My Birthday Present To Me (the day).

Today is my 39th Birthday. Yea me. To me my Birthday is just another day. The same as all the rest. This year however I have decided to do something with my Birthday. From the inspiration of my fellow photographer and friend Kelly Scaccia I spent my Birthday (with Jocelyne) doing 39 random acts of kindness throughout Sudbury. Sudbury has been good to me. I am fortunate and I wanted to give something back to the community.    Thanks to everyone that passed on the “Random Acts Of Kindness” (RAOK) as a Birthday wish to me.  Here are some pics from todays excursions. (Taken with my phone)

RAOK #1 Gave a stranger a Cash For Life Ticket

RAOK #2 Give away 10 Tim Horton’s give cards.

RAOK #3. Help a guy back up his trailer as he got stuck in a tight spot.

Thanks to Flower Town for the flowers for another RAOK.

RAOK #4. Carried out a woman’s groceries to her car. 5 people turned me down thinking I was crazy. Wow.

RAOK #5 – 9. Handed out 27 carnations to people at old age home.

RAOK #10 donation to Spca

RAOK #11. Gave traffic cop cold bottle of water while he was directing traffic.

RAOK #12. Paid expired parking meters

ROAK #13 . Gave cold bottled of water to city workers gardening on Notre Dame.

ROAK# 14 Delivered flower for a Facebook request.

RAOK #15 Made a donation to Crime Stoppers.

RAOK #16 Dropped of doughnuts to the fire dept.

RAOK #17 gave water and gift card to homeless man under bridge.

RAOK #18 Tim Bits to the ladies at Northern Cancer Foundation.

RAOK #19 Paid for order of person behind us at Tim Hortons

RAOK #20 & 21 Brought doughnuts to emergency staff at hospital and gave gift card out to woman waiting in line.

RAOK #22 Gave crosswalk man cold water.

ROAK #23 Brought some goodies to our cat repair staff.

RAOK #24 Gave a hug and DQ card for a Facebook request.

RAOK #25 A flower to help.

RAOK #25 26 27 Gave cute old couple walking water. Gave a paperboy a DQ gift card.

RAOK #28 Picked up garbage at random playground.
RAOK #29 Pick up garbage along junction creek off of Barrydown
RAOK #30 Pick up garbage along Barrydown.
RAOK # 31 DQ Gift card to mom with 2 girls.
RAOK #32-38 Bag peoples groceries.

RAOK #39 Bought Gift Cert and gave to hostess to give to the next people she seats.

Well that’s it.  I hope others follow in our footsteps as you will find this very rewarding.  I hope some day there is a ROAK day or week every year, but in the meantime we can all start with just one RAOK per day. 🙂

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13 Responses to “My Birthday Present To Me (the day).”

  1. Jean Chartrand Says:

    James, I have to tell you that this the best way I have ever heard of spending your birthday. Your acts may sound trivial to some but to the people you did them for I’m sure they appreciated and you left them with a smile and a story to tell. Either way you have inspired people and maybe even made us look at one another to ponder on what little things we can do to make someone smile.
    Not sure what your religious views are but God Bless you and your wife, you are on the right track on the secret of life it’s all about giving and not receiving. Hope you at least gets some cake at the end. 🙂

  2. Kelly Says:

    Thank you to you and Jocelyn for making the world a better place. You should post your link on the RAOK official site as well. They LOVE to hear stories like this! 🙂

  3. Rich Duzzi Says:


    Occasionally, not often enough, my wife and myself have done RAOK BUT not on the scale of yours. We want to thank you for helping to make the world a nicer place to be.

    I may attempt this on my Bday next month – hopefully I could come up with 65 RAOK’s.

  4. Jessi Says:

    Wow, you did this in one day. Very impressed and what a wonderful idea!

  5. Laurie Hayes Says:

    AWESOME JAMES!!! Couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate! Wouldn’t this be an awesome trend to start? 🙂

  6. Lianne Says:

    This was EPIC!! I shared on my Fb page, I hope you don’t mind, if so, let me know and I’ll remove! 🙂

  7. Lina Says:

    I agree with Jean. What a great way to spend your birthday. It is nice to see people do have big hearts. You and your wife are an inspiration to many of us. Tomorrow is my birthday maybe I can do some good too. Thank you for sharing with us.

  8. Terie Says:

    Just Reading this Made My Day! What a GREAT INSPIRATION to ALL!!! Bravo Sir! Bravo!

  9. Andrew Says:

    Great Job. Sounds like a plan for my next birthday!. Think you started somthing good here. And btw, thanks for giving the donuts to the firemen and not the police, were tired of the donut jokes….lol

  10. Angela Says:

    This was a beautiful story. And what a wonderful way to both celebrate life and feel good about yourself. Reading about your birthday was a great way to end my day, with thanks to my cousin Stacey for sharing it with me.

  11. Laura-Jean Says:

    totally loved this especially the part of you remembering the ED my stomping grounds thanks!! Totally want to do this on my birthday great idea

  12. Katharine Says:

    You rock mr.

  13. Linda Martel (Paula's mom) Says:

    Happy 39th young man! Way to go…you are an inspiration…would love to see what you do for your 49th, 59th, and whatever comes between……congratulations…you have the right idea, whatever you have you gave…and it will come right back at you! A job well done…..all the best!
    And, by the way, your photos are the absolute best!!!

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