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H.O.W. To Give This Christmas: A Pledge To Spread Love

Updated on December 2, 2012

Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.
Francis of Assisi

You have all given so much already! Those of you who have signed on as charter members of H.O.W….you have vowed to help make this world a better place, and for that I thank you.

I have been described as a cynical optimist, and I tend to agree with that description. I want so badly to believe in the basic good of humanity, but then I read another news account of atrocities and I wonder if man will ever reach the exalted status for which he was born.

Every single time my heart begins to soar with the angels, it is shot down by another message of inhumanity. So I mend my wings, and then begin to soar again, only to find that déjà vu indeed does happen all over again.

Still, I was raised by beautiful parents who insisted that I not give up. “Always move forward”….those were the words drilled into me from the earliest days, and move forward I have and will continue to do.

I will continue to speak out against injustice, and I will continue to exhort those who read my words to do their part in improving this world. To do less would be a slap in the face to my parents, and it would be a slap in the face to myself.

So my friends, shall we move forward together?

The 9 Nanas
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THE 9 NANAS

There are few original ideas in life. No matter what we spawn in our brains, it is really just a variation of some other idea generated years ago. So it was with the 9 Nanas. I wrote about this marvelous collection of human beings, but allow me to take a moment and refresh your memories.

Nine women in Tennessee have been giving anonymous gifts to people in their community for over thirty-five years now. To date, they have given over $900,000 in gifts, and with each anonymous gift they have left a note that simply says “Somebody loves you.”

The gifts range from pound cakes to the paying of utility bills. They hear about a needy family during their daily excursions; they might be sitting in the beauty salon, and hear about a person who just lost their job. They might be in the grocery store when they hear about a person who was hospitalized. Whatever the case may be, they hear the story and then act upon it by giving a gift of love to those in need.

For thirty-five years they have done this, behind the scenes, with no hope of or desire for recognition.

WE ALL KNOW SOMEONE

Yes, indeed, we do! We all know someone in our lives who is in need this holiday season. Maybe it is the neighbor down the street who recently lost a loved one. Maybe you know of a family who just lost their job or home and are having a hard time making ends meet.

They are all around us. In this economy it is not hard to find them, and the holiday season only serves to remind them of how tough times are and how much they have lost.

That is where the H.O.W. movement comes into the picture!

CALLING ALL H.O.W. MEMBERS!

So now I call on all of you to pick up where the 9 Nanas left off. We have written about making this world a better place, and now it is time for action. I am calling on you all now, during this holiday season, to walk the talk.

Every one of us has the ability to bring a little sunshine into someone’s life this December. We have thirty more days in which to act. One anonymous act of love!

Can you do it? Are you with me on this? One anonymous act of love!

What can you do? Can you give baked cookies to a poor family that you know, and leave them on their doorstep at night? Can you send anonymous messages of hope to those who need it? Can you find it in your hearts to brighten the world for a family or individual who has had darkness befall them?

Of course you can, and I know you will, because you are people of compassion, and you believe in this movement as deeply as I do.

Remember, the act must be anonymous. We do not write about it….we do not tell anyone about it….we just give of ourselves and our talents to send a message of love to someone who dearly needs it.

Let's talk about love

LET US STEP FORWARD IN LOVE

I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate - it's apathy. It's not giving a damn.
Leo Buscaglia

Indeed, apathy may well be the curse of modern society, so I am calling on all of you to give a damn, and in so doing show that love is stronger than apathy. Can we do, between us all, one-hundred acts of anonymous kindness? Of course we can, and we shall, and the message of love will be heard around the world, and a ripple will form, and that ripple will spread, and our movement will grow….one act of kindness at a time.

I am proud to be a part of this movement. You all make me more of an optimist and less of a cynic. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you! Through your participation in this movement, you have given me a gift, and I will be forever grateful.

Peace and love to you all, today and always!

If you are new to the H.O.W. movement, you can find us on Facebook here. You can also read about us on our website here!

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I may be the first one here today...I always feel uplifted by your sincerity and good wishes. I am going to write my HOW next week..I have something in mind. As for the act of giving...going to work on that one. I am sure I will not have to look very far. Yes the world is full of inhumanity. The rich football player who kills his girlfriend and then himself...kind enough to leave grandma and the baby . Amazing isn't it..Money does not do the trick. Anyway thanks for bringing this all out and have a wonderful Sunday my good friend.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Bill, another great hub. I read the 9 Nanas hub a while ago and was inspired by their work. I hope the H.O.W. can achieve just as much.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      My friend, you never cease to amaze me. You get more creative with each passing day. I have a Choctaw friend whose mantra is - "you can get a lot done in this world if you don't care who gets the credit." Your urging to do one act of kindness ANONYMOUSLY will prove it to be true. What a beautiful challenge. I am on it!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, thank you for being first this morning, and thank you for always being here. You are so kind and loyal and I, for one, greatly appreciate you. No, money does not seem to bring happiness....that's an inside job for sure.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Julie, I do too. I don't know how we measure success with something like this, but if one person changes, that's a pretty good thing, right? Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I never doubted that you would walk beside me. It is so easy to do, and so humbling....and so right!

      Thank you for being you; have a lovely Sunday, and some day we'll have coffee together and laugh about life as friends.

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      JThomp42 4 years ago

      You have done it again Bill! Awesome read.

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Actually I have a pool set in my trunk, the thing is, people might think I'm trying to get something in return. So, the world (so upside down) is in fear of some miraculous and anonymous act of kindness. Nonetheless, we should share stories about random acts and see people's reactions; I see those funny reactions in my mind already. Thanks for the reminder and we will work on that my friend! Useful hub from your heart. If you see Joseph on YouTube "handcuffed and going viral," I will give you a shout out Bill!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      JT, thank you my friend! Have a wonderful Sunday!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joseph, just make sure you set the advertising on that viral video so you can make some money on it. LOL

      Thanks buddy; have a great day!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Happy Yuletide, Bill! Being a music person I'd volunteer by Caroling and offering help to the elderly at nursing homes to spread a little good cheer.Thanks for sharing and starting this movement, and yes, "so it is written, so it must be done." Sharing!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, Happy Yuletide to you as well. Bless you for your giving heart, and thank you!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      I loved the story of the 9 Nanas and remember reading a bit about them on one of your previous posts. I think your idea is an awesome one and to be able to give back a bit now during the holiday season. I can tell you we have been cleaning up out house with all the practically brand new toys and books my kids have they never use and again donating boxes of stuff to those from the hurricane who are truly in need. Thanks for posting this today and as always have voted way up and shared all over!!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Beautiful suggestions! This is the thing that creates magic for the holidays, both for the recipients and the givers. This is such an inspiration.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine! I smile every time I see your profile picture of your two angels. That's what life is all about, Janine. Stick with me and we'll make this world a better place for those two angels to live in. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Tammy! I just want to see a bit more happiness in this world. If we can just do that, for a handful of people, then what a miracle that will be. :)

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Billy, this is an excellent hub. I'm proud to be part of this movement too. Let me see what I come up with. I actually came up with another idea for the H.O.W movement. Happy Yuletide! see ya! lol.

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      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      Count me in! Anonymous giving is so much fun to do. It doesn't take very much to put a smile on someone's face, even if we never see it. We can feel it :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alex, I had no doubt you would be on board with this idea. Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, you are a treasure! Thank you for caring so much!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Thank you billy. that is very kind of you to say. Have a great Sunday my friend.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Just read this hub, but sign me up. I don't know what yet, but I will pray for God to help me find it.

      Thank you for writing this, I know it will happen.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, the same to you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Michele; I have no doubt that you will think of something to do.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Beautiful hub, BB. I love what you're doing here. You are such a special person and I'll always have a special place for you in my heart. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, thank you! I've been given a voice,and it is my responsibility to use that voice to help others. It is a responsibility I take seriously.

      love to you lil' Sis!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Bill, Bill, Bill...you do get a girls mind going, don't you? Not to mention under her skin, and off her ass!

      i have had a couple days of stomach flu but - you know i'm getting geared up - and HOW!

      posted to fb and sharing..

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Children are my first love so I spend the entire year picking up little gifts to give to Toys for Tots when the holidays come around. I buy gifts for kids from 6 months on up because the little ones are so often forgotten!

      Our local food pantry is always open, and always getting food.

      I do have to tell you about a friend of ours who makes me cry because of their generosity...they have 10 children. Four of their own and 6 adopted. Actually they are in the process of adopting the last two...that's giving and spreading love!

      Voted up, useful, and awesome.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leslie, we need your voice. You are power personified, and I want you in my corner. Feel better soon and then fire up that ass, lady! :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, bless you and bless your friend. If we could just find a way to get more people "in the mood" to help their neighbors.....sigh...one person at a time, right? Thank you Mary, so much!

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      H.O.W. awesome.....If each one of us helps one person, goodness, love, and caring would go quickly around the world.

      You are an inspiration.

      Voting you up and awesome!

      I read that you live in Tacoma. That is where my friend Maureen lives, she is the one who lost her only granddaughter last month that I wrote about, (A Glimmer of Hope).

      Shyron

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I give the joy of birds every day. There are people out there now on the lake in their walkers, and their special bikes to accommodate their disabilities. They are out there because they wanted to SEE the birds, not just read about them. We can ALL do something. It isn't hard.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Bill!!!

      I have read about the 9 Nanas before, and they truly love unconditionally, as we all should in this world. I even thought about writing a hub on them once, but I knew there was a reason to not at that particular time and just wait . . . as the perfect timing is during this H.O.W. movement, and so your hub is it!!! Thanks for the great message of love here and helping to spread it around this world.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Hugs and blessings to you, Faith Reaper

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Count me in Bill. Terry and I will do what we can here. I remember well the story of the nine Nanas, very inspiring, as are you. You continue to motivate and inspire us to reach out to others.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Syron, thank you so much. I'm just doing what I think every person should do....it's the way I was raised and it is what I believe.

      I live in Olympia now, but I was born and raised in Tacoma. Small world my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, no, it is not hard, and yet it seems to be so difficult for so many. Thanks for being a part of the solution.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I'll tell you what you already know....we have a responsibility as human beings to help others. Compassion and love are our highest callings, and to do less is to fail in our task here on Earth. I will not fail, and I know you won't either.

      Blessings and love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, you are a good man, and you are married to a good woman, and I am honored to call you a friend. Thank you!

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      This is the Spirit of Christmas, the real spirit, not the black Friday spirit of frenzied shopping for junk no one really needs. This is an astondin effort to make our corners of the world just a bit brighter, just a bit warmer. Great ideas Bill!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      xstatic, thank you my friend! I'd love to see more people grasp the concept you just outlined.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      If I were well I would be doing my final push for Toys for Tots. It took 4 years to go from a few toys, to make the masons a rich resource for the Marine Corps. I got a tour of the warehouse. I share this with you to illustrate there is no limit to what you can do.

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      Honey Halley 4 years ago from Illinois

      Billybuc, this is an awesome article and I think that many people will take you up on your challenge and do those acts of kindness that so many in the world need if only to give them a smile for a moment in time in a world where they have not many. Thanks for sharing. Voted +++

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Billy, you continues to inspire, I haven't heard about 'The 9 Nanas' before but they sound absolutely incredible. What wonderful people they must be!!.... when I get my act together I'll do something for H.O.W, until then, if you think any of my poems may be suitable, you are obviously welcome to use them. I'm not sure about the process, however, I've had a look at the site, and it looks great!... you've all done a brilliant job, I hope it goes from strength to strength, and with your drive and enthusiasm, the sky is limit.

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      Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

      Let's get after it! If we do not help others in times of need during this season, what does that say about us? Count on me, my dear friend. All In!

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      I think Leo Buscaglia it right. I read one of his books years ago and they said it was almost impossible to get into one of his classes as he was so popular. Apathy is certainly the easy way to do nothing. I am always so impressed with people like those 9 angels (Nanas) as it show us how much can be done by working together. Great, inspiring hub! Voted up again and again!!!!!

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      A wonderful hub Bill. You are truly a caring and compassionate person. I think it might be that you realise that some people need help. In life they have fallen, their road was long and difficult. You know who they are and how they feel because you were there Bill. I can only salute you for your efforts to help others and put things right.

      voted up and all.

      Graham.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, I completely agree; oftentimes our limitations are set by ourselves. Thank you sir!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Honey, I do hope that you are correct. It takes such little effort to do an act of kindness. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, thank you so much! I might amend your statement....when we all get our act together, we will do a brilliant job together.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mr. Archer, thank you so much! Kindness begets kindness, or at least that's what I am hoping for. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pamela, I agree totally! We set our limitations...nobody else. Maybe this will be the year that humanity rises above it's basest nature. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, I thank you my friend! It does give one a certain perspective when one has to climb out of the hole.....I appreciate your kind words; you are a man of character.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I am with you all of the way. I have a perfect place to go leave my offering. Thank you Bill. If not for you i would not have thought of doing this..Merry Christmas..

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, that warms my heart. Thank you for caring so much!

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      Mary Merriment 4 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

      Beautiful. Our family struggles a lot financially. But we always think of how to help others as much as we can (which sometimes contributes to our financial dilemma). However, I love some of the more simple ideas. We may not have a lot of money, but we do have a lot of inspiration. I love the idea of sharing something that we have an unlimited supply of. Thank you for sharing your inspiration with us.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mary! Some of the most generous people I know have very little. I wonder why that is? :)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      B illy.. How are you? you are most awesome.. You have started an awesome movement my friend.. I am so proud to be part of it.. you have the biggest heart.. I am so proud to call you friend.. I pray for these ninja women of Tennessee

      and I pray for all your efforts.. the Lord will bless you for your love and kindness.

      Many blessings my friend

      Debbie

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debbie, I am fine, thank you so much! I will need the Lord to help and bless, for this is a large undertaking and I can't do it alone. :) I am overwhelmed by the amount of love that has been shown by fellow writers such as yourself. Thank you for caring so deeply about others.

      blessings and love,

      bill

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      Mary Merriment 4 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

      In response to your question Billy, I'd say, that the reason people with so little try to help out others so much, is because we know what it's like to struggle and to get through difficulties ourselves. As a result, maybe we are more empathetic to their situation. I'm not out to rescue anyone by a long shot, but I believe in making things a little easier where a little help is genuinely needed.

      :o)

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      As the saying goes...united we stand but divided we fall.

      Let us join hands and march ahead towards human development and help stir a revolution.

      Happy to be a part of this.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      As the saying goes...united we stand but divided we fall.

      Let us join hands and march ahead towards human development and help stir a revolution.

      Happy to be a part of this.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Way to go billybuc, you rock!! As you say helping anonymous it the best way. Helping without expecting anything in return is truly noble and you are doing just that. Voted up and shared across.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I completely agree. I was raised to help others, but my feelings deepened considerably when I became homeless. :) That is an eye-opener that I would not wish on anyone. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, any group that has you and me in it is destined for success. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      and thank you again Ruchira!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vellur, I'm just trying to give back in any way that I can. Thank you!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Bill, I remember reading about the fine work the 9 nanas have been doing. I also feel as Leo Buscaglia says it is indifference more than hate that most people show for the less priviledged. It's time and the right time now to act and do at least one act of helping such people.

      With the H.O.W movement growing everyday with people joining in you message has struck the right spot.

      Wonderful message which will have a deep impact. Voted up, useful and awesome. Sharing it across.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, I have been very pleased with the H.O.W. movement. Not surprised, because there are some wonderful people on HP, but pleased for sure. Thank you my friend; you are a good man.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Yes, yes and absolutely. Always with you 100%.......Just to name a few little "acts of Holiday Kindness:" Volunteer at a soup kitchen to help serve food and/or sing Holiday Songs, drop off a box-full of stuffed animals to a Children's Hospital, dress as Santa and bring gifts to a few needy families, visit elderly neighbors, with cookies in hand and a cheerful card, box up "extra" household items and drop them off at a City Mission or Safe House....and don't forget lonely, homeless pets at shelters, waiting for a family to love!.LITTLE things are what add up to HUGE things......REALLY!!.....UP+++

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, we would have fun together. I dressed up as Santa a couple times and gave gifts to kids at the hospital...stuffed animals as a matter of fact. One of the greatest times I have ever had, and the smiles...oh my God, the smiles, Paula. Melt your heart!

      Thank you buddy; have a great day!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I commend you for another fine addition to an awesome movement started by you.

      I don't know if this counts but I put $5.00 dollars towards the person's Dunkin Donuts order who was waiting in the driver through behind me. I told the girl to just add it to whatever they order. I got the idea from my sister who does it from time to time. Although anyone waiting in line at Dunkin Donuts probably doesn't need it half as much as others. It just felt good to pas it on when I was able to afford it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Beckie my dear friend. Of course it counts....any act of kindness counts, and bless you for doing it. I love the response to this movement; makes my heart soar with hope for mankind.

      Have a great day my dear; I hope you are well and happy.

      love,

      billy

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Bill, I agree with Buscglia, apathy is the opposite of love. Showing an attitude lacking of love and care towards others causes pain and death of people. Love your Nana series continued within the H.O.W. cause. God bless you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, you are a true blessing. Bless your heart for your compassion towards others, and thank you for your loyalty towards me.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I am tying this month's Perspectives theme: The Charitable Spirit to H.O.W. I'm hoping the rest of the team does the same.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, you are a doll. Great idea and thank you my friend. Sending hugs your way.

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      You have once again touched your reader as only you can do. I didn't know about this organization, but will check it out. The loving spirit of giving is what this season should be about. Thanks for sharing another thoughtful hub!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pickles! I am so grateful that people respond to my writing voice; it makes me feel like I have a future in writing. :)

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      This is the true spirit of Christmas. Give without expecting something in return.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nancy, it is indeed! Thank you and Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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      sligobay 4 years ago from east of the equator

      Random acts of kindness are a great idea and I will be doing mine too, Billybuc. Best wishes for blessings throughout the holidays.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sligo, thank you my friend, and blessings to you and yours for the holidays....and beyond.

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      Kathy Sima 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great hub, Bill! You've definitely inspired me to undertake some random acts of kindness this Christmas. You also inspired me to write a hub of my own this afternoon. :)

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Billy, I don't know if this counts, but today I gave a homeless man $1.00 and he had a big smile on his face. I told him Merry Christmas. I was at the red light. He was holding up a sign that said I'm hungry. Nobody else gave him anything. I do every once in a while. I've heard people say that they wouldn't give anything to the homeless because they use the money for drugs and not to eat, but I don't really care what they do with the money once I give it to them, it's the intention behind the act.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathy, I saw that, and it was a great hub. Thank you very much to doing that; I greatly appreciate your caring and giving nature.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, I agree with you, and I don't think it's my job to judge someone who is homeless. The fact that they are homeless qualifies them for some sort of help, don't you think? Good for you, Doc; I'm proud to be your friend.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Yes, I agree with you. thanks. I'm honored to be your friend too:)

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      @ Billy- Lol.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Doc!

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Billy... That simple and inexpensive gift of a kind word can make such a difference in another life. Couple it with a gift from the heart, financial, time or simply a small token to show you care will impact those receiving far beyond what the giving can do for you. No matter if it is done in the quiet of the night or face to face a gift from the heart has such great value. Thank you for writing this and no what is taking place is changing lives...

      Hugs and Love from Canada

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rolly, I believe in the power of love; I have seen the miracles it can create. I'll just keep walking this path my friend; it ain't done me wrong lately. :)

      hugs and love right back at you my friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Billybuc, I just thought of a little tale I read some where and I thought of you and H.O.W you are helping people.

      The story went. A little sparrow heard someone say "The sky is falling". The little sparrow laid on it's back with it's legs in the air and the farmer seeing this said to the little sparrow "Your spindly little legs couldn't hold the sky up", to which the sparrow replied: "One does what one can!"

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shyron, what a wonderful comment. I love that; thanks for sharing and the visit.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      You must know Bill that I am on board. If each of us does just one tiny thing, we do make someone else's lfie that much better. We must keep believing this, my Friend who you say some calls a cyncial optimist. Perhaps cautionary optimist is what it is...you/we have been burned so many times when we begin to soar, as you say, but we pick up the pieces and move on because that's what we do...

      We are so blessed to have your voice...I have said that before but it is worth repeating. If enough hear then they will begin to walk the walk too..once again....God's blessings and joy to you and your family....:) ps Angels are around you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, it is people like you who give me hope! I have found kindred spirits here on HP, and I am so grateful for you and your continued hope and optimism. Thank you my dear friend, and Merry Christmas to you and yours. The best gift you could have given to me...the angels. :)

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