First of all I would like to say a massive thank you to all of the amazing businesses and people who have donated the prizes for this massive giveaway. If it wasn’t for all of you then it would not be possible in the first place and your generosity and kindness is appreciated so much!
Secondly, a massive thank you to every single person who entered this giveaway and took time out to write in their stories of giving and receiving of random acts of kindness.
Now for the winners as you have all been waiting…. this is the hardest giveaway I have had to do so far with the job of narrowing it down to the 17 winners out of all of the entries. They were all so amazing and heart wrenching and it took me over 3 hours to go through and decide on the winners. It really is a great reminder that there are still many people out there who are kind hearted and love helping others, especially at this time of year when it can be very challenging for some people.
So here goes…. The question each person had to answer was:
– What is one random act of kindness or nice thing someone has done for you (or you have done for someone else) without the intention of wanting something in return?
Prize Pack Number and Name of the winner and their entry.
**The winners will be contacted via email only and the winners have 48 hours to respond to the winning email with their full name and postage address or their prize will be given to the next lucky winner.**
- Everydayaussie91- I once organised for a friend of mine who was going through a rough patch with life and money to get their hair done at a hairdresser (for the first time in 3 years). I just wanted to make her feel special with a girly day away from all the stresses and housework so the men watched the children and it was a nice day away.
- Kirstie- On the 30th of November last year my husband and I (25 & 23) got a phone call from a relative. She wanted us to look after her 2yr old daughter for a week as she needed a break. We were away celebrating our first wedding anniversary at the time, and planning out the next year of our lives. When we collected the toddler her pants were held up by a safety pin, her hair had been hacked at, and her arms were bruised. The mother kept asking us to look after for for a few more days.. She ended up asking us to raise the toddler as our own, forever. This was a massive change to our lives, but we knew we had to do it for the little girl. Since then every day we are trying to catch up on the time we missed with her in her first two years. She just had her first birthday with us on Monday, and everytime we see her little smile we know we have done the right thing for her, her birth mother, and our family. We became overnight parents to a trouble two year old girl, and now we are very proud parents to a radiant three year old 🙂 life has never been better.
- Sapshu- When i was a little girl my dad taught me the true spirit of Christmas – He use to bake lots of cupcakes and on christmas morning we use to share those cupcakes with the Aged Care people near our home .
Now i bake cupcakes with my son and take him with me to share the cupcakes with the Aged Care people in our area just to see smiles on their faces.
And the best part is now my son says that when he will grow up ,he will also bake cupcakes and take his kids to meet the Aged Care people first thing on Christmas morning every year 🙂
- Sneha- When my husband and I first moved to Australia from India with my 1 year daughter who is starting prep next year , I had no idea how to start my life and what my future holds for me , without any family support I was hit by severe depression which left me with no hair , I struggled 1 year before I got my hair back , slowly I got settled and one day a friend of mine got married and his wife came to Australia and faced the same situation and because she was newly married she didn’t trust anyone to talk about how she felt but I somehow felt the sadness in her smile and always stood with her . I m proud to say that she is very well settled and happy now .
- Suet Wai Wong- When my partner was terminally ill with brain cancer, my friends rallied to support us by cooking soups so we can have constant meals when we are busy with hospital trips. My workmates all came over and clean up the garden and offered to pay for all the taxi trips to and from the hospital. Now thatmy partner had passed away (three years ago) a couple of friends acted as sportsparents to take my son to soccer games, port adelaide AFL games and the grandprix. Taking up the role of what would have been my partner’s role as he was sports mad.
We are so lucky to be surrounded by love! ❤
- Shama- Becoming a parent changes you. It changes the way you look or rather looked at happiness. Or kindness. It’s a responsibility like no other but most of the times random acts of kindness occur not out of the positive aim of Showing the little ones the right ways to be, it happens truly because a whole new part of our heart, has opened up.Much of it, we didn’t know existed before. For eg, it is now almost impossible for me to not send a plate of muffins or pancakes (every time I make them)or even slices of fresh sweet watermelon upstairs to our neighbours, for their little ones. Only because I know the glee in their eyes will be much the same as my little girls. Or I have lost the capacity to walk past a mom struggling with a pram, a handbag , a crying toddler and a shopping bag from woollies. Before I know it, I am right next to her, asking if I can hold her bag, or hold the door open or anything. Or It does not worry me when my friends very new baby spews on me, while I hold him so she can have her cup of tea in peace. Or I fold her laundry and mind her baby for just that half an hour while she has a quick nap,which will get her through another long night. I cannot for the life of me, imagine a child without clothes, books or food. So every so often, I am emptying the wardrobes, and toy baskets, making sure they get handed over to lesser privileged childhoods. If you ask me if I get any time to do anything other than raising miss5 and miss3, no I truly don’t. But this is now me. I am a parent. I will be kind forever, I have no option, I think I got re-wired. 😀
- sewing4kids- This year I started a new tradition with my 2.5 year old son. We went to the shops and picked out a toy that he would like, that a boy his age would like. We purchased it, went home and wrapped it together, then put it under the tree at our local supermarket. My son was a bit upset as he wanted to keep the toy, but that’s half the purpose, to teach him that its nice to give something away with nothing in return.
I know this isn’t a ‘new’ idea, but I read on Facebook (from the Lunchbox Ideas for Kids page I think) about getting the kids involved and buying a toy that is for a kid their age. Hopefully when he’s grown up and has his own kids he will continue in this christmas act of giving.
- Kayla- I recently went to the local library to use a computer. An elderly gent was sitting beside me trying to book flights home to see his family. I could tell he was getting quite frustrated and he asked the librarian for assistance, she was too busy so I asked if I could help. The look of relief on his face was priceless! I booked his flights home for him! He was very thankful & wanted to pay me for my time which I refused! It doesn’t take much to help someone out, no matter the task- big or small.
- kimmytaylor- One of my best friends in the whole world spend the day cooking for my family and then sent her husband on a 4 plus hour round trip to deliver it to us when we were going through a rough patch this year. It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about the thought that went into this from such a gorgeous human being.
- Katelyn Von Kistowski- When my first son was only a few weeks old I was doing the grocery shopping and as a first time mum I was really struggling. I hadn’t slept though a night since he was born and I was having trouble breastfeeding. Due to my tiredness I had forgot my PIN number for my bank card to pay and the bank was shut.. I told the girl at the checkout I would run to the ATM and get money out but my son started to really scream and cry and then my mummy emotions got the best of my and I started crying too. A lady behind me offered to pay, I said thank you but refused. I ran to the ATM with my screaming baby and when I got there I still couldn’t remember my PIN number, I frantically entered numerous combinations but for the life of me could not remember the number. I mentally prepared myself to go back and ask the girl at the check out to return all the stuff in the trolley as I wouldn’t be able to pay. But upon my return I found that the lady that had offered to pay, did infact pay after i left to go to the ATM. Sadly she had already left so i didn’t get to thank her. But I was able to pay it forward about a week later. I was going through the checkout when I noticed a dainty elderly lady beside me at the next checkout who looked very stressed and was shaking her head saying I don’t know why it’s not working, I’m so sorry! She was having a similar incident to me, I heard her say she was going to the ATM to try and get money out. So when she left I went over and told the guy serving her that I was paying for her groceries, he asked me if I wanted to wait for her to get back. I told him I was in a rush, and asked him to tell her to pay it forward. I left feeling happy knowing I had been able to help someone because someone helped me.
- Angela Wicks- Our next door neighbours are an elderly retired couple. They are wonerful friendly people and are constantly doing kind things for us. My partner works away alot and i often forget to put the bins out, only to find the next morning they’ve put them out for me. The one thing i appreciate most and the kindest is my sons cat he got when he was 2, was run over and killed out the front of our house. We were a mess, i didnt know what to do. My elderly neighbour went and grabbed a box, placed our cat in the box, dug a hole in our backyard and burried our cat for us. He understood that i couldnt. And this happened in the middle of winter and it was dark. I will always be grateful to him for helping us that night and showing true human kindness.
- Tara-Lee Keepence- had just left my doctors appointment with my (at the time) 4 year old, it had started pouring down with rain so I picked her up on my hip and hurriedly made my way to the bus stop. As we were crossing at the lights, two women walked past us and they each had an umbrella – one of them handed me theirs and said to take it, that they insisted and they didn’t need it. This has always stuck with me because it’s not often you experience that type of kindness anymore.
- Mel- When I was 18 (2.5 years ago) I had my appendix rupture, whilst recovering from the surgery my boss offered me a room at her place as at the time I was living in my car. A few days later I came home (to her place) from a follow up appointment to find a hand made wheat bag on the doorstep with a little note saying ‘Welcome to the neighbourhood, I’ve seen you struggling recently & thought this may be of some help’It was such a lovely gesture and It always reminds me of how easy it is to be kind & make someone’s day.
So as a pay it forward, when I get my weekly coffee on payday, I will shout the person behind me in the drive through or leave a $2 coin on a kids ride in My local shopping centre.
It’s the simple things!
- Sellina Brookes- I helped someone have a baby!My husband and I struggled with infertility for years. We suffered miscarriages and despair whilst all around us, friends were effortlessly having children of our own. After 2 years of heartache, it was deemed that we needed IVF to have kids.We were very lucky and now have two beautiful children thanks to IVF. But during the process, we met many many couples who weren’t so lucky. After we finished our family, I vowed that I would give someone else a chance by donating my eggs one last time.I randomly chose a woman from the Australian egg donors register and they now have a three year old boy. We keep in touch at Christmas, but otherwise don’t really have much in common.It’s the best thing I ever did.
- Monica- I was recently separated with a 8 month old and I was finding it difficult to keep up with the finances especially my car payment on a single income and support from the ex was non existent, to top it off in the October I was made redundant I did not know how i would pay the bills let alone have a decent xmas for my little one, I talked to a family friend about my situation who worked at the finance company I had my car with and at Christmas I was handed a letter to say that he had wanted to help me and paid 3 months of my car payments so that I didn’t have to worry about it while I was unemployed and I said I would repay him and he said no it is a gift he wanted to help and he usually gives money to a charity but decided that this year someone he knew needed the help and decided to help me out when he didn’t have to and at a time I was desperate, he is my guardian angel and due to his act of kindness I will be eternally grateful to him as he didn’t have to help but he showed me the true spirit of Christmas is to help others in need.
- Zoe Phillis- My partner and I spent Christmas Eve last year baking goodies for a local charity. The charity provides for families in need. We spent the entire day baking and decorating the goods. There is no better gift than giving, and we can’t wait to do it all again this year! 😀 ♡
- Sabrina Johnson- A couple of years ago my husband had started doing Fly In Fly Out work.. I had a new baby (and a 5yo) and we had moved to a town where I didn’t know anyone. We were low on cash (hence hubby taking that work) and getting paid monthly. I had 4 days to go until payday.. I had a joke with my bestie (who lived 5hrs away) that we had half a roll of toilet paper left for the next 4 days..
the next morning a Woolworths truck arrived. Milk, Bread, Flour, Sugar, Eggs, Fruit, a treat for Miss 5 and yes… Toilet Paper were delivered. I will never forget the kindness my friend showed me that day and vow to pay it forward one day ♡