AC4P

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335 users have voted.
Wristband number: 
78 063
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The behavior I was looking for in my AC4P Project was simple manners, such as saying "Please and Thank you," "You are welcome," etc. One day on my way to a class, I was running a little late. I was late because my classes were ten minutes apart, and the buildings were each on a different side of campus. As I was struggling to run/speed walk/not spill my coffee, a kind young lady saw me from a distance. She kindly waiting awhile to hold a door for me because she noticed my struggle and that I had my hands full. I thanked her for holding the door for so long, and she replied, "You are very welcome. I'm glad I saw you!" I immediately thought of the AC4P Part II, and luckily my bracelet was handy and ready to go. I told her about the project and offered her the bracelet. She thanked me again, and said she would pass it on if she saw the same behavior. She seemed really interested in the project, as I am. This project definitely brought back hope for me to see and pass along good behaviors that seem to be fading from today's society. Just a simple "Thank you," or "You are welcome" can mean all of the difference and make a bigger impact than we believe.

Employees Who Care

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635 users have voted.
Wristband number: 
78 188
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I was looking for an employee to do more than just be at work because they have to be there. I wanted to see an employee go out of their way to be kind or helpful. I found just such a person at Dillard’s in Topeka. I was looking for clothes to update my business attire. I have gained a bit of weight over the winter and was not happy with anything that I tried on. I came out of the dressing room with an armload of stuff to put on the return rack and was feeling pretty down on myself. I must have looked as frustrated as I felt because a sales person noticed and said that she noticed the type of clothes that I was picking out (I was shopping in a tee and jeans) and that she knows an outfit that would be perfect for me. She did, and it was. She spent the next 40 minutes helping me pick out the most perfect clothes (and shoes), even bringing suggestions to me in the dressing room. I told her that I hated taking up all of her time and she said that “right here and now, you are most important.” She also said that she was having fun! (BTW, they do not get commission) I didn’t have my bracelet on me, or even think about it frankly. However, I had asked for her name because I wanted to email management when I got home, to tell them what a great job she did with my fragile ego. When I got home I saw my bracelet and I also wrote a note to her and sent it to the store. I have not heard anything back yet, but I have faith that such an empathetic person will no doubt pay it forward.

Backtracking to Actively Care

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365 users have voted.
Wristband number: 
79 116
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In part I of this project, I specified that I wanted to give out my wristband (#79116) to a stranger who demonstrated an act of kindness by going out of their way and backtracking to help someone else out. I was a little worried about this project at first because it took over a month for me to recognize such a specific situation, but luckily one day in the underground the girl in line in front of me tried to buy her meal but her credit card was confirmed denied after the cashier tried a second swipe. She had a chicken sandwich, fries, and a drink that added up to a fairly large sum. The poor girl began anxiously gathering up all of her items to put back where she found them when a guy who had just purchased his food in the line next to us turned around and stepped in. He had overheard the situation, and handed the cashier his card while explaining to the girl that he has been in similar situations. I watched the girl’s expression change from anxious to confused to embarrassed to grateful as she profusely began to thank him. “Don’t worry about it,” he said, “Chick-Fil-A is good for the soul!” By this time I had finished paying for my food when I realized that this was the perfect opportunity to spread the AC4P challenge bracelet. I awkwardly caught up to him, reached in my backpack for the bracelet, and explained what it was for, how he had earned it, and how he could pass along the AC4P project. He was definitely confused and probably a little weirded out at first, but then began to understand the project and thanked me for recognizing his kindness. What really struck me in this act of kindness is that he could’ve so easly just have kept walking on his way when he had overheard the conversation. No one expected anything from him, so the act was purely selfless because he went above and beyond what most of society would have done. He did not want the girl’s number, or any sort of recognition (although I definitely supplied an ample amount of it) he was just being kind. After my strangely uncomfortable encounter with the mystery boy, I realized how much good the AC4P project could create for the world if more people knew about and participated in it. I think that one of the first steps of actively caring for people is to be able to recognize selfless acts of kindness such as this, which will then lead to a more conscious passion for it that can be spread exponentially throughout our lives.

Helper of the Homeless

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597 users have voted.
Wristband number: 
79 149
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Sometimes on Mass Street I see homeless people. When I was at Weaver's with my boyfriend I watched a young man walk by a homeless man and give him some money. After watching numerous people just walk by him without even a glance I decided this was the person worthy of my AC4P wristband. I exited the store and fast-walked down the sidewalk to catch up with him. It felt kind of awkward when I explained to him what I was doing but I think it made him feel good. I told him about the website and that he should pass the wristband on too if he likes, and if he sees someone doing "AC4P behavior". It was a good experience.

Out of their way to help

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358 users have voted.
Wristband number: 
54 930
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As I was walking to class, I can see a young girl struggling to hold her class supplies while rushing to make her next class. I think about offering to help but i thought maybe that would make her more late so I decides to leave her alone. A couple seconds later, she unintentionally dropped all of her stuff. I can see her frustration and stress in her face. All of a sudden, a young man comes running to her from across the street to help. He was all the way across the street and could have easily ignored her and walked on. But he noticed, rushed to her, and helped. This action made by the young man was very surprising and I thought this type of behavior (especially for college students) was already extinct. But I was wrong.
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KU AC4P Story (Voldemort's Nose)

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850 users have voted.
Wristband number: 
79 164
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I was on the look out for people that performed a random act of kindness and I observed many. The one that stuck out most to me was when I was on the bus. A girl forgot her water bottle and textbook on the bus and a guy that wasn't at his stop grabbed her stuff, got off the bus, and returned it to her. The guy gave up his time and spot on the bus in this cold weather to return this girls items. It was very kind of him and I told him I appreciated his kindness and tried to make it not too awkward. I told him about AC4P and the charity I am involved with (Random Acts- Founder: Misha Collins). He was interested so I handed over my wrist band and told him to pay it forward.

Little Act of Kindness

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659 users have voted.
Wristband number: 
79 102
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I was riding on the public transit bus when a student boarded the bus using crutches. I simply stood up and gave him my seat so he wouldnt have to stand. A girl named Sarah then gave me a bracelet and thanked me for doing it.

Received an "Of The Month" From One of My Students

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1043 users have voted.
Wristband number: 
52 960
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I am a graduate student who works in Student Housing at the University of Kansas. I helped one of my student staff members through a rough time in her personal life recently, and she wrote an "Of The Month" award about how I helped her.

Caring and feeling cared for

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800 users have voted.
Wristband number: 
54 047
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I teach English composition at the University of Kansas. A few days ago, I received a wristband from one of my students. She told me that she wanted to give me the wristband because she thought I had been extra kind to invite students who live far from home to my home for Thanksgiving. I simply didn't want students to have to be alone if they didn't want to. Of course I care about my students. But receiving this wristband made ME feel cared for, and that's AWESOME!

Suicide Awareness Mission

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852 users have voted.
Wristband number: 
55 745
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My name is Megan Sirt. My mission was to find someone that prevented someone form committing suicide. I did not catch a person in the exact act of preventing someone from committing suicice, but as soon as this project was assigned, I thought of a friend of mine that was trying very hard to create a suicide awareness movement. I automatically decided that I wanted to pass on my bracelet to this friend because he is an incredible person and his movement has become much larger than when he started, which was the beginning of last year. I asked Ryan, my friend, for his address (because he lives in Illinois where I'm from) but did not tell him why. I just told him that it was a surprise and he would get it after I sent it in the mail. I wrote a letter with the bracelet and explained to Ryan what we were assigned to do and what Actively Caring for People was. I expressed how proud of his organization I was and how I wouldn't want anyone to have this bracelet but him because of all the dedication and hard work he puts in to make his organization, foreverU, very aware and heard about. His organization is obviously to help kids or people that struggle with the thoughts of suicide or to help people with the struggle of losing someone to suicide. He started this organization when he was a junior in high school and he is now a senior in high school. He has come a long way with this organization and has huge plans for it in the next few years, such as teen conferences, a 5k in April, documentaries, a music festival, and Vans Warped Tour. Ryan goes from school to school speaking about this oragnization and what it does. As soon as Ryan received the bracelet and letter in the mail, he texted me and told me that he had a postcard on the way for me and that after he read my letter, he was speechless and almost made him cry and that it was just truly amazing. I took a picture of the postcard and I will attach it so each and every one of you can see how grateful he was for the letter and the bracelet. You can also see his reaction through his words on his postcard. I felt very excited to know that Ryan appreciated the things I sent him. In one point of the postcard, he wrote "but just from reading your letter, it's amazing to see how foreverU is impacting the lives of others". I am truly glad that I sent Ryan a letter with my bracelet because he is such a kind person that appreciated what I had to say and it makes me feel good to know that Ryan knows how much I appreciate his organization and what it does for people. I wouldn't have wanted to pass my bracelet on to anyone else.

KU Student Cares

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406 users have voted.
Wristband number: 
4 056
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Throughout the 2013 fall semester I have been on the look out for someone that stands up for their fellow peer. Finally after months of keeping my eye out, I have found someone who does just that. One day while sitting at Mrs. E's eating another generic college meal with a table of my friends, a friend of mine began to complain about an unfair test he had just taken. He said "The test was so retarded". Before my friend could finish his sentence, a girl none of us had ever met was standing at our table. She boldly responded to my friend: "Hi, not to be creepy but I just overheard your conversation and I would appreciate it if you did not use that word. It is hurtful to others and uncalled for." And with that she walked off and continued on her way to the salad bar. After she returned to her seat a few tables away, I promptly went over and introduced myself. Upon explaining the Actively Caring For People Project and giving her the bracelet, I asked why she randomly felt the need to interject in to my friends conversation. Abby responded stating that "she was studying to be a special needs teacher and is not a fan of that particular word." I personally have family members who struggle with mental disabilities so I especially appreciate and commend Abby in her bravery to stand up for those she doesn't even know. People like Abby make the world a better place and I think she will find someone fantastic to pass the Actively Caring for People challenge on to.

Caring Kansans

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733 users have voted.
Wristband number: 
52 175
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Received bracelet at a honors and recognition banquet. Excited to pass it on.