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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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Happy Spring, friends! As we begin our month-long journey into “Planting the Seed” it only seems fitting to introduce you to a brand that embodies the notion that all great things begin with hope and intention. After all, one must plant the seed before we can bear fruit. All gardening metaphors aside, our debut contributor this month is one that brings inspiration to the table in spades.

Travis Gravette created Red Earth Trading Co. in 2010 as  a way to bring fashion to the market while allowing artisans in East Africa to showcase their goods in a broader spectrum. Gravette’s mission is to “create hope and opportunity through commerce” and helping sustain economic growth for the artisans, all while donating a portion of the proceeds to Know Think Act. Not only does Red Earth Trading Co. do good, they also bring good. The Liz Bracelet and the Wanderer’s Wallet are a couple of personal favorites, but don’t let my preferences sway you. Browse through the shop and find your own favorite pieces. With Red Earth Trading Co., you can feel good about looking good.

Red Earth Trading Co. is giving away one Webale Necklace to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, April 15th.
Please visit Red Earth Trading Co. and tell us: What is the last random act of kindness you have witnessed?
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, April 22nd, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Jennifer says:

    It’s not much, but last week the person in front of me in the Starbucks drivethrough bought my drink for me. I was so stunned and surprised. What a great way to start the day!

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    someone bought my coffee for me, so i paid it on to the next person. :)

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    Elizabeth says:

    This morning, I received an unexpected email from an old acquaintance in college (now more than 10 years ago!) who “randomly” decided to email and affirm me.  He said I was ‘wonderful” and “loved.”  It meant the world to me – particularly right now when I’m trying to be brave and put myself out there.  I consider it a random act of kindness because he was encouraging me without knowing I needed it – just following his heart and reaching out to someone.  I hope that I can do the same thing for people I do and do not know – to follow where I am lead to speak love into the world.  

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    Amanda H says:

    Someone once paid for my $16 dollar in groceries because I forgot my card at home >.<

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    Charlotte D. says:

    Yesterday, my 12 year old son chose a prize for my 3 year old son instead of picking one for himself.

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    brenda says:

    My neighbor shoveled out my and another neighbors mailbox this winter after a heavy snowstorm..not once, but twice…

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    Samantha S says:

    I live across the street from a freight rail line, and it’s a common spot for homeless people to make camp. There’s a house down the road that regularly provides hot coffee to the campers on chilly mornings, and I think food for their dogs as well.

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    Sue F says:

    Today at grocery store- a lady was eating an ice cream bar and I said to her “that looks so good” she took one out of the box and insisted I eat it !  The person behind me in line checking out was just buying baby wipes so I told the checker to include it in my order – after he found and thanked me in parking lot I explained I was ‘paying forward ‘ as the lady did with the ice cream- he had never heard of paying forward but was thinking of ways he could do it !!! 

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    Sharon Siqueiros says:

    This morning I saw my husband taking the garbage bin out of the street for 2 of our neighbors

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    Emma L says:

    There was a car accident in the street outside my house only three days ago. It was night; it was raining; it was a single-car accident. It is a thinly populated residential area full of trees blocking the view of most things. Amazingly, people poured into the street from everywhere; someone helped the driver, someone redirected traffic, someone brought mugs of coffee and tea for everyone involved, someone ran home for umbrellas. While not random, or really an act of kindness, it was a moment of great community; people coming together to do the best of a situation, and doing so unasked, for the benefit of someone they had never met. Being involved in that moment made me feel less dejected about the direction our species is heading.

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    I love my grandparents and whenever I see someone from their generation I help by carrying something or whatever would make their life easier…I just hope that somewhere someone else is helping mine when I can’t be there.

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    jane says:

    there’s a guy i know who started this movement called while you were sleeping to give a drink and an encouraging note to random overly-exhausted college students who had fallen asleep in the midst of exam prep. it’s not a huge gesture but i thought it’s great how he just wanted to be an encouragement and blessing to others, and to also encourage others to do the same. 

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    Courtney J says:

    When I was eating dinner outside at Disneyland in the park, I saw a couple ask a family of 4 if they wanted to share their small table with them, because there were not many places to sit. The family of 4 had two small children, who were too excited to sit down any way. It was nice seeing people, who didn’t know each other, sharing the table.

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    megan says:

    At a minor league baseball gave, a little boy gave a caught ball to a little girl. The boy had already caught another ball but instead of keeping two of the baseballs, he shared one with someone else completely unprompted. It was good to see a child be kind to another without being asked. 

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    cindy says:

    The last random act of kindness I saw was one co-worker bring another co-worker a cookie because she knew she was having a hard day. Such a little gesture but brightened her day as well as mine to just know that I am surrounded by people who are so kind.

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    iamalighthouse says:

    I love appreciating the little acts of kindness: people giving little compliments, allowing elders to go first in line or sit in a chair, etc. :) Those are the ones I see.

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    Kim g says:

    My youngest daughter…had been saving for a game she had to have. Her allowance and her 12 birthday money..all went into a jar and she was ready…We got to Best Buy last night…and out of the corner of her eye she a woman…making her bed for the night…in between two large dumpsters at Best Buy. She looks at me and says do you think she has any family? I replied with I am not sure..Do you think she is hungry? I dont know..why??  Well mom I think we need to go across the street and get her some Panda Express… I said ok if you want lets go..She said mom I would like to buy it for her and maybe I can also get her something to drink. I dont need the game tonight..but she needs to eat tonight..Tears running down my face I couldnt be more proud of my 12 year old…The length of time she had been saving to get something for herself.. went out the door the minute she saw someone less fortunate.She pent her own money bought this lady food and when she went to hand it to her the woman looked up and said “oh bless you my sweet angel I am so very hungry”. Today I went and surprised Madison and got her the game she wanted.. It does feel so great to pay it forward…

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    Jennifer says:

    I wish I had a really great story to share, but the last random act of kindness I witnessed was someone helping a stranger pick up her dropped basket of groceries in the parking lot….simple, but sweet.  What a great question – loved reading through the answers.  Also loved checking out Red Earth, and I dig your mission…thanks!

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    Sparrow says:

    My four-year old son recently joined his first soccer team. For months he has been playing in our front room using pillows for goals. We knew he is small for his age but he really wanted to play. Well, as we expected, his is the smallest kid on his team and he doesn’t get much contact with the ball. At his last game, one of his team mates fell down hard and my son immediately stopped playing and ran to help him up. I worry a lot about raising my kids right. I worry about helping them find their true talents. But I worry most that they will be kind, and watching him display a simple act of kindness gave a lot of hope.

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    Susie H. says:

    I started participating in “The Birthday Project” a few years ago, this is where, on your birthday, you do as many random (or intentional) acts of kindness as the amount of years you are turning that day. Ever since then, I’ve been keenly aware of the multitude of RAOK going on around me on a daily basis. It’s like walking through the neighborhood or in nature after getting new glasses – you SEE things that were always there, but just never quite saw before. Random acts of kindness.. they are easy to witness and even easier to do. An unexpected smile, a genuine compliment, making room for someone to get in front of you on the highway, taking someone’s grocery cart back to the store for them…. small things like this… they happen all the time, and witnessing them draws you into this bit of goodness going on in the world too! The ones giving, the ones receiving, and the ones witnessing ALL benefit from these simple acts of kindness.

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    Regan says:

    I watched an anonymous person hand a homeless man a bag of food and drive away. I’m sure both were uplifted by the experience; I know I was witnessing that person’s kindness.

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    Joren Robles says:

    My mom had someone carry out her groceries. Her excitement level was about the same had she won the lottery.