364. Helping a stranger

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How often do you get the chance to help a complete stranger?

We had the chance twice in one night on New Year’s Eve…

A woman and her son were trying to light their sparklers just after midnight and asked us for a lighter, my boyfriend stepped in and persevered, despite the apparent risk of burning and eventually sparks began to fly and their faces lit up. We couldn’t speak their language, nor they ours, but it was interesting realising how much we all have in common. When midnight struck in each country everyone celebrated in similar ways sharing the joy of the past year’s successes and hopeful for happiness in the year to come.

(My partner assured me he’d have got bored of trying to help them and moved on if it hadn’t been for my blog.)

A little further down the street a woman was walking on her own. She had dressed up for the evening and I remember remarking that to be on her own almost immediately after midnight suggested she hadn’t had the most successful evening: I felt bad for her. She walked towards us and asked if she could walk with us, she was a little uncomfortable walking alone. There were drunks and fireworks everywhere! No problem, we replied, but our hotel was just down the road. When we reached the hotel, my boyfriend asked how much further she had to go and escorted her the rest of the way home. (Admittedly, as I walked into the hotel I questioned the wisdom of this on a number of levels… however, all was well.)

If you get the opportunity today see how far out of your way can you go to help someone, because it feels great to know that you’ve made someone a little happier, a little safer or both.

363. Supporting Wildlife Aid

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Many people have been busy working over the festive period, but how many of them have rescued a python from a fridge?

http://www.wildlifeaid.org.uk/articles/waf-patients/simon-grapples-python

If that doesn’t deserve a little bit of support, I don’t know what does!

The Wildlife Aid Foundation is dedicated to the rescue, care and rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned wild animals.

Established in 1980, the charity’s veterinary hospital in Leatherhead, Surrey deals with more than 20,000 wildlife emergencies every year. Their policy is to return every patient to the wild once they have recovered. The Foundation’s work is the focus of the popular TV series Wildlife SOS on Discovery Channel’s ‘Animal Planet’.

I’ve made a donation by sending a text stating WILD and the amount, eg. WILD3, to 70300.

362. Adding a donation when you shop…

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I was thoroughly spoilt by my boyfriend this Christmas. In the process of his gift shopping he informed me that he also added a donation to Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity whilst paying for one of my gifts.

The charity was formed in 2003 to brighten the lives of children living with serious or life-limiting illnesses, between the ages of 3 and 18, across the UK.

So that was just another little thing that he did for me… and hopefully it helped someone else’s Christmas wishes come true.

http://raysofsunshine.org.uk/

361. Giving for a good cause

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I was forced to go out for supplies today… much to my disgust, I mean what sane person would go out to buy anything, on Boxing Day, as the sales are beginning?

Confident that everyone else was a retail therapy crazed lunatic desperate for bargains, I took the long way to the supermarket walking around the outside of the shopping centre. However, outside the shop I saw another person who was not a bargain shopper; they were collecting for Help for Heroes.

Grumpy as I was about leaving the house for a couple of essentials today, this person had chosen to go out and brave the crowds to raise money for a cause they cared about: fair play to them. They could have been at home with their family or watching Christmas TV, instead they were outside in the cold, in the midst of the shopping madness. I made a donation.

360. The Nelson Mandela Book Drive

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This year marks the first year of Madiba’s passing and to keep his legacy alive, the Nelson Mandela Foundation aims to collect 67 000 books towards promoting literacy over a period of 3 months. Starting from 1st December 2014.

Every book bought on the website will be donated to the project: http://www.bookpeople.co.za/nelson-mandela-drive/

I’ve bought a book.

359. Helping those in need

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As I bustled about the town centre yesterday, taking care of a couple of odds and ends, I passed a Big Issue seller. To be honest he was looking a little down, which is fairly unusual, and didn’t say anything as I passed.

I realised he’d probably been there most of the day and actually that I could spare the £2 change that was in my purse. I wouldn’t get round to reading the magazine at the moment, so I simply walked back to him and gave him the money. Hopefully he managed to get himself a hot drink to keep him going…

358. Random act of kindness

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This morning we got the post for a property in a nearby road by mistake. I decided the best thing to do was deliver it by hand – to make sure they got their card before Christmas! Then I added a little note explaining what had happened and a festive packet of sweets before I popped it through their door.

Hopefully they won’t be suspicious and will enjoy the gesture!

357. Supporting victims of acid attacks

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I was moved to act after reading a post today:

http://kindnessblog.com/2014/08/27/the-love-of-a-mother-and-her-3-year-old-daughter-who-were-attacked-with-acid-by-their-husbandfather/

I’ve made a donation to Acid Survivors Trust International. http://www.acidviolence.org/ I find it hard to understand how one human being could do this to another and living with the effects must be incredibly difficult…

In case you are ever at the scene and need to help a victim of an acid attack, please read and follow the advice below:

First Aid Information

Pre-hospital Approach to Acid and Burns Patient Management

1. S.A.F.E approach: as for all pre-hospital emergencies

Shout/call for help
Assess the scene
Free from danger
Evaluate the casualty

2. Stop the burning process (in case of fire for example: stop, drop and roll); remove the burning source.

Remove all burnt/burning clothing (unless stuck to the patient) and jewellery making sure that the First Aider doesn’t sustain acid burns themselves to their hands or other parts!

The most critical aspect of acid burn care is the constant and prolonged washing of the area with water at a room temperature to get the acid out immediately! It will benefit the victim immensely to be taken to the nearest source of running water for dousing for at least half an hour to try and wash the acid away before subsequent care.

3. The patient should be rushed to specialized medical care or dial the emergency number. If suitable first aid is not provided to the patient the procedure becomes lengthy and increases patient suffering.

Bring bagged clothing to hospital for examination.

4. All treatments need to be conducted in sterile environments and antiseptic dressings and antibiotics should be provided along side.

5. If the wound is painless there is a chance that the wound is deep. Superficial burns are more painful and the patient should be aided with painkillers.

6. An early recognition, leading to immediate help and then eventual reconstructive surgery all lead to less scarring, less deformity and speed up the rehabilitation process.

The Love of a Mother and Her 3 Year-old Daughter, who Were Attacked With Acid by Their Husband/Father

Originally posted on Kindness Blog:

Somayeh Mehri (29) and Rana Afghanipour (3) are a mother and daughter living in Bam, southern Iran.

They were attacked with acid by Somayeh’s husband Amir.

Somayeh Mehri (29) with her daughter Rana Afghanipour Somayeh Mehri (29) and her daughter Rana Afghanipour (3) give each other a kiss. Since their disfigurement in an acid attack, they say, others don’t like to kiss them.

Somayeh had frequently been beaten and locked up by her husband, and finally found the courage to ask for a divorce. Amir warned her that if she persisted in her attempts to leave him, she would not live out life with the face she had.

One night in June 2011, he poured acid on Somayeh and Rana as they slept. Somayeh’s and Rana’s faces, hands, and, in places, their bodies were severely burned. Somayeh was blinded, and Rana lost one of her eyes.

Somayeh Mehri (29) and Rana Afghanipour

Somayeh’s father sold his land in order to raise money to pay…

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356. Gifts that keep giving…

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Whilst doing my shopping yesterday, I was looking for a particular gift. I won’t say what just in case the recipient is reading this… But buying the British Heart Foundation version of this item meant a donation was made to support the charity and I got what I was looking for too.

I’m really feeling the over-commercialised nature of Christmas this year, but this way I’m giving a gift that gives a little bit more and helps to do something that really matters.

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