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    Can someone explain RAK

    I have taken a quick look round but can't find out any info about RAK. It looks like you pick someone and send them some goodies. I am wondering how you get someone's address. In the swaps we get the address to send to. Let me know, please. I am feeling "kindness" today.
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    I have wondered the same thing. I will be keeping an eye out for answers. Thanks for asking.
    Quote Originally Posted by MarLeClair View Post
    I have taken a quick look round but can't find out any info about RAK. It looks like you pick someone and send them some goodies. I am wondering how you get someone's address. In the swaps we get the address to send to. Let me know, please. I am feeling "kindness" today.

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    RAK = Random Act of Kindness. Just doing something unexpected for someone, usually a stranger.
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    the initials stand for random act of kindness.

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    I have kept a notebook for all the swaps, where I record the boardname, real name and address of everyone I have swapped or contacted, as well as the colors they like. Then I can send them a goodie if I find one they might like. I also make notes on charitable members so I can contribute to their projects sometime, then I can PM for the address. On those days when it seems I need a pick-me-up, sending a surprise always does the trick, and helps me remember to count my many blessings.
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    Thanks for the reply but I haven't been around that long. Is there someplace our addresses are listed or a person to contact to get an address? Maybe a moderators?
    Marilyn

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    Maybe check the free offers and donations section of this board, see if you can fill any requests or if any of the offers fit your needs...that's a way to get started.
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    I usually do a PIF (pay it forward) If some one indicates they are short on a certain color or would like to do a scrappy quilt but have no scraps....I Private message them and ask for their address. Then send what I think would work for them or bring a smile to their face. It is not totally unexpected but is a way to get a mailing address so I can pass on fabric or tools.

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    Goooood to know. Thanks
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    RAK's are not generally- planned, (random act)
    it is not an (event) or a structured activity
    anyone at any time can participate (commit a random act of kindness)
    you can browse the donations/help wanted sections of forums & send someone something with out expecting anything in return- there are so many things a person can do to just make someone else's moment mean something-be special- be kind- without expectation of reward-or even acknowledgement is what it's all about.
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    I'm pretty sure Marilyn knows WHAT a RAK is---what she is wondering is " I am wondering how you get someone's address." As far as I know, Marilyn, the only way is by someone you know or have kept addresses from in your swaps or just sending them a private message requesting their address. you may have to hint at what you have in mind as for your reason for requesting their address! What a very nice, thoughtful thing you are wanting to do. KUDOS to you! now if we could just fill the world with Marilyns!

    Quote Originally Posted by MarLeClair View Post
    I have taken a quick look round but can't find out any info about RAK. It looks like you pick someone and send them some goodies. I am wondering how you get someone's address. In the swaps we get the address to send to. Let me know, please. I am feeling "kindness" today.

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    Dar-midlife,
    Thank you for your kind comments. That is exactly what I wanted to know. I was hoping to send something to someone without them knowing who sent it. I think it is awsome when you get something and you know someone was thinking of you but don't know who. Keeps you wondering. I guess I'll just keep my eyes open.
    Marilyn

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    You are welcome! so well deserved~what is your address?!!!! LOL

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    Some of us participate in a RAK group here on the QB. You can take a look here and if you're interested just PM Quilty-Louise who maintains our list.
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    I would just go to the PIF section!
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    I have sent boxes of my scraps to some folks here on this board and on another board. I was happy to do it and was even happier when someone said "thank you."
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarLeClair View Post
    Thanks for the reply but I haven't been around that long. Is there someplace our addresses are listed or a person to contact to get an address? Maybe a moderators?
    LOL, nothing at all organized about a random act of kindness.


    Maybe you see a momma with a snotty nosed kid in a stroller while you are coming home from the market------------stop and give her the box of kleenex you just bought for home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    RAK's are not generally- planned, (random act)
    it is not an (event) or a structured activity
    anyone at any time can participate (commit a random act of kindness)
    you can browse the donations/help wanted sections of forums & send someone something with out expecting anything in return- there are so many things a person can do to just make someone else's moment mean something-be special- be kind- without expectation of reward-or even acknowledgement is what it's all about.
    I know we should never tell our RAK but one that I did a few years back still makes me feel good. In 2005 we had a terrible tornado-----60 miles of destruction and 25 lives lost. The closest it came to me was about 8 miles up the road. No matter which path I took to get to my shopping I passed homes destroyed. So on my way to the grocery I pass a stretch of road that lost a dozen homes. Anyway, this one guy kicked right in and built himself a garage type home to have shelter. The planning commission gave him tons of grief because the footings weren't up to snuff for a home, this wasn't right for a proper home, that wasn't right-------on and on. The tornado was Nov. 6 and on Valentine's Day a few months later the guy was outside his HOME tackling the long list of "to do"s from the planning commission.

    Every time I drove thru this area I cried. When the homes started returning I cried. When I saw the residents I cried. So the guy is near his drive way, and God whispered in my ear to stop and offer something. Since I can't help him with his troubles I simply handed him a $20 and told him to buy a couple nice steaks for him and his wife on Valentine's day. (not even sure he had wife).

    Valentine's day ought to be day of some joy----------but when a person is rebuilding from a tornado, joy may be hard to find. I hope I gave him some. If nothing else, I left him scratching his head!

    Like I said, we shouldn't brag. And I hope this does not sound like bragging. It's just something that hit me and I've felt good about it ever since.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie View Post
    I know we should never tell our RAK but one that I did a few years back still makes me feel good. In 2005 we had a terrible tornado-----60 miles of destruction and 25 lives lost. The closest it came to me was about 8 miles up the road. No matter which path I took to get to my shopping I passed homes destroyed. So on my way to the grocery I pass a stretch of road that lost a dozen homes. Anyway, this one guy kicked right in and built himself a garage type home to have shelter. The planning commission gave him tons of grief because the footings weren't up to snuff for a home, this wasn't right for a proper home, that wasn't right-------on and on. The tornado was Nov. 6 and on Valentine's Day a few months later the guy was outside his HOME tackling the long list of "to do"s from the planning commission.

    Every time I drove thru this area I cried. When the homes started returning I cried. When I saw the residents I cried. So the guy is near his drive way, and God whispered in my ear to stop and offer something. Since I can't help him with his troubles I simply handed him a $20 and told him to buy a couple nice steaks for him and his wife on Valentine's day. (not even sure he had wife).

    Valentine's day ought to be day of some joy----------but when a person is rebuilding from a tornado, joy may be hard to find. I hope I gave him some. If nothing else, I left him scratching his head!

    Like I said, we shouldn't brag. And I hope this does not sound like bragging. It's just something that hit me and I've felt good about it ever since.
    I think your act did make his day -

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krystyna View Post
    Some of us participate in a RAK group here on the QB. You can take a look here and if you're interested just PM Quilty-Louise who maintains our list.
    So how do people that are hoping for something get on the list?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    I think your act did make his day -
    I certainly hope so. The guy was the very first to start rebuilding after cleaning up. IMO, he deserved something!
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    I understand the desire to do some things for some of the members, but

    It can get iffy when giving out another person's mailing or e-mail address - - - -

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    Our broker/financial professionals taught us the "rules" of RAK years ago, and I have found the hardest to do is pay for someone else's lunch, gasoline, etc. as it is to be done without their knowledge as to has paid. It is fun, to work this out. Also, when you give somehting to a child, tell them to do "something nice" for someone else--of course, not revealing anything. Don and Ryan have the server, or other intermediator, leave his printed card stating the "reason" and the recipient is to use that same card in his/her next action.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DenverQuilter View Post
    Our broker/financial professionals taught us the "rules" of RAK years ago, and I have found the hardest to do is pay for someone else's lunch, gasoline, etc. as it is to be done without their knowledge as to has paid. It is fun, to work this out. Also, when you give somehting to a child, tell them to do "something nice" for someone else--of course, not revealing anything. Don and Ryan have the server, or other intermediator, leave his printed card stating the "reason" and the recipient is to use that same card in his/her next action.

    I learned RAK from my dad over half a century ago. Since he was a farmer and here a lot, it wasn't unusual for someone needing help specially with cars on our then muddy roads. He'd pull someone out with the tractor, they'd offer to pay him and he's simply tell them to pass on the favor by doing something nice for the next guy.

    Of course, the folks in our area lived that way. Go help Joe today, help Gus on Tuesday, everyone here to help us on Saturday!
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    that sounds great i love doing it but never thought of here. i always pick up little things i see when shopping thinking it would be nice for so and so. but really are people here just going to give you there address without asking why. i think its great and certainly love to be on the receiving end as i am going to be going through a really rough surgery in oct. and it would be great to know that there is people out there thinking of how im doing. so how can we as a group set up a system to put our address together so we can do something like this. even a note to say hi to someone i think would make them feel special. any ideas.

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