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When Our Shippers Look At An ...

Jan 28, 2017, 10 smiles When our shippers look at an order in their queue (smile cards or deck or even bulk order), they are not just looking at the name and address, stuffing the envelopes and posting it. They also read the reason why the person has requested for the cards, and resonate with it. This sometimes leads to interesting emails from our shippers to the shipping team. For example, here is one sent by our long-time shipper "Namaste" for one of the orders he received from a school. "Good afternoon! I'll send her 10 as requested, but it might be nice to send more in bulk and their school could bask in kindness!!" That is such a heartfelt suggestion that truly goes beyond just fulfilling an order!!!!! And, of course, we have shippers who add inspiring messages, doodles and stickers to the envelopes to ensure that the smile on the receiver's face is wider than normal :) Thank you, shippers for being such an inspiration to not only us, but to everyone you touch through each smile card you ship. With a deep bow of gratitude ....

A Request For A Smile Deck

May 02, 2016, 14 smiles When people request a Smile Deck, we ask for their inspiration -- and below is something that we just got in today:   From India to Spain to now the United States, I've become inspired by the magic of 'the' deck -- the Smile Deck :) On the surface, it's a concept that has random acts of kindness for people to "offer" to the world. However, the ripples of these decks are sometimes beyond our imagination. I have seen how it has trigger a different sense of service within me and I am enthusiastic to see how it does for those around me.

Smile Card Shippers -- And Four Apples

Nov 20, 2014, 1 comments, 16 smiles We have a team of about 30 shippers worldwide, who have fulfilled incoming Smile Card orders every week for the last 5+ years. Our typical process is to send them supplies in bulk, and then they ship out the orders that are assigned to them (while kindly covering the cost of postage). Some of them are new shippers, some have done over a thousand orders, and many are in between. It's a joy to be connected to each of them, as we try to embed acts of kindness through the small parts of our process. One of our shippers -- Marilyn -- ended up living close to one of the suppliers. So instead of mailing her the supplies, he dropped it off to her doorstep. On top, he included four apples and affixed a Smile Card on it. After returning home, he wrote her an email asking if she got it, and here's how Marilyn responded:   Yes, I got the smile cards -- and the apples and the lovely card!! You made my day and I've been smiling and energized all night. Now I know what it feels like to be tagged with kindness and it's a wonderful, wonderful feeling. From my heart to yours, thank you so very much.

Here Is A Lovely Mail From ...

Oct 19, 2013, 3 smiles Here is a lovely mail from someone who had requested smile cards. In her thank you note, she refers to our super-service father-daughter duo Geoff and Rachael. She was in fact the recipient of a smile card order fulfilled by them :). Thank you, Geoff and Rachel, for continuing to be such an inspiration to all of us here!!!! For those of you who missed the story about Geoff and his daughter, its a great read! :)   

Smile Card Orders

Sep 23, 2013, 1 comments, 9 smiles While we limit Smile Card orders to 50 per day, we're continuing to see a steady growth (as we add new shippers as well).  Below are the monthly stats for the last year.  

Craft It Forward

Feb 15, 2013, 1 comments, 4 smiles Just got a note from one of our wonderful shippers, Carol, saying, "Will you look at this below!!!  I am just surprised!  It's like they have heard ????".  Its Michael's campaign for the kindness week.  It does indeed seem like the world is listening. :)   

As A Last Step In The ...

Sep 23, 2012, 4 comments, 6 smiles As a last step in the process of inducting new smile card shippers, Geoff gives a call to the interested shipper to answer any questions that they may have, share his own experiences, etc. As the arrival of a new shipper in the queue is a totally random event, we keep sending requests to Geoff at totally random intervals of time. During one such day (when we had a sudden spurt in the number of people interested in shipping smile cards), I had written the following in my email to Geoff: "And thank you for never saying no to all such requests that we keep sending at totally random intervals to you. Oh - I forgot - we never give you a chance to say nay. We just assume that you are super-pumped-up-as-always and would never say no :)". And Geoff's response to my email was in the true-Make-Someone-Smile style: ... Read Full Story

Launch Of Audio Book "A Quiet Courage"

Aug 08, 2012, 4 comments, 6 smiles My mother and I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the launch of the audio book "A Quiet Courage" based on the lives of Mahema and Manohar Devadoss. For those who haven't heard about these amazing people (sadly, Mahema is no more with us), check the ijourney article about them. This audio book is the first title in the series aptly named "Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives". The audio book has a musical background that includes some pieces that were Mahema's favorite, and aptly played and composed by Anil Srinivas and his team. A little about the book. It has been published by Karadi Tales. To quote from their site: "A Quiet Courage is an audiobook based on the true story of Mahema and Manohar Devadoss. Manohar and Mahema Devadoss thought their cup of joy was overflowing when tragedy struck. Mahema was rendered quadriplegic by a cruel accident, and Manohar was robbed ... Read Full Story

A Water Melon Episode That Changed Me

Jul 12, 2012, 4 comments, 8 smiles Dozens of people apply to Smile Card shippers and as we vet them, we ask them to share a story of their kindness inspiration.  Today, we received this touching one ... "I was once at the grocery store in a long line.  A lady behind me held a big watermelon in her hands.  Naturally, its quite heavy so I offered my basket to put her melon in and asked her to go in front of me. After she paid, I offered to walk her to her car but she said that she doesn't have a car and will walk home.  So I offered her a ride, and she accepted.  Just as she sat in my car, though, she started crying. We chatted and she told me that her son is sick and he is only allowed to drink watermelon juice.  She had left him home alone, and was worried to get home ... Read Full Story

Why Do People Request Smile Cards?

Jan 04, 2012, 3 smiles When people request Smile Cards from HelpOthers, they are asked what they intend to do with them and we regularly receive some amazing responses!  Here are some of those inspiring ideas people have shared, just from the last few days alone:  Jay said, "My wife and I have just started a simple project where over the next month we will hand out free fresh fruit to brighten peoples' mornings. We hope to hand out ~250 fruits and would LOVE 250 smile cards to accompany them. Any chance that's possible?" Jason shared, "I really like what your website is all about.   I see so many people in my community constantly who are down and seem to be having a tough time, especially with regards to work and financial concerns. I would like to help to change this for my community, and maybe if one or two people are helped by your ... Read Full Story