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My very first (conscious) Random Act of Kindness was 40 years ago. I was 18 years old, just out of high school. I was working as a correspondent for an incentive stamp company. My job was to answer letters from customers who had exchanged their books of stamps for items in a catalog. One letter was from a mother who had obtained a stuffed toy, a little red fox, from the catalog a couple of years prior. It was the favorite toy of her little 3 year old daughter. But it had been lost. She had told the little girl that Santa would bring her a new one. The distraught mother was writing to say she had looked and looked in all the stores but couldn't find a stuffed fox, and it wasn't in our current catalog!

As the correspondent, it was my job to inform her that the item was discontinued and no longer available. Instead, I slipped the letter into my pocket. I had seen the same little red fox toy in the warehouse where employees could purchase discontinued items. I bought it, wrapped it, and mailed it to the mother anonymously with no return address. Just a note enclosed telling her and her daughter to have a Merry Christmas!



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