    Thanks for this, I needed it today.

  140. Dana Says:

    This is an awesome idea, I try to do little things like this fairly often, my most recent was I tied and elderly man on a walkers shoes at the local casino. He was so grateful he hugged me and he looked like he wanted to cry as did I. We all need to learn about these little random acts of kindness and the world would be a better place.

  141. Amanda Walker Says:

    I was looking for ideas of what to do for my 25th birthday, and this is it! Thank you so much for the wonderful idea!

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  144. Mark Miller Says:

    Two words for you: YOU ROCK!!!

    I now know what I’d like to do for my upcoming 45 birthday! Thanks for making my day!

  145. Elliot Says:

    Your post is inspiring. I like your idea.

  146. Tristen Birthday Entertainer Says:

    Wow! Happy birthday Robyn! This is a really neat idea. I think that I will tell my pastor about this….and a few others…AKA I am posting a link on facebook. You took the song “Give me your eyes” by Brandon Heath to a whole new level. Love it!

  147. Tess The Bold Life Says:

    Hi Robyn,
    Tomorrow I’m celebrating my friend Lori’s birthday. I was inpired by you and did 40 RAOK in her honor. Check it out Thanks so much for the inspiration. If you’re feeling great tomorrow it’s because the boomerang effect is hitting you with love.

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  149. Lori (JaneBeNimble) Says:

    Dear Robyn.

    My friend, Tess Marshall, directed me to this post and we got together and did forty things for my fortieth birthday! Thanks so much for the inspiration. Just think, because of you, two friends laughed a lot, loved a lot, and did EIGHTY things for others. Plus, we asked our readers to join in, too. :)

    Thanks so much for being you. Lots of love to you!
    Here are both my and Tess’ post if you want to see what you inspired:
    40 Things Love Post
    Happy 40th Birthday, JaneBeNimble!

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  151. shinie Says:

    u r a child of GOD.You took time to do these things for someunknown people God bless you.these times are hard and difficultbut yet you did these things without complaing. hats off 2 u

  152. Sarah Lee Says:

    I started crying while reading this.

    My birthday is my favorite day of the year. I absolutely love it. It’s 10 months away but I’m going to start planning my own random acts of kindness birthday. Thank you for such an inspiring post!

  153. scrapper al Says:

    Just wanted you to know that I was inspired by your post to take a box of cookies to a medical office that has always given me great service. I can’t remember how I got to your blog (probably from a scrapbooker’s blog), but hope that you know you’re influencing lots of good in the world.

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  155. Sherry Says:

    WOW – that is awesome and inspirational! Thanks for sharing these wonderful ideas.

  156. Francine Says:

    Wow! What an awesome day. Thanks for the inspiration. I realized from reading this that it does not have to take much effort, just the intention, to do a RAOK. I hope to incorporate many RAOK into my daily life.

  157. Chibi Jeebs Says:

    Absolutely overwhelmed by your generosity and kindness – happy tears! :)

  158. Mel Says:

    I always box up all my daughters clothes that are still in amazing shape as well as her old toys and take them to a local family shelter.

    I have had my drink paid for at starbucks and i turn around and do the same for the car behind me.

  159. Maritza Says:

    Hi. I know its past your birthday, but still I wish you a happy long-lasting life with lots of blessings from above.
    I am writing because today is my birthday and I was a bit somber about it. It is always the usual. Celebrating at a restaurant or something along that nature. So, I turned to google for ideas and I stumbled across your page. As I began to read, my mood completely changed. My spirit was uplifted beyond words can express.
    Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
    You gave me the motivation to celebrate not a birthday but my life. Just simply by doing a 38 acts of kindness on this very day. I do these anyways, but its that the act of selflessness on my special day that makes it all the more fulfilling. Thank you thank you thank you!!!
    You can add another to your wonderful list ” I motivated and inspired a stranger”. Thank you and God bless you and your loved ones.


  160. Greg Fauk Says:

    You are a kind and generous person! Can we reprint this post?

  161. Joy Says:

    I love this idea!

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  163. Monica Says:

    I just shared this on twitter…i hope you don’t mind. This is truly amazing and inspiring. Many, many blessings to you!

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  165. Katie's Cooking Tips Says:

    random stumble. so glad I found this. thank you! you are a beautiful person.

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  167. Elle Says:

    Amazing! And such a wonderful thing to do with your kids. I love it!

  168. Mele Says:

    Dear Robyn,

    A woman walked up to my husband and I while we were eating at a restaurant a few months ago, and handed us a $10 gift card. It turned out the woman who gave us the card was a manager of the restaurant and that we couldn’t use the card until the first of the year, but details aside, the initial shock of someone randomly handing us a gift card was such a charitable gesture. It started my thinking about random acts of kindness. When we got home I hopped online and googled random acts of kindness, just to see what people out there were doing. This is how I found your blog.

    I just wanted to let you know that I admire you! As a wife and mother, I understand how busy life is just trying to juggle your own responsibilities, and I was in awe as a read about all you did for others on your birthday. It is people like you who truly make the world a better place. You have influenced me to be more cognisant of those around me and to remember that even the littlest things can make a huge difference in brightening someone’s day. Thank you for your Christ-like example.

  169. Ethan Says:

    I’m a little late to the party, but thanks for such an inspiring story and happy belated birthday!
    You forgot about the 39th act you performed….sharing this with us:)

  170. Dacia Says:

    Found you from my blessed life. What a wonderful post! Thanks for sharing how awesome people can be. You’re awesome for spending your birthday this way!

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  172. Secret Agent L Says:

    i am sitting here at my desk at work crying. you? oh. my. goodness.

    pure goodness, you are.

    i am speechless.

    and i think i love you.

  173. Jammie Says:

    I saw the link to your blog from and I am so inspired at how both of you spent your birthdays. The posts brought me to tears! My 30th birthday is coming up in April and I am going to celebrate it the same way and also extend the challenge to my fb fans and twitter followers at Jesus Couture!

    Thank you for sharing

  174. kayemgi Says:

    I just found your post via My Blessed Life via Nice Things Now and you’ve inspired me!! I was already planning to do 20 random acts of kindness for my 101 Challenge, but after reading what you did I’m going to up it to 28 and do them all on my next birthday. It’s a wonderful thing you did and I love it! Thank you!

  175. Jamie Says:

    I stumbled upon this post and was crying so hard by the end that my fingers were too wet from wiping my tears to use my mouse pad. What an amazing birthday!

  176. Sarah W. Says:

    Found your blog post via google while researching ideas for my own upcoming RAOK birthday in Alaska. I’m borrowing several of your ideas and want you to know that the blessings are still traveling! :)

  177. Emily B. Says:

    A friend posted this blog post on her Facebook page and it was truly inspiring to read. I am going to make this weekend a RAOK adventure with my husband and 2 kids. Thanks for paving the way for many others to follow!

  178. Stacy Says:

    What a fantastic way to celebrate your birthday! Thanks for the inspiration!

  179. Janae Says:

    You are still inspiring others! I was inspired and just completed doing this for my birthday as well. Just posted the recap if you’d like to read!

  180. Vivian Says:

    I just want to say you are truly AMAZING!! I stumbled across your blog when I googled “ideas for my 38th birthday” as it is nearly approaching. Im going to make a point at least once a month to do something inspiring for someone, anyone! Thanks for sharing, this was a joy to read! oh and happy belated birthday!

  181. Susan Says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. And thank you to StumbleUpon, which led me here, or I might never have found your site. I am SO going to start RAOK’ing whenever possible. I think, starting today…we are going to a local apple orchard with a petting zoo that allows kids to buy animal food from vending machines to feed the animals. I think I’ll make up some RAOK cards with quarters to to leave! :-)

  182. Ulysa Muirhead Says:

    I excitedly gave 3 army wives a mom break for the day. I ended up with ten kids and a fun filled day. me and the group of kids ranging from two – eleven went to the swimming pool on base, the local elementary school cafeteria for an awesome nutritious lunch, the kids enjoyed eating and a park that had a glorious shade for the little ones to play without getting sunburned.

    Happy Birthday angie and the moms send a BIG thanks!

  183. Maritza Says:

    I came across this blog through someone’s blog…My twin sister and i are about to turn 38.
    I plan on taking a page from your blog and doing the same thing..

    Thank you for inspiring me in a way that I’ve been longing for… Ive been wanting to pay it forward for a while now and this is a fantastic way to do so…

    Thank you thank you thank you

  184. Christine Says:

    Just googled Random Acts of Kindness and Birthdays and you came up. Just like most folks, I cried. Beautiful. I was just thinking of a handful of things on my birthday, but 38?!?! That’s amazing! I turn 35 tomorrow and am realizing that birthdays should not be all about me. It only took 35 years! I think I will try for 35 random acts of kindness tomorrow!

  185. Liz Says:

    HI my name is Liz I am going to be 30 years old in 6 days I love your story and I am going to prepare my self to do 30 acts of kindness to others on my birthday ! so I can learn not to be so selfish and think about my self all the time . Thank you for sharing this with others. Fallow me on Facebook Liz Angel Casal Take care God bless you.

  186. Hazel Says:

    I found this post through a pin on Pinterest ( and it warmed my heart. I needed it today. This is a tradition that I’m going to start on my birthday, too! Thank you! =)

    xoxo, Hazel

  187. renee Says:

    Last week I had my birthday and really struggled with my age…how I wish I’d had your insight. I enjoyed a wonderful celebration, but will look forward to it next year and follow your example of goodness. My grand-kiddies would love to help me like your children did, a win-win!

    May I share your idea and photos on my blog?

  188. Jenna @ Newlyweds Says:

    I just saw this on Pinterest but you have totally inspired me to do this for my 30th birthday!! Hope I can come up with as clever of ideas as you. Many Blessings to you!

    I did a 30 things before 30, but this has me beat.

  189. Darla Says:

    Wow, imagine if we did at least one RAOK everyday! Maybe people would be different! Truly inspiring.

  190. tamara Says:

    i found your website on Pinterest… i cried within the first 30 seconds of reading this.
    I turn 38 in January. I am going to do exactly what you did. In fact i think i will do that every year for my birthday. Thank you for the inspiration to live better and be better and help even in the smallest way to make the world a better place. I’m going to start paying it forward today, but on January 28th i will do AT LEAST 38 random acts of awesome. You are a rockstar.

  191. Sami Says:

    I feel silly but this brought tears to my eyes. You are setting the most incredible example for your children. Thank you for this wonderful, inspiring idea!

  192. Ellen Says:

    I came across this entry today thru Pinterest. Earlier today I had the opportunity to do a very small RAOK, the cashier and recipients were so thankful. As small as it was, it made me happy. I cannot imagine how happy I would have felt to do so many (too many) on my birthday! It sure would make it a HAPPY day. Thanks for sharing your day and your idea, it was wonderful!

  193. dkshopgirl Says:

    how lovely – you’re amazing!

  194. feddy3 Says:

    i just read it because i found it on PINTEREST…i must say that you almost made me cry…almost because right now i’m at the office so i CAN’T cry!!!!! i’m starting to follow you right now!!!! huge love

  195. Robyn Says:

    I just saw this on Pinterest, you are amazing!!! I’m going to be 38 in Feb!! I don’t know if you are familiar with the drive threw difference on Klove, but I love doing that. For my 38th birthday, I’m going to do 38 acts of kindness and since it is also my son’s 15th birthday, we may just do it together and make it 53 acts of kindness!!! Thanks for the great idea!!!

  196. Vivienne Says:

    What an inspiration you are! Did you do all this in one day? I hope you are okay with me stealing your idea for my birthday.

  197. Micayla Says:

    Heet is probably what the additive was. It’s to keep your gas lines from freezing up in really cold weather.

  198. Keely Says:

    I can’t wait to do this on my 40th!!! Hands and feet…you were his hands and feet that day. A gift to others for every year. What a wonderful idea! Thank you for posting.

  199. Jenia Says:

    I found this blog post through Pinterest. Since I’m reading this at work, I have to do my best not to burst into tears. Robyn, I have not felt so convicted in I don’t know how long. Maybe ever.
    I always complain about my terrible birthdays, because I haven’t had a cake or a party or gifts from more than 2 people in years. Your Random Acts of Kindness puts it in a whole new perspective, though. Thank you. Thank you so very much. Gotta run before I start weeping.

  200. Alicia Says:

    Today is my birthday, I’m now 23, and this it the most wonderful idea. I’m headed out to share some kindness.

  201. Melissa Says:

    I am turning 30 this year. Life has been rather difficult the past several years. My kids and I fled an abusive relationship several years ago. I have been praying that I can make a difference and show how much God has truly blessed us! I think that this will be one way to show my kids as well as others just how much God can use us. Thank you for that reminder!

  202. Rachel Says:

    Today was a really not so good day but your story put a smile on my face:-)
    Thank you for being such a fantastic human being!

  203. Caryn Says:

    Thank you so much! You are amazing and an inspiration! I am crying reading your post!!! Absolutely beautiful!

  204. Carey Says:

    Wow, I’m in tears! Can’t think of a better way to celebrate my 38th coming up. Thank you and bless you! :)

  205. Melissa Evans Says:

    …this is TRULY inspirational. I will be doing this next June for my 31st birthday. What a way to give back and to be SO thankful for each and every day,year that God has given us. We are truly blessed. You are a wonderful human being. I truly believe that this kind of gesture “pay it forward” really makes this world a kinder place. Thank you.

  206. Michelle Says:

    This is just the kind of stuff our world needs more of. What an inspiration you are to your friends and family. Thank you for sharing this. Really made my day.

  207. Lindsey Says:

    I have huge tears falling down my face as I write this. You are an inspiration to us all. You have inspired me to want to do the same. If everyone in the world did what you just did it would be a much different place to live in. On a day when normally one would be thinking it should be all about me me me, you instead gave to those around you. You are a beautiful person. There is a scripture that goes something like this– “when you are in the service of your fellow men you are in the service of your God.”

  208. Kasey Says:

    I was reading through and looking at the photos. I saw the one with the cops and thought their uniforms looked familiar and then I saw Sacred Heart and sure enough realized, we live in the same area :)

    This is truly awesome, you go girl!!

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  210. Tracey Says:

    This just made my day. I will join this and have my raok day.

  211. Coleen Says:

    I found this link on Pinterest and just sat here literally crying reading your whole page of ROAKs. I’d like to remember to do some of these things every opportunity that I have. And quite possibly on my birthday too. I’m sure only good could come of it. And what a great role model for your children!!!! You are a pretty special person Robin. Glad that I took a break from house and yard work today and happen upon you. God bless :)

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  213. Kirsten Says:

    Thats so sweet!! That made me cry :] . Too kind, everyone should do this !

  214. Dana Barbieri Says:

    LOVE THIS!!!

  215. Moriah Says:

    This is so amazing!!! So refreshing to see someone dedicate a day that is typically centered around themselves and focus on others. I turn 22 next week and will definitely be attempting an acts of kindness day :) Way to go Robyn!!

  216. Jeanette W. Says:

    I just cried like a baby reading this. I’ll definitely be doing this on my next birthday!

  217. Amber Says:

    i saw this on pinterest. wow! this is awesome! seriously, this would be the best birthday ever! it would be such a fun tradition. you are a beautiful person, with a beautiful family, and a kind heart. thanks for the inspiration!

  218. Elise Says:

    This is seriously inspiring. What an incredible idea. I am so glad I found this!! You are awesome.

  219. Lyndi Says:

    This is very inspiring andy made me tear up thank you for making my day I now feel like going and doing several raoks!

  220. Pamela Says:

    Thank you!!! I have been trying to decide what to do for my 40th birthday next year and now I know. This is fantastic.

    Well done.

  221. Jill&Eric Says:

    Oh my goodness. How amazing!
    We are totally going to steal this idea for one of our week’s resolutions!!! (we try out something different each week and track it on our bog, Frozen Sunshine).
    Thank you for the inspiration and keeping kindness and happiness alive and well!

  222. Emily Says:

    I love this and am going to do it :)

    (P.S. The additive you added to the woman’s gas tank was either something that Dirt Bike Riders use to prevent their gasoline from separating (i.e. If she didn’t drive very often) or a product which prevents your gas from freezing inside the lines on the way to the engine (more likely). It all depends on how cold it gets in your area and how nervous you are.)

  223. Lorraine Lewis Says:

    I so want to do this on my upcoming birthday! 52! What a sweet inspiration you are.

  224. Jillian Says:

    Wow! My husband and I just finished reading through the list of what you did and really just couldn’t believe it! What an encouragement you are!:) God must have been so happy and honored by you!:)

  225. Manon Says:

    I am so touched by this article. Despite the fact that I’m only 18, and that I don’t have lots of money, i’ll do this for Christmas. I live in Paris and people here don’t smile a lot, so I hope I’ll make people happy for this christmas…

  226. Miss Bachman Says:

    Hello! This is so beautiful! I have been truly inspired. The young adult group at my church has been talking about random acts of kindness, a great tie-in for me as I plan to do this for my upcoming 27th birthday!

    And, as an elementary art teacher, I’ve come to see the great teachable aspect of this project (as you shared it with your kids), and so I’ve gotten approval from my principal to complete a 27 Acts of Grace project! (‘Grace’ because our building theme is as such for this year and I want to help my students to understand this tricky concept.) I’m hoping to update my progress at :-)

    Thank you for sharing this lovely endeavor!

  227. Casey Says:

    you have inspired me. My 38th birthday is on the 22nd.. and I am ABSOLUTELY doing this. Thank you so much for the motivation and the tears of joy you brought to my eyes today ;)

    (Was sent here through Pinterest)


  228. Stephanie M. Says:

    Just saw this story on Pinterest and had to read about your RAOK birthday… Im so touched and there are tears streaming down my face. Thank you for being such an inspiration! Happy (Belated) Birthday!

  229. kristin Says:

    Unbelievable!!! I love what you did! What a beautiful experience for you and your family. I try to make it a point to tell military (especially!), police, fire/rescue thank you for their service. I would love to do this,however, I am afraid I would be an emotional mess!!!! It is so touching–thank you for the wonderful read and inspiration.

  230. JMD Says:

    I’m so inspired by your act of kindness on your special day! I’m sad that I dont do things like this more often. My dream of the future is for world to become a better place and I think with more people doing acts like this, it can be! You are truly an inspiration and I hope everybody in the would would follow your example!

  231. Melanie Says:

    This is brilliant!!! I thinking this could possibly be the best birthday present to myself every year. I’m doing this and we’re going to do it on my kids’ birthday too. Way to help our kids realize that birthdays are about our impact on the world, not just ourselves. Man, I can’t wait for March 12th!

  232. Donna Dobbs Says:

    Hey Robyn! I don’t know if you’ll remember me. We went to St. Andrew Baptist together in Panama City years ago. I was Donna Singletary then. I thought that was you in that picture! I was tooling around Pinterest and saw your picture. Then read about your amazing 38th birthday! What fun and what a great thing to teach your girls. My 38th birhtday is coming up and I may just do something fun like this. Thanks for ideas and sharing your experience. What a great way to give back and pay it forward!

  233. Britt Says:

    Wow! You have inspired me and I’m thinking about using this idea as our highschool girls retreat this November…and for my next b-day. Keep on blessing!

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  235. Kristyn Hancock Says:

    Thank you for the inspiration. I would love to do this for my son, husband, and my birthday. As someone else said, you were being His hands and feet. I love that.

  236. Maggie Says:

    What an inspiration. I will turn 40 in one month and have been dreading it – but I think this is the perfect way to usher in the next decade of my life – thank you for sharing!!

  237. Amanda Says:

    Wow! This is such an amazing blog I stumbled across! What an inspiring and selfless story for me to read today when I really needed to hear something good the most <3 thank you for sharing! I am going to go out and pay this forward. Love!

  238. Robbie Says:

    What a great idea, even though it has me absolutely BAWLING here at my computer. ;-) Will definitely be doing this!

  239. Kitty Says:

    Brilliant! I’m so doing this for my next birthday. You are inspirational.

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  241. John Shaw Says:

    I live in the UK.
    Your wonderful acts made me cry.

    I am a priest and will share your blog with others in the 6 churches I have.

    Thank You
    Rev John Shaw

  242. Kimberlee Jost Says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this!
    I am guessing this birthday is one you and your children will never forget.
    We are planning our next Family Day with something very similar in mind.
    You are the inspiration my dear. Let’s keep this party going!

  243. Andrew Says:

    Wow what a superbly fantastic idea!
    Thankyou for giving me the encouragement to try this
    May God bless you!

  244. Tammy Says:

    I just found this post and your blog through Pinterest…I am TOTALLY doing this for my next birthday!! (and hopefully a few random days between now and then!) great list!

  245. Kate @ Songs Kate Sang Says:

    I am loving this!

  246. Ashley Says:

    I just stumbled across this on pinterest- what an awesome idea!

  247. kim Says:

    oh man. popping over from the driveway of life.
    this post just made my day.
    you had one of the busiest most awesome birthdays EVER.

    my favorite is the grocery gift card.
    i bought a woman’s groceries once – she was ahead of me in line, and clearly, struggling wither her child and full cart, and after her total came up – she couldn’t find her money.
    i already knew before that happen that i’d be paying for her groceries.
    funny how that works.
    it was one of the most awesome things i have ever done.
    and i have been dying to do it again, just never had the opportunity arise.

    purchasing the gift card and handing it back is SO SMART.

    can’t wait to try it. :)

  248. Audra Says:

    I found your post through Pinterest and I just wanted to let you know it totally inspired me. I will be turning 32 a few days before Christmas and I want to do exactly this for my birthday! Thank you for the wonderful things you did and thank you for inspiring others to do great things as well!

  249. Julie Says:

    Robyn: I’m sitting here with tears in my eyes at the wonderful random acts of kindness you performed. What fantastic ideas! Thank you for sharing this…it was amazing and you gave me some great ideas that I can do for others. God bless you!

  250. Christine Says:

    Read through a Pinterest Link…. I try to do this daily but am inspired to “go public” with it next year for my 40th. Thanks for a GREAT idea and may God richly bless you for all the “little” things each and every day!

  251. Canadian_girl Says:

    Robyn – saw this on pinterest and had to have a read. What an amazingly wonderful way to celebrate your birthday and to give back to people around you. This has inspired me to do this for my birthday next year (32!). Cheers from Canada!

  252. Lori Says:

    Wow! Your birthday celebration made me cry! I am reading Love Revolution by Joyce Meyer (along with most of my church) and was looking for ideas on how to show love. Thanks so much for all the wonderful ideas! You are an inspiration.

  253. keely Says:

    What an amazing idea. My 30th is coming up and I want to make it ALL ABOUT ME! Thanks for the inspiration to rethink it. :)

  254. Stephanie Says:

    Reading this brought tears to my eyes. I LOVE paying it forward and will now try and do my very best to make this a tradition. I will first start by paying it forward to all my friends, in hopes they will do the same. Can you imagine if everybody did just 1 RAOK a day? A week? A month. Thank you SO much for your inspiration. . .even after a year and a half.
    Thanks pinterest!

  255. Laura Says:

    I don’t know you – but you’ve made me cry! What an inspiration and I plan to do this for my 37th coming up! Thank you for being a blessing!

  256. Robyn Cullen Says:

    Thank you for such great ideas!

  257. Sarah Says:

    What a blessing! <3

  258. Tauheedah Says:

    You deserve all the blessings that come your way! I am truly inspired and feel a renewed sense of hope.

  259. Autumn Says:

    What a beautiful, beautiful way to celebrate your birthday. I certainly have been inspired.

  260. Kayla Says:

    You have inspired me. I have heard of random acts of kindness but never doing one for every year you’ve been alive. My next birthday isn’t until September but I am going to do this. Great idea! Thank you for sharing your heart with the rest of us.

  261. Becky Says:

    What a great idea! Thinking about suggesting this to the descendants of my grandmother and an honorariam gift to her! What do you give a woman who is 106? How about 106++++ random acts of kindness through the generations! Thanks for sharing your day with us and what a treat to observe your children totally involved in giving to others. Blessings on this day in October!

  262. crystal beutler Says:

    Such an inspiring idea. I’ve done this for the 25 days of Christmas, but I think I’m making this a tradition in my family — starting with my kids. I think thinking about ways to give, instead of what you are getting reminds us of the good we can do in small everyday ways.

    Thanks so much for sharing.

  263. Jamie Says:

    I’m having my (scary for me) big 25th birthday next april and definitely am going to do this!! i cant wait!! =D

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  266. Carrie Says:

    This world needs more people like you! Thank you for the inspiration!

  267. Becca Says:

    WOW. I am in tears, thinking how AWESOME this is! You have not only inspired all the people you helped on your birthday, your family and friends, but now thanks to Pinterest, you have inspired so many others! I truly look up to you and find a role model in you, a person I have never met.
    I cannot wait to tell my friends and family, in July on my 30th birthday, which I expected to be ALL about Becca, that this is what I choose to do. I might even begin to blog about you and your choices tonight.
    Thanks for being SUCH an awesome example for others!
    Oh, I am sharing this with my students too! They can always use inspiration to become better versions of themselves… thanks for that too! YOU ROCK!
    Thanks again!

  268. Sarah-Beth Says:

    I wasn’t planning anything this year for my 25th Birthday. But now I will be going 25 RAOK for it!

    Great idea!!!

  269. Robin Says:

    This is an awesome way to celebrate your birthday! You truly are inspiring.

  270. Corinna - http://www.advice-for-newlyweds.coml Says:

    Wow, such a great idea… nice work! Should have done that for my birthday, but now you’ve got me thinking!
    Happy birthday, by the way. Even though it’s probably a little too late now! Just saw you on Pinterest now.

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  272. Laura Says:

    Thank you for the idea. Am doing this today and loving it. It is indeed the best birthday gift! :)

  273. Stacey Says:

    You truly are an inspiration. Thank you for bringing a moment of happiness to those who may need it most. God bless you!

  274. Alaina Says:

    I realize this is a really late comment, but I just stumbled upon here through another blog. I must say, you RAOK on your birthday was genius! I was sobbing reading each and every thing you did. LOVED IT! I was still boohooing until I came across the post from Deanne. A little comic relief I must say!!! What a beautiful way to celebrate the life God has given you! Inspiring!

  275. Melanie Says:

    I cannot express how inspired and excited I am by your birthday adventure! I’m totally on board, girl. You’ve made a hot spark! I’m doing this – and I know many of my friends will want to celebrate this way too!

  276. Laura Says:

    I just cried like a baby. You have inspired me so much. You are a true blessing.

  277. Susan Says:

    I LOVE this idea and am so inspired! Will be doing on my 43rd b-day, December of this year. Need to make a list. God’s blessings to you for all you did & continue to do by sharing your experience with others so your wonderful idea can be duplicated :-)

  278. Jess Says:

    I love all of what you did! I especially love when you and your family gave out balloons to hospital patients and coloring books to children in waiting rooms. If the only thing a patient could do is lay there in a hospital bed, a simple balloon would warm their heart and therefore, help them heal faster by the love given. Well done :)

  279. Ashley Says:

    Wow…this is very inspiring. I had my 30th birthday last week and could not think of anything extremely exciting that I wanted to do for it. I ended up canceling my birthday party to spend the day with my kids at the circus and had a blast. However, I think I will be doing what you did this weekend with my children because it inspired me SO much! Thank you!!

  280. Jessica Says:

    It is more than a year and a half later since this post and I am inspired…. I will now do this on my 24th Birthday in March 2012!

  281. Tara Says:

    Well, I’ve been 25 for almost five years now and my best friend told me yesterday that I’m going to have to celebrate my “big birthday” this year (no more cakes that say, “Happy 25th…again!). Now I know what I want for my birthday! THANKS for a GREAT idea!

  282. Lauren Says:

    You made the world a better place.

  283. Yvonne Says:

    This is the best birthday gift! What a way to bring back the excitment to each and every bithday…going to be 35 and am actually looking forward to it:) Thanks for sharing

  284. Life with Kaishon Says:

    How absolutely and completely perfect.
    Thank you for inspiring me!

  285. Lindsey Says:

    Thank you!!!! I just cried, this is amazing, thank you so much!

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  287. Connie Says:

    God bless you. This is so encouraging and just fills me with hope that there are still nice people in the world. God bless you.

  288. Ashlee Says:

    I cried reading this! what a great example to your children and what a wonderful way to spend your day! May God Bless you!

  289. Maria Says:

    You are an inspiration to us all. To see that someone like you exists in this world has brightened my day; just simply to know that there are people out there who really do care about others. Have you seen the movie “Pay It Forward”?
    Happy Birthday :-)

  290. Megan Says:

    Cried when I first read some! I found a link to this page via Pinterest. Totally starting this :) I was thinking maybe doing it for Christmas, as well, since my birthday isn’t for another nine months! You are truly inspiring :) Thanks!

  291. Gabby Says:

    I absolutely LOVE this idea! my 20th birthday is comin up on November 15th, and i plan to do 20 RAOK :) im super excited!

  292. Earline Bomar Says:

    Thanks for sharing your amazing ideas and proud to notice we have the same last name…. Will do something extra special every year in memory of your story…

  293. Kathryn Says:

    This is amazing! What a wonderful way to bless people & be an incredible example to your children & their friends… that life is the fullest when we pour love on others & do what Jesus did – put people first! I love it!!

  294. Nerissa Says:

    I also ran across your link via pinterest. Wow! I was so touched by the way you celebrated your birthday, simple acts of kindness, it was beautiful and inspiring story. I am going to do the same thing for my 38th birthday. I am getting my list together now. Also, I am going to strive to do a random act of kindness (or 2 or more) on a daily basis. Have a blessed day!

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  298. Lisa Says:

    You have INSPIRED me dear Robyn! I love to make people happy and smile, help people out that need it, these are all GREAT ideas and a new tradition that I’ll be starting on my birthday in Feb! Thank you and GOD BLESS YOU!

  299. melissa Says:

    you. are. awesome!

  300. laura Says:

    I’m totally crying! You have such a sweet heart, and I love that you did this. A few weeks ago, a sweet couple at a restaurant paid our bill before they left. We had no idea who they were, and it was such an overwhelming experience! I’ve often said, I wish I would win the lottery, so I could do things like send gift cards to people who need them, and fill needs as they arise. But I know there are things I can do WITHOUT spending a lot of money. You are so inspiring! :)

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  302. Victoria Witt Says:

    Wow what a great idea! I think i will be spending the rest of my birthdays doing acts of kindness for as many years i turn…maybe when i am married and have kids, i will start my kids to do it to. This was the greatest idea i have heard ever! What a blessing you are to this world!

  303. Melanie Says:

    You are amazing!!! I need to do this!

  304. leslie Says:

    God Bless you! this is an amazing idea that i am going to copy! thanks for sharing

  305. Carolyn Says:

    Great idea……I will definitely do more RAOK and share this website to friends and family.

  306. Deniece Says:

    I love this. Pay it forward is my favorite book. I am so doing this. I love it.

  307. Heather @ Life as we know it with Two Twinkies & a Tater Tot Says:

    I love this! When I was growing up I’d always beg my dad to pay for the car behind us in the toll booth…but do you know, as an adult, I’ve never done it myself. I am going to try to get in the habit of doing more RAOK though. My 30th birthday is in a few more years, and I think this would be so much fun to do…30 acts of kindness for turning 30 years old! Thank you for reminding us all how important it is to be kind to others!

  308. Christy Says:

    This is the besssst idea ever. I’m 20 and i’m stealing this for the rest of my birthdays in the rest of my life. haha you’re an amazingg person!!

  309. Michelle at Faith, Trust, & Pixie Dust Says:

    I absolutely loved this wonderful story. {Lump stuck in throat}. Thanks so much for sharing it! I hope you don’t mind, but I added it to my “Changing the World One Blog at a Time” linky party. Whenever I reach a new 100 mark of followers on my blog, I celebrate with a RAOK. Right now I’m working on a coat drive for the homeless shelter. Thank you for all these awesome ideas of random acts of kindness! Happy B-day!

    Warmly, Michelle

  310. Tiffanie Says:

    I loved this!!

  311. Rebecca Says:

    I am overwhelmed with excitement since I came across this on Pinterest. I just adore everything about this idea. I am turning 40 (even hurts to type that out) in about 7 months and I am just dreading the day. But I think this would make it feel okay. I just bawled my eyes out reading all the random acts of kindness that you did. What a thoughtful and creative way to make someone else’s day. I am glad to know there are people out there like yourself. Thank you for the idea – thank you for being you :)

  312. Laura Says:

    This is such a wonderful idea! Thank you so much for turning your birthday, the one day it can be all about you, to such a selfless occasion. :-) Since my birthday is 7+ months away, how about turning the 25 days before Christmas as 25 days of Random Acts of Kindness?! Robyn, you’re truly inspiring!

  313. Sue B Says:

    Living on less than 800/mth Social Security it is really hard to do the things I like to do. There are several neighbors on the street that intersects with mine who are in their 80′s (one couple was married 62 years, how great is that). I live alone and love to cook and the wife is in a wheel chair and he walks with a cane. They do get meals on wheels but that is only M-F. I fix things that makes big meals (Chili, Lasagna, Roast, etc.) and take them and two other single older men meals. No I don’t do this every weekend but they are really happy when I do. During the week it may just be desert – no complaints so far. Helping someone or making them happy is, for me, the BEST feeling/gift ever. Will share your page. Thanks.

  314. Sylvia Says:

    Thanks so much for this post!!! Just found your through Pinterest and loved this…I sat here and read and cried. Its so great to see goodness in people. I’m a high school teacher and know how wonderful even the smallest note of thanks or kindness can really be. You have inspired me and I think that I just may have to do my own 32 Random Acts of Kindness for my coming Birthday….and may even try and work in one a week for the year. Thanks so much for sharing and God Bless you :)

  315. yogesh Says:

    you rock ! you have a gr8 life coz ppl like you make the world shine

  316. Will Smith Says:

    Glad to see that there are people in the world who still have a HEART…………..

  317. Shelly Says:

    This was an incredible read. I found myself attempting to hold back the tears. And what is even more amazing to me, is that you carried out these deeds, shared them, and the power and message of kindness spread like wildfire. I LOVE this idea and I love the human spirit. You are an amazing woman who has really inspired me today. How would doing this not turn around a crummy day?
    Thankyou SO much for sharing.

    Shelly xxx

  318. Sara Says:

    Wow, the world needs more people like you and your family.
    Have a great day xx

  319. Demitra Says:

    WOW! Talk about bringing tears to my eyes. What a wonderful person you are. Thank you for the inspiration. Thank you thank you thank you. :)

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  321. Amy Says:

    This is so nice! When I grow older, I definitely want to do this. I’m already giving out presents to kids in need instead of receiving my own Christmas present, but this is just so much nicer! You gave me yet another inspiration to keep on trying my best to help others! Thank you for sharing your story!

  322. Lisa Says:

    such a wonderful selfless act. u have inspired me. Happy belated birthday!

  323. Cali Says:

    This made me cry. I want to be able to do something like this. :) ) I think you should know, you made the world a better place.

  324. Denise Says:

    I also just found this on Pinterest. When I read the first few paragraphs I thought “What a nice idea.” And that was about it. Then the more I read, the more and more moved I was by your experience. My small group is always looking for ways to give back to our community and I can’t wait to suggest doing this!! Thanks for the reminder that you don’t have to do something huge, just do something.

  325. Dee Says:

    I found you blog today listed on the Klout fanpage. I am loving all of your acts of kindness toward humanity. Thank you for keeping it 100%…we need more people like you. I think I am going to focus on what I can do for others henceforth!!! Thank you sis….Dee

  326. faith Says:

    WOW! this made me tear up! i am so blown away by your wonderful display of grace! thank God for you and thank you for sharing your special day with us! this will forever leave imprints in everyone’s hearts and minds and will follow along with your wonderful example…! God bless you!

  327. Melissa Says:

    Love this idea:
    I’m going to do this with my family everyday in December leading up to Christmas.
    It is better to give than to receive, what a great reminder of that.

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  329. Karleigh Says:


    This truly inspired me. my family and i will be doing a 25 days of giving for the month of december. We are each doing our individual RAK’s and on christmas eve, will be sharring our stories/photos instead of exchanging gifts.

  330. Valerie Says:

    I’m going to do this now. See what YOU started!?

  331. Katie @ Imperfect People Says:

    Adding this to my pintrest and link love on my blog. LOVE IT!

  332. Shatha D Says:

    This is kindest. I wish you happiness, success, and kindness.

  333. Jenn Says:

    I found your post on Pinterest as well and am in awe of what you have done. Thank you for sharing this with all of us. You’ve inspired me to plan a RAOK Birthday for my upcoming 28th in February, and I cannot wait to share this with my friends, family & bible study group in hopes to have many more spreading love and kindness to others. God Bless & Thank you!

  334. S. Joye Says:

    I am so moved by this RAOK. My two boys and I are going to use this as our advent calendar this year. Counting down the 25 days til Christmas by giving back. We have come up with 22 so far. Can’t wait!

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  336. Jessica B Says:

    Dear Robyn, I saw your post on Pinterest… I just wanted to say, You my dear are an amazing woman… Its nice to see there are still nice people out there… God Bless You! :)

  337. kristi @ barn owl primitives Says:

    Celebrating Your Birthday with Random Acts of Kindness ~ WOW. I wish I had read this before my 40th birthday a few months ago! I totally want to do this…i’m going to start thinking of my list of 41 so I’m ready in June!! i LOVE this!!! Your list is amazing, though not as amazing as you!!

    sharing your fabulous inspiration here:

    xoxo ~ kristi

  338. Heather Says:

    Awesome inspiration and ideas. Can’t wait for my birthday! Thanks for being so thoughtful.

  339. MaryJean Says:

    Saw you on Pinterest as well. My 40th birthday will be next year and I have already started to dread it and have been feeling sad about it. I am inspired to do 40 random acts of kindness and challenge my friends and family to do the same. What a gift! :)

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  341. Ed Adler Says:

    This is the coolest thing I have ever seen. I have always enjoyed doing random acts but never thought of it as random acts. Thanks for such a great and inspiring post!!

  342. Anna Says:

    What an awesome idea!! I found this on Pinterest, just in time for my Birthday in two weeks! Hubby and I are already starting a list! :) Thanks so much for being an inspiration! (OK, now I’m teary eyed again!) LOL

  343. priz Says:

    Wow…God bless you. Very inspiring indeed..!!

  344. momof3 Says:

    What an inspiration you are! I try to do this every so often (pay another person’s toll or buy the person behind me lunch or coffee, also letting people go ahead of me and small things like that), but the amount of time between ROAKs seems to be greater as the years progress. Thank you for reminding me of how good it feels and how easy it would be to do more frequently! I also feel inspired to get my children involved–what a wonderful thing to teach them–thank you!

  345. Chelsey Says:

    This definitely made me cry! Such an inspiration! I’m trying to get some friends to do this with me for the 25 days before Christmas!

  346. Beth Marin Says:

    Have started to think of my 37 ideas for my birthday in January, while praying that we don’t get a foot of snow — shoveling random acts of kindness = sore back! :)

    One of my favorite things to do is make wishes in fountains, so I am envisioning taping 37 pennies to the fountain surround at a local mall with a note to make a wish!

    Thanks so much for sharing your joy!

  347. Amber Says:

    This is an amazing idea. I was just asked what I wanted to do for my birthday this year, and now I know! Thank you for sharing the idea. It’s making the world a better place one random act at a time! =D

  348. Cristi Says:

    WOW!!! Last week out of the blue, I wanted to take 3 hot meals to any random 3 homeless people, because I always walk up on them when I’m taking pictures. This evening with 4 of my 5 children in the car, I couldn’t find or see anyone! We drove around for over an hour, because I wasn’t heading home until someone had this food! Let’s just say that they weren’t the exact kind of people I had in mind, but I said a prayer before we ever started that whoever needs this food shall get it, so I felt very good about giving it to them! And then I see your post! You have inspired me even more!!! I think I’ll make this a tradition!!!

  349. Rodaina Says:

    Am from Lebanon,here when someone do great job we say for him (Bravo) what u did is really awesome and inspiring.

  350. Rebecca Says:

    What an inspiration!! I cried the whole time I read this. My 35th birthday is Dec 17th, so starting today I am going to do 1 RAOK a day. Of course I’ve got to do 3 today to get caught up =-)

  351. sadie Says:

    I really enjoyed reading about your wonderful birthday. My birthday is on the 28th this month and I was trying to think of something really fun and special to do for it. My husband was serving in Iraq last year so he missed it, and I told him I wanted a great birthday since he missed last years. So as I was perusing the internet trying to find a great, fun thing to do for my birthday, I saw your post and I had an immediate change of heart. Thank you for helping me dig deeper and remember that true happiness is not about what you get, but about what you give.

  352. Sharon Says:

    It’s been many years since I’ve been excited to celebrate my birthday, but after reading this post, I cannot wait for it to arrive! It’s a few months off, but I think I’ll get to work on a list of things I can do to bless others when the day arrives. Thanks for sharing your wonderful idea and for being such a blessing to strangers.

  353. Paige Says:

    Amazing!!! I too cried my eyes out reading this. What an amazing way to change the world and show your children how to be a great human beings.

  354. Mari Says:

    This made my day!! You, my dear lady, made me cry and have given me the best idea and instead of doing this for my birthday (bcs its so far away still) I will be doing this as a count down to Christmas!! Thank you so much for the inspiration. <3

  355. Elizabeth Says:

    I am doing this on Thanksgiving Day. Thank you for sharing this wonderfully generous part of your life with us.

  356. Terri Says:

    You are an absolute gem of a role model !!! Your daughters are very lucky , indeed !!

  357. Leah Baacke Says:

    God Bless you! You are truly a light on earth! Thank you for everything you have done and all the RAOKs you have inspired! I will be making this my own tradition as well. Love, Leah

  358. jamie Says:

    this post made me cry.
    so thanks a lot (sarcasm) but really, thank you (sincerity).
    What a fantastic way to spend a birthday. i’ve attempted to do this with every birthday in the past 10 years, through parties with friends, and requesting toys for shelters, etc… and having little money makes it a more challenging (and creative) day. i think we should all challenge ourselves to do this every day of the year… one a day isn’t tough!
    (and with little money, to boot!)
    thank you so much for sharing… how did birthday 39 go?

  359. Sarah Says:

    Hi Robyn,

    I absolutely love this idea! It is so great that so many of your friends and family joined you. I will be turning the big 3-0 this weekend and I have decided that I am going to do this!! Thank you for being so kind to others=)

  360. Bethany Says:

    Hi Robyn,

    What an amazing idea. I love reading things like this that give me that feeling to get up and do something. My birthday is in a few weeks. I hope you don’t mind if I borrow this idea from you. :) Wouldn’t it be great if everyone did this on their birthday – or once a day?

    Thanks for giving me something positive and happy to read, and for giving me the motivation to go out and be other-centered!


  361. Kathy Says:

    Hi Robyn,
    I sat weeping as I read your blog. I am so blessed, yet so many times find myself complaining about what I don’t have or need. The Lord really spoke to me through you tonight. I am a single mom raising two kids at home and one in college, without a lot of child support over the years, but God has been so faithful to provide for us, through family, and the ex husband(when he’s been able), just when we need it. I am never going to take my life for granted again. And I am going to start tomorrow with the RAOK. Thank you for inspiring me!

  362. Kim Alford Says:

    incredible. absolutely incredible.
    thanks for this. my face is soaked and my heart soft.
    appreciate your heart (and thankful for pinterest that got me here to read of your excellent adventures!:)

  363. bootytoberlin Says:

    Such a lovely idea!!! :)

  364. Lori Myers Says:

    Love love love you girl! I found your raok bday through pinterest and to my surprise I recognized the places in all of your photos! I live in Santa rosa beach and work at Sacred heart hospital in nuclear medicine. Small world:) Ive been looking for some way to get my two teenage boys involved in raok and you have soooo inspired me girl! Thank you for your beautiful gifts of inspiration…we are so excited to get started:) god bless you Robyn

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  366. Julie @ Willow Bird Baking Says:

    Just found this post through Shutterbean. WHAT a fantastic, awesome, selfless idea! I really want to do this for my birthday!! Thanks for sharing!

  367. cynthia Says:

    This has been a soul crushing year for me and my father. The year from hell and when you think you can’t
    take another liar, con artist,selfish people, more horrible news than you can bear, things you can’t do or afford to do, things breaking and having no time to fix ,driving to and living in hospital all year-all alone for the only family you have left, and THEN you read about someone like you. You make the world a better place and touched so many dedicating your day to others. Your thoughfulness and huge heart made me feel so comforted to know what a blessing you are and how RAOK can light up a soul. I send you a hug from me and my father and GOD BLESS you and yours. Happy Thanksgiving. I believe in doing RAOK
    daily, and now I know that I could do it on my BD in the Robyn way. xoxox

  368. holly Says:

    this post almost made me cry! you have truly inspired me!!

  369. Sabrina Says:

    This is a beautiful story. As I’m sure you’ve inspired many the past year, almost two years (!!), you have now inspired me to do something for my 23rd birthday in early January. I’ve been lacking something in my life and after I read this post, I felt like the Grinch and my heart swelled up. I can’t believe I never thought of it before! The ironic part is today at Walmart, I was grabbing my last bag when I heard the person behind me say they only had a dollar but not the chance for a .99 bag of chips and I gave her a quarter to cover the change. I need to start paying it forward and thank you for the opportunity to be motivated to do this.

  370. Roxanne Says:

    I just ran across this on pinterest and was so inspired by your kind heart. We should all be so kind.

  371. Susan Lew Says:

    What a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday.

  372. Maureen Says:

    This is so beautiful. Its amazing how so many small things can make a person’s day!! God Bless you.

  373. BJ Says:

    This story was incredible. And you are incredible as well. You have inspired me, for my next birthday, to do the same. Thank you

  374. Brandi Says:

    Face soaked and totally inspired. My birthday is Wednesday and I think This is the best way I could possibly spend the day. I am in. Giving, the best gift of all. I am totally excited. Thank you for the inspiration.

  375. Kathy Auch Says:

    Very moved by all the ways that you have touched many lives… I plan to do this for my birthday Dec 27. I will need to do 53 random acts of kindness. I love to do roak as much as possible but challenge others to start doing random acts of kindness @ least 1x per week till it becomes a habit. We could change the world….

  376. morgan Says:

    amazing story! I won’t lie I shed a tear or two! Such encouragement especially it being around Thanksgiving and Christmas! Thanks for sharing!

  377. Stacia Says:

    May God Bless you!! Thank you for the totally selfless ideas of giving on your birthday…I too will follow in your footsteps and complete 39 acts of kindness on my birthday in Feb. Also, I pray that my friends and family will celebrate my birthday by doing the same! Love, love, love this!!!

  378. elizabeth Says:

    wow this is awesome! are you from destin, fl? i have been wanting to do this but dont know where to start.

  379. April Says:

    You are such an inspiration! Plan to share this with folks and encourage all of us to follow your example. What a great Thanksgiving/Christmas idea as well! Thank you so much for sharing! You have made my day.

  380. mk Says:

    loved this so much- thank you…you’re amazing

  381. Autumn Says:

    This is absolutely amazing. If only everyone knew how affective one random act of kindness could be… Thank you.

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  383. Ashley Says:

    Made me tear up just reading these. Thanks for the reminder that we never know what’s going on in other people’s lives, and sometimes just a smile or a small, simple act of kindness can change that life for the better… and ours too!

  384. Janet Says:

    My husband and have been truly blessed. This would be a perfect way to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary on December 5th. Thank you for sharing. AND thank all the folks that took the time to leave a comment of support and suggestions. Totally MOTIVATING and totally AWESOME!!

  385. Shara Dee Says:

    I am turning 38 in January and plan to do this as well. Thank you for the inspiration.

  386. michelle f. Says:

    I do many of those same things everyday. Mine are free acts though. I think that if we all do kind acts everyday, maybe people would start viewing society in a positive light instead of looking at strangers in a cynical way. I was taught to do kind things because it’s the right thing to do and not what we can get out of it. The feeling I get after a kind act has to be way better than the feeling the receiver has. You have done good…lol

  387. Edie Says:

    What a blessing to see how many people are doing the same thing. Giving a Thanksgiving meal away this year to a needy family and am looking everywhere I go to see what good surprises I can give. Thank you for this site and the really great ideas! I’m turning 65….Wow! just think of the many good things that can happen…I’m starting now!

  388. Blythe Says:

    Fantastic idea!!! However, it sounds a bit expensive. I’ve always wondered how you pay for an order for someone in line behind you when you don’t know what they are going to order and therefore how much it’s going to cost.

  389. Tricia Says:

    Robyn, how amazing of a person you must be! What an awesome day you had! I am going to do a random act of kindness before the end of this week after reading your article. Also, I’m going to plan some for Thanksgiving, Christmas and my next birthday. What a great way to start the day before Thanksgiving 2011-by reading about you! You are awesome!

  390. Alica Leigh Hauser (Harmon) Says:

    On this Thanksgiving night, as I am preparing to go out and do some black Friday shopping at midnight..I have taken the time (happily) to read these posts and I am so very inspired. I CANT WAIT to do this for my next birthday (24th:) The best feeling in this world is giving to others, and helping others, in a way that will touch their lives forever. Although my birthday is not until September, I will start creating my list of 24 acts of kindness…because………………..I CAN’T WAIT:):) In addition, I will be asking instead of recieving gifts I want others to tag along with me, and help me help others as I am only able to work part time while I am going to school – but I love the gift card ideas…just wouldn’t be able to afford that much! Thank you for all of the wonderful, amazing ideas:) We need more people like you in this world!

  391. Liz Says:

    Happy tears here, too….you’ve inspired me!

  392. Cathy Says:

    I am definitely doing it!! but I will do one random act per day (at least!) in a year. This way I will feel reborn everyday!!! Great inspiration!

  393. Martin Gonzalez Says:

    Robyn, you are an Angel !. And to include your kids in this beautiful/kindness act, wow, that is the kind of parenting this world needs. I am speechless. I am going to tell all my FB friends, they got 2yrs to do this or else “DELETE”…really.
    You are an inspiration, brought tears to my eyes, and unfortunately, I am one of those people that just doesn’t cry easy :)
    May I ask you to be your FB friend ?

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  395. SoulandGrace Says:

    I was losing some of my faith in humanity and reading this post makes me so happy. I try to do some random acts of kindness throughout the year (buying coffee for the person behind me, flowers to the nursing home on Mother’s Day – they love that one) but you have inspired me to spend my 26th birthday doing 26 of these great ideas. Thank you so much for this! You have a beautiful soul and everyone that knows you is blessed to do so.

  396. Emily Says:

    Oh my goodness! This brought tears to my eyes! I so want to do this next year!

  397. Amy Says:

    Robyn, you are such a cool person!! I found your blog post on Pinterest & reading it nearly made me cry! How kind of you to go around doing these nice things for people. Truly inspiring, thank you for sharing this wonderful idea, I’m going to do this! My birthday is January 2. I’m visiting a good friend of mine & you know what, I bet she’d love to help me make this idea happen.

    Yesterday I did do one RAOK, before I read your blog post. Yesterday my husband & I drove our friend to the local airport. Before leaving to head home, on a whim my husband remembered (right before driving past the turn) we needed gift boxes to put clothes in when wrapping Christmas gifts. We were super tired from Black Friday shopping the day before, but we stopped anyway since Walmart is so far from our house. We got out gift boxes & proceeded out to get back on the highway to head home. We come to a stop sign & saw a homeless man holding a sign that read “Homeless Veteran family, please help” & he was holding his Veteran’s ID card along with the sign. I smiled at him from my window, thinking about stopping & helping him but not sure. As we pulled out he closed his eyes as if in disappointment, hoping since I smiled I would help. I asked my husband to turn around & he said he’d been thinking the same. We turned around & asked him what he needed. So we headed back to Walmart & got him about $30 worth of food. We bought him a hot corn dog & some juice pouches he could eat before he got back to his family, hoping he would eat it instead of saving it, too. We brought him several bags out & as we handed them to him we’d tell him what was in it, he’d say “WOW! Thanks!!” in such a humble, grateful way. He was so sincerely thankful & appreciative. I almost wished I hadn’t gotten out of the car because his sweet, gracious voice made it so hard not to cry. As we got back out onto the road & came back to the stop sign where he stood, he smiled & waved at us & I did the same. It made me feel really good that God lead us there & showed him to us. I will continue to pray for that man, & others like him. I hope people like you doing all those nice things for people, just because, will inspire others. If we’d all help out & do more kind, generous things the world would be a much happier place!

    God bless & happy holidays!

  398. Suzzy Says:

    Tats such a noble deed!!
    Belated birthday wishes :)
    God Bless u with health wealth and happiness!!

  399. Ali Says:

    I am reading your idea and it made me think that I want to celebrate Jesus Christ’s birthday in a big way this year. Before Christmas I will get my friends and family to help me perform 2012 RAOK!! I know it is a lot, but why not? I love what you did, thanks for the inspiration!!!

  400. Erin Medina Says:

    Wow! Happy late birthday! My 41st birthday is coming up and you have inspired me. Hope you don’t mind if I reenact some of your RAOK. Warmest Regards!

  401. pVe Says:

    Wow this is so inspirational! It definitely has me in a very giving mood which is perfect for the holidays! Thank you so much for doing this & sharing it with us all!

  402. sunshine Says:

    thank you so much for this… I will take your lead and do the same. Look at what you have started… My birthday is Jan 3rd one day after Amy. That is two days in a row that this movement will move foward.

  403. white collar | green soul Says:

    I absolutely love this idea.
    Incredible. I think I’ll do it next year for my 29th.

    - agata.

  404. Michele Says:

    Robyn, what a great idea! I felt I needed to do the same, I feel so blessed and needed to “pay it forward”. So Im doing RAOK everyday from thanksgiving to Christmas.
    Thank You for inspiring so many!!

  405. Chrissy Says:

    This is amazing. Thank you for making me cry @ work! (:
    “Pay it forward” is my all time favorite movie. And this shows me, once again, that people really can make a difference, with just one act of kindness.

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  407. jackstab Says:

    What a fabulous idea! Love that your kids were in on it too. Great lessons for them also.

  408. SUsan Says:

    this is SO awesome! I would love to do something like this for my 36th birthday coming up at the end of January. truly inspirational. Thank you for sharing

  409. debi urschel Says:

    hi Robyn, thank you for your post (I love the pictures you placed to go along with). I found your post on Pinterest. I had just posted on FB yesterday that I am done Christmas shopping and would like to spend the next 25 days teaching my boys (8 and 10) a ‘truer’ meaning of Christmas. your blog answered my prayer (or quest!). I will be doing 25 random acts of kindness for the next 25 days to show the boys this season is for ‘giving’ not just ‘receiving’. I hope we find a lot of Jesus in our RAOK’s (your post about the phone card made me cry- God works in amazing ways). Thank you, you are an inspiration for a mom that needed some in this season. God Bless.

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  411. Russell Ochoa Says:

    Im crying right now. Thanks for your example

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  414. Chris Says:

    I’m just in tears; this was beautiful…

  415. lois Says:

    I was touched by this.. when someone ask me if they can have spare change, I ask them for what, if they say it’s so they can eat, I go to the nearest food place and buy them something to eat.. I’m never that broke to buy someone something to eat

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  418. Erin Golden Says:

    Robyn, This warmed My heart!! I plan on doing this next year for my 21st!!!! Also… COOL FACT!!! You TOTALLY live in the town I have lived in my entire life!!!! I recognized Baytowne Warf and The Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast! It makes me happy to know someone from my own home town is this amazing!!!! Thank you so much for being a wonderful human being!!!!

  419. Nicole Says:

    Hi Robyn! I was inspired by “The Anaya Initiative” today to read this post. I promised to do something small everyday for someone outside my family. I have been looking for ways to do kind acts and there are some really wonderful ideas here! I cooked Thanksgiving dinner for a couple who was spending the day in Children’s Hosp. for their daughter’s first Thanksgiving. I have sent anonymous gifts of money or items to those I knew were in need. I have purchased from benefit auctions and sales and I donate every few weeks charities and local shelters. I was in need of some smaller acts that I could perform on a daily basis. Thank you for the ideas and the inspiration!

  420. shellie Says:

    I just saw your site posted on Pinterest. I reposted it after reading about your experience. LOVE THIS!! What a perfect tradition! As I observe the craziness of the season beginning to really kick in, I am reminded to really be on the lookout for RAOK opportunities to present themselves. As we near Christmas I feel like it is SO important to reach out and be kind! I do try to regularly perform RAOK and to provide small gestures/gifts to make sure that people around me know how much I love and appreciate them. More importantly, to just remind myself how important it is not to loose a connection with people even if you don’t know them. I mean, really…. Who doesn’t enjoy a little something nice when it is completely unexpected! Nice job and thanks for sharing!

  421. Krystle Says:

    This is AMAZING! I was jealous of all your activities as I read through this list and will be instilling some of these soon! THANK YOU for sharing!

  422. Angela Says:

    Just wow! I love RAOK! I plan on doing this often although I would have to do most things anon because I am a total sap and would cry! Great job!

  423. Anna Says:

    I read about your story on Pinterest today. I’ve participated in random acts of kindness in the past but never so many in one day. I was totally inspired!! I’ve committed myself to do 12 by Christmas and have already performed 6 today. Thank you for reminding me of this simple act and inspiring me to do more again. Have a great day!!

  424. Susan Says:

    LOVE this. And what an amazing lesson to teach your kids!

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  426. Melissa Says:

    Robyn you ROCK! A friend and I have been working on this for a little while now. We have actually made up little “PIF” (pay it forward) cards so people don’t look so confused and so I don’t have to actually speak to them ( I get very giddy and teary eyed when I do this stuff) I have paid for a Couple’s breakfast one morning at a restuarant. I will often get the car’s order behind me in the Tim Horton’s drive through. Now that winter is here, I plan to do some shoveling for random people. You’ve really given me plenty more ideas and I can not wait to celebrate my 32nd in such a different way!! Thank you again!!

  427. Lindsay Says:

    You rock….what an absolute awesome idea and fantastic gift to show and teach your kids. You are an awesome woman and thanks for showing others how to be!

  428. Jeanie Says:

    You will be blessed in so many ways by this kindness. Your crown will be filled wiht jewels in heaven. God Bless You!

    I am going to do this during the rest of the holiday season and do one RAOK each day during the next year. This will also be a project suggestion for our children’s department at church.

  429. Jennifer Says:

    This is such a great post!! Saw it on Pinterest today – Love, Love, Love.
    At the end of July each year the MISS Foundation does a world-wide RAOK day for everyone who would like to do something in honor of/memory of their children. it’s always one of my favorite memorial events…and we have cards too, like one commenter suggested, so people know what it’s about and we don’t have to talk to our “victims” (since I would probably also cry!) What a revolution it would be if everyone wanted to do this for their birthday…such an inspiration – thanks for sharing!!

  430. Barb Says:

    Thanks so much for posting. The timing is perfect as we come to the “Christmas Season”. I don’t feel comfortable with the way we have been celebrating Christmas. Doesn’t really seem like we are honoring our Savior with our traditions. I think this will be a way to remedy all of my turmoil. I will reinvent the way I celebrate the holidays!!!! Thanks for the inspiration.

  431. Lisa Says:

    This is amazing! Brought tears to my eyes just reading it :)

  432. Nichole Says:

    This blog post both inspired me and touched me beyond words. We all need to slow down in the crazy, busy world we have and do something kind for others everyday. You may have just inspired a new Birthday tradition for me too.

  433. Zita Says:

    This is an awesome “Pay it Forward” ROAK ~ I am excited to start my list. Thank you for starting this and taking the time to blog it. Many times we think of ourselves but giving gives SO much more pleasure than receiving. Last year at Christmas I posted on Facebook a free “drop off” of kids clothing (coats, gloves, shoes & some toys). I posted on craigslist to help families out and delivered the clothes to young kids in need. It was an awesome blessing since our kids are older to see many bright little eyes.

  434. Mike Says:

    Ok, I’m going to sound like a total a-hole here, but this all seems VERY self-congratulatory. I like the spirit of doing nice things for strangers, just to brighten someone’s day, but doesn’t doing it partially to post on your blog take away some of that? Its like you photographed everything so you could publicize it, and you’ve gotten all this attention and compliments from everyone. The way this whole thing is posted and all the pictures and details or people’s reactions gives me the feeling you were counting on or hoping for that… Like I’m just not as touched I guess because it feels like “Look at me, look at what I’m doing.”
    I just think doing a good deed and keeping it to yourself means a lot more because it comes from a pure place. But I guess if you inspire people to do more random acts of kindness, then its all good in the end…

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  436. Danielle Says:

    I was so touched I cried several times reading through everything you and your family have done and those who celebrated your birthday with RAOK. I am actually going to start doing that EVERY year for my birthday!!! God bless you and your family! It reminded me of the time I had stopped to get some breakfast burritos and I saw a guy on the side of the road asking for change. I had just spent the last of my cash on hand on breakfast. So I asked if a burrito would do the job. I will never forget how appreciative he was! Pay it forward!!!

  437. Sue Says:

    what a wonderful idea. Many things do not even cost a cent or very little. Will share with my friends and promote more pay it forward with RAOK

  438. Nancy C Says:

    I paid for the person in line behind me at Starbucks one time. It totally made my day. What a way to spend a birthday. I really want to do this for my next birthday. It is amazing how such random thoughtful acts change someone’s day! I loved your idea!

  439. Angie Says:

    wow, great idea. We need more of this and less Kardashian hijinks to share with our children. I’ll be turning 56 next year. best get started on my list. don’t have hubby or kids but some amazing BFFs.

  440. Lori K. Says:

    I did 4 RAOK today with my 7 and 9 year olds. We donated 5 new toys to a local Police toy drive, we delivered and donated 40 books to the local children’s receiving home, we paid for the person behind us in the drive-thru and we left a thank you note on a car with a sign welcoming home their son from Iraq. We did this in honor of my son’s upcoming 8th birthday. We will complete 4 more RAOK before the month is up. Thank you for the inspiration and new tradition we will start for all upcoming family birthdays.

  441. Becki Says:

    Thank you, this is a great idea like christmas and be celabrated every day. One day I bought hambergers at Mc Donalds and handed them out to homeless people. Soon I think I willdo the same with Star Bucks Hot Chocolate.

  442. Farrah Pliley Says:

    Hi Robyn! I just wanted to tell you that coming across this blog inspired me so much! I’ve decided that instead of breaking my bank on my loved ones that have everything they need and more, that I will do at least one random act of kindness every day of December. I started on December 5th 2011, when I found your blog, and I’m not day 6 of random acts. I cannot begin to explain what a good feeling I’m left with after each act of kindness. I owe the inspiration to you! Thank you so much for what you did, and for posting about it. Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family!:D

  443. Madi Says:

    my step mom said we r gonna do somethin like this for my moms birthday cause we would usually put flowers on her grave (she died of breast cancer) but we r gonna take the money we would usually do for the flowers n do 36 random acts of kindness to make the people we help my family n her happy.

  444. Maggie Says:

    Wow!I’m sure this had a huge impact on your community

    There were so many responses of people that did RAOKs like you I didn’t have the chance to read em all

    This is a great idea

    You should have a day like”random acts of kindness day and have a whole blog or something dedicated to it and people around the world could all make a difference at the same time

    Thnx to pint rest I found this :)

  445. Jon Says:

    Next time watch out:

  446. Sarah Says:

    wow, this is the greatest idea ever. I just found this post because someone pinned it on pintrest. My 20th birthday is tomorrow and now I’m inspired to be on the lookout for RAOKs that I can do. Hopefully I can brighten someones day, thanks for the great idea!

  447. Maureen Says:

    This is amazing! My roommate and I were inspired and are doing this for the new year! Thank you!

  448. Emily Says:

    Loved this! Paying it forward is the best thing we can do! Definitely will be keeping these ideas in mind from now on when I’m out and about!

  449. Kobi Says:

    Thank you for making the world a better place by paying if forward.

  450. nanilei Says:

    You’re my hero! We can all do this everyday of our lives… never know how it will affect the person and what kind of day they may have been going through. Made me smile… thank you!

  451. Johnie Says:

    Thank you for sharing your 38th Birthday with us! I have been alittle depressed about getting close to 40.. I will be 37 on Jan 2012.. So i been looking for something special to do on my birthday with my family (Hubby and Daughter age 8).. I think your idea will be my new birthday tradition. It was just what I need to make my birthday special!

  452. Alice Says:

    God bless you :) Thanks for putting a smile on my face :)

  453. Lisa Says:

    I loved reading this. I’ve been trying to think of something fun to do for my upcoming 40th…yikes, yep the big 4-0. I love your idea and think it would be the perfect way to celebrate. Thank you!

  454. Mandy Says:

    Just wanted you to know that my kids and I and my friend and her family did a whole RAOK day on Christmas eve that we would have never thought to do if it was to for your blog. Almost two years later, you are still helping others and didn’t even know it. ;) . We handed out Christmas cards the kids made with Luke 2:11. I. Am pretty sure we have started a new tradition!!! Thanks so much!

  455. Lois Says:

    Thank you….almost a year after you celebrated & it is still inspiring and paying it forward. I will not wait for my birthday, I will try to do at least one random act of kindness every day. My daughter here is going to make sack lunches and deliver them to the homeless and so is my daughter in San Antonio. God Bless you!

  456. Trini Says:

    Goodness! Reading this made me realize how great I have it and how easy it is to make a difference by a random act of kindess! What a great idea! I will be doing this for my birthday coming up in January. It’s good to know that great people like you exist. Happy Blessings. :)

  457. Kirstie Says:

    I’m simply repeating what everyone else has already said…what a wonderful idea, and so inspirational! I forgot to leave my mailman a small gift for Christmas (I usually do), so you reminded me to do that (check), and I plan to do more. Thank you for sharing!

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  460. Etta Says:

    I saw this on pinterest and had to pin it. Wow I seriously think you are amazing, what a wonderful way to spend your birthday! I wish there were more ppl like you in the world:)! I think I’ll try this for my 30th- thank you for the inspiration!!!

  461. Laurie Says:

    I loved your idea and did 54 random acts of kindness for my birthday this year!!! It was the best birthday ever. Thank you for the idea.

  462. suezie Says:

    Hi Robyn :-)
    So glad to hear what an exciting (and rewarding) b’day you had. I feel as though I was mean’t to stumble across your blog today. On our family letter this year I wrote that our goal was to think more of others and less of self, to step out of our comfort zone and help others more plus I have a b’day coming up in February – 49! So there’s quite the challenge. Thanks to you I have been inspired to invite family and friends to join me and I have time to plan it too which is cool. The term RAK is not so commonly heard of here in the UK although I know they happen all the time. We were invited to take part in a RAK hamper for Christmas in 2011 simply because good friends had spent Thanksgiving in America and were introduced to the concept of RAK. We let God lead us and our chap clearly was desperately in need – our blessing brought tears to his eyes (and ours). I can’t wait to share your blog post with them in return since I know they’re looking to do more and to encourage others as well. Hugs to you from across the pond m’dear and bless you for going above and beyond and sharing this with everyone so we can all bless others. OXOXO

  463. Shan Hayles Says:

    to begin with Happy Birthday,,,and i think doing something unexpected for someone is great,,,i only found a couple of things that bothered me tho…if u can afford to go to Chili’s to eat or Starbucks for coffee,,,then u don’t need,,,but the rest i thought was awesome,,,everyone needs to give a little….i know a family with 4.3/4 children didn’t have washer and dryer,,,i gave them mine,,,they had no heat, i gave them heaters, i made blankets and pillows for all 4.3/4 children for christmas,,,i have found lots of things people throw away that r still good and give it to ones that don’t have.

    thank you

  464. Danielle Says:

    This is incredible!! My 21st birthday is coming up on January 16th, and I think I’m going to celebrate with 21 random acts of kindness. Looks like I just found a new birthday tradition :) Thank you for posting!!

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  466. emily Says:

    I had goose-bumps while reading this. It’s such a nice thing to do and to receive a random act of kindness. I’ve definitely been inspired to try something similar. I really hope this can inspire people to be kinder to each other. When I have a bad day, and a stranger actually takes an interest in what I have to say, I feel better knowing that there are nice people out there. Thanks for the kindness!!

  467. natasha Says:

    I did something similar with my kids this year for their advent calendar. Instead of 25 treats for them, we incorporated ways they could share of themselves during the Christmas season. I kept a photo journal of all of our visits, as you did. We brought cookies to the Fire Station, items for a local Animal rescue (kitty litter, litter box, paper towel, bleach), carrots for the horses at Roanoke Ranch for kids, meal to an unexpecting family, left money for the kids to ride Sandy an electric pony at a local grocery store, paid for another students popcorn at school, made muffins for the teachers lounge at school, dropped off clothes, baby toys and baby formula to the Pregnancy Resource center. The best was when we brought a Gift bag filled with a blanket, gloves, hat, toiletries and chocolate to a homeless shelter downtown. My youngest daughter (6yrs) went in with me. On the way out a gentleman held the door for us. My daughter was very leery of him. He said “My dear child, even though you are surrounded by the elements here, there are still good, kind and safe people around you”. As I opened the truck doors he said hello to my husband and other children and began to sing “We wish you a Merry Christmas”. The other men standing on the street walked over and joined in. As we drove off they all sang “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”. It will be a bright and lasting memory for my whole family. I turn 40 this year and I think I may follow suit with what you did for your Birthday Celebration.

  468. sueslade Says:

    Have just read through your blog – you must be an amazing person to do such acts of kindness. Am thoroughly inspired!

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  470. Gypsy Says:

    I happened to come across your blog though someone else you have influenced and thought I’d leave a word to say you have intrigued me and inspired me to do the same thing. This November I am 30 and I now feel this is a very fitting way in which to celebrate. By reading your blog and browsing through your replies (soo many!!) I see you’ve inspired a lot of other people and for this I think you should be very proud of yourself. I shall be spreading the message and hopefully we’ll all be seeing more random acts of kindness :) Thank You

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  472. Alison Says:

    I love this! I saw this on pinterest and repinned it immediately. Brought tears to my eyes and I am so excited to do this and share with others. Thank you so much for the inspiration.

  473. Jacquelyn Says:

    This is so inspiring! I was trying to figure out what to do for my birthday, and this is TOTALLY IT!

  474. Tiffani Says:

    Love love love this idea! Just saw this today and am so bummed my birthday is not until November… But my 8-year old daughter has a birthday next week! I aam going to share this with her when she wakes up and we will do 9 RAOK to celebrate her birth and to thank God for blessing us with her. You are proof positive that one person can make such a huge difference in the world! Thanks for sharing, you are an inspiration and a blessing to so many.

  475. Shannon Says:

    I LOVE this idea, and I’m gonna do it for my birthday in April! :)

  476. Joan Says:

    My birthday is Jan 14th. How great that I learned about your blog today.

  477. April Lee Says:

    This is such an amazing idea!! Spread the love and happy 38th birthday!! You have inspired so many people and are proof one person can make a difference to so many :)

  478. Karen Says:

    I Borrowed this idea from you and did a countdown of 24 things to make people smile before my 24th birthday. I put it on Facebook and had sooo much positive feedback! I have 5 friends from all over the world have pledged to do the same on their birthdays! look at how great this pay it forward business it! Thanks for the great idea, it was a ton of fun!

  479. Kelci Says:

    Robyn–I was so excited to read this! It’s truly inspiring and so great to know that there are still people out there that are that kind! My birthday isn’t anytime soon but your post has inspired me to donate a whole day just to do RAOK! Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring others! I can’t wait to go out and make someone else’s day!

  480. Amy Says:

    Hi Robyn,
    I just had to tell you how much your wonderful project touched me. A friend sent me your post, and I did the same thing for my 40th birthday. It was truly the best birthday of my life. And the joy continues. Thank you. I wrote about my experiences here:
    You continue to spread cheer around the world.
    Thank you!

  481. Darlena Says:

    Wow, I am overwhelmed with love and the need to give. Their are angels all around us, some of them just haven’t gotten their wings yet, you are clearly one of them. Peace, love and faith to you and your helpers. If the world had more givers than takers it would clearly be a country of God’s will. Thank you for the inspiration, tears of joy and sharing with everyone. God bless you.

  482. Dawn Says:

    What a wonderful way to show the world that there are still beautiful people in it and a great way to teach our children and those around us how to be kind and loving. Thank you for the great idea.

  483. Liz Says:

    My birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks and you have inspired me, as well as a lot of other people to celebrate by doing RAOK. I will include my children as well. What a great way to pay it forward. Thank you so much for the inspiration and your wonderful acts of kindness, I’m sure you changed lives with your generosity, you never know what kind of day a person may have been having until you came along, you could have been the one responsible for changing their day (life) in a way you may never know. I commend you, God Bless:)

  484. Heidi M. Says:

    I LOVE this idea – saw on a friend’s post. I do things like that during the Christmas holidays with my kids, but what a fantastic idea to do it on your birthday! Thanks for inspiring so many acts of kindness!

  485. Kerrie Says:

    Great Idea. I’m going to do this with my 3 daughters.

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  488. Maria Says:

    My 38th is coming up in a couple of weeks and I’m TOTALLY spending it doing RAOK! Thank you for the inspiration! This is going to be fun!!

  489. Brenda Nunley Says:

    I saw a link from a friend’s fb page to your blog. You have inspired me to do more random acts of kindness. However, since, it’s my 68th birthday this month I doubt that I will be able to do that many acts in one day! :) Last fall, a lady on a fixed income mentioned how expensive groceries are. Since I knew her address, I bought a gift card from the grocery store and sent it to her without signing the card. She is probably still wondering who sent it to her, just as I am wondering who sent me a $100 bill in the mail in December! It is a blessing to give and receive…plus it is fun!

  490. Shannon Says:

    This seriously brought tears to my eyes, thanks for being such an awesome example to all of us!

  491. Ashley Says:

    Did this for my 34th birthday today, loved it and shared it with FB friends. Thanks for inspiring the best birthday celebration ever. The best part of my day was during evening prayers when my 5yr old expressed thanks for all the “good deeds” we got to do today. I’m so glad I came across this. Thanks for the inspiration.

  492. Petra KC Says:

    I saw this post on pinterest and was immediately inspired. I’m turning 22 in February and have already planned to do 22 acts of kindness with friends and family. I’ve already started to plan them because I’m really excited! I think this is going to be my best birthday.
    Also I’m amazed at how many people you’ve truly touched. You posted this blog 2 years ago and people are still commenting on how it affected them. You’re a great inspiration to me! I never knew one person could make such a difference.
    Thank you so much!

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  494. Jennifer Mann Says:

    Very inspirational!!! I have to do this!

  495. Lori Says:

    I am so thankful to have found this blog post. This past August when all my adult children were home for my son’s wedding they were teasing me about turning 50 this coming July of 2012. I’ve struggled with my birthday’s over the years and I’m not sure why. 40 was particularly hard for me so after they had all left I decided this next birthday was going to be different. I didn’t know how or exactly what I was going to do so I started praying and thinking about what I could do so that I wouldn’t have this big dread about turning 50.

    A couple of months ago I decided I was going to do 50 acts of kindness or blessings for others. I started making a list of people I want to acknowledge for being there for me over the years…to reconnect with people I’ve lost contact with and letting them know how they blessed my life at a particular time…and then I started thinking about all the different things I could do on and around my birthday that could be random acts of kindness. I’ve thought about asking others to do random acts of kindness or just something for someone in need of a blessing as a gift to me instead of giving me gifts. I am trying to come up with something special to do for my mom in celebration of her giving birth to me. 50 roses? Doing this has taken the focus off of dreading my birthday and looking forward to blessing others. I’ve begun making my list of certain things I plan on doing for others on the day of and around my birthday.

    Here I thought I was being original as I hadn’t ever heard of anyone doing anything like this before and then a couple of weeks ago I ran across a blog post or an article about someone doing this and then today I came across this blog post through pinterest. How cool. I look forward to reading through the various idea’s expressed here and checking out the birthday project link.

    So, I just had to stop and say thank you. The thought had come to my mind the other day that others might think that I am being silly and reading this has reinspired me to follow through with this. If you have any idea’s or suggestions for me I will happily take them. Blessings! Lori

  496. Rachelle Says:

    Thank you for sharing this with all of us! You’re impacting people more than you know. I will be turning 25 in February and after reading your blog I’m actually excited about it! I’m going to make a list of 25 acts of kindness. May the Lord continue to bless you and keep you. Thanks again! God bless!

  497. Cori Says:

    You are truly an inspiration. You are proof that good still exists in this world and that there is hope for humanity. Thank you for being a good person.

  498. Taunya Says:

    What an inspiration you are!! Just found this through a link on Pinterest.
    It has inspired me.
    I LOVE my birthdays!!!! Always have.
    I turn 40 this year…..and was just thinking this morning how I could have a big celebration.
    This is what I am going to do!!!!
    So excited!! And my bday isn’t until September!!

  499. Kayla Says:

    This is a huge encouragement to me. Just to know there are so many people that are kind and generous. I never knew!!
    Just another RAOK to think about. At an ALDI in your neighborhood leave your quarter in the cart or just give your cart to the next person coming to the rack. To do more you could leave quarters in many carts.
    I did this and stuck around to watch what happened, it took several people to take the cart with the quarter. The woman that took the cart was a mother of two young children, she looked around with a smile before putting her children in.

  500. Rainy Says:

    I just received a free starbucks from the woman in front of me! I posted on FB about how special it was and that I wanted ideas for how to pay it forward. A friend sent me a link to your blog post! How amazing……your kindness is spreading like wildfire! Great ideas. Bless you!

  501. Helen Says:

    This is such an amazing idea and I totally want to try his one birthday. This is a major inspiration!

  502. Jenn @therebelchick Says:

    What an amazing way to spend your birthday! This made me cry a little!

  503. Celeste Says:

    I just found this blog post as I was using stumbleupon. I have to say, it made me cry! I am turning 35 this year and am not looking forward to it. So now I know how I am going to celebrate my birthday this year. Thank you so much!

  504. Cathy Says:

    Thank you for this. What an encouragement! God bless you.

  505. Heather Says:

    Thank you – I found this on Pinterest and cried through the whole thing. It is my 38th birthday tomorrow and I am inspired and excited to plan it out for #39 or my husbands birthday in April. So amazing – thanks again!

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  507. Lauren Says:

    you are such a beautiful person. once a month i buy the person’s coffee behind me in the tim horton’s line, and i know first hand the kind of feeling you get afterwords. I am now inspired to do this for my 19th birthday. I cried reading this. God bless you!

  508. Greta Says:

    Wow, I am dumbfounded…so little can mean so much!!!
    You are an inspiration to me…
    God bless!

  509. Lou Says:

    Hopefully; this will catch on to many, many others. Not just for Birthdays, but everyday. Some may not be able to make a purchase, but there are a ton of little things people can do for one another that doesn’t cost a dime. Thank You for “Paying It Forward”. This is our Motto for the Civitan Club I am in. Love helping others. God Bless you and All that give of themselves to help others.

  510. Christie Says:

    I turn 51 in a few days- 50 was a hard year as none of my friends did anything special with or for me at all. This year, I’m turning the tables! It may take me a couple of days since I work all day that day, but thank you, thank you, thank you for giving me a different perspective.

  511. Dina Says:

    I am soooo inspired by this. I turn 50 in a year and a half and I’ve really been wanting to celebrate in a special way. I am totally stealing this!

  512. My Birthday Project – 53 Random Acts of Bonnie « Says:

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  514. Dottie Ann Says:

    WOW, you have inspired me lady! Off to make my list, I soooooo want to be a blessing!

  515. Maria Says:

    Thank you so much for the inspiration!! I just spent my 38th birthday celebrating with acts of kindness and it was the most wonderful day!!

  516. Stephanie Says:

    I am not sure where you are located, but I wanted to let you know that we have been impacted in Madison, WI! Last weekend some people came in celebrating a woman’s 26th bday with 26 random acts of kindness. I am a nurse and was working that day when they came to drop off home made cookies to us along with 5 beautiful bouquets of flowers for patients! They inspired ALL of us at work and I am now planning my daughters 11th bday and doing the same!!!! I only wish I could get to know the person who inspired me… she has touched more lives that she even knows:)

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  518. Lauren Says:

    Wish The World Was Filled With More People Like You. You have Inspired Me To Do Something Similar To Celebrate Birthdays In Our Home In A Similar Fashion. Many Thanks

  519. Cristina Says:

    Thank you what a terrific idea, do you mind if I do this for my b-day? I’m 62

  520. Ginger Says:

    So going to do this. Thank you for inspiring me. Pinning you on pinterest.

  521. Sara Says:

    I was blown away that there are still kind people like you in the world. I cant remember the last time i witnessed a random act of kindness. It is nice to know even if it is not witnessed they are still out there! I will be 26 this year and I will be making sure I think about this as my birthday approaches. Thank you for making me smile today :)

  522. Amy Says:

    I know now that this will be my plan for my next birthday!! It makes me happy making other people happy!! Thank you for all that you did! Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we all did random acts of kindness on our birthday or everyday!!

  523. Tammy Says:

    God blessed so many people through you on your birthday and beyond. I’ve got a 44th coming up (44??) and I think this will be how it gets spent. Each time this happens, we spread God’s kingdom and people can see what the world would be like if ONLY God’s will were done, and what it will be like one day when that’s the case. God bless you for being such a voice!

  524. Pamela Says:

    This is amazing, beautiful and inspiring! God bless you!

  525. Kat Says:

    So I’m totally late to this party, but I still want to join in the fun. This is awesome and lovely! I’m on # 44 this year – wow! really? – and that will be 44 ways to do something nice for someone else without expecting nor receiving anything in return. Fab idea lady!

  526. Ashley J. Says:

    Seriously tearing up, lol.

    #23: It was most likely Acetone in the gas tank.

  527. Brittney Hogan Says:

    Robyn, This was SO inspiring. I love this idea. I am turning 22 this year and I definitely want to do this. My husband is deployed, however, so not sure if he will be back for my BDAY…but all the more reason to do something like this, right? I have been blessed so much, especially in this past year so I am so excited to return the favor. Thanks for doing this and inspiring so many people!

  528. Kathy Says:

    How inspiring! I know what I’m doing on my birthday this year! Thanks for the loving message!

  529. Lance Says:

    My 40th birthday is coming up this summer and this is what I want to do. Thanks for a great start to my day!

  530. Senora Says:

    I turn 50 in November. I can’t think of a better way to spend my day. Thank you for sharing.

  531. Jessie Says:

    Perhaps a “random” act of kindness should also be a selfless act of kindness. One where one doesn’t feel the need to broadcast in via the Internet.

  532. Another Year Older Says:

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  533. Kellie Peyton Says:

    Hi Robyn,
    I read your blog about 6 months ago, and decided I would repeat your glowing example. Today is 38 days until my 38th birthday, and I started my 38 days of random acts of kindness. I posted my Facebook status this morning…..” Instead of giving UP something for Lent, and in the 38 days leading up to 38th birthday…I have decided to preform a random act of kindness each day. Day 1 starts today!! :-) )”

    I was a bit overwhelmed and pleasantly surprised with the comments and am so happy that some friend will be doing the same thing! Kindness spreads like wildfire and I can’t wait to keep this flame going!

  534. Ashley Urke | Domestic Fashionista Says:

    Thank you for sharing this…and for sharing so much kindness on your birthday! I am literally tearing up right now. This is so encouraging and inspiring! There is never enough love or positivity in the world!

  535. Amy Thurston Says:

    Wow, I couldn’t help by to get teary eyed from this. So amazing and wonderful!!!! What an awesome idea! :) Thanks so much for sharing!

  536. 'Sina Says:

    I turned 40 last week. You and your Acts of Kindness were such an inspiration, that I conducted 40 acts in honor of my birthday as well.


  537. Linda Says:

    What an awesome way to celebrate. You’ve set a great example for your children and others. I am currently teaching the children in my church about love (1 Corinthians 13). Love is active! I plan on mentioning some of your RAOK’s to my church kids to help them better understand what really is, and how easy it can be to put into practice a selfless love. THANK YOU…and Happy Belated Birthday!

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  539. Ginger Says:

    I love this post. I just connected two women together, one who needed a place to live and the other who was kind of looking for a boarder. I don’t know either of them but thru a Facebook post that I put out on two groups because I was looking for a place to live, I met one woman. Then another person posted about the woman who wanted a place to live. I connected them to each other. I heard it made one woman’s dream come true and the other is so happy! I just requested that she pay it forward… Thru that same post, I found a place to live where I will be house sitting for someone across the country for 6 mos. I have never met her but thru that Facebook post, someone connected me with her. When we spoke we found we had many spiritual connections. If we all just stop during our day and think about someone else, listen to what others needs are, we are able to make these kind of connections for people. Who can you help out today? Today is my birthday and I am out to help others today!

  540. Memorial Birthday « Gather Around The Table Says:

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  541. Purposeful Parent Says:

    Robyn, we are kindred spirits. I, too, had the idea to do 40 RAOK for my 40th birthday in 2010. I, though, unlike you did not think through and plan it all out etc. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful and creative ideas…. ideas that I hope to use for my next birthday! May God continue to use this to inspire others to show Love to Others!

  542. Dienna Says:

    Wow, what a magnanimous thing to do. I’m sure most of the people you encountered truly appreciated it.

    I need to do something like this more often.

  543. 30 Before 30 and Random Acts of Kindness « Polka Dot Sandy Says:

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  545. Jamie Says:

    This is so inspirational! I’m my 21 birthday is in October, I have no interest in alcohol or getting wasted. I just found the PERFECT Birthday idea! :)

  546. Kris Says:

    You are an inspiration, I wondered what to do that would be special for my 52nd birthday next week (wish I were only 38, would be simpler). Wish me energy! Even though you started this 2 years ago, the love continues on, thanks for the spark.

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  548. tamara Says:

    will be turning 30 in september. what a great idea to celebrate!

  549. Jessica S. Says:

    Just came across this post today. As I was reading all the acts of kindness I had tears in my eyes from all the nice things people had done. Just like everyone else, you have inspired me to do this on my birthday. To be honest, I’m going to do the on a regular basis.

  550. toyia Says:

    I do not know you personally but I think you ROCK! I wish I would have come across this article before my b-day(02/19) Since that was not the case, I have decided to do celebrate my be-lated 44th b-day by doing one RAOK for the next 44 days. Thanks for the inspiration and happy B-Day.

  551. Hanelle Says:

    I absolutely loved reading this! It always warms my heart to hear about people doing random acts of kindness. You have blessed many people. You are such an inspiration!

  552. Corrine Says:

    This is such a beautiful idea!!! It made me tear up, and I consider myself a pretty cynical person. As a frequenter of Starbucks, I believe I’ll start paying for people’s drinks :) I can’t wait for my 26th birthday now! I’ll re-read this to keep me inspired. Thank you!

  553. Annie Says:

    Omigosh! FUN!
    I am inspired and totally looking forward to my birthday!!!
    Good stuff! Thanks!

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  555. Tricia Says:

    Thank you for this wonderful idea! I am going to do it for my birthday on April 8th. You have inspired me.

  556. Misti Says:

    Great job on your quest. I recently prepaid $20 in fuel for an elderly woman counting change. She tried to refuse but when I suggested she use her money to do something with her family she grabbed my hand, and said “they will be here this weekend”. With such appreciation in her eyes.

  557. Casey Says:

    Words cannot express how much I needed to read this today. I was starting to have doubt in myself and the people around me. What a beautiful idea. You are an amazing woman and an extraordinary mom! I only hope to be that same kind of example to my daughter. God Bless!

  558. Fair Winds, Following Seas » 30 random acts of kindness Says:

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  559. Kiersten Says:

    I love this :) Convincing my boyfriend and his eager mother to help me do this for my upcoming 21st…oh and the additive to the gas is most likely to keep it from freezing ;)

  560. Kelly Says:

    This is a great idea and very very sweet! Even though the tollbooth guy didn’t seem appreciative of the coffee, you may have planted a seed it his mind. I wonder how expensive this whole day was…

  561. Robert Says:

    Robyn, awesome job. I did something similar on my 40th, but everything had to total 40, or be a multiple of 40. :-)

  562. 170 Acts of Service Says:

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  563. Keren Says:

    I will be 30 in June! I am going to do this RAOK on my four day weekend…you are an inspiration! Change the world one RAOK at a time! Blessings :)

  564. Aimee Says:

    Found this link on Pinterest today, and just wanted to say how inspiring this is! What a great way to spend a birthday! The world needs more people like you.

  565. Lynn Larson Says:

    I had goose bumps when I read this! Thank you for being who we should all strive to be. I shared this with my kids (19 & 21) they can’t wait to do it!

  566. Jessica Garringer Says:

    Hi there! I just wanted to thank you for inspiring me. I turned 30 on April 16 and because I you, I chose to do 30 Acts of Kindness. It warmed my heart how many people I could help and you have inspired me to do more. Here is a link to all the acts I did because of you!

  567. Stig Says:

    Very moved and touched by reading this, so extremely inspiring..! :) Thanks..!!

  568. Random Acts of Kindness « Inspire; to breathe Says:

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  569. Cheri Says:

    Robyn – you are an amazing woman and Mom! Thank you for inspiring so many to do so many good things to bless other’s lives. In a world with a lot of challenges you have given people hope and joy!

  570. Karen Says:

    I have an “un-birthday” every day this week! Sounds like perfect occasions for RAOK!!

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  572. Elise Cooper Says:

    Robyn- I love this idea! Tomorrow, for my 21st birthday I will be completing 21 random acts of kindness and the idea is all thanks to you!

  573. Susan Says:

    This really touched my heart. What an awesome thing you are teaching your children :) God bless you.

  574. be kind » this heartmade life Says:

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  575. Brittain Southwell Says:

    I just want to thank you so much for sharing! What a blessing you are to the world! I know what I am doing on my next birthday. On the other hand, why wait until my birthday? Tomorrow sounds good to me! Thank you once again! I can’t even begin to think how many life’s you have touched! WOW, Blessings!

  576. kayla Says:

    im so in love with this. my 26th birthday is coming up on june 16 and this will without a doubt be what i do. im so glad i found this right now… i wish i would have found it sooner so i would have had more time to prepare lol! thanks for being a blessing!

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  578. Leah Says:

    Got pretty teary eyed reading this…

    You are such a wonderful person. I am definitely doing this on my next birthday and meanwhile as many as I can each day until then!

    Thanks for the big smile.

  579. Donya Says:

    I love this. In Tucson Az we have a Place called Bens Bells and they encourage random acts of kindness and this is the best I have seen. This raises the bar to a new level altho any act no matter how small is so BIG for that person towhom is recieving it. Happy Birthday.

  580. teresa calisto Says:

    you are a true inspiration! will start to follow in your footsteps. all the best and most wonderful for you and your girls (from all the way across the Atlantic: Portugal! good vibes travel far :) thank you and god bless

  581. Katrina Says:

    I let the lady in front of me use my 30% discount at Kohls. She then turned around and told the cashier to give me her $30 in Kohls cash that her purchase had just earned. She explained that she did not live near a Kohls and would not have any need for it. Now…who ever said that no good deed goes unpunished?!? Thanks for posting this blog. It made my day!

  582. Genie Says:

    What a great idea! I do random acts of kindness as often as possible, but I just never thought about celebrating my birthday this way. I love it!

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  584. Jen Johnson Says:

    I love this so much I am using it as a part of my “best of” post on our blog.
    Thanks for your great example!!

  585. myra Says:

    This is my second time to read you blog and it still brings me tears. Thank you for the inspirations… my birthday is coming I’ll try to do the same. I feel like I’m getting more in spending and giving it to others who mostly in need or just sharing.

  586. stephanie Says:

    I love, love, love this and I am going to do this for my 52nd birthday! I am also going to do this with my kindergarteners! We will celebrate their birthdays with random acts in their honor…I KNOW they will love this idea!!

  587. Saundra M Says:

    I live on a very fixed income, so I have to find non monetary ways to be kind. I just wanted to say how proud of you I am. I don’t know you but pride sticks in my head as I read all these comments. Look at how many acts of kindness have happened because of yours. “Pay it forward” works even when you aren’t trying to do that. My birthday is in Aug and I will be 57. Already thinking of what I can do.

  588. Shir Says:

    Found this on Pinterest! i adore this!

    I do stuff like this for the homeless every christmas and thanksgiving but this has shined a new light on the word “kindness” for me! im doing this several times a year now! lol i hope this inspires everyone out there who comes across this ! the world needs more people like your family out there!

  589. Diana Says:

    I am so excited about this idea…On 12-12-12 I will celebrate my 60th birthday…a very special day but it is in the middle of the week and we recently moved to a new community a couple of hours from the rest of the family and most friends…though not far, too far for a week night celebration…this is a perfect solution…if I can get 12 friends & family to join me wherever they are in 12 acts of kindness…what a celebration! I am already starting to plan!

  590. Diana Says:

    I am so excited about this idea…On 12-12-12 I will celebrate my 60th birthday…a very special day but it is in the middle of the week and we recently moved to a new community a couple of hours from the rest of the family and most friends…though not far, too far for a week night celebration…this is a perfect solution…if I can get 12 friends & family to join me wherever they are in 12 acts of kindness…what a celebration! I am already starting to plan!

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  593. Rachel Says:

    We sure do need more people in this world like you. I do small things sometimes to try to help out people but my husband is always stopping to help people on the side of the road when they are having car trouble, he is a mechanic in the army, but your story has inspired me to be a little more like you and my husband.

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  595. Karleah Says:

    This was a beautiful thing you did for your birthday! Every year for mine, I pick one cause to support and ask for gifts and donations to go towards that. I am glad there are people in this world like you!

    Reminder to those reading this: A random act of kindness doesn’t only have to be done on your birthday or another special occasion. I drop my change all the time, switch pennies to heads-up, post inspirational notes on people’s cars, pay for people behind me in drive-thrus, etc. Just give a smile. Together, we can make the world a better place.

  596. Lori Says:

    really made my day to read this — you’ve inspired so many people — you’re wonderful!

  597. Sue Moore Says:

    Met a young lady who was begging for money. She was far from home, pregnant and trying to get money for a bus ticket home. It was well past lunch, and I asked her if she had eaten that day. She’d eaten an apple someone had given her. I told her to meet me at a restaurant across the street. I treated her to lunch (eating a salad I wasn’t hungry for so she wouldn’t feel awkward with me not eating) and chatted with her while she ate. I think the company meant as much to her as the food.

    My birthday is this week. I won’t be performing 51 RAOKs, but I will keep my eyes open for at least a few opportunities…maybe even a dozen.

  598. Jenny Says:

    What a lovely post and a lovely person you must be. If there were more people like you the world sure would be a much better and happier place.

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  600. CN Says:

    Made me cry and got inspired!!!! THANK YOU!!!

  601. Nicole Ricciardi Says:

    I ran across this on pinterest and my heart is pounding. For a long time, I’ve wanted to make a difference somehow and volunteer when I can. I now know that the difference is in the details. A whole lot of small joys has to add up to a meaningful contribution. Thanks for this.

  602. Susan Says:

    didn’t read this until today and my birthday is in May. Not waiting until May going to do a random act every day! thanks for the inspiration!

  603. rebecca gonzalez Says:

    Thank you for sharing your birthday idea of kindness. I wanted to lounge the day of my birthday. Your story and act of kindness is a better idea. On my weekend of my birthday, I will do this project. Hope to do this every year. I love this!

  604. Gina Bell Says:

    Robyn, thank you SO much for the inspiration. Just when I start to lose faith in society, I’m reminded of what we are all capable of.

    A friend and I were just reminiscing about the block parties our parents used to collaborate in when we were little. I miss that.

    Well, all I know for sure is it’s going to be a random-acts-of-kindness birthday for me this year. This is going to be so fun! I think this would be a great way for the family to “do” Christmas too… (I’m so inspired!)


  605. Amy Says:

    I have tears in my eyes!! I’m taking this not only for my next birthday, but you’ve inspired me with the perfect gift for my daughters 18th birthday. She never had a Sweet 16, doesn’t like to be the center of attention, refuses parties and gifts in her honor; she is planning on being a missionary and already travels to the Dominican Republic every year to build homes. Instead of hiring a limo to take her and her friends someplace fancy, I’m going to have it (or me) take them out to perform 18 random acts of kindness in honor of my daughter. She’ll love it!! Thank you! You’ve made the wold a better place!

  606. Shanpagne Says:

    Hi, Miss Robyn! I saw this blog post on Pinterest, where it is rapidly increasing in popularity, and felt like I just HAD to say something! You are so incredibly inspiring! I’m only 16 – but I plan to get a bunch of my friends together and do this when I turn 17, as well as make more of an effort towards my own RAOK! We are all so blessed to have people like you in the world! :)

  607. Ancys Says:

    Wow i love to read stories about caring ppl

  608. Rhea Says:

    God bless your heart. You have just inspired me of how should I celebrate my birthday too. It also reminds me that I should have still keep the positive outlook in life. Thank you so much. God bless you more and more.

  609. Ricci Says:

    You are AWESOME! There definitely need to be more people like you in the world, My 24th birthday is on July 21st, I’m totally doing this for my birthday!

  610. Tiffany Says:

    I love this! Before I had read this I had also done a RAOK. I was at walmart and the gentleman before me looked like he had worked a long hard day, his clothes were filthy and he looked tired. He was trying to buy a drink and a roasted chicken but when he swiped his card it wouldn’t go through, I knew he must not have the money in his account. So when he stepped away to call his bank and the cashier started ringing me up I told her to add the chicken to my purchase. After I paid I handed it to him and told him to have a blessed night. He was stunned, made my day :) . I will definitely have to do this on my birthday next year.

  611. Sussan Says:

    Awesome! God Bless You for teaching your girls to be kind…

  612. Pam Says:

    Absolutely beautiful! I love that this has touched so many people beyond those you originally blessed… The one about the look on the person’s face behind you in the grocery store seemed really vivid to me in these times with so many out of work. And what a wonderful way to lead your children in His heart for others.

  613. Patti Smith Says:

    Thanks for your website – I will be 60 in a couple of years – may have to do 60 RAK in 60 days, but I really want to do it! My life has been blessed with rain – so I will appreciate the sunshine, darkness so I appreciate the stars, storms so I see the silver lining, always loved, always blessed.

    I did one thing a while ago I remembered. I found a wallet at a ATM machine. It was empty except for a paycheck stub from a local carwash. I put $20 into the wallet and returned the wallet to the manager of the carwash to return it. It made me smile all day!

  614. Nikki Says:

    I’m so inspired! I try to do things here and there when presented, but I want to purposely do more daily year round. My 48th B-day is coming up and my husband & will be celebrating our 28th anniv. (all in the same month). I think it would be cool to give 48 kind acts on B-day and maybe 28 for couples during the month. I have several months to purposely plan and am excited about it!!

  615. Amber Says:

    I’m very inspired by this movement and your story. I’ll be 50 this year and have decided to do RAOK, too, with a twist. As fate would have it, 50 days before my birthday is September 11th. So, in honor of those who lost their lives on that day and for my birthday, I plan to begin on that day and perform (at least) one RAOK each day for 50 days. My hope is that after those 50 days, performing a RAOK will become second nature and not something that I have to stop and think about. I have just under 60 days to plan and am already getting pumped up about it! Thanks for the great ideas you’ve listed and thanks to those who have posted their ideas, as well.

  616. Cerissa Says:

    My birthday is four weeks away. You have inspired me to follow in your example to pay it forward. Thank you for sharing this. I admire you for being a simple woman doing extraordinary things in your everyday life in the world around you.

  617. Liam Says:

    Where are these people when you need them?

  618. Jeanette Says:

    Just read how you spent your 38th birthday, LOVED IT…. As I read through I gradually cried more and more, thanks for the reminder that there is still good hearted people in our cold hearted world. You really bring hope to the ones that need it, especially when it’s not expected. Thank you, what a breath of fresh air!! God Bless….

  619. Julie Says:

    I just read this blog and i am so looking forward to doing something like this for my next birthday. Its nice to know others are doing random acts of kindness.

  620. Annalise Says:

    I may only be fourteen, but I think is the most wonderful idea I ever heard! I wish I could do something like this for my next birthday, but I live in a really small town with only one resteraunt, so I can’t think of anything to do! Help?

  621. Deborah Says:

    I was just reading an article on Yahoo News about a man that decided to bless others on his 65th buy handing out money to random people. Your link was attached to that article and I feel blessed to have come across it :) . I have a 14 and 10 year old and I would love to get involved in these sort of random acts of kindness.

  622. Cindi Thomas Says:

    Hi, I just read this blog and had to post…My grandmother, mother, husband and I created handmade ” We appreciate you” cards and sent them to the troops 7 years ago. We made a little over 500 hand stamped and colored cards for my son’s unit in Afghanistan. My grandmother was 92 and I must say she got more out of this roak than anyone! I will always cherish those hours we spent together as a family!!

  623. Tim Says:

    Remember those candy machines you could stick a quarter in and get some gum? A co worker put quarters in the machine and said he was just going to make some childs day. ( 20 years ago mind you) We worked in a grocery store and the machines were right near the exit. It was very amazing watching the kids light up when they turned the handle!
    This was so inspiring. I cant wait until my next Birthday to celebrate. I will also be doing RAOK when the oportunity presents itself.

  624. Ada Says:

    WOW!!!! Inspirational!!! I’m working on my list for my 32nd BDay now in november.

  625. Jolene Says:

    Just read this. Thanks for doing what you did – and thanks for sharing! What a wonderful thing to do! I’ve done RAOKs in the past, but finances make it difficult right now for me to do things right now. It was really inspiring to hear what you (and others) have done. Reminds me of some ideas I’ve had in the past that I’ve never followed through on – and reminded me that it doesn’t always take a lot of $ to do!

    Something I read on Yahoo today was similar: A man who stood at the side of a highway on his birthday, giving away $ ($5 at a time) instead of ASKING for $.

  626. Amanda Says:

    My two boys are embarking on 52 weeks of kindness starting this week! You offer some great ideas.

  627. Chica Says:

    This is fantastic but I see she must have spent a lot of money that day. I could never afford the things she did but can certainly do some of the others.Very nice:)

  628. Kathy W Says:

    I recently took my two grandchildren to eat at IHOP. We paid for an elderly lady’s meal who was sitting by herself. She came to our table when her waitress told her who paid her bill to thank us. She was not sure if she knew me and I told her she did not. I told her I really wanted to share a meal with her even though we didn’t know each other. She was so thankful and glad to see the excitment on my grandchildrens eyes for this Random Act of Kindness.

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  630. Elayna Says:

    I have always loved doing ROAK but your idea of a birthday gift was great inspiration! My birthday is next month and I have already written the letter I am posting to friends and family to help me do 49 for my 49th! I feel very blessed!

  631. Bonnie Says:

    Wow – loved this! My girls always ask for donations to a local food shelter for their birthday presents from friends – - but this year we are stepping it up a notch. They’re each inviting a few friends over and we’re going to go to a nursing home to hand out candy and flowers (we’ll ask if there are residents who don’t receive much company). My girls are turning 10 and 11 – - so there will be 21 new friends they can make at the nursing home. We were going to invite friends over and treat them to manicures, lunch and a movie – - but both of my girls thought this was a WAY BETTER idea!! Thanks so much for sparking the idea (I just read about a man turning 65 who stood on a corner handing out $5 bills to strangers – - and there was a link to the Birthday Project on there – so glad there was! By the way, my one daughter asked what she should say if someone was grumpy and asked, “Why are you visiting me?” And then she thought a moment and said, I could say, “It’s my birthday and I thought I’d like to make some new friends today!” Love that!!

  632. Beverly Says:

    In one week on the 21st of July is my 41st birthday so starting today Sunday before I am beginning my week of my Birthday Project…my 41 random acts of kindness…Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this awesome idea…you have touched millions

  633. Victoria Says:

    I was so touched by what a recent man did for his 65th bday (featured on yahoo’s homepage)! That story lead me to this page Robyn. I figured.. why wait until my bday to start RAOK? I just did my first one a few minutes ago. I was nervous, my heart pounding. I really felt what you spoke about Robyn when telling your story on Martha Stewart radio. In the beginning we have to break down others (and our own) walls of allowing a total stranger to do something kind for us, and not feel like we owe them something in return. My act was small, and I know it’s the start of bigger more meaningful ROAK to come.

    Thank you Robyn for a fresh breath of Inspiration! <3

  634. Devon Says:

    ♥ People like you are what I live for. I’m so glad there is hope for peace and love in the world. When I’m down I do things for other people. I love seeing the smiles. I’m sure you did too! This is beautiful. ♥

  635. Melissa Says:

    What a wonderful post! Today has been a day filled with a lot of sad news for me… finding your post could not have occurred at a better moment. I’m so excited to start a list for my next birthday and to start doing a RAOK at least once a week. Thanks for the inspiration.

  636. Alexandra Says:

    Needed this. Thank you for the great idea!

  637. Samantha Says:

    This is the BEST thing I’ve seen on pinterest. I am feeling so inspired! I couldn’t help but tear up as I read! I added the link on my fb.

  638. Judy Says:

    Love is idea! I teach seniors and i am going to challenge all of them to do this for their 18 th birthdays!

  639. Jessica Says:

    I know you have a ton of other comments, but I wanted to share with you how you touched my heart. I’m so excited I found this on Pinterest! I may not do it on my birthday (it was in June), but you’ve inspired me to do something like this. I appreciate you sharing this and touching many others’ lives! I will share again with you when I complete my ROAK!

  640. Seth Julian Says:

    Thank you. (I want to write a long reply but the only words I can come up with is thank you.)

  641. Vanessa Says:

    You have inspired me. I cant stop the tears. Your acts were simple but you put smiles on alot of faces that day. Especially the nursing home residents and civil workers. You have planted a seed my friend. Thank you!!!!!

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  643. Christy Says:

    I just found your list on pinterest! I paid an extra $8 on a $2 cup of water ice at a fundraiser today for our local daycare. Happy Belated Birthday!!

  644. courtney Says:

    you are a wonderful person.

  645. courtney Says:

    you are a wonderful person.

  646. Tara Says:

    This is so amazingly inspirational, I will be 40 in a few weeks and I’m so fortunate to have such a blessed life, I am going to use my 40th birthday as an opportunity to do this…thank you!!

  647. Carol Says:

    You did all this in ONE day??? You ARE a rock star! I am definitely inspired to create an RAOK birthday of my own. Wow!

  648. Shannon Says:

    I am reading this at work and crying. This is amazing and I will be doing this on my birthday. I love the idea so much. Can you imagine what you have started.

  649. Michelle Says:

    This is absolutely wonderful! You are an blessing and I applaud you for your kindness! You’ve inspired me to do the same! February can’t come soon enough!

  650. Mom of A and a Says:

    Hi, I linked your post to my latest Friday post!

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  652. Jonathan Says:

    Great to hear that you received such positive responses! I actually did a few acts of kindness a while back, but unfortunately received some negative responses. For example, in 9th grade, my friend stole about $2 worth of candy at a store, so I went in and told them that I wanted to leave a few dollars for them. The cashier was pretty rude and called the manager, and they acted as though I was being a disturbance. Another time, in 8th grade, I felt especially grateful and left the mailman a note in our mailbox, but he didn’t take it…in fact, he just put the mail over the note and left. Hopefully, I can start getting some more positive responses because that’s just a great way to brighten not only someone else’s day, but also your own! This post was very inspiring :) God bless you!

  653. Heather Says:

    This is the most positive thing I have read in months. I LOVE THIS!

  654. Andrea Says:

    After I read #8 I got chills and watery eyes. Sometimes I feel like I don’t know how to help people or give of myself especially as a means to show the love of God because I am an introvert and on the shy side but I have definitly been blessed and inspired to do these things to bless others. Thank you for posting.

  655. Lisa Says:

    This is amazing!! :) Brought a tear to my eye! Tomorrow Sydney, Australia.. Next week the world!
    You are truly a fantastic Women.

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  657. Joelma Bond Says:

    I’m literally in tears right now. Tears of happiness, that people like you exist. Thank you for sharing. This is amazing!

  658. Melissa Says:

    You brought tears to my eyes. What a wonderful thing you did!

  659. Leann Keenom Says:

    wanna start this year in august, with the same tradition, my 46 random acts of kindness, and ask all my friends and family to do one in my honor, and let me know what they did. amazing people in this world. gna start planning today.

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  661. Lisa Says:

    This is so inspiring! Just imagine how much better the world would be if we all did this. I can’t wait to try it.

  662. Bernadine Wiley Says:

    Years ago I saw about it on Oprah so on my birthday I took a stuffed bear (that makes sounds like inside mommy’s tummy) to the hospital to be given to the first baby born on my birthday.

  663. Mariselle Gomez Says:

    Dear Robyn ,

    This is such a beautiful day for me to have read about your random acts of kindness, and how you inspired so many people in the world to follow you as well!
    i am sure going to do this every birthday of mine , and i will encourage my family and friends to do the same on their birthday’s too!

    God will bless you abundantly for all the love you’ve showered on these people who needed it the most!!

    love you so much!!!

  664. Sara T. Says:

    Inspiring. Nice to know there are amazing people like you still out there. Many blessings to you and your family.

  665. Linda @ Home is Where My Heart is Says:

    Robyn, I found you on Pinterest and I’m glad I did. I’m still crying from your post about your birthday. I hope you don’t mind if I copy you. My birthday is in a few days and I’m getting on my acts of kindess right now. Thanks for being my inspiration!! When I write about it on my blog, I hope you come read it. You’ll be in it with a link to your blog. Thanks again! ~Linda

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  667. Andrea Says:

    I just found your blog – I cried and laughed the entire time! What an amazing person you are… and what a great example for your children! My birthday was a week ago and I am so bummed that I didn’t do something like this. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your experience. My daughter is almost three, but in a year or two I plan on doing this so she can remember it and even contribute! What a great memory and lesson for a child… and adults! Thank you again!

  668. Paris Says:

    I am looking forward to doing this September 29, 2012. I will be 40 and I cannot think of a better way to spend my day. Thank you so much for the inspiration. You are a true blessing!

  669. Annelie Howell Says:

    Did you do all this in one day?

  670. Heather Says:

    You are an inspiration! As I am approaching 24 years old this August (I know it seems young to most of ou but….) I started to think next year I will be 25 and 1/4th or more of my life is gone…what have I done to make myself worth existing? What have i done for other or my Lord Jesus Christ? Then I read your story! Oh how I was inspired! I will be completing 24 RAOK in honor of my birthday!

  671. Lindsay @ LindsayInNYC Says:

    This is such an awesome idea! Some of those acts brought tears to my eyes. I really need to start doing something like this every so often :)

  672. Deborah Says:

    Wow!! Just saw a post on pinterest and linked to this – I must say I am inspired! I will be (cough cough ) 50 this fall and I see some fun coming my way! :) Does it still count if we have fun doing it?
    My latest raok… my daughter and I did pick up some hotdogs and gatorade and as we stopped at a red light, gave it to the homeless guy standing on the corner. :) )

  673. Charlotte Says:

    I turn 50 this year. I so want to do this. Would anyone like to add a few more RAOK to the list?

  674. Barb Says:

    My 50th birthday is two weeks from today, I’m going to be paying it forward! RAOK rock!

  675. Robin I Says:

    Wow- I had tears running down over my nose the whole time I read this. Thank you for the inspiration to make a difference in this world! As Mother Teresa said, We can do no great things, only small things with great love.

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  677. Beverly Says:

    Don’t know if you will read this or not, but you are an awesome person. Your random acts brought tears to my eyes and yes, you have inspired me. I’m glad to see that there are still some really cool people, like yourself, out there. Thank you for sharing.

  678. Sonja Says:

    Wow, I pinned this a long time ago and never read through it. So very glad I decided to do so this morning! I plan on doing this for my birthday in April. However, since I can’t possibly wait that long, I think I’ll go on and do it for my husband’s up and coming birthday since he never likes to celebrate it anyway. :) He likes to bless others just as much as I do, so this should be fun. Thank you for the thoughtful idea. Can’t wait to bless people. I had to wipe away a little tear every now and then reading through the ROAKs. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  680. Connie Says:

    The value of this exceptional idea is that RAOK are not limited to birthdays! We can aim for monthly! or weekly! or DAILY!!!

  681. Kaylee Says:

    Very inspiring! It made me very happy to see all of your kindness. Can’t wait to try it.

  682. Not Just Another Milla Says:

    Happy belated birthday! I’m here in London, England reading about your kindness and feeling even more positive about human spirit. Thank you for sharing!

  683. Sandi Keene Says:

    What a wonderful thing(s) you did! Very inspiring! Amazing.

  684. Toni Says:

    This reminded me of the great project we have in Tucson, Ben’s Bells. It is all about RAOK.
    I enjoyed your story!

  685. Amanda Says:

    How inspiring!!!! My 38th birthday is a week away and I have
    Started my list for the RAOK I will do :)

  686. Jackie Says:

    RAsOK are such a great idea….but the Random part needs to be stressed more. Don’t pick a day to do one or two. Do them as kindness dictates it, something as simple as giving up your place in line at the grocery store to the stressed out mom with the fussy baby or maybe to the older woman with a pickle face just to see if she can smile.

  687. dominica Says:

    this was soo inspirting that i do started doing this. after eating in downtown chicago at a nice restaurant a very hungry homeless man looked at me when i walked out. i gave him my leftovers. no one should go to bed hungry. you inspired me to do this also. how long did it take you to do all 38 things??

  688. Becky Says:

    I did something similiar on my 31st birthday in October of 2011 and wrote about it on my blog and someone actually left a really hateful comment to me about it. I didn’t accept the comment because it was really hateful. Basically they said that since I’d planned it, then it wasn’t “random” and i was bragging about myself by posting the blog about it which defeated the purpose of doing something nice. Ugh. Anyway… you can read my blog post here:

  689. Monique Says:

    I’m practically in tears. This is so touching. I can’t wait to do something like this for my birthday!!!

  690. Marti English Says:

    Man, I bet that was the best Birthday ever!!! I would love to do that!! Thank you for sharing & blessing me with all the stories & Pics of the wonderful acts of kindness!!!!

  691. Maria Says:

    Hi! I just found your blog through pinterest. Your post made me cry! you have inspired me to do this in my next bday and also for my kid’s. Thank you!

  692. Holly Says:

    Tears!!!!!! I cannot begin to tell you how inspired I have become to carry on this wonderful deed on my 55th birthday in January!!! The angelic deeds you have revealed will be repeated by others in tenfold I am certain!! You are a true angel! The world has just become a better place to live!

  693. heather Says:

    I just came across this, and had never seen your blog before. You are an inspiring and wonderful woman, a true angel here on earth. Thank you for reminding us in an era that is so easy to be jaded in that something as simple and kind as a warm cup of coffee or a held door means something still. Thank you for being wonderful and amazing and for making my heart warm. My last day of work is August 31st and I didn’t know what I was going to do with myself (my position is being phased out). My birthday is also in two months (29).

    I think I’ll spend my time that I’m not searching for jobs, etc. doing random acts of kindness. I think I know how I’m spending my birthday this year. :)

    I don’t know you, but I just want to tell you that you’ve list a fire of love in my own heart.

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  695. Cindy Says:

    Just had this conversation with my husbands uncle. Told him this is something I have taught my girls to do. He fell a couple of days ago, he is 82, he has 5 children none of which live close, so I told him I would stay with him until he could walk again. He wants to pay me and I won’t let him. He ask why. I said because it is the right thing to do.

  696. Carrie Strickland Says:

    I just wanted to say that I was very touched as I read this! The world needs more people like you who are willing to help others. This is so awesome. Thank you so much for sharing! I know that it must have been a very touching experience for you, and it makes me smile to know that there are people with such good hearts out there. You are an inspiration. God bless you and your family!

  697. Betty Says:

    This song makes me think of what you did! I’m inspired!

  698. Nicky Hoover Says:

    This is so cool! I love this SO much!! I am going to do this on my birthday (maybe not as many, but ya) My sister is too because her birthday is really close! This is so inspring :D :D

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  700. Kelly Says:

    Just when you think our world is falling apart…
    We find that most of us have very kind hearts and giving
    Acts 20:35
    New International Version (NIV)
    35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”

  701. Blake @ Blake Bakes Says:

    Found this on pinterest. For my mom’s 50th, I’m organizing our friends and family, asking everyone to do at least one RAOK and then send me a picture or note about what they did. It will all go into a scrapbook given to my mom on her bday, telling her that for her birthday we all tried to make the world a kinder, happier place. :)

  702. Melinda Lugo Says:

    This is great! I love to do this during the holidays and every now and then throughout the year. But what was extra special about your way was involving the kids! I’m going to make sure me and my 2 boys do this on the norm at least twice a month TOGETHER!. Thanks for the share and I hope you had a wonderful 38th!! :)

  703. Mary Smith Says:

    Today I was feeling down, but after reading your blog so was inspired by your RAOK. It reminded me of something I did in the past. I went to a farmer market and used the restroom with my mother. There was an especially great bathroom attendant who was so nice and cared so much about the conditon of her restroom (even thought she prabably made peanuts). On my way out I couldn’t help but notice how people would drop in a coin or two in her tip basket. Her face lit up when I dropped in a 10 bill. It made my day!
    God Bless..let’s keep it going:)

  704. Jenn McClure Says:

    So, I just found this post via Pintrest and thought it was one of the coolest things ever! I had to share it on my blogs facebook page. I think I might do something like this for my next birthday!

    You’re awesome!!

    <3 Jenn

  705. laura Says:

    you are a totally awesome person.

  706. Patti Says:

    Thank you so much for the inspiration, Julie. My sis and I both will be celebrating our 44th and 52nd birthday over the next couple of weeks…we are doing this together and can not wait!!!

  707. Ron Says:

    I love this idea. I think I’ll do a few of these for almost totally selfish reasons. i.e. Doing something nice for someone without expecting anything in return always makes me feel good. Although I gotta tell you that I wouldn’t do the “feeding parking meters” thing. Apparently you don’t know and I don’t understand why but doing that is ILLEGAL!!!

  708. Carlton Thompson Says:

    That was really awesome! It’s nice to do stuff like that.. it’s also funny that at times.. I may do a RAOK and not even noticed that I did! Thanks for sharing and have a great day! :)

  709. Nirmala Says:

    What a thought.I loved it.I love you for being such a kind person.I have seen people doing one or two deeds.Actually thinking up so many ways of kindness shows how beautiful you are.
    Hats off to you.I will surely try to follow this unique way.God bless you …..

  710. Mary Beth Says:

    I am a server at a restaurant that does not offer free dessert on customer’s birthdays. So, whenever I am asked by a customer if we have birthday specials, I just say “yes” and secretly purchase them a birthday dessert myself.

  711. Jen Says:

    Thank you so much for spreading kindness! I am 100% inspired and will be doing this for my 37th birthday!

  712. Jo-Ann Says:

    Love this, so inspiring!

  713. Kirsten Says:

    I’m not one for leaving posts or comments, but I felt as though I had to tell you how deeply this touched me. I’ve always wanted to live my life like this; so selfless and generous. However, before reading this blog, I felt like I couldn’t really make a difference in someone else’s life as I’m only really starting to make a difference in my own now at age 21. I’ve always planned on travelling to less developed countries and helping out people there, but now thanks to you, I feel confident that I can make a difference in doing random acts of kindness here in my hometown. You’re a role model not only to your children & to the people around you, but to everyone who has been fortunate enough to read or hear of this blog. Thank you.

  714. Patty Says:

    Robyn, I don’t know you. I just got this forwarded on Facebook. You are so inspiring I will do this and get my friends help as I am waaaaaaay over 38. Thank you for the superfantastic idea.

  715. Toni Says:

    I love this idea. I am going to give it a try for my birthday. This was a great idea. God Bless You.

  716. Janice Says:

    You have inspired me so much that I have decided to do this for my 50th birthday this year. God Bless you we need more people like you.

  717. Susanne Says:

    This does sound like the best birthday ever! Thanks you for be so inspiring – have to hop over to you other side now.

  718. Sadie Says:

    Thank you for the inspiration. Just imagine how many ROK’s will be performed as a result of your idea! My 38th birthday is next year, and I will be “copying” this idea!

  719. Helen Says:

    You are such an inspiration. i almost cried while reading your blog. Your kids are just as amazing (:
    I’m always trying to find new ways of helping someone but this was beyong amazing.. will have to do this for my 20th birthday. (: Take care. and God Bless You and your family

  720. The Water Bearer Says:

    Thank you so much for the inspiration Robyn. I read this and got heaps of ideas, This weekend it was my birthday (35) so I spent the day with my Husband and two girls and we did 35+ RAOK too. It was the best Birthday ever, opening presents has got nothing on this feeling. Thank you so much for sharing your Acts so we could all be inspired. I was not at all prepared for all the tears and hugs! What a blessing. God is so good!

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  722. Susan Says:

    I started doing one random act of kindness on my birthday years ago, but have not followed through every single year. The year I started this, I weeded my neighbors backyard. It was July and about 95 degrees, but I did not care because I was doing something nice for my great neighbors. I don’t know if I could come up with 48 RAOK next year, but it is worth a shot. Thanks.

  723. Ann Says:

    Wow just found this on Pinterest. I wanna do this. Thanks for sharing for all to see. Blessing to you and your family.

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  725. Rebecca Says:

    Wow… this is really, really inspiring. Was having a pretty bad day until I read this and it made me see things completely differently. I’m gearing up for a similar plan on my next birthday! God bless.

  726. melissa Says:

    This is truely amazing in every single way! I turn 21 this september 5th and want to do something like this! Everyone expects people to go out and party hard when they turn 21, i don’t drink at all. So for my 21st birthday i want to forget about myself and do some kind acts like you did! thank you for being such a great example!

  727. Chalimar Says:

    Robyn, I was so touched to hear of the great, kind, selfless things you did on YOUR birthday. Surely your kids received a great lesson. I hope everyone reads this. You’ve inspired me. I wish nothing but the best for you and may God Bless!

  728. Jessica Says:

    Thank you Stumbleupon for bringing me here. This is super inspirational. I have done some of these before but a whole day dedicated to it sounds amazing. Just shared this with my facebook friends

  729. Jessica Says:

    Thank you Stumbleupon for bringing me here. This is super inspirational. I have done some of these before but a whole day dedicated to it sounds amazing. Just shared this with my facebook friends

  730. Rachel Says:

    What a great idea! Thank you for putting good in the world.

  731. Carol Says:

    Truly inspiring! Brought a smile to my face and has renewed by interest in wanted to do pet therapy at our local hospital. Thank you! :)

  732. Brooke Comeau Says:

    Happy birthday! You don’t know me but I was so touched by your idea that I donated my new beach cruiser bike to a lady in need who recently lost her car and financially was struggling to find a way to get around for work and school! My husband Patrick who works for Amtrak ticket by train to Colorado and surprised her… my only request to her was to pay it forward when she was done and back on her feet.

  733. Angela Says:

    Loved the blog…Wow, How Awesome! You have just inspired me
    My Birthday is coming up soon and I so want to do this..

    Can you imagine a chain reaction from 1 Amazing Lady

    God Bless..

  734. Denise Says:

    I really love this idea and often My husband and I try to help anyone at any given time. So when our 30th wedding anniversary was coming up this past August, we picked a needed family in our nieghborhood to help out. (we felt we didnt need any material items)It’s been a terribly hot summer and this family doesn’t have air conditioning, so we purchased a window unit air conditioner and help put it in for them.

    It was the best gift we could have gotten each other for our special day, and it won’t stop there.

  735. pam Says:

    I do the tollbooth all the time. I live in a small town so I cant do that act all the time. These are great ideas! Love it…im sharing on facebook and pinterest! Your a great person!

  736. Desiree Durso Says:

    I am no doubt inspired by this. I laughed. I cried. What a wonderful idea and not only fulfilling for you, but inspiring to those around you… and what a superb teacher you are to your children- teaching by example! I am NO DOUBT doing this for my upcoming Birthday- if you can do 38 in one day I can def do 34!!!

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  738. Kay Hilde Says:

    Yay!! I’m so happy my path crossed your story! Beautiful birthday celebration, truly inspiring! Bless you and yours, Robyn

  739. Jessica P. Says:

    Dude this is the coolest ever! Love your idea!! Also looking at your pics I thought, wow that Gricery Store looks like the Niceville Winn Dixie. Must be a coincidence. Then I saw Sacred Heart hospital and was like NO WAY!!! I lived in Niceville for three years til we moved to NM :) cool idea and funny to see my old stomping ground randomly!!!

  740. Melissa Says:

    Just read this Robyn and i think it’s an amazing idea. I am sure the people affected were most grateful. I think that i will do this for my next birthday, but also feel a need to do at least one or two today. Thanks for sharing your wonderful birthday!!!

  741. Shannon Says:

    Today I walked up to someone sitting by themselves at breakfast. We had known each other from high school but never ran with the same crowd. I sat down and talked to him while we ate. :)

  742. Christine Says:

    I find my birthdays are a little harder for me to swallow each year. I’ll be 38 this year and have an 11 year old step-daughter. I love the idea of doing this for myself but also involving her to teach her about kindness… Thanks so much for your inspiration.

  743. Megann Says:

    Wow, just wow!!!

  744. Sherrie Wright Says:

    For over 30 years now, since my oldest was just a few years old, we would go into our local Payless store at the mall before Christmas. They used to have a Santa’s Corner for people to donate all manner of things during the holidays, and my girls would get there money together for their shopping. Only it wasn’t shopping for each other, or family members, but their donations to Santa’s Corner.

    They would pick up crayons, colors, markers, pencils, chapter books, dolls, Hot Wheels, cards; you name it, they revelled in the feeling that they were helping some other children who weren’t as fortunate to have a happier holiday. As they got older, the Air Base where my husband worked asked all of the employees to take at least one (Boy/Girl) gift tag and return that gift for them to give out as well. We were not wealthy, as a matter of fact, we struggled most of the time ourselves, but we knew we were much better off than so many, so usually took up to 5 names for gifts.

    Our local WalMart has been having Giving Trees for years, and we always pick 3 or 4 names each and purchase those gifts as well. They also have gift packs of food with all the items listed, and as you purchase your groceries, you can also add one of these gift packs for donation.

    Many times I have paid for the person in front of me in the checkout line, or bought the food for a car behind me in the drive through. It’s usually only a few dollars here and there, and it’s amazing what a difference it can make to someone.

    Congratulations to you and your family on the terrific way you found to spend your birthday!

  745. Julia Says:

    Such a great idea! I participated in the Miss Foundations Random Act of Kindness Day this year and it feels good- would love to spend the entire day doing only that!

  746. maria Says:

    esto es realmente hermoso que acto de altruismo tan grande, si todos fueramos asi nuestro mundo seria mejor =)

  747. Doreen Says:

    my Birthday is in 2 weeks and I am not looking forward to being 43. This idea will help me get through it. Thanks

  748. Jen Says:

    This was the most beautiful post I have read in a long long time. Love it!

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  750. Lisa Steffen Says:

    This was just the I inspiration I needed! Thank you for being YOU;) Hope every RAOK gets repaid to you & yours times a hundred!! XXOO~L

  751. Debi Says:

    Twice a year while I am shopping I watch for young people buying household items, like cleaning supplies or bath and kitchen items. Even work clothes. I get in the line behind them and just watch how they sort out what they think they can afford. Sometimes I see them set things aside to see if they have enough money at the end of their transaction. Just before the cashier gives them their total I whisper to her to just give them their receipt and tell them it’s been taken care of. And, some day they can help someone else! I wish I could afford to do it more often but I live on SS income and save anything extra just to see the look on their faces. I think it makes me happier than anything else! I’ve spent up to three hundred dollars and enjoyed every minute of it…….

  752. Tammy Outler Says:

    You have inspired me also…My Birthday is in November…I love my Birthday so this year I too will be asking friends to do random acts of kindness. I call November the Birthday extravanganza what better way to celebrate than give to others. I have some Great ideas already….:)

  753. Jackie Anglin Says:

    I was directed to your blog by an old friend from high school who is a Facebook friend. I love how you spent your birthday and everything you did. I think I would like to try to start this as a tradition with my family. It is such a great opportunity for teaching and learning. Thank you for sharing!

  754. April Parmley Says:

    This is EXACTLY the inspiration I have been looking for! Seems like I’m always getting overwhelmed thinking I have to do something big… but now I realize that the idea is just to do something… anything! Blessings come in all sizes! Soooo starting this new tradition for all birthdays in our family!

  755. Karen Mlincek Says:

    Thank you so much for posting… There is a special feeling from knowing there are so many caring people out there ! Tomorrow is my BD and I will be doing some RAOK’s. THANKS and God’s Blessings to you!

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  757. Ted dalton Says:

    Just laying on sofa with damaged back !!!!:(
    But cheered up reading about your acts of kindness ,:)

    So ive decided to start it off here in the ( uk ) for my b day in November 2012 41 yrs
    Watch this space :)

    Cheers Robyn have a good one

  758. TammySA Says:

    Hi Robyn. I am turning 21 in December and have been at a loss at what to do. Would just like to say thank you for the wonderful inspiration. I did’t want to burden my family with a big celebration or going away somewhere. So I decided to have a quite dinner with my family on the day. Then when my dearest friends come back home for holidays I’ll go out for a bit with them. Its not everyday you turn 21, I get that. My 18th was the big one though. I love my family dearly and they do so much for me. After reading your blog you gave me a wonderful idea. Being able to do 21 special things for my family and people in my small town will be wonderful. Thank you for the wonderful idea and inspiration. Hope you have a fantastic week and wishing you many happy years ahead. Kind Regards Tammy x

  759. Misty Says:

    just reading this made me happy

  760. Kayren Says:

    I will be 47 this year, and I am totally going to do this. Actually, I’m going to do this every birthday because I’m thankful to be alive…I just finished up with treatment for breast cancer!

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  762. clare Says:

    this is so beautiful and inspiring. i cried like a baby reading yours and everyone’s raoks

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  764. Faizan Laghari Says:

    Thank you Robyn for showing people a better way of celebrating their birthday. You have inspired yet another person this time, from Pakistan, who celebrated his 22nd birthday by doing 22 random acts of kindness.

    Here’s the small video he shot of his acts to inspire others. His name is Syed Muzamil Hasan, and I don’t know him, but he got inspired by you, and now has inspired me to do the same at my birthday.

    The video:

  765. Audrey Says:

    I will take your inspirations and use them next year for my birthday. I’m excited to start planning what I will be doing. I will also ask my daughters and each one of their kids to do something on that day too. Thank you for making our world a nicer place to live. Audrey

  766. Bev Says:

    I’ve been inspired to do this myself this year (44 years and counting). Thank you for helping open my eyes to the idea of celebrating my birthday with my own 4 children by sharing love and kindness with others. what an incredible lesson for ALL of us to take part in. I hope when we do this ourselves, it will also inspire others to do the same. THANKS FOR SHARING THIS !!!!!

  767. Trisha Says:

    You are amazing! God bless you and your family. You are teaching your children valuable lessons. I hope to hear more of your inspiring adventures!

  768. Robin Says:


    What a beautiful idea…..I am definitely doing this for my 40th birthday next year. Many blessings to you and your family ;)

  769. Jackie Says:

    Hi, I just wanted to let you know that you inspired me and I spent my birthday doing 40 acts of kindness. I had a wonderful day. Thank you for the idea.

  770. Tiera Says:

    This is very inspirational! It is people like you that give people hope when they are at their lowest point. Just knowing that someone cares is just enough to keep the spirit of kindness in the air for others to follow. I look forward to doing something like this for my birthday! Thank You!

  771. Garry Says:

    Awesome story, inspirational… Thank you for sharing and leading the way…!

  772. Liz Says:

    What an Amazing story! I try to teach my kids to do similar things if the opportunity arrises! If only everyone in the world would try it! God Bless you! Keep it up!

  773. Mariel Says:

    I have done acts of kindness in the past but never thought of doing those for my birthday. Another idea is to send flowers to your Mom and write a lovely note for having you and put up with you for so many years. I would try to come up with act of kindness that don’t require to spend that much $ but are sincere and come from the heart. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  775. chasa Says:

    This is awesome! I would love to do this. I always want to do things like this!

  776. Ally Says:

    This is so fantastic! I won’t be turning 24 until next Spring but you’ve inspired me! God Bless! :D

  777. Wolfgang Says:

    Hi! I’m from France, and my birthday is only in a month, but you inspired me so much that I’m going out of my appartement right now to spread kindness to unknown people! I just wrote notes to put in random books in my local library, notes of kindness, gentleness, of faith in the good side of people (with a little gift attached to them ^^)! Thank you so much! I hope those will inspire as much as your acts inspired me! And for my 29th birthday I plan to do this with all my friends! Thank you again! One last thing I noticed mostly girls’ names in these comments, just wanted to let you know that boys can be kind too! :) I love you all, beautiful people!

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  779. Torri Says:

    Im 13. And am making a list of random acts of kindness to do for my 14th birthday!!!!!! I have a few months to plan, my bdays in April!!!! My friends and I are doing this!!! Thanks!

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  781. Melissa M Says:

    Love, love, love what you’ve done and how you’re expanding love in the world. You’ve totally inspired me to leave a bunch of quarters at work for our vending machine, as well as treat my coworkers to some very cool tea.

  782. Lalah Says:

    You are an inspiration to us all! What a great example you are setting for your children. Here’s to you!!

  783. Lalah Says:

    You are an inspiration to us all! What a great example you are setting for your children. Here’s to you!!

  784. Jennelle L. Says:

    Hey, I just noticed from your pictures that you live in my same town! NEAT! I recognize all those ‘spots’ where you did your ROAK’s. If I ever see you, don’t be weirded out if I say “hello!” and “We need more people like you in our world!” lol.

  785. Elle Says:

    It’s pretty amazing (and a touch sad) that kindness is so shocking and rare. I wish people were kinder to each other every day and realized that those around you (aside from the obviously wealthy people) could really use some kindness and/or some help. I plan on doing something similar for my birthday this year. It’s a bittersweet age… I may as well bring others happiness while I’m dealing with turning a year older.

  786. Courtney Says:

    This was amazing…it is awesome to know that there are people who still care about other people! Keep up the good work and I hope we all spread the kindness!!

  787. Lindsay Stewart Says:

    This is so awesome! I am going to feature this on my blog post “Flash Friday” today! Thank you for sharing!

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  789. Toni Renee Garner Says:

    This is so funny. I just returned from our local hospital emergency room. I dropped off a “thank you” basket full of snacks for the emergency room doctors and staff. Unfortunately, my daughter and I had the dubious distinction of having to go to the emergency room 3 times in two weeks – twice for my daughter’s medical condition and I was subsequently admitted for pneumonia. The staff was shocked and truly touched. I just sat at the computer upon my return and found this e-mail about you from my good friend. My birthday is Monday and I suppose that is why she sent it. What a wonderful project! I am already on board! Bless you and I hope the happiness you give to others will return to you. Thanks for being a wonderful person and inspiration!

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  791. Jane Says:

    Fabulous! I’ll be 50 on February 11th – I don’t need anything more than a great day like this. Can’t wait!

  792. Michael Says:

    As a Christian I think your ideas are tremendous and creative. I will use them as soon as possible.
    The only thing I will change is the notion that they are random acts. God’s plan is too grand for us to understand. Nothing is truly random about it. Thank you for your great kindness suggestions.

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  794. Janice Says:

    Awesome awesome! I am inspired! Thanks

  795. Brooke Says:

    Some of these are really good! As for the toll booth worker, I understand why he might not have seemed so appreciative. If some random stranger handed me food or drink, the first thing I would think is: “What did they do to it?” I wouldn’t eat or drink it for fear of something being done to it.

    You are a really sweet person, and if there were more people like you, this world would be a much better place! Keep it up! :)

  796. JoAnna Says:

    I was so inspired by this, that for my 40th birthday, (back in January–I lost your blog until now), my family and I completed 40 acts of kindness.. Thank you for inspiring me to have the most fun I have ever had for my birthday!

  797. Kym Says:

    Incredible idea! Thanks for the inspiration – 47 Random Acts of Kindness this coming November…can’t wait!

  798. Ann Says:

    I loved the ROAK / Birthday celebration
    My husband has to get a Octreotide shot ever 28 days. He takes Donuts for all the patients as his act of kindness. I think I will find a way to do something like you have done. Even if once a day/week. Like Amber post for the 50 days. Thanks for the insperation. With the holidays coming :)

  799. Jessica Says:

    I love this idea! I’m turning 16 this year and am going to do this!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  800. Cindy Says:

    I am doing this. It will take me a long time since I am 65 but what a great thing to do everyday.

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  802. amber Says:

    That was awesome. are you from Pensacola? My bday is in November, I am going to do this! thanks for all the ideas and inspiration.

  803. Colleen Says:

    You are an amazing young lady! What a great idea – I just love it and am going to start doing this throughout the year. We need more people like you in the world. Thanks for sharing…when I do kind deeds I think they make me feel just as good as the person you are doing them for :-)

  804. Jenny Says:

    This is incredibly awesome!! Love it and I am going to have to use some of your ideas! I was helped today by a couple in my local grocery store’s parking lot. It was chilly, I had a cart full of groceries and a very tired and cranky toddler. I came out of the store to find my car’s back tire flat. This man and woman, who had never met me before, were so kind to help me with changing the tire. I wanted to buy them coffee or lunch, or just anything, but they would not accept it. Therefore, I will honor their kindness by paying it forward!! Thank you for being who you are and doing something as wonderful as this and inspiring others to do the same!

  805. Amy Says:

    I saw this on Pinterest and I’m SO going to do this! My 41st birthday is this summer (40 wasn’t so eventful) and I think this would be a great thing!

  806. Cybill Says:

    This is an amazing idea! It inspires me to do something similar. Is there any way to tweet this?

  807. Jennifer Says:

    Reminds me of my dear departed aunt who taught me about paying for the toll for the car behind me at the Golden Gate Bridge. She also regularly paid for strangers’ Starbucks coffee. It had become a running joke between her and a guy at the local Starbucks. After my aunt died he told her son(my cousin) all about it. My cousin had never met this guy. Just reminds me of how we should treat each other in a world that most of us are so disconnected from each other. Fighting about religion or politics when really it’s just about being kind to each other.

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  809. Myla Says:

    I love this idea. However on my birthday, I will be 58 years old. That’s a few too many to do in one day, so my goal is to make it a birthday week. I think I can manage 10 a day!!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  810. anna Says:

    Why can’t we just do little acts of kindness everyday? I mean at least once a day we all should be lending a hand to others and helping them out. But it’s a good thing that for your birthday that you wanted to to acts of kindness.

  811. Micki Says:

    This is truly a challenge since I will be “moving the front number” from a 6 to a 7 in one month! With some inspiration from all of you I hope to do 70 RAOKs between now and then. I’m not sure how I’m going to share this when it’s done, but I hope my children and grandchildren will be inspired to do the same in the years ahead.God be with all of you in your endeavors.

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  813. Pat Says:

    What a Blessing you are!
    Thank you!

  814. Lori Says:

    Someone paid for my niece and my breakfast at DD one morning not too long ago…so we forwarded it on to the car behind us. It made me feel so good that I bought breakfast for a gentleman dining alone last week at Friendlys. I will keep it going as I can…TFS…

  815. Sean Says:

    I’m inspired by your story! I just happen to be turning 38 this December and I plan to do the same thing for my birthday. How fun!! God bless.

  816. Kitty Says:

    Love this! Was just thinking this morning how to celebrate my 60th. Wow, I better get started now to make it by February!

  817. Kitty Says:

    Love this! Was just thinking this morning how to celebrate my 60th. Wow, I better get started now to make it by February!

  818. vasanti Says:


    What you did on your birthday moved me to tears. The goodness & selflessness of your actions have inspired me to help others as well.

  819. tRedAlexbohl Says:

    you could have an awesome blog here! would you wish to make some invite posts on my weblog?

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  821. Kelly Says:

    What you’re doing is changing people’s lives. What a gift, and an inspiration you are. I want to do this now…! Thank you for being such a kind person, and making our world a better place.

  822. Diplan Says:

    This is so incredibly beautiful. Your riches in heaven are off the charts! God bless you and every single person you have touched through these acts of kindness.

  823. Eva Says:

    Today I got the video in Karmatube and told my 18 year old son we are doing the same.
    I loved your story, especially that you shared it with your family. It must have been…! (no words to describe it)
    Yhank you for sharing your story

  824. Lisa Says:

    I just read how you spent your 38th Birthday and you’ve inspired me. I’ve always wanted to but I’m on the shy side and don’t have a lot of $$ myself. It is my 38th as well this year and I vow to do 38 RAOK. You are a huge blessing to this world.
    God Bless you and your family…

  825. Cyndee Says:

    Thank you for starting my Sunday off so well. I thought I would take a little peek at Pinterest and ran across a link to your post regarding Random Acts of Kindness. My daughter turns 11 next month. We have struggled with what we would do for her birthday. I am absolutely certain we will be starting a new tradition at our house to celebrate our birthdays. I am very optimistic, it may well be one of the best birthdays ever. Thank you so much for your inspiration. You are a very generous and kind person.

  826. Crystal Says:

    My mom just shared this with me. Random Acts of Kindness are great. I am going to do these more often, and not just for special occasions. Today I put a letter in the mailbox for the postman to get tomorrow with a thank you and a Happy Halloween.

  827. Katrina Says:

    My 9 year old son has started a 55 days to Christmas wanting to do 55 kind things for others… Thanks we are stealing some of your ideas ;) x inspiration. God bless x

  828. Nikol Says:

    What an amazing way to celebrate your birthday! Thank you for being a positive voice in this crazy world. You go, Robyn!

  829. Emily Says:

    Every time I need to take the train I always give my fair card to someone wanting to get on at my stop because they’re good for an hour and half. I always hope that they might do the same too.

  830. Jennie Says:

    HOLY AMAZE-BALLS this is amazing!!! I mean I got welled up tears in my eyes on some of these. What a generous and caring heart you have, and what a FANTASTIC way to spend a birthday. Thanks for sharing this. hugs, jen

  831. Ruth Says:

    I’m amazed that you did so much. How many hours are in your day? You deserve more than 24.

  832. Barb Brock Says:

    I just sent your blog to ALL my 230 students at Eastern Washington University. What a GREAT idea and inspiration. I have been teaching about kindness for the past 20 years in a lecture called “Fourteen Days of Kindness” :) THANKS so much, BARB

  833. Laura Says:

    I want to thank you for stepping outside the box & sharing the kindness in your heart. I myself have anytime I use a tollroad also pay for the individual behind me and have also left notes of thanks to mailman. It is such an easy way to place a smile on someones face & hopefully get them to share the kindness as well. Thank you for your inspiration and keep up the kindness. My hope is that one day there will be much more kindness in the world.

  834. Lance Says:

    This is inspiring to see others doing the same thing. I have been committing random acts of kindness for quite some time. I sometimes get my kids involved. We will be at a restaurant and have my kids pick a table that we then pay for their meal. When I ask the waiter for their ticket I tell them to not tell the other table what is happening. Its nice to see their reaction. Keep up the good work.

  835. Bella Says:

    I try to do this for one person everyday, but my next birthday it will be 44 times! Thanks for the inspiration! It warms my heart to know there are others out there trying to make other people happy not just themselves. At the same time make ourselves feel better. Is that selfish??? May God bless you and your family everyday!:) smile ur feelin it

  836. Melanie and Lexi Whelan Says:

    My daughter and I loved this idea! We`re going to create our own version! Thanks for sharing!!

  837. Fran Booth Says:

    Just cruising through pinterest when I saw what you did for your 38th birthday. Continuing to read along, tears came to my eyes and I found myself thanking the Lord that there are still good people out there. As I read on, my eyes filled to the rim again as I realized there are still many, many of our blessed Lords people still here. You inspired me to get off my duff and not just do acts of kindness on A given day, but every day. You never know when you may be entertaining an angel, you know!Plus its a feeling like no other when you show a little kindness to others. It could be just what that ONE person needed to save them that day. Thank you for caring enough to share YOUR birthday with others and giving gifts from the heart to total strangers. May the Lord bless you and you family.

  838. Elsie Says:

    I’m Elsie from the Philippines, and I don’t know why I stumble by this blog but I think God just laid a hand for me to be directed here. I would like to thank you for being an additional inspiration to many people and that includes me. Since my birthday, just finished last September I will do a little innovation for what you have started. The year isn’t over yet so I will be paying it forward and that Is for Christmas Day. A lot has happened to me, twist and turns for the last year and this year as well. To be honest, reading this blog is like a breath of fresh air from everything… Well to start of.. I went down from my apartment and saw this homeless old lady walking down the street, since I was on my way to the nearest store to purchase something to munch, I invited her with me and let her choose the food she wanted to eat… Thanks again for this one Robyn. Thanks for starting this. And I will surely share this one to all of my friends… Small act making a big difference… Way to go! …

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  840. Dina Says:

    I just balled my eyes out. I just moved to a new state 10 weeks ago. Decided with the move I was going to become a new and improved me. At a local grocery store a woman and her very young child were at check out, when she ran her state food card it was denied. As she was on the phone trying to figure out why I put $50 towards her $148 bill. Don’t you know the next 2 people in line saw what I did and pitched in too! While I was bagging my food she came back over to the cashier clearly upset and said she didn’t know why but she couldn’t buy her food today. Then the cashier responds “ma’am your angels are with you today as the last 3 customers have already closed your bill”. I watch the woman pick up her child (who was crying at this point) and start to cry. I remember walking out feeling like helping others bring joy to me too!

  841. Sara Says:

    Oh… this! Can’t wait to do this….better start making my list of 55 now!

  842. Wanda Says:

    This is such a great idea, and it makes you happy :) This is something you can do everyday, not just on birthdays. What a wonderful thing to do!

  843. Rowan Says:

    I just read this. How awesome of you to do this on your 38th birthday. I saved a dog that was scheduled to be put down. Couldn’t really have another one, but couldn’t bear the thought of this happening. I don’t know if this is RAOK or not… he is part of our family now. Peeps at work were selling candy, cookies, etc. to collect money for a co-worker who has cancer, I gave them money and wouldn’t take the items. Instead I asked them to sell it again so that they would get extra for it.

  844. Jan Says:

    Saw your article in the Parade magazine in the Washington Post – do most of these things already, but that many in 1 day is overwhelming! Am looking forward to planning my 49th this summer, & asking family & friends to join me in RAOKs all day (happens to be a Sat, so will be easier!)! Thanks for the inspiration!

  845. Lynise Says:

    I loved reading this blog and keep coming back to it every so often. We have decided for my daughter’s 13th birthday that she is going to do the birthday RAOK. We have requested that the 5 friends she is inviting bring gift cards that we are going to give away. I have given my daughter a budget and her and her friends will be able to use that to bless others. So excited to participate in it! I have a feeling we will be more blessed by it than the people we show kindness to. :-)

  846. Barbara Henningsen Says:

    I loved everything I read here and was tearing up sooo many times. Thanks for the inspiration. I will try some of these myself.

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  848. Kristin Says:

    I am so happy that I came across your RAOK birthday on Pinterest… It will be a great way to involve family and friends across long distances in my celebration. Can’t wait to share God’s love with others!!!

  849. Cortney M. Says:

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I was allowing myself to get very selfish in regards to my upcoming birthday. I had even requested a party. I’m so ashamed that I allowed myself to act that way. I can’t wait to spend my entire 25th Birthday serving others. We all need reminders of how blessed we are. Thank you for sharing this beautiful idea! God bless you and your family!
    Cortney M.

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  852. Kim Cherry Says:

    My Boyfriend and I make it a point to do at least one good deed everyday and greet everyone with a smile or a bit of conversation. Everyone needs to be “seen”. But sometimes its hard to spread kindness in a world where it seems like such a rare occurance. When I scrolled down waiting to enter my comment I started bawling my eyes out because it took so long to reach the end of everyone elses tales of issued kindness reminding me of the many who are kind and we are not an extinct breed. This gave my tired heart so much joy I can’t even describe. Happy Birthday little one for your birthday gift to the world…a little prod to perform a kindness helping to remind us how wonderful of a feeling it is to give joy. Because the best things in life come in little bites. Thank you.

  853. Donna Says:

    This is so amazing…such a great lessson for your daughters. So cool!

  854. Tisha Says:

    I have my 33rd birthday in less than 20 days & I am definitely going to find a way to do this! The kids just “Gobbled” their teachers today…to say a mysterious Thank You with some homemade jelly just in time for Thanksgiving…I love these ideas! I had a school student that we “Booed” his dad’s local business and by the next day every business in town had been “Booed.” Everyone had a blast & it will be a holiday that they won’t forget! Thanks for sharing!

  855. Abigail Says:

    Love this idea!!! I’m totally doing this for my Dec. 11th birthday!! I’m not quite 38, so it should be a bit easier. but..WOW is all I can say!! God bless!! :)

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  857. bebe Says:

    the best thing ive seen online for ages, and im on all the time. so touched. you inspire me, and i hope you inspire others

  858. emily clary Says:

    thank you for posting this! i teach 8th grade religion and leadership…i cannot wait to read them this story and see what ideas they come up with. i love service opportunities, but find i am not overly creative with them. though, my daughters did ask for donations for their birthdays instead of gifts. since my older daughter loves animals, we asked for pet supplies. and my younger daughter loves art, so we collected art supplies for the rescue mission. every little thing helps! two of my favorite quotations: “spread the gospel in all that you do. if necessary, use words” and “to the world, you are just one person. but to just one person, you can be the world”

  859. Tina Says:

    I am so impressed! This is what is missing in the world, wonderful random acts of kindness! Way to go and what a wonderful person you are and the wonderful things you are teaching your children. You are a blessing and thanks for sharing.

  860. Michelle Says:

    Great idea. I love how your daughter is involved too. We do something similar counting down to Christmas. Pay it forward!!

  861. john Says:

    Awesome, My the Lord Bless you for your kindness, and May you receive kindness back in return in your time of Need whenever that may be…God Bless !!!

  862. Carol Says:

    What a beautiful idea!

  863. Cindy Says:

    I met a family that had been going through a rough 4 years after the mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC). An extremely aggressive form of breast cancer. She was 28. They are small business owners with no insurance. We talked last Thursday, they told their story of the breast cancer and how she had to have 3 surgeries in the last 4 years. Now, he has hurt his knee and can’t work. They never once acted like they were feeling sorry for themselves and never once asked for help. They were just telling their story (I work for the Breast Cancer Detection Center of Alaska). I asked them if they had everything they needed for Thanksgiving. They replied they had nothing. I put out a request on two Facebook pages and we had a full Thanksgiving dinner, plus more food for their pantry in 24 hours. He will be out of work for 6 weeks, so we started a Facebook page, “Our Adopted Family”, and are working on their 3 boys Christmas wish list and Christmas Dinner and beyond. The people of this community are awesome!

  864. lori Says:

    I love to do random acts of kindness,but YOU have taken it to a whole new level ,bravo !!! I lost a dear friend in august of this year ,and I think, I’m going to do this to celebrate her life,every year on her birthday! It would be a very fitting tribute to her,she was such a beautiful spirit,like yourself <3

  865. Sara Says:

    Hello! I was just reading your blog to get ideas for my 24th birthday RAOK and was thinking to myself, “It’s a shame there aren’t more people in the world to do kind things for others,” and along comes a coworker (within minutes of me thinking this) bringing me breakfast to tell me how much he appreciates my hard work. God works in wonderful ways to show He’s always listening! Thanks for being one of those wonderful, kind, selfless people out there! You’re truly an inspiration! :)

  866. Hope K Says:

    So cool. Thank you.

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  868. Liv Says:

    I was sitting at home feeling sorry for myself that another birthday was fast approaching, and the expectations I had for my life were far from being met (or so I thought). Then I found the link to your blog on Pinterest, and it reminded me how blessed my life is, and inspired me to stop looking inward and look outward. 4 days to prepare 33 RAOK! Now I am looking forward to my birthday, rather than dreading it! Thank you for your inspiration.

  869. Allie M Says:

    That is a fabulous idea. There is also a not-for-profit group that is dedicated to this idea.

  870. Julia Says:

    I just read this blog/post and am very encouraged! What a great idea! I randomly buy food for the person behind me in the drive-thru line, but this is truly amazing!! I’m going to request that my HS and MS students do it the first week of December :) Thanks for the inspiration!

  871. Renee Parks Says:

    Read about your birthday the other day and you inspired me. I went into my storage shed and cleaned it out. So far I have donated 2 VERY large trash bags of children’s clothes, a Christmas tree, 3 boxes of Christmas decorations, 2 bicycles, a bed frame, and 2 bags of adult clothes. Now I’m about to attack our sons room and the craft room. Thank you so much for motivating me. This feeling is awesome. May you have many more wonderful birthdays. God bless.

  872. Rachel Says:

    Thank you for this inspiration! Our family is now going to do 25 days of Christmas RAK! :)

  873. Dan The 1 Day Car Insurance Man Says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing this with all of us you really know what you are talking about! Bookmarked. Kindly also visit my site =). We could have a link exchange agreement between us.

  874. Betty Wilborn Says:

    Thanks. My how you painted my world with this idea.

  875. Sarah Says:

    That’s great, but why wait for your birthday to do this? Acts of kindness should be constant and never needing attention in return. I do many things every day, but I don’t need to post about it to get attention and make myself feel like a good person. Again, it is nice what you did…I just don’t see why people are “looking forward to doing something like this” on a birthday or whenever they feel like it. Be nice because you’re truly nice and sincere, not because you think it’s a gesture to make every so often.

  876. Tristan Says:

    Trying super hard not to start balling at work while I read this. I’ve been thinking of what I want for Christmas from my husband and I think I figured it out. Thank you, so touched! I love that it spread through facebook as well. What a wonderful use for a sometimes foolish tool.

  877. Joan Says:

    I love this idea! Years ago I did a pay it forward type campaign with my scouts and gave each boy in my den a compliment and asked each of them to find three people who inspired them, give them a compliment, explain what they were doing and ask them to find three people that inspired them and so on. It was interesting to watch the results.
    You have inspired me all over again! My 2012 “resolution” was to add at least one new experience each month and I have enjoyed the challenge very much. I think for 2013 it will be random acts of kindness! I better start making a list! :)

  878. Asif Mirza Says:

    Amazing day for you and inspiring for me. I always do RAOK with my son, but whenever the opportunity presents itself. But doing it for a whole day proactively? I am doing that for sure on my 39th birthday in Feb with my son!

    Thank you for sharing, thank you for inspiring, and thank you for making the world a better place one smile at a time.


  879. cynthia Says:

    I just read this thru tears of great JOY!! I am on a mission now ~ THANKS SO MUCH!

  880. Grace Says:

    I absolutely love this. Thank you for the inspiration. I will be Turning 27 This coming Tuesday and I was worried about What I was gonna get to do for my Birthday. You have given me a new perspective. So instead of Worrying about what I am going to do for MY Birthday I am going to See what I can Do For OTHERS on my Birthday. I will Attempt 27 acts of Kindness.
    Thank You.

  881. Tammy Simms Says:

    That is amazing what you did for others. But greatest of all the lesson you taught your children….to be caring, selfless, and giving. Hats off to you. Instilling values like that in little ones are so priceless! I have always made a habit to pay at least a dollar on the person behind me at Aldi’s grocery store that allow me cut in front of them. I want them to know how much I appreciate it. A working Mom’s time is very valuable. Keep up the good deeds.

  882. Angel (yes, really) Says:

    I love this idea. My ROAK…
    My younger sister and her family are going thru a very hard financial time right now. So, knowing she won’t accept money from me, I secretly have a friend write an encouraging Bible verse with $40 in it to use for her Christmas. I do this every week from Thanksgiving to Christmas. My friend then addresses, and mails the envelope. I did this a few years ago for my sister and she was suspicious but never found me out. She hasn’t said anything this year, but if she does, I’m prepared to say “I didn’t write a Christmas card, nor mailed you a card.” (lol – my friend did). Being secret Santa is so much fun!

  883. Chad Says:

    If more people did just one of these things per week, or even a month we would all have a much nicer and peaceful planet to live on. Good job Robyn! Keep doing what you’re doing!

  884. Lana Says:

    Okay, so I’m sitting here all teary-eyed and smiling SO HARD… you’ve totally inspired me to go out and do something like this, and I’ve shared it with everyone I know. Thank you for you!! xoxoxo

  885. Jen Says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this! Its a great idea for my next Birthday!

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  887. Bill McCurdy Lunsford Says:

    Thank you for the inspiration you have given me. I thank God you were created. What a blessing you are to those around you and to the world, and most importantly, to those children. You will teach them to be beautiful human beings like yourself.

  888. Melissa Says:

    I LOVE this!!! I really want to do this for my birthday.. I have paid for the people behind me on the bridge, at Chick Fill A, etc. but this is really cool to do something for every year of your life. What a nice way to be blessed and to be a blessing. If more people did ROAK this world would be a much better place.

  889. Marsha D. Knight Says:

    Wow… this is so impressive!! You have inspired me to do the same. I LOVE giving back and am so blessed to be on this amazing earth. I will be 50 on January 20th and I am going to find 50 acts of kindness that I can do for others. Thanks for the inspiration!

  890. Gao Kue Says:

    I am turning 30 on 12/14, stumbling upon your page while googling “how to celebrate my 30th birthday” ….this is my inspiration. I have already made a list and can not wait to share it with others. Thanks for blogging this.

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  893. Pam McLellan Says:

    Love this idea!!!! will do this on my birthday for sure! Happy birthday to you!

  894. ltaylor Says:

    It brought such warmth to my heart to hear that you spend your special day making others feel so special as well. It goes to show that people are pure at heart and with a little bit of a nudge in the right direction, we can all do a random act of kindness and bring joy to those around us… especially during this holiday season.

  895. Diana Says:

    I will share more after my birthday, but thought I would share my plans now…I turn 60 on 12-12-12, which is in the middle of the week, making it hard to gather friends and family on that day, especially since we have recently moved 85 miles from most of them. I have sent invitations via e-mail, snailmail and FB to all my friends and family to invite them to celebrate the day with me by doing 12 acts of kindness…and then to share their day with me again by email,posts, etc. I have had more than 20 RSVP so far…I am so excited about the prospect…I’ll let you know how it goes.

  896. Ingy Says:

    Just wanted to say that in our world today, we definitely need more people to go and do random acts of kindness. I hope you had a wonderful 38th birthday and hopefully one day you will receive a random act of kindness! Karma :)
    Thank you for being an inspiration to your family, your community and your readers!

  897. lvsrao. Says:

    Just I have seen this Blog. Quite interesting. Very Inspirational too.
    Good concept and I shall follow similar way.

  898. Lisa Says:

    I’m turning 50 in 6 months – I want to do 50! How many days did you take to do your 38? Also did you tell people that you were doing RAK? Or was it only on the notes you left behind? Thanks for the idea!

  899. Laurel Says:

    Oh Robyn!
    WHAT an Inspiration this story of your ‘take’ on Random Acts of Kindness is for me – a gift in and of itself. I am going to try this out for Christmas this year, and look for Occasions of Random Opportunity coming up. What a wonderful way to have some Big Fun whilst helping others. World peace just around the corner? A big hug, big smiles, and Big Thanks for this.

  900. Kelly W Says:

    I might try this and ask family to do this instead of presents.

  901. Tonya Says:

    Your RAOK has brought tears to my eyes! I try to do them often! I return several carts to the store that I’m heading into, help people reach items on shelves that are in wheel chairs, let people in front of me in line when they have a few items & I have a lot & since I do them quite often, I sometimes forget it may have made someone’s day. But I still remember my favorite RAOK…
    This past summer, on a very rainy afternoon, I was heading into Lowes, chatting on my cell (with my Mom), huddled under my umbrella. I saw an elderly man with his purchase, standing under the awning looking at the skies. As I past him, he sighed & started out into the rain toward his car. I told Mom to hang on & turned around & ran after the man to cover him with my umbrella! He was using a cane & would’ve been soaked by the time he reached his vehicle.
    He smiled at me when he realized he wasn’t getting wet & thanked me over & over. It was a wonderful chat on the journey to his car. He hugged me & blessed me for my kindness. I had tears in my eyes & realized my Mom was crying on the other end of the line! As I entered the store, the gal at customer service gave me a tissue to dry my eyes & blessed me for helping the gentleman. I felt as if I were walking on air the rest of the day!!!
    January 16, 2013, I will be 43. I’ve never attempted that many in one day, but I will enlist some friends to help me, if need be! Thank you for your inspiration!!!
    Tonya Allison

  902. Virginia Washburn Says:

    Love this idea. Starting tomorrow every day thru Christmas.

  903. Chadster Says:

    Just decided that this is my new “12 Days of Christmas” tradition – to do 12 RAOKs during December with a “Marry Christmas” wish attached to each act. Thank you for inspiring this idea!

  904. Melissa Says:

    Hi Robyn,

    Wow, you have so inspired me….I think we are very like minded….and I joining your Birthday Project….December 17th is my 44th birthday…so 44 RAOK will be completed on that day….Thank you so much for this, I needed to read this!

    God Bless,


  905. Cynthia Says:

    Robyn – Thank you so much for the FANTASTIC sharing of your RAOK birthday celebration! I am truly inspired and have been thinking of how to celebrate an upcoming birthday – this is IT!!!!!
    You are sharing Light and Love to so many and I truly appreciate your giving spirit.


  906. Steven Says:

    You brought tears to my eyes a few times, as well. I was smiling as I read the first one, because I make it a habit to retrun carts or at least straighten them up in the rack so the person returning them as a part of their job won’t need to sort and fight through them. I’ve also helped load groceries and gotten hugs for doing so and it is an awesome feeling. I think God invented hugs to allow two hearts to touch for a brief moment. I often stop someone who looks like they need a smile and an uplifted heart and tell them how beautiful their children are or how lovely their outfit may be. A few days ago I was in the right place to overhear a young lady of fourteen talking about how she had just gone through a major surgery that removed sections of her jaw on both sides and how difficult it had been for her to eat or drink. She had lost a lot of weight, was just getting back to some semblance of normal and I wanted to lift her spirits, so I told her in a fun way “You should be ashamed of yourself.” I paused just long enough to let her be puzzled as to why a stranger would be saying this, then added, “You’re making all these other ladies look bad.” My smile was all it took to make her light up and she thanked me sincerely. I love the feeling it gives me to do that for people. To make someone laugh is like music to me and a smile lights up the rest of my day, so I guess I do it for somewhat selfish reasons, but that won’t stop me from doing it. Thank you for sharing with us and inspiring us to greater heights. God bless you and all of yours. Oh, by the way, the best Christmas we recall as a family is when we received nothing for ourselves, but gave a box to a needy family and did so anonymously, ringing the bell and running for the car.

  907. Emilee Says:

    My 19th birthday is in six days, and I now know how I will be spending it! Thanks for the inspiration :) !!!!!!

  908. Twila Says:

    I just wanted to let you know I lived this idea so much I did it for my 29th and I have a friend whose friend saw my post and wants to do it for her 20th and most of her friends live in Lebanon and hope the movement will go through there.

  909. Twila Says:

    I just wanted to let you know I lived this idea so much I did it for my 29th and I have a friend whose friend saw my post and wants to do it for her 20th and most of her friends live in Lebanon and hope the movement will go through there.

  910. Louise Kreider Says:

    A friend sent me this link after we did something similar and I loved it! My husband and I went to our local mall on 12-12-12 and handed out 6 $50 bills to random strangers. We targeted young families with small children and an older handicapped couple. It was the most rewarding thing I have ever done and they were so appreciative. We also did 8 other RAOK. I think this is going to be a tradition now. Thanks for your inspiration and I hope to hear more of this happening.

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  913. janesays Says:

    It’s December 2012 and your RAOK are still having impact on the world. My friends and I are starting our own little project after reading about yours. How is that for paying it forward? Brilliant. This world is going to be a better place. Love you.

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  915. Tricia Says:

    Loved this article and the ideas! Thanks and Happy belated birthday!

  916. Cookie Says:

    A friend sent me this blog after I posted that I’m doing the Pay It Forward birthday challenge. So cool to see more people doing good things for their birthdays! I think you’d really like to hear about what Pay It Forward is doing. Check it out and keep spreading the love!


    thank you

  918. Sheila Says:

    On the flip side, I was having a horrible day as I had just let my son of 3 years old go to live with his father that was about 900 miles away. I was crying and doing everything I could to hide my emotions since I was sitting outside the Barnes and Noble store. A lady parked right in front of me to go into the store. What came next was probably the nicest thing any body has ever done for me. That lady came out of the store and gave me a tissue and a chocolate and wished me a better day. That was the most random act of kindness I have ever felt. Of course she made me cry harder. So lets keep these small to us (huge to others) acts of kindness going. I truely belive we can make the world a better place.

  919. Lora Says:

    I only had time to do three things on my birthday, because I worked, but I’ve decided to do it year round. Weather it’s helping a single mom with her christmas shopping or buying a coffee for the person behind you in line. This is going to be the new way that I live. :-)

  920. Lauren Says:

    This is beautiful! and brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  922. Marie Says:

    I have been looking for ideas for a scavenger hunt of good deeds for my youth group! Everyone on here was an inspiration my list now may need more then one night out.

  923. Rachel Says:

    This post is incredible! I love all of your RAOKs. It is amazing how something small can truly change someone’s day (or week, or month!)… Thank you for restoring my faith in people and inspiring me to do more!!!

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  925. Sandy Says:

    We are going away on christmas eve and had a christmas party yesterday we gave.all our left overs to the elderly neighbours we have some havent had a mango in years. It gave one of them something to bring to his family lunch today. It felt like nothing I didn’t want to waste good food they thought it was so fantastic and nice of us.

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  927. Keith Says:

    That is so awesome!!! My wife and I did the same thing this year for her 40th. 40 random acts of kindness…it was her best birthday ever!!!

  928. Rebecca Says:

    These random acts of kindness made me cry! My birthday is a week away, and it’s my son’s 7th birthday is in 2 weeks. I’m thinking of starting a tradition like this with him. Thank you! Reading this made me feel so much better about the world!

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  930. Joy Says:

    I’m doing this for my 16th Birthday in one week!! Too excited to keep this tradishion up!! This is a great idea.

  931. Megan Says:

    I am blown away by this! I was teary eyed reading the entire thing! You have inspired me to do these things every day! Simple, yet thoughtful things, let you know people still care out there (so many negative people make us forget this). God bless!

  932. SoBuzy Says:

    Wow! Over 2 years later and your 38th birthday is still being celebrated! I can’t wait to go to your website nor can I wait to do something similar!

  933. Nafeesa Says:

    I’m just happy to find there are people in this world who has kindness in their heart. Glad to know about you. this is something i always been doing since I was a child. learned from the best. Never thought of return, but every single day, every time I’m getting the return that people smiles, hugs and the joy of sharing what i have.

    Keep going :)


  934. Stacey Says:

    I just wanted to let you know that I stumbled across your blog on Pinterest, and it became the inspiration for my New Year’s Resolution for 2013 – I am doing a RAOK every day of the year. (In the event that I get through a day without a RAOK, I will donate $5 to the Salvation Army).

    THANK YOU for the inspiration!

    Stacey DuFord

  935. Willette Says:

    I’m so overwhelmed by your kindness…Thank you for the ideas…God is good. You have proven it by your love for others…Somehow this gives me hope there are still people in the world who are deeply concerned for the suffering of humanity…October will be here sooner than I know it!!! Paying it forward would be the way to have the most memorable birthday in the history of my life… :)

  936. Kristy Says:

    I just read this blog, after finding it on Pinterest, and with tears in my eyes, I’ve just added it to my bucket list of things I’m going to do.

    I realize that the first comment to your post was 2 years ago. What a great idea and your RAOK Robyn are still going on, you should be very proud. I’m doing this for my birthday and during the year when ever I feel down.


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  939. Lisa Says:

    I’m leaving work now and will go to the store to buy canned goods and drop off
    tonight at the food pantry up the street.
    Thanks for getting people motivated.

  940. Dinecia Says:

    Hi Robyn, I found out about your RAOK on Pinterest and what an amazing reminder that we can bless others instead of focusing on ourselves on our birthdays. I turn 31 in exactly one week from today. I plan on making this the best birthday ever by doing 31 RAOK. I will invite my church family to perform one act of kindness in honor of my birthday. Since 2/4 will be a Monday this year, I will do my 31 RAOK on Sunday and I am getting very excited thinking about it. God bless and thanks for the inspiration.

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  942. Wendy Says:

    I’m sitting hear in tears as I read your post! I can’t wait till my 44th Birthday in May!!! Bless You!

  943. Karen Says:

    Sunday Feb 10 is my 54th birthday. I originally saw your post in October of last year and saved it. I’m working on preparing for my 54 RAOK. My husband asked,” if he helped, could we do 27?” Lol….looking forward to the 10th. Thanks for the inspiration.

  944. Sally chapman Says:

    This just totally trumps my christmas angels. While I would never!!!! Quit giving them what I feel I would want spent on me, I will definitely incorporate this too!!!! Well done!

  945. Lindsey McCoy Says:

    I came across this on pinterest while drinking my morning coffee. I was crying by the end. I’m turning 24 in June, I want to do this. I am going to start my list. This is so inspiring. Thank you so much. I hope this inspires tons of people, you are a GOOD person. we need more people like you! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

  946. Monica Says:

    Found your pin on pinterest! Phenomenal idea! Will be doing this for my next birthday! What an inspiration!

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  951. 22 Random Acts of Kindness | The Silver Lining Chronicles Says:

    [...] In honor of Random Acts of Kindness Week, I’m sharing a video of how one thoughtful university student chose to spend his 22nd birthday. When most of us would be stuffing our faces with birthday cake and enjoying any gifts (though I’m sure some of his day was spent doing that as well), this man decided to spend his day performing 22 acts of kindness to strangers he encountered.  The man in this video, Syed Muzamil Hasan Zaidi, was inspired by Robyn Bomar, who spent her 38th birthday performing 38 random acts of kindness. [...]

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  953. Dolores Ward Says:

    I just read about your RAOK on Pinterest today. I hope you have many happy birthdays in your life!! You are such a good person to have done so many nice things for people you don’t know. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone would have it in their heart to do this for others? You have inspired me and I plan to do this on my birthday. It might take me a few days because I’ll be sixty-six this fall. Thank you and may God bless you every day of your life.

  954. Cindy Gingrich Says:

    It’s my birthday today Feb 15th 2013, and I am so blessed. Especially to have read about all the people that give each and every day. I try to do the same always. It’s great to here all the stories. Play it forward , IT’S THE WAY !!!!!

  955. My birthday is coming up | My Birthday Wishlist Says:

    [...] article talks about a 38 year old woman who practice 38 random acts of kindness for her birthday. Some of the more creative ideas were serving donuts to a crew fixing the power [...]

  956. Donna Says:

    What a wonderful idea..I am going to suggest this to our service group at our church. Also I
    Am turning 75 next year and I plan to start this March and do 75 raok and be done the day I
    Have my birthday..thank you for the idea and inspiration!

  957. Kellie Says:

    I read this inspiring story before spending the day with my mom. When she mentioned my birthday, asked what I wanted to do, I mentioned doing this. So much better than a sweet 16 :D

  958. Alayna Says:

    I love this idea and plan on doing the same for my birthdays in the years to come. You are truly an inspiration. Thank you.

  959. Kesha of We Got Kidz Says:

    Okay, so I absolutely love Stumbleupon. Just found this, and I think this was amazing. Toll operator said, “You gotta be kidding me” LOL! Priceless. Although your noble day sounded awfully expensive, I’m definitely in awe of your kindness. Good for you!

  960. Debbie Says:

    What a great feeling I got while reading your story! I will be 50 in May and now plan to use the 12 months following it to do 50 RAOK! I love this!

  961. Patrina Says:

    Over the holidays I baked a few sweet potato pies and took them to a local tire repair shop. Wanted to show the guys that worked their what a BLESSING they are in helping us stay safe on the road.

  962. 39 (cough) Acts of Kindness – 1,2 and 3 | Me Myself & Riggins Says:

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  963. Beverly Says:

    Gave a girl working the drive thur gloves on this cold day.

  964. Anu Says:

    U truly are an inspiration to others. May God continue to bless you always…

  965. Pam Says:

    Robyn, your story is so touching and an inspiration. I often will pay for the car behind me at the drive-thru at Starbucks. A gentleman did that for me years ago and I was so touched that I started doing it myself. Love the fact of doing it on your birthday like that and will encourage my 10 year old daughter to do that on her Birthday in August.

    God Bless you,

  966. april Says:

    my 36th birthday is in a few days – i was feeling bitter that I probably would not get any gifts – then read this on pintrest! Wow – of course this is what i should do. better to give than receive. Thank you!!!!!

  967. Random Acts of Christmas Says:

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  968. Karen Cioffi Says:

    Just found this on Pinterest. Well done!

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  972. Gabriel Hudelson Says:

    This is awesome!

  973. Kimberly Says:

    I love this idea. My mom did this daily never posting it or talking about she just did it every day. On Christmas she gave each of us $25.00 and told us to give it to someone who needed it more than we did. She said you have to tell them about it, why you have the money, take a picture with them and do something to help them. My brother took a homeless man to lunch, it was really cool, the man was so happy. I have yet to use my money. But what you did for your birthday and all that my mother did in her life has inspired our family and town to do things daily. God bless those who do a random act of kindness every day of their lives. Thank you for giving a gift to others.

  974. RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS ~ happy birthday to me! Says:

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  975. Project #40Blessings |Envalo Says:

    [...] I would take the day off work and do 40 random acts of kindness much like I had read about this blogger doing for her 38th birthday. After giving it more thought – I tend to overthink – I [...]

  976. Kristen Says:

    Just found this while visiting Pinterest for something completely unrelated. I did a RAOK each day in December as a way of showing my girls that it’s not about a gift in a box, it’s about a spirit of giving. It was such a great month for me and since reading all these great ideas, I’m inspired to do it again. Think I’ll start April 1. Should get some raised eyebrows on “April Fool’s Day”! Thank you for reminding me how much more wonderful it is to give than to receive. The Lord’s been too good to me to not do something for others. Enjoy your Spring and know that even years after this blog entry, you are paying it forward.

  977. Vaibhavi Says:

    I am gonna do this for my 26th bday… 26 RAOK… Very inspiring! esp when u bought a gift card for the lady behind at the grocers..

  978. kat Says:

    wow you’re awesome :)

  979. Amy Says:

    I was waiting in a totally long, slow line at the post office and was listening to the people in line behind me when I overheard an older gentleman with a cane say that all he needed was one stamp but since they took out the stamp machines, he now had to wait in line. When I finally got up to the counter I paid to ship my item and bought one stamp and handed it to him as I walked out the door and told him to have a good day when he said here let me pay you. I smiled for the rest of the day… Love this idea for birthdays and definately want to do it for mine now :)

  980. Wendy Says:

    So loved reading this……My co-worker and I are school teachers and have decided to concentrate on random acts of kindness in our school as a countdown to summer break….can’t wait to get started on this tomorrow (stress has been over the top lately and we have been trying to find an avenue to combat it)….six weeks to encourage students, co-workers, and parents daily…..

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  984. 42 Days of Random Acts of Kindness Says:

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  985. Joel Says:

    Clearly, this sticks around. And like many others who commented, I’m crying at work right now, and I bet my wife is too, as I’ve just sent it to her. Thank you for reminding me that it is NOT ALL ABOUT ME, and that being like Christ means doing things, not just thinking them. Bless you.

  986. The Birthday Project | eponymrevival Says:

    [...] To check out Robyn’s 38 ROAK’s and her readers responses, see them here at The Birthday Project. [...]

  987. m turner Says:

    remember your trashmen and recycle colctors they keep your world clean in all weather wet and cold dry and hot they are there these wonderful people rarely here thank you much less recieve acts of kindness

  988. A.Michelle Says:

    Hi Robyn! What an incredible thing to do! Your acts of kindness have inspired me to do the same for my birthday. Thanks for the inspiration!

  989. Kim Hawkins Says:

    Sounds like an awesome way to spend your day. Thanks for the inspiration and hope your next one is even more lovely than the prior.

  990. Kim Says:

    Robyn, Thank you for being an inspiration. As I have aged, I have enjoyed my birthdays less and less. However, because of your sharing such a selfless, generous idea, I am so looking forward to celebrating my 53rd birthday in January. I am starting my list in May. I will probably begin distributing the acts in December since I have trouble getting things done on time. Love you! You have changed my world!

  991. Linda says Says:

    My girls group celebrates all our birthdays together at an up north getaway. We are always looking for new stuff to do. Thus will be one of our activities this year. Fabulous!

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