EDIT: Mike retweeted our project and commented on the RAOK idea!
It’s time to celebrate! Today is Mike Shinoda’s 36th birthday and of course we all have to celebrate this together! Personally, I have a very special surprise for you, but more of that later.
First of all, I have coordinated the birthday project for Mike this year and I made a page with all the amazing birthday wishes for Mike that were sent to me in the last few weeks. Thanks so much to everyone who contributed!
I know, I said I wouldn’t make a video, but I quickly threw a YT slideshow together, so enjoy (might still be processing when the post goes online, so check back later)!
You can also find the birthday project of MSC here.
Now here’s my special surprise gift/message to Mike:
Dear Mike! First of all, happy birthday! I hope you can enjoy your special day with the family and friends!
You and your bandmates have always inspired your fans and other people, organizations, etc. to bring something good into the world. You have shown us that awareness of our environment, kindness and selfless acts make our lives richer. This is why I’m celebrating your birthday today by starting a very special year on this day. From today until February 11, 2014, the Linkin Park fans will be amongst the kindest people on earth – all in the name of Shinoda!
I challenge every Linkin Park fan to do 36 RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS from now until February 11, 2014!
I know this is a special challenge, but I’m sure many of you already do “random acts of kindness” – small things that make people happy – without noticing it. You can find a few more creative examples below. I will start with Music for Relief Day on the 19th, maybe some of you will join me then! The real challenge is to stick with the challenge until you’ve finished it, which might take a while, but I’m sure you can do it!
Document your progress/Make a list!
Do it wherever you feel comfortable, Facebook, your blog, Tumblr, Instagram, the LPU, your notebook, etc. I will look for your progress reports and motivate you a bit by retweeting & sharing them!
Official hashtag on Twitter: #LinkinParksRAOKYear
When you’re finished, send me the link or the list to email@example.com!
All lists will be collected for Mike’s birthday post in 2014!
I will make a separate page with all information about the Linkin Park fans’ “Random Act of Kindness”-Year and put the link in the sidebar so you can find it easily all year.
It will be great to see how those random kind acts influence your social relations and in the next days, I will open a Facebook group where you can talk about your experiences or just swap ideas for “Random Acts of Kindness”.
Now here’s a great example for a “RaoK” list!
1. I sent flowers to a new She Speaks friend for her 32nd birthday. She lives in Nashville and is a single lady, and I knew she wouldn’t have a boyfriend or hubby bringing her flowers on her special day. As a widow, I know how lonely that can feel at times, so I chose to bless her in that way.
2. I put a box of M&Ms along with a thank you note in our mailbox one morning to surprise our mail carrier!
3. Gave a $25 Walmart gift card to a complete stranger while in Walmart shopping one day. I think I scared her at first – she thought it was too good to be true.
4. I gave a $10 Walmart gift card to a lady working the window at one of our local McDonald’s after I paid for iced tea. I’ll never forget that grin on her face. Priceless!
5. Sent flowers to a new friend of mine – also a widow – that lives in Arizona “just because”.
6. Drove to another town 2 hours away to meet with another grieving woman affected by suicide in the loss of her brother right before Christmas.
7. Put $1.00 bills with notes inside seven random books at a local used bookstore.
8. Surprised a co-worker by completing one of her job responsibilities for her one morning.
9. Delivered a book full of inspirational stories to help a co-worker during some difficult days.
10. Surprised another co-worker with her favorite snack – peach rings – and left them on her desk chair one day!
11. Gave a $10 Walmart gift card to another McDonald’s worker in a different part of town this time. Her whole demeanor changed upon receiving it. I loved watching that transformation!
12. Gave $5 giftcards for a local café to the grumpiest Pharmacy Technician at my local drugstore. The “grumpy” seemed to roll right off of her after receiving that small surprise.
13. Gave a final $10 Walmart gift card to a third McDonald’s employee while at the drive-thru window.
14. Folded my daughter’s laundry for her. (She’s been doing her laundry since the summer of 2010, so this was a HUGE deal for her to find I had already done it for her.)
15. Took flowers to a neighbor and left them on their front porch with a note that simply said “to brighten your day”.
16. Delivered a baby gift to the hospital where I was born (20 minutes away from where I currently live) the night before my birthday. It was a non-gender specific gift, so the hospital staff was asked to give it to a baby born on my birthday along with a note that I had written explaining I had been born in that very hospital 40 years ago.
17. Left a silk flower on each of my female co-workers’ desks with a note saying, “You are special!”
18. Left a generous tip (almost the cost of the bill) after eating at my favorite Mexican restaurant. I decided to do this ahead of time – regardless of the level of service.
19. Left quarters in the candy/toy vending machines at a local mall for children to discover later.
20. Sent a “thinking about you card” to a grieving widow I’ve never met.
21. Sent a card to a woman that’s been visiting our church who has experienced severe loss in her life over the last two years.
22. Sent an Edible Arrangements display to the ladies at in the office at one of my favorite ministries.
23. Sent a note of encouragement to a woman going through breast cancer treatment.
24. Prayed for each person I saw on the road, as I traveled to work one morning (i.e. people waiting on the city bus, walking, homeless).
25. Created 2 treasure boxes and delivered them to a playground to be discovered by playing children. Each contained large plastic gold coins and a real $1.00 bill along with a note from me.
26. Made up two activity bags (1 for a boy and 1 for a girl) to bless a couple of sick children in the pediatric until of our local hospital. Dropped them off and instructed the nursing staff to give them to two children they felt could benefit most from them.
27. Taped a $1 bill with a note on a drink vending machine saying, “Enjoy a drink on me and keep the change!”
28. While checking out at our local Walgreen’s, I found myself behind a little girl buying a stuffed Valentine bear for her grandmother. She was $0.12 short, so I gave her the $0.12. Easy but so fun to do – especially when she grinned!
29. Paid for breakfast for the car behind me at Chick-fil-A one morning.
30. Gave away a prize on my blog for someone that participated in my Random Acts of Kindness (RAOK) Birthday Project. The prize consisted of a Daily Prayer Organizer, 2 journals (one to keep, one to give away), a box of notecards, and 2 $5 Starbucks gift cards (one to keep, one to give away).
31. Secretively paid for a haircut for a single mom and her son.
32. Helped another co-worker on a different day with her job responsibilities to lighten her load.
33. Donated makeup to a local women’s shelter.
34. Donated money to the Ronald McDonald House.
35. Sent money to a missionary.
36. Sent a book and note of encouragement to a woman grieving the recent loss of her brother.
37. Pushed grocery carts from the parking lot into my local grocery store before I started my shopping one night.
38. Bought lunch for a friend.
39. Took doughnuts to my local bank to say “thank you” for what you do.
40. Wrote a note to one of my doctors thanking him for his excellent service and taking time to always make me feel as if I’m his only patient for the day. Also shared that I pray for him and his staff routinely.