HERE IS WHERE THE O.R.A.K. MEETS THE PUBLIC.
Here is where we hope to inspire you to join in on all that we do.
Here is where we post projects that any single one of you can instantly jump in to simply by clicking on one of the entries below that looks interesting.
Here is where the kindness spreads to you. And how far it spreads is up to you.
On this page you will find the description, ideas and guidelines behind each project: to get involved, head over to the events page to learn when and where it is happening.
Check it out
|Posted by Jimmy Daggett on May 30, 2011 at 2:25 PM||comments (0)|
Summer is here, my friends. June is upon us. Almost. That is reason to heavily celebrate.
Which is why we've created a checklist for you: want to spread you excitement but don't know how?
Download and print out this document and it's guaranteed to provide you with a day of kindness-spreading challenge (ideally many days).
Take pics and vids to upload and share your stories of love-spreading this summer!
|Posted by Jimmy Daggett on May 30, 2011 at 12:17 PM||comments (1)|
You remember the good ol' Origami Cranes for Japan Project, yes?
That was not too long ago, and proved pretty fruitful: over $200 was raised for Japan, and off it went into donation. However the thought was always to make 1,000 cranes, which ideally meant $1,000, but I never really pushed the project that far. School and life got in the way.
But now I am back, and while Japan has faded from our news and media (because things can really only last two weeks at most before it becomes "stale"), the destruction and devastation continues to affect the lives of tens of thousands of people every single day.
So I wish to get this project up-and-running again, the goal once again being $1,000. I truly believe it can be done.
The minimum donation we are asking for is $1: that really is not that much. That's a Whopper Jr. at Burger King. We are also asking that, if you've already donated, you make cranes.
The end goal is to create a collage of cranes in honor of those whose lives were taken by the Japan earthquakes and tsunami.
So take five minutes today to donate, post it on Facebook, email it to a couple people, and make some cranes.
Oh yeah, and if we raise $1,000, I will skydive in a banana suit on film. If the skydiving people let me.
The O.R.A.K.-er that brings in the biggest donation receives a free T-Shirt and will be featured on the blog.
|Posted by Jimmy Daggett on May 30, 2011 at 12:08 PM||comments (0)|
As you know, Worldwide Free Hug Day is in a matter of days: what you might not know is that we've upped the awesomeness of this day.
With currently over 5,000 attendees, we figured it would be good (for future WWHDs) to make an awesome montage of member-created free-hugging videos.
So here's the challenge: whoever goes out on Friday, June 3rd and films themselves hugging the most people that day will receive:
1. A free Spread Love Like Fire T-Shirt, and
2. They get to choose an album that we will purchase and deliver to them, complete with origami crane and certificate of being awesome.
So get ready for our first Worldwide Free Hug Day! It's the first of many, my friends, and we hope to start this tradition off with a bang.
|Posted by Jimmy Daggett on May 7, 2011 at 11:14 PM||comments (0)|
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.
I know that there is already an International Free Hug Day as well as probably a dozen other days claiming to be something similar. Well I don't care.
IN ONE MONTH(ish), I proclaim that there shall take place the WORLDWIDE DAY OF FREE HUGS. Let's see how far we can spread this in a month (date will be June 3rd).
It will also be a reocurring event, happening every June 3rd, from now until the end of time. Ideally. LET'S DO IT!!
|Posted by Jimmy Daggett on March 17, 2011 at 3:31 PM||comments (0)|
I'm sure you have all heard of the absolutely horrific events that have been taking place in Japan, and that continue to escalate daily. I apologize for having waited so long, but here it finally is, an Our Random Acts of Kindness response to the earthquake in Japan.
$1.00 dollar buys one Origami Crane, with your name on it, that will join a collage of cranes being made to hopefully send to Japan at one point or another.
ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO RELIEF EFFORTS, i.e. The Red Cross. And one of the cranes in the collage will have your name on it.
So what are you waiting for? It's quick, it's painless, and it will hopefully make just a little bit of difference to those who are suffering so badly at the hands of this disaster.
|Posted by Jimmy Daggett on December 4, 2010 at 7:51 PM||comments (1)|
The month of December is the official month of Child Abuse Awareness: what does this mean? It means that the month of December is dedicated to spreading the word about the fight against Child Abuse.
Now, in my eyes, child abuse is something extremely hard to fight, seeing as it's something that goes on almost entirely behind closed doors and can be difficult to spot.
So, O.R.A.K.'s response to it is two-fold:
1. SPONSOR A CHILD IN YOUR LIFE : Essentially, do something kind for a child you know. Buy them a present for christmas, send them a card, spend a day with them. Let them know they are loved.
2. DONATE TO A CHILD IN THE WORLD : Check out our Miracles on Hold event for more info.
3. BE THE POLICE : This only applies to you if you believe that you know somebody who is being abused. If so, call the Child Abuse Hotline: Its toll-free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, nationwide. 1-800-252-5400
And if you haven't realized, O.R.A.K. is starting on it's THEMED MONTHS bonanza, wherein each month will have a theme for followers to embark upon in an adventure of love, kindness and healing.
|Posted by Jimmy Daggett on December 2, 2010 at 11:55 PM||comments (0)|
Our Random Acts of Kindness T-Shirts!! They're finally here! And just in time for the holiday season :]
FROM NOW UNTIL CHIRSTMAS, any 1st edition Spread Love Like Fire shirt purchased on the online store will raise money towards UNICEF's ongoing project to help fight the massive amount of Cholera spreading through ravaged Haiti.
40% of every purchase will be donated to UNICEF, and the remaining will go towards O.R.A.K., thus these T-Shirts are truly charitable purchases.
They make great gifts and are an extremely potent way to spread the word about Our Random Acts of Kindness. Check them out at the store.
|Posted by Jimmy Daggett on December 2, 2010 at 8:45 PM||comments (0)|
This project is exceedingly simple: perform an act of kindness this Christmas. It could be more than one act if you wish, as long as a kindness is performed, and thus a life impacted. I recommend the route of either surprising a friend or, for a more powerful effect, surprising a stranger on the street with kindness.
Need ideas? Well here are a few!
Candy Cane gifts.
Origami Cranes with cards attached.
Donating to a Holiday Food Drive.
Participating in The Salvation Army's Angel Tree event.
Wrap up presents and donate them to Toys for Tots.
Hand out hot chocolate on a street corner.
Free Hug campaign! (the classic)
The holidays are about more than making a christmas list for yourself: it's a time of the year to notice your fellow man and give him a metaphorical hug (and a real one too).
Check out the official event for this project for more information.
CHRISTMAS IS COMING! YAY!
|Posted by Jimmy Daggett on November 7, 2010 at 2:40 AM||comments (0)|
This is exciting.
November 25th, 2010, is henceforth and officially the Kindness and/or Love status day!
The 25th is the day where you, yes you, post a status of either the Facebook or Twitter variety dedicated to Kindness and/or Love spreading.
The status can be a quote, a song lyric, a thought, something you made up, your opinion, a story, whatever you want! The point is that the love will spread due to these postings of statusings.
It's gonna be awesome.
The goal is to spread the awareness of not just O.R.A.K. but acts of kindness and generosity in general. We want people to open their eyes to the burgeoning revolution of love-spreaders all across the globe.
I recommend :
"Spread Love Like Fire"
"Kindness is the language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see."
"The moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you act in the spirit of love."
|Posted by Jimmy Daggett on November 7, 2010 at 2:18 AM||comments (0)|
Introducing a project targeted at turning off dem lights.
The night of November 20th has been assigned as the night in which O.R.A.K.'s first CANDLE-LIT NIGHT will take place.
What is this Candle-Lit Night?
It's completely explained by it's title.
We are now deep into some of the darkest and coldest nights of the year, but does the cold really need to be shunned away by the use of a massive number of electric lights?
Candles work just as effectively! And are especially effective at getting you in the mood for the holidays, which are fast approaching.
So make sure to mark your calendars with O.R.A.K.'s Candle-Lit Night: imagine if the entirety of the 5,000 followers on Tumblr ALL TURNED OFF THEIR LIGHTS FOR A NIGHT.
That would be a HUMONGOUS impact on the amount of electricity used in one ordinary evening on modern-day Earth.
Tell your friends and family that November 20th is a Candle-only night.
And to give it a fun twist, those who send the best candle-lit picture to firstname.lastname@example.org will receive a newly-designed Free Hug T-Shirt. Oh snap.
Check out the events page to see the full calendar of O.R.A.K. events. Peace
|Posted by Jimmy Daggett on October 29, 2010 at 2:55 PM||comments (2)|
This is less of a project and more of a list of all the ideas I've had of things you can write on Post-Its to hide around the world.
As can be seen here:
So here's a list:
1. Have a nice/awesome/amazing day.
2. Hi, I don’t know you, but I’m wishing you a nice/awesome/amazing day.
4. -high five-
5. You are awesome/amazing/beautiful.
6. Spread Love like Fire (with or without logo).
7. Pass it on: find someone to hug/high five/compliment and then give them this post it note.
8. Kindness is contageous
9. "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."
10." Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."
11. "Don't wait for people to be friendly, show them how."
12. "The best portion of a good man's life - his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love."
13. "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
14. "The moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you act in the spirit of love."
15. If I were here, I would give you a hug.
16. Under this post-it is a dollar bill courtesy of a kind friend. (requires dollar bill)
17. "Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out."
18. "The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines."
19. "Kindness is the greatest wisdom."
20. Love is the message.
There are tons more ideas that I'm sure you will come up with: if you'd like to share, submit them on our blog.
It's really fun to hide post its throughout the world, trust me. I definitely recommend it.
|Posted by Jimmy Daggett on October 28, 2010 at 6:14 PM||comments (0)|
A quick little project for you to undertake.
Tumblerer angrydiamond recently submitted a post asking for followers to sign a petition to help save the 3,200 tigers left in the wild. Something around 40,000 signatures are still needed, so here is a chance for you to do your part.
Click here to be taken to the Tiger-saving page, and feel good that you have helped in a tiny way save a tiny bit of the world's animal kingdom.
|Posted by Jimmy Daggett on October 27, 2010 at 9:45 PM||comments (0)|
I have not posted a project on this website for a way too long time, but have been redesigning this website to be
the centerpiece of O.R.A.K. online activity, so hopefully this section will be filling up with projects of all shapes and sizes in the near future.
Starting off with this:
THE NOVEMBER PROJECT.
What the November project is, as you've most likely inferred from the incredibly-out-of-focus camera, is performing an act of kindness and documenting it every single day of November.
Actions ranging from post-it compliments to origami cranes to flower-handing-outs to anonymous notes to free hug t-shirts to picking up trash to planting a tree to donating to a charity to anonymous compliments to helping a friend or neighboor to ANYTHING KINDNESS RELATED.
The goal is to see if you can perform an action a day for a month, and then see where it got you after 30 days of love.
are you up to it?
I'll be posting my acts on the blog because I am really into the whole idea of documenting: if you yourself end up documenting your actions, make sure to let us know! We'd love to see what you do.
|Posted by Jimmy Daggett on June 11, 2010 at 1:51 PM||comments (0)|
This is a project that I have wanted to post for a very long time. And am happy to now be able to!
Presenting the Almost-Daily Challenge.
|Posted by Jimmy Daggett on April 5, 2010 at 3:17 AM||comments (0)|
an example to inspire. hopefully.
also feel free to ask for one :]
|Posted by Jimmy Daggett on March 23, 2010 at 12:38 AM||comments (0)|
Our website is just starting up.
In fact, our organization is barely two months old.
So our main goal at the moment?
Getting out there.
TheCome Together project is quite a simple one: we want to create adefinition of our community, and get people excited about what it is wedo.
This specific project is about individualism, self-expression.
In no more than thirty seconds, send us a video (pictures work too) of what love means to you.
Iknow that’s really vague, but we are looking for very simplisticexpressions: writing words on paper, hugging someone special to you,smiling at the camera and making a heart.
In thirty seconds: what is love?
Thefinal vision for this project is to create a defining film piece thatcombines the views of hopefully dozens of different people from allaround the world.
We already have shots from about 12 people: we’re hoping to expand that to 30 or 40.
So what are you waiting for?
Send us a video, a picture, a poem, a piece of writing, a drawing, WHATEVER you think best conveys what love is to you.
All materials should be sent to email@example.com.
If this does not work, let me know by email, and we can work something out.
|Posted by Jimmy Daggett on March 22, 2010 at 2:38 PM||comments (0)|
This project is pretty simple: the goal is to grow our community on this website (as well as that on Facebook).
Send the Facebook link as well as the link to this website to ten friends.
It's simple, takes 5 minutes, and will help our community grow in a faster way.
We will be appreciative, we will be happy, and we will be giving away a few free T-Shirts.