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A Very Touching Note

Dec 25, 2014, 2 comments, 15 smiles For many, Christmas is a season to practice generosity -- and certainly we see that in our mailbox. On behalf of many at ServiceSpace, I want to extend gratitude for the various offerings of love that we have received this season -- from hand-made items to cards to monetary contributions to origami decorations. Yesterday, I went to our mailbox and saw this deeply touching note from a mother, son and daughter paying-forward a gift to the father:   

Two Dollar Donation

Nov 14, 2014, 17 smiles Every time I check our mail, we get some small donation or another.  It's touching to see how people feel so moved to pay it forward, like this 2 dollar donation this week:    

LinkedIn CEO On Kindness App

Mar 10, 2014, 1 comments, 8 smiles Saw this article -- RAK? There Should An App For That -- by the LinkedIn CEO today.  He basically is talking about a fancy app that gathers data about your specifics and offers you specific suggestions for doing acts of kindness.  "Stuck in a fast food drive-thru line? Pay for the person behind you. Finishing up a meal in a restaurant with a server who could use some help? Honor the name of someone you care about with a life-altering tip. See a barefoot homeless person on the street in freezing temperatures? Offer them a pair of shoes."  I have had similar thoughts before that it would be nice to have an app that gives out such suggestions, or at the very least a digitized version of Smile Deck that shows random suggestions.

This Halloween We Decided To Give ...

Nov 01, 2013, 3 comments, 16 smiles This Halloween we decided to give a smile card with the candies to the kids. Smile card was clearly a bonus :) Kids, who could read, started reading with a surprise. One kid said "Whoa! a card... Smile... Cool! :)". Parents accompanying them too found it interesting. The little ones too, who did not know how to read, were asking for the card as well (One of the kids came back saying "I did not get a card!" and made sure he got one, which was cute!). This was lot of fun!!

Small Acts Of Donation

Sep 09, 2013, 7 smiles We stumbled into a happy discovery this morning.  One of KindSpring volunteers asked if we had received her pledge for a monthly donation.  In looking it up, we realized that there are eight people who are making small, monthly contributions to ServiceSpace!  Folks from New Mexico to Pennsylvania to Kansas.  Unsolicited offerings of love coming in from all directions. :)

Heard This On NPR Last Night... As ...

Sep 04, 2013, 1 comments, 2 smiles Heard this on NPR last night... As We Become Richer, Do We Become Stingier? http://www.npr.org/2013/09/03/218627288/why-being-wealthy-doesnt-lead-to-more-giving  

Someone Named Bonnie On Twitter

Jul 20, 2013, 1 comments, 16 smiles Someone named Bonnie reached out to us on Twitter, and then sent a very kind note and a donation!  

We Routinely Get Notes Of Gratitude ...

Jun 28, 2013, 1 comments, 11 smiles We routinely get notes of gratitude from those who receive Smile Cards as a gift. Attached is a card that said: "To ServiceSpace, here's a donation to help your amazing (underlined) website! Endless blessings of love, M."  

Turkish Protesters Hold Mass Yoga Demo ...

Jun 08, 2013, 2 comments, 4 smiles Turkish protesters hold mass yoga demo -- chicagotribune.com ISTANBUL (Turkey) (AFP) - (AFP) - Protesters who have been occupying Istanbul's Gezi park for six days in an effort to save it from the bulldozers take to mass yoga as a new form of protest. Duration: 01:27

Three Short Rickshaw Stories & Generosity

May 18, 2013, 6 smiles Three short rickshaw stories & generosity (one of them is about Udaybhai in Ahmedabad)... Posted by Nithya Shanti on Facebook (who recently attended the Awakin gathering in Pune!). Three Amazing Rickshaw Stories... Yesterday a few friends and I began sharing auto-rickshaw stories. Now it is common in India to complain about how rude and corrupt rickshaw drivers are. However our stories revealed a very different side to these people who ferry us across busy, smoke filled roads each day. The first story was shared by a friend who said that he has made it a practice to give every rickshaw driver TWICE the amount he is asked for. Once when he did this the driver was very confused and asked him why he was giving him twice the fare. My friend replied, "I would like you to keep the money, and if ever you see an old or sick person needing a ride on ... Read Full Story