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#1 Seagraven

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Posted 10 August 2007 - 11:59 am

Carrying on the theme of sharing our RAoK's...

Pick a random gift list from an online store and buy a gift.
Leave a copy of a book (or THE Book if you like :)) on a train or bus.
Sign up to donate to a charity.
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Posted 10 August 2007 - 12:54 pm

Buy flowers and give them to a random person on the street. OR send some flowers to your granny for no reason. That always goes down marvelously.
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Posted 11 August 2007 - 01:18 pm

View PostGJ HBR, on 10 Aug 2007, 01:54 PM, said:

Buy flowers and give them to a random person on the street. OR send some flowers to your granny for no reason. That always goes down marvelously.

Or to someone else's granny. :)

At Christmas, buy some toys or interesting novelties, wrap them and give them to people on the street.

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Posted 11 August 2007 - 03:29 pm

Or, buy a load of small toys, wrap them up, and take them to your nearest children's home as stocking fillers.
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Posted 12 August 2007 - 04:59 am

I assume it's the alcohol talking (bloody hell but look at the time!) but I can't help but think of this thread as a competition now!

Um… break into a fortune cookie factory and replace all the messages with really complimentary and encouraging ones.

#6 DJ Darren (Ducktastic)

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Posted 12 August 2007 - 08:47 am

This once can fit in all categories, depending on how much you want to spend:

Go to one of the charity sites like Just Giving

Search on a random name or pick a charity

Find someone's page

Add a donation and a good luck message

This one is a double RaOK - to the person doing the fundraising and the charity that benefits

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Posted 16 August 2007 - 08:26 am

View PostSpaca Northern Monkey, on 10 Aug 2007, 12:59 PM, said:

Pick a random gift list from an online store and buy a gift AND Sign up to donate to a charity.

My bro and his missis have registered here for their wedding giftlist.  Its a site that people use to donate money instead of buying presents.  A great idea I thought as most people getting married these days already have all the traditional house stuff that people normally get.

So if you've got a few spare quid try changing the number at the end of the URL and you'll get a random couples charities and you can donate (or donate to my Bro's one! MacMillian Cancer Support helped out soooo much with my nan when she died earlier this year).
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Posted 30 August 2007 - 07:27 pm

What about Getting some soup- tinned or home made! And going  to a city centre, on a very cold/nasty day and giving out free cups of soup!?

That would cheer me up!!!

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 12:14 pm

One of my faves, and an oldie but a goldie, is to buy some Waterstones gift vouchers, and then put the vouchers in random books around the store, or in the techie equivalent, find a person's wishlist on Amazon, and then send them an online gift card.

Edited by joinee_i_have_shiny_shoes, 04 September 2007 - 10:18 pm.

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 12:17 pm

^ Good idea.

I like the free soup for the crowd idea, but it could be difficult to do singe handed in a city centre!
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#11 Joinee Zak

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 08:30 pm

View PostJoinee David, on 4 Sep 2007, 01:17 PM, said:

^ Good idea.

I like the free soup for the crowd idea, but it could be difficult to do singe handed in a city centre!

Take a 'crew'!!!!

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Posted 23 September 2007 - 10:45 pm

It does depend on the size and price of the establishment, but buying a round of drinks for the people working behind a very busy pub/bar on a Friday night I've found is particularly appreciated.
'Years have gone by and I've finally learned to accept myself for who I am : a beggar for good football. I go about the world, hand outstreteched, and in the stadiums I plead: "A pretty move, for the love of God." And when good football happens, I give thanks for the miracle and I don't give a damn which team or country performs it.' - Eduardo Galeano

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Posted 29 March 2008 - 07:14 am

Most of my RAOK have been anonymous so far. Leaving food in vending machines, leaving money in parking machines and my favourite …… buying lottery tickets and leaving them on car windscreens.

Last month I tried to give out 2 cinema vouchers to complete strangers, but I bottled it and ended up doing the easier option and giving them to a working girl handing out nightclub flyers. This is my NEW FAVOURITE, but I need to give them to a non working RAOK VICTIM in future.

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 09:34 am

Buy some flowers and leve them on a empty grave

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Posted 30 August 2008 - 05:08 am

I can't claim this as my own, but I read it on facebook and thought it was nice -

There was a lady on there who says that once a year, on her wedding anniversary, she picks a random person from an online gift inventory for weddings, and buys something on their list for them, saying it's from an anonymous donor and wishing them all the best.

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Posted 31 August 2008 - 03:54 am

Oh yeah, online gift registries are great - especially if you can blindly search by name. Stick in some common (or uncommon) names and see who's lists you can find :D

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Posted 29 September 2008 - 11:30 pm

The previous comments that I have read have all involved 'buying' some thing. Doesn't that defeat the purpose? Where is the giving? Hmm .... think that I may have joined the wrong people.

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Posted 29 September 2008 - 11:39 pm

That's because this thread is about RAOKs that cost money.

What do you mean by 'giving' rather than 'buying'?  Giving them stuff you already have?  Or giving your time?  I'm confused.
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Posted 05 November 2008 - 01:39 pm

Here's an idea - replace your Christmas list with things that are helpful to humanity. Your world won't end without the Mamma Mia! Special Edition Box Set DVD, but there are millions are people whose world WILL end without food or water. Visit www.oxfamunwrapped.com and give or receive something different this Christmas. There are things for all price ranges. Last year I bought my friend something like 100 school dinners for children in the developing world, and all on a miniscule 'Secret Santa for teenagers without jobs' budget.

Ok, so your pile of presents will not be as bulky as everyone else's, but the Emergency Radio or Mosquito Nets will give you (or your family member/friend) that happy feeling you get after a RAoK.

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Posted 21 November 2008 - 09:16 pm

If you do need to give Christmas gifts, give ones that do some good in the world too.

Found on CNN.com, originally from Oprah.com

Gifts That Give Back

One-stop shop
WorldofGood.com
More than 15,000 eco- and socially conscious goods are available (some from as low as $2.50) on WorldofGood.com. Shop by gift category, or, if you'd like, "purchase impact," be it eco- , animal-, or people-friendly. Each product is vetted and comes with a short description so you can see exactly where your money is going. Fair-trade lip balms, organic soaps and bath fizzers are all under $15 and make excellent stocking stuffers.

Not just a pretty package
PangeaOrganics.com
Pangea Organics' gift packages come stocked with bar soaps, shower gels, and lotions and arrive in a stylish (really, skip the wrapping paper!) recycled box inlaid with spruce seeds -- soak them, plant -- and in two weeks a baby Spruce tree will appear, along with, we assume, softer skin. Holiday gift sets start at $30 at PangeaOrganics.com.

Buy a gift, fund a business
GlobalGoodsPartners.org, BuildaNest.com
At online boutique Nest, BuildaNest.com, the $30 you spend on patchwork Guatemalan tote will go toward ... creating more Guatemalan totes! The site sells original apparel, jewelry, home and paper goods made by more than 75 exclusive artists and designers and gives microcredit loans to women in developing countries, enabling them to start and maintain a business selling their own products -- which are then offered on the site itself.
Another likeminded organization, GlobalGoodsPartners.org, sells handwoven bracelets made by native tribes in Argentina and traditionally patterned silk scarves made by women in Cambodia. Global Goods Partners is dedicated to alleviating poverty and promoting social justice and funds women-led market initiatives in local communities in 18 countries.

For pets
HoorayfortheUnderdog.com
Already have the perfect present for Fido? Attach a card from Hooray for the Underdog, a line by photographers Janet Healey and Joe Grisham -- a husband-and-wife team who sell stylish greeting cards featuring pictures of dogs and cats up for adoption in shelters. Ten percent of proceeds ($3 for cards) go to animal welfare groups and shelters.

For animal lovers
AnimalGift.org
The animal lovers in your life may have already overdosed on cute cards (and books and toys and screensavers), but they might not have saved their very own elephant. The International Fund for Animal Welfare's Gifts for Animals program helps protect pachyderms, as well as bear cubs and seals, and also provides funds for urgent pet care and animal rescue. Each gift comes with a full-color pamphlet telling your animal's story, and there's no leash required. Donations start at $25.

Guilt-free indulgence
Lush Cosmetics Charity Box, $20.45; Lush.com
Lush's hand and body lotion is made with fair-trade cocoa-butter, and proceeds -- 100 percent after taxes -- go to the organization featured on the lid of each pot. WaterCan, TreePeople, Amazon Conservation Team and International Fund for Animal Welfare are only a few.
Celebrate the season of light with Jimmy Belasco all-natural candles ($34). They're made of soybeans, vegetable oil and fragrance -- nothing else -- but the best part of this fragrant treat are the wrapping options. Choose from a wide selection of boxes decorated with cityscapes, calming landscapes, pop art patterns, and holiday themes. Five dollars from the sale of each candle goes to a good cause: You select one from a list of Jimmy's staffers' 10 favorites (with more options on the way).

Buying in bulk?
CharityNavigator.com
Good Cards (CharityNavigator.com) are the gift certificates of the philanthropy world. You set the price; recipients pick the charity. Perfect for those bosses, co-workers and clients you're stumped on.

Last minute
OxfamAmericaUnwrapped.com, UniversalGiving.org
Click, click, done. Two organizations simplify making a difference around the world. Oxfam's gift site, OxfamAmericaUnwrapped.com, offers to more than 57 charitable donations, including a pair of sheep ($90) that allow women to generate their own income by making textiles, a small business fund to help get entrepreneurs started ($100), and a veterinarian's field kit ($35). Products are organized by price, with 28 options under $50, and recipients receive a card explaining what the donation will provide. UniversalGiving.org coordinates donations to more than 200 aid organizations, including East Meets West, Helen Keller International, and more.

For those big-ticket items
BiddingforGood.com, eBayGivingWorks.com
You know those auctions your kids always have in elementary school or the ones your office frequently puts together, where you bid for signed memorabilia, electronic items and original prints? Think of BiddingforGood as one giant elementary school auction: Type in the item you're looking for (we got seven hits for the Nintendo Wii) and bid to win. Check the "Cool Picks" section for really original ideas: Tickets to two shows at New York City fashion week, a CSI set pass, and tickets to the 2009 U.S. Open golf championship. Each purchase benefits the auctioneer's charity of choice. Still haven't found what you're looking for? Try eBayGivingWorks.com to find auctions from high-profile groups.

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 02:34 pm

guys my freind lost his phone and cant contact anyone so if you have a spare phone that you were going to throw away just send it to bd161pw (dont spend any money on phones just old ones)

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 08:52 am

The Meningitis Trust relies entirely on voluntary donations to do its fantastic work. Without the donations of people like you, the Trust wouldn't be able to provide the largest range of support services in the country for people affected by meningitis, nor maintain its fantastic, life saving, efforts at raising awareness of this horrible and life threatening disease.

I'm running the Virgin London Marathon for the Trust, and have set my self a target of raising £1,000. Including what I've been promised, I am just 18 ten pound notes away from achieving this goal. That's enough for three specialist physiotherapy sessions, to help with physical disabilities caused by meningitis; or it could pay for one day of our specially trained community nurses to provide much needed help and support to meningitis sufferers and their families in their local communities and would still have change left over for 1,000 life saving Signs and Symptoms cards.

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 11:32 am

View PostJoinee Jennifer, on 05 November 2008 - 01:39 pm, said:

Here's an idea - replace your Christmas list with things that are helpful to humanity. Your world won't end without the Mamma Mia! Special Edition Box Set DVD, but there are millions are people whose world WILL end without food or water. Visit www.oxfamunwrapped.com and give or receive something different this Christmas. There are things for all price ranges. Last year I bought my friend something like 100 school dinners for children in the developing world, and all on a miniscule 'Secret Santa for teenagers without jobs' budget.

Ok, so your pile of presents will not be as bulky as everyone else's, but the Emergency Radio or Mosquito Nets will give you (or your family member/friend) that happy feeling you get after a RAoK.

This is my first post here, but after reading though a lot of ideas, I just thought I had to say that this is a brilliant idea!
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Posted 04 July 2011 - 09:45 pm

Will, why not come over to the 'new joinees' thread & introduce yourself!

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 02:04 am

One I did recently which was very well-received, inspired by a Neil Gaiman tweet about buying a book for a child:

Buy a book token / gift card for £7 at your local bookstore (Children's/YA Fiction usually RRPs at £6.99) and put it behind the till so that the next kid who tries to buy a book will get told it's on the house :)

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 12:08 pm

View PostJoinee Jennifer, on 05 November 2008 - 01:39 pm, said:

Here's an idea - replace your Christmas list with things that are helpful to humanity. Your world won't end without the Mamma Mia! Special Edition Box Set DVD, but there are millions are people whose world WILL end without food or water. Visit www.oxfamunwrapped.com and give or receive something different this Christmas. There are things for all price ranges. Last year I bought my friend something like 100 school dinners for children in the developing world, and all on a miniscule 'Secret Santa for teenagers without jobs' budget.

Ok, so your pile of presents will not be as bulky as everyone else's, but the Emergency Radio or Mosquito Nets will give you (or your family member/friend) that happy feeling you get after a RAoK.

I always give Oxfam Unwrapped gifts to my family for Christmas :)

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Posted 07 May 2018 - 07:47 pm

This was on the news last night

https://twitter.com/...n_guest_id=true

President Austin

If it doesn't work, it's a news story about a 4-year old boy in Birmingham Alabama who hands out sandwiches to the homeless there.  He uses his allowance and the money his parents would spend on toys to pay for it, and he always reminds people to "Don't forget to share love!"

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It struck him full force, the unavoidable knowledge that he was riding through life on a fourth-class ticket.




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