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H.O.W. to Commit the Perfect Random Act of Kindness

Updated on February 17, 2013

Giving IS Getting

The H.O.W. Movement (Humanity-One-World) has called on each of us to perform at least one conscious 'Random Act of Kindness' this month - and every month from here on in!

I am of the mindset that giving feels BETTER than getting - and everybody deserves to experience that rush of endorphins - not to mention the reward of fresh, clean Karma!

A single person's actions CAN change the world - why shouldn't it be YOU? Or YOU?

Or ME?

Randomly.

Anonymously.

And with gratitude. Gratitude that we have the ability - the humanity - to help in some small way...


Officer Larry DePrimo
Officer Larry DePrimo

Heart, Compassion, Tolerance..


When Officer Larry DePrimo spotted the homeless man loitering against a building in Manhattan, NY - and started to head in his direction - most would have assumed that he was about to roust the dirty beggar from the sidewalk - as one would a chicken that had escaped the roost.

But, that was the furthest thing from his mind!

While this policeman's feet were feeling the New York chill encased in not one - but TWO pairs of woolen socks AND a sturdy pair of boots - the homeless man's feet were complete bereft of any type of footwear. Bare to the elements!

And not only bare, but also bruised, blistered - and almost blue!

When Officer DePrimo got down on one knee beside the man - it was not to look down upon him and chase him away - it was to offer him a pair of his own socks!


But, instead of readily accepting, the man turned down the socks, thanked Officer DePrimo politely - and BLESSED him for offering!

Blessed HIM?

Officer DePrimo learned some unexpected lessons that day - kneeling there at the feet of a man that most would pass by with nothing more than a sneer of derision, if that!

Officer DePrimo learned a lesson about dignity - and true generosity of spirit!

And - I believe it changed his life - just as he changed mine - and hopefully now - yours as well!

Because, it was then that Officer DePrimo rose - stunned almost to tears - and entered the store the shoeless man was leaning against. He purchased not only woolen socks, but a pair of boots as well - and returned to his eye-to-eye kneeling position to present them wordlessly to a man who had NEVER owned a pair of shoes in his whole life!

And, that is the exact moment a tourist from Arizona used her iPhone to turn this beautiful - very nearly anonymous Act of Kindness - public.

And I - for one - am very glad she did...


I feel that Officer Larry DePrimo's Random Act of Kindness perfectly personifies the H.O.W. movement, and while his actions were not to remain anonymous - it was due only to timing and technology - not any desire on his part for recognition or reward.

It is the perfect model for what is beginning as a grassroots movement - the H.O.W. of simply giving...

My question is this: H.O.W. are Y.O.U. going to impact someone's life today?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Welcome to the movement my dear, feisty, compassionate friend. Thank you for caring; hell, thank you for being who you are. :)

      your devoted follower,

      bill

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

      What a wonderful act of kindness. Just one step at a time, this can help the world become a better place.

      Voted up!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I had just heard this story and it does give you a sense of humanity ..and it is alive and well. Thanks for sharing this again for many to read. Voting up and sharing once again.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      OH MY STARS!!!! this is wonderful.. I love it Leslie.. bless both of these men.. that policeman is a great man.. I am definitely sharing

      and thanks for writing this super friend

      Debbie

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Leslie, I'm so glad you shared this story. I saw it on the news and it is one of the most heartwarming stories I've ever heard. Great job!!!!!!!

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      What he did is amazing but not astonishing.He got a good reputation ,On the other side,Jeffrey Hillman got starvation and frustration.His photo was shared so widely without his permission. "What do I get?" he asked the New York Times. "This went around the world, and I want a piece of the pie."

      people are taken aback by the gentleness of the cop,as if he is an alien came to rekindle our flames which were burnt out by our financial troubles and the damage we caused to the world.Really,we become a barren field,frozen,sadists.framed in.We see every day people kids crying,people dying,wars,starvation scenes and we dont bat an eyelid .We shrug our shoulders and we indulge in our selfish affairs.Our vision,values becomes blurry.We humans become something we don t know..sigh..A man helped a homeless and all people get stunned and some others shocked.That s really ridiculous.I am really sad

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      I too would welcome you to the movement except, I suspect you were involved with it long before it had a name.

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      HLPhoenix 4 years ago

      This random act of kindness, done selflessly... is what my mother would have called a Mitzvah. An act of generosity, done for another, without being asked to... in a way, I wish this very private gesture had stayed that way... but seeing as it has already spread widely, I am so glad that you shared it with us... not only so we could see the beauty of the act, but so that should we need the reminder... that we remember there is always someone less fortunate than ourselves... and giving to them with a generous heart, brings much more joy to us than it does to them. Lesl, you took one act and inspired many... to also reach out with their own Random Act of Kindness... Sharing.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Far out! I just found two pair of shoes I can live without. I cannot wait for tomorrow!

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      FyrFytr234 4 years ago

      Nicely done and shared. This hub is so you!

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      Gianandrea Maoli 4 years ago from South Carolina

      ImKarn, first off, thank you very much for telling me about the FB page! I've already joined it. This will be great for me to find more stories of good works and tales for me to share with other readers. Second, I can't tell you how thrilled I am that you shared this story. Doing an act of kindness out of the blue for someone we don't know can feel a little intimidating. We can feel that the receiver may feel patronized and not want anything at all or we may feel the receiver is taking advantage of us. However, this officer shows that when you're willing to give, you're doing more than just offering clothing, food, money, or whatever it is the receiver needs at the time. You're offering the one receiving the help that hope is out there and they can live a good life in a society where people care. This is a story worth sharing and a good example worth following.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Billybuc: My pleasure, as you know Bill...it's just my Libran nature..

      It's me that should thank YOU!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @MicheleTravis: I agree, Michele - i was very, very moved - before i'd learned of the HOW movement - which i am very excited about..

      as mentioned - we CAN change the world - one caring person at a time...

      Thanks for taking the time, my friend..

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Carol7777: I've found it more and more difficult to find the humanity amongst so much chaos and cruelty - but - i do sense a...revival...a conscientiousness...that we are at the tipping point - that it's now or never..

      I'm excited to see so many step up - i do believe that enough ripples can cause a tidal wave!

      Thanks sooo much for sharing it forward..

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @DeborahBrooks: My dear friend - i had no doubt this would move your generous, loving heart! You never disappoint!

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      A wonderful act from Officer DePrimo. I can Imagine all the fan mail he is getting. Thanks Leslie!

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      Priscill Anne Alvik 4 years ago from Schaumburg, IL

      My kind of article Missy L.! Now you know what I live for... simply to Love! Awesome post...thank you!!! xoxo

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you Leslie for this wonderful addition to the H.O.W.!!!

      Amazing story here and glad you have written about it so beautifully.

      He tells us in His words, that we must humble ourselves, just as He did, and wash another's feet on Earth, for none of us are better than another.

      I am so glad this was caught on video. That is exactly how it should be done, random and anonymously . . . without boasting in ourselves, and allow others to boast.

      Voted up+++ and sharing

      God bless you dear one. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      A unique person picking a unique NYC action to write about...I'm not saying there aren't other New Yorkers doing random acts of kindness, I KNOW there are but....this was one to attract national attention, like Jesus washing the feet of his disciples....just something He wanted to do!

      Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Irc7815: Welcome, my new friend - and thank you for agreeing that this is special...somehow...

      I knew it when i heard about it, altho - there are those who say it 'went viral' - when in fact it only went 'viral' on the NYPD fb site - not globally...YET..lol ..

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      Chris Merritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Very cool! The only way to experience this officers feelings is to go out and do something like he did. How cool is that? We all need to give it a whirl....Have wonderful Christmas.

      EXCELLENT HUB....this is the kind of stuff that motivates people to actually do things they keep thinking about doing...but never seem to actually do it.

      Chris

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @James-wolve: Good morning and welcome, James...Ya know, as i was writing this i was thinking much the same thing: 'WHY am i so moved by what should be just a normal 'human' reaction to suffering'?

      And..i think it's because - I have never NOT cared. i have never just shrugged my shoulders. In fact - there were/are times when i haven't felt like i was born into the right time and space - because - it simply hurt too much to watch people find new and innovative ways to hurt, maim and kill each other...

      So..i write about justice, and balance, and truth - I'mKar'n(I'mCaring) - and it's what little i have to offer, and lately - i've...felt a shift in awareness, a shift in attitude - and it's a positive shift towards consciously caring - and doing whatever small things we can for our fellow human being - ANY fellow human being..

      I wish you could feel it too..

      i NEED to see these random acts of kindness - and i NEED to be moved by them..

      call me selfish..LOL...

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Arb: Wow...your few words have brought tears to my eyes, arb! I've felt like i've been fighting this fight my entire life - and have finally found my 'army' at this very special Hub of Pages..

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @HLPhoenix: Your mother, my grandmother - and yes - she would have liked this very much, me thinks. I believe there's a reason this particular act of kindness did not stay anonymous - it just says sooo much to sooo many and in soooo many languages...

      i'm a believer in signs, and this struck me immediately - even if it took a week to get it on paper..

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Ericdierker: LOL...i am choosing to take you literally, sir - therefore i won't add a smart-ass comment here - and also can't wait until tomorrow..

      LOL..

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      KrisL 4 years ago from S. Florida

      Reading this made a wonderful way to start the day.

      Thanks for a moving and well-written hub.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @FyrFytr234: You would know - and i'm so glad you do!

      Love that you enjoy(for the most part) the Libra in me...lol..

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Picadilly: Thank you, Missy P! Always an honor when you stop by! I know you're a busy girl...HUBSXX

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @LordDeCross: Fan mail? Oy! Wishin' those folks would use the time to pay it forward instead of congratulating him..

      he's probably not overly thrilled - and - it's hard for me to believe that the homeless man has asked for a 'piece of the action' from the videos popularity?????...

      I choose to ignore the possibility...sigh..

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Gmaoli: It is always an honor when you stop by my humble corner of the Hub, G! I've always respected your thoughts, opinions and knowledge..

      I agree - this is a good example and here's hoping many follow it...consciously....

      Thank you for sharing it forward!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Great hub, great story! How can anyone not want to be a part of this!? Thank you!

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      You are not alone! I wrote an essay almost two years ago "Will America lose its soul and gain the world" and at the time, I thought I too, was alone. If you get a chance, read it. I was almost apprehensive in publishing it thinking of the backlash it would evoke. Mostly the comments were positive. As we build a collective voice, the poor will know that someone cares.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Arb: I have gone to your hub-space and not found anything with that title. Could you please give me a link to it?

      thanks...

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @FaithReaper: It is always an honor when you stop by, Faith - and i am humbled by your words! I felt this particular act very symbolic and very unique...for some reason..

      Thanks for reading - and paying it forward...

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Tillsontitan: So glad you agree this was 'unique' dear! It struck me as such immediately...

      ps..altho i don't share in any man-made 'faith' - i do love your analogy...

      feet are very symbolic...

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      FyrFytr234 4 years ago

      Yes I do know that you live this. You're caring (sometimes too much), concern, and compassion are impressive. And yes I do enjoy the Libra in you...for the most part. lol. But I also enjoy your Taurean side in you. lol. And I agree what you said to Tillsontitan about the feet being symbolic. But you know that already. Very clever title as well young lady. You're so witty!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @CMerritt: Hi, Chris - that's exactly how i felt - i just wanted to go out and do something...anything..lol..

      hope it's motivated you to do the same!

      the time has come to 'actually DO it' - yes?

      yes! xx

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @KrisL: wonderful compliment as well! Thank YOU!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Btrbell: I don't know how anyone wouldn't want to be a part of this...it just feels soooo good...lol..

      Hubsxx my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Leslie this is wonderful. What a kind man, Officer DePrimo. I can't keep from wondering how many people passed by him without even looking at him. I saw this on the world news, but your words brings it much closer to my heart. Thank you for being you..

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      It was very nice of him and there are many more like that, that we don't see daily. It would be so lovely if the whole world could just adopt simple random acts of kindness, instead of random acts of Missiles etc.

      Nice to read some good news too. :-)

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @FyrFytr234: I figured you'd 'notice'...I adore that you adore what i write...(amongst other things..hopfully...lol)..

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Alwaysexploring: Hi, Ruby - so good to see you, as always! I agree - i'm loving this man and when i grow up - i wanna be just like him..

      lol..sorry Billy...haha...

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      FyrFytr234 4 years ago

      lol. I adore it all!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Awesome act of kindness, a great write.

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Very nice hub indeed, the act of kindness makes one's life so complete and meaningful which speaks beyond life itself. Thanks for sharing this one. Votes up and sharing too dear friend.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Truly an inspirational story. The world would be a great place if one act of kindness led on to another and another. Passing this on.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I am well acquainted with this tender hearted officers act of kindness. It warms my heart to know there are individuals sharing the globe with me that care about other fellow human beings. When the gentleman expressed that he had never "owned a pair of shoes" my heart broke in a million places.

      Great addition to the movement.

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      Sondra 4 years ago from Neverland

      Leslie, your Hub had me in tears. I hadnt heard the entire story about the officer handing over his socks and as I read the story, then scrolled up to look into that young man's eyes my heart just erupted with gratitude (for someone I've never met) and with hope (hope that there IS good out there). Thank you for writing this. Random acts of kindness - thats my mission for this holiday season. I dont have much to give, but I will give all I do have.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Lady_E: That's exactly what the HOW movement is trying to do, Elena - 'just adopt simple random acts of kindness'...

      it's so simple - even i understand it..lol..

      Thanks for taking the time, my friend!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Vellur: Thanks for your kind comment...

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Dghbrh: Thank YOU for sharing this one, deergha! Your aura leaves soft colors behind you dear, did you know?

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @gypsyRoseLee: the moment i saw this - i felt it was special - too special to remain anonymous..

      I've heard some sad things may have transpired since, but - i'm ignoring them and enjoying the warm glow of human kindness for as long as i possibly can...sigh..

      So appreciate the 'share', my friend..

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Shiningirisheyes: Love that you appreciated this special moment in time, dear! Just got back from reading YOUR hub about the Grinch - which was clearly motivated by exactly the same feelings that motivated this poem! Like - EXACTLY! wow...

      Great minds? (or just Grinchy?)

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Ardie: oh, Ardie - i'm soooo glad to find out that i'm not the only mush ball in town! I cried when i first saw it as well, and it still gives me a feel-good feeling...I have little to offer as well, but, it's funny how things just 'arise' when you're looking for them...

      i was able to 'commit' a random act of kindness while at an IHOP in North Dakota recently..

      it was AWESOME...

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I am hoping that this officer's kindness will touch us all to the point that it spreads far and wide. I know some folks who have gone way beyond the call for kindness.

      Hearing these beautiful stories touches me to the core. My eyes filled with tears (I'm such a baby) when I read this. I hadn't caught it on the news. Thank you so much for sharing this. I love it and have voted up and across except for funny. You are just great!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Vocalcoach: I'm so happy that simple acts of kindness touch you deeply - as they do me..i fear that far too many are only 'touched' by money - and what-all it can buy them...

      i love that i am feeling the stirrings of change - deep in my soul - and i like it a lot..i believe we are each responsible for our own level of greed - and generosity - and it's time to become individually accountable..

      Thank you for the beautiful and encouraging comment, my dear! Happy Holidays..

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Leslie, this is awesome! You came back from Ft. Liquordale with a vengeance! Welcome back my friend!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Bravewarrior: Lol..ft. liquordale - never heard that before and - i'm easily entertained...LOL..

      Thanks for stopping by, dear!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I used to live there, darlin'. Trust me, it's Ft. Liquordale!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Bravewarrior: Lol..i believe you, now - prove it to me - i'll be back in march!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      A good man, Leslie!! And a great share too...we truly need more officers like these. Thanks for sharing!

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      Tim Mitchell 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Nice. Well Done. Thank you.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Leslie - When I first saw the story on the web, I was touched. In the days that followed, the comments were mixed between, "Oh, how wonderful" and "The homeless man isn't homeless, he's just acting the way he does to get handouts." Turns out, he did have a place to live, but also has tremendous mental problems. So ... does that mean that the act of kindness was wasted, or is it still an act of kindness? As much as we would like to proclaim ourselves "guardians of the unfortunate", there are many that are there to simply take advantage of that kindness. We are called naive in believing and providing handouts. Today's world instills such doubt in us at times that we almost become immune to the plight of others. Sad, but true. Great job!

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

      A beautiful tale, It just goes to show, there are good people out there. When it almost seems that the world is driven by greed and selfishness, we are reminded that there are also kindness generosity and hope.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Midget38: I agree 100%! thanks for taking the time...

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Tsmog: thank YOU!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Rcrumple: An act of kindness is never wasted in my opinion - it's the motivation behind the act that counts - not the acts of the recipient..

      my kids used to harass me when i gave money to street people..it was 'MOM! don't you know what he's going to do with that money? blahblah...I'd always tell them that what happens after the money leaves my hand is beyond my control - the fact is that my motivation was to help...and that's what counts...

      Officer DePrimo is still a great, generous man!

      Welcome back, Richard!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Tobusiness: Sigh..if this were the 'norm' we wouldn't get all excited about it when we see it happen - Hopefully - it could become the norm and then - before we know it - there might not be any starving kids in a country where there is an abundance of food!

      This actually brought tears to my eyes - that's just WRONG...lol..

      Thanks for your support, my friend - it's appreicated!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Why do you go to Lauderdale? That's 4 hours and a past cocaine addiction away from me! Maybe we can meet somewhere in the middle?

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Bravewarrior: Lol...we can meet wherever is....safest...for you dear! Anywhere at all - i love driving!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I used to love driving now I go thru panic attacks when on a highway. I'm a back roads driver now, which is one reason I haven't been to see my family in years. There aren't any backroads between Central and South Florida!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Bravewarrior: Well...i love driving!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Let me know when you're in the area!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I had heard of this wonderful police offers kindness, but now I know a few more details. This is so awesome! Just today I saw on FaceBook where a law enforcement officer was in line at McDonalds. When he got to his turn at the drivethru window, the cashier told him the lady in from of him had already paid for his order and wished him a Merry Christmas! This world can be such a wonderful place! I hope things like this become more and more common, please Lord! Of course, I am voting this hub up and awesome! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Sgbrown: Good morning Sheila - love the story! Thank you!

      Now..here's another one for you: The other day in plano texas - a cop stopped a guy for driving with no registration.

      The guy explained to him that he had hit hard times - and that last month it was a choice between insuring his truck - or feeding his kids. The cop did what cops do - went back to the squad car to write up the ticket. He came back and handed the ticket - folded in half - to the man in the truck.

      When he unfolded the ticket - all that was in it was a 100 dollar bill!

      (still get goosebumps...)...AWESOME, eh?

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Coming in again to say that this world still has good people like Larry and yourself around. Sharing, Leslie.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Leslie this is so good share again.. thank you for writing such great hubs.. and I am linking it to my latest HOW HUB

      debbie

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Midget38: Most appreciated, Michelle!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @DeborahBrooks: Deb - HOW are you linking it? do you highlight it in the browser and imbed it in the hub? do you name it at the bottom? tell me please and i'll do the same..

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Lesley,

      Overdue in a visit to this remarkable, unsung hero's story. This is a perfect inclusion to H.O.W. and is of such inspiration at these times, when we need a whole lot more heroes like this.

      In response to Honeyy BB's challenge today, this is the 18th of 26 hubs that I intend to read.

      This hub is read in honor of Noah Pozner (11-20-06) and may his sweet soul rest in peace.

      Merry Christmas to you and yours, my dear friend. Love, Maria

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Marcoujor: What a wonderful thing to do - i read honeybb's hub about the 26 acts of kindness to represent the 26 victims in newtown..

      LOVE the idea to honor - and may each and every one of them rest in absolute peace!

      i worry more about their loved ones...omg

      Merry Christmas, sweet friend!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant hub from you as always Leslie;your unique charming character shining through each word you write.

      I vote up,across and share all around. I am sure that H.O.W. will grow from strength to strength in this coming New year. Lots of love to you and yours.

      Eddy.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Sid76: Hi, Sid - i' m thinking you had a busy holiday season, yes? I hope it was all you had hoped for! Thanks for the kind words and the share, my friend!

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Wonderful Leslie ... this is well written and definitely inspiring. I think that acts of kindness can be an infectious fire that will prayerfully spread all accross the globe.

      God bless you and definitely sharing!!!!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Eiddwen: Thank you so much Eddy - the compliment you pay means more than i can express!!

      I want HOW to succeed very much and HOW can it not with people like us Hub-bies and Hub-bers attempting to live it - consciously - every day!

      Namaste, my friendxx

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @LaurinzoScott: i'm so glad you found this to be inspiring - i know i certainly did! If folks would only try giving ONCE - they'd be amazed at how good it would make them feel!

      All the best, Laurinzo - in 2013 and always - and thanks so much for 'sharing'....

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      Dan Barfield 4 years ago from Gloucestershire, England, UK

      This was such a pleasure to read! The ripple effects of random acts of kindness are incalculable and the more people know that there really are people out there who are engaged in this kind of positive behavior the better!! Peace :)

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @DanBarfield; Hello, Dan - so nice to see you! Sorry it's taken a bit for me to reply, but - i've had over 100 comments on the hub i published yesterday, and it's kept me VERY busy...

      I'm so glad you enjoyed this! Officer DePrimo is quite a man!

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Leslie... awesome piece you have put together here. I recall seeing this on the news and it made my heart burst with pride for both these men. Total strangers and yet the need was met for them both.

      I recall once being very down and out and help was offered anonymously and I refused. A few months later I was asked by the leader of the organization that tried to help why I refused. I had no answer.

      I have thought of that conversation many times then thought of how I would feel if someone refused my help.

      Love the heart you have Leslie

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @RollyAChabot: Hi, Rolly - so glad you enjoyed this - and so glad you found a way to...'accept'..

      giving is great, but taking is often necessary!

      Thanks for the sweet words, my friend..

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      ImKarn, honestly, I am not sure if I will ever give a complete stranger a pair of boots and socks. I prefer to be charitable to people I know, or people known by people I know. The homeless man in this story seems to be proud and dignified in spite of his sad circumstances. Down here too many people are simply expecting charity, exploiting charitable souls. Like the blue apes and baboons in some of our regions - they got spoiled by people feeding them and now they are aggressively demanding charity, biting - and even killing - you when you dare to pass them without giving them whatever they want.

      "Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it." John D. Rockefeller.

      Although the beneficiaries on my list may never become independent of charity, I know they appreciate and treasure whatever they receive. For me charity is more 'sharing' than 'giving'.

      So I take my hat of for Officer DePrimo. Maybe he could see that the man was not a shameless beggar, but a proud and dignified homeless man. There is a difference....

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Martie: It is sooo good to see you, my friend! I hope you make it over to my blog so we don't lose touch! I'm at the hub everyday - reading - not writing..

      Listen - it doesn't matter if you ever give a stranger shoes and socks! Your generosity is clear and present and comes straight from your heart!

      Your correlation between people and baboons is oh, so true - it seems we're regressing - does it not?

      ii couldn't agree more - give a man a meal - he eats once - teach him to plant a garden - he eats forever!

      love you much, Martie!

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