We love to spread kindness ideas far and wide. So when we heard what some friends of ours had made, we had to get involved. They’ve rigged a phone up to a little printer, and are filming it with a webcam. You can text them and watch it being printed out in realtime on the site. We sent them one of our kindness ideas, check it out. Anything to help!
Everyone likes April Fool’s Day pranks – they help people feel like they’re part of the gang, and of course they can be very funny too. We played our part this April Fool’s Day with our hilarious house moving joke, which we played on a very good sport Mr Bannerman, from the cottage next to our offices. We often see Mr Bannerman working in his garden, and he always has a spare minute to say hello and talk about the weather. At Extreme Acts of Kindness we like to do kind things for kind people, so to show him we cared we involved him in our ingenious practical joke.
The prank was to move his house from next to our offices, to the centre of the park on the outskirts of town. Mr Bannerman loves his house and garden, so we knew how funny he would find it when he discovered what we had done!
We heard Mr Bannerman was going to be away for the week before April 1st so it gave us plenty of time to carry out our plan. First we put all his belongings into storage after making a list of which room everything came from. Then we demolished his house and removed any trace that it ever existed. The next step will be to build an exact replica in the park. This is turning out to be a lot harder than we expected, and sadly we didn’t manage it for the first of April. We had no idea planning regulations were so strict, and the builder we telephoned hasn’t got back to us yet. Despite all that, when we watched Mr Bannerman come home on April Fool’s Day we nearly exploded laughing. The ambulance didn’t know where to put him! We’re sure when we finally get his house rebuilt in the park, and we appear, shouting “April Fool!”, he’ll definitely see the funny side.
We recently read that our city zoo is struggling to find funds to cage more wild animals. Here at Extreme Acts of Kindness we love animals, so of course we wanted to help.
Our editorial staff are currently working every night at the zoo trying to breed with the gorillas. When successful we will be having a competition to find a name for the offspring.
Send in a suitable name along with a donation – every penny of which will go to help increase the number of our captive friends (after we have deducted administration fees). The winner will also win a luxury three course meal in the gorilla enclosure. Good luck!
Nicky from Cardiff sent us this tip!
I love having dinner parties, it’s so great to be able to treat your girlfriends once in a while. I find it’s very sad when they have to go, though, so I hit upon an idea to ensure the party carries on a little longer. Keep a little dessert back in the fridge, then, at the end of the night, secretly plop a spoonful each into their handbags. They’ll really enjoy the surprise the next day.
Margaret Cook from Surrey sent in this heart-warming tale:
I had an interesting experience at the hospital today. I was just collecting my prescription at the pharmacy counter, when I saw a frail old woman in a hospital gown standing behind me in the queue, an empty pill canister gripped tightly in her pale, trembling claw.
I asked if she was OK and she said that she was feeling unwell. Of course without further ado, I pinched her nose and forced her to take some of my prescription pills. She didn’t seem to know what was going on, but gulped down the tablets with a swig of my Irn Bru. I didn’t stick around to see what happened next, but I’d hope someone would do the same for me one day.
I was happier for having shown kindness to her.
We received the following letter from Tony in Avebury. Thanks Tony.
Every year I like to spoil my wife by taking her out for a meal in our nearest restaurant. Last week that time came around again, and my wife and I could only just contain our excitement. I had ordered us both chicken, which we were in the midst of eating, when suddenly we saw a limping man outside the window. He had obviously been wounded in a street brawl as he had blood caked over his face and was on the brink of collapse. Whilst everyone else sat there anxiously, I decided I had to do something. What kind of a human would I be, if I did nothing? Without any hesitation I got up and closed the curtains. I could feel the sense of relief from the other diners, and although some people thanked me, I’ve always felt that a good deed is its own reward.
We had an email from a very caring lady. It’s the little acts like this that make the world go round. Glad to have inspired you, Anthea!
First, may I say, I really enjoy your website. It’s an inspiration to me – let me explain. I pass a beggar every day on my way to work. Well, I suppose you can’t say ‘beggar’ now, can you. A person who begs. Anyway, whatever he is, he sits outside Tescos with his little dog and it breaks my heart that he keeps asking for 10p for a coffee, but I can never be bothered to give him any change. So today I decided to give him my Cafe Neros loyalty card. It had three stamps on, so he only needs to get six more and he’ll be entitled to a free coffee. I felt so great afterwards!