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By Brett Wilder on August 13, 2012 2 comments


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A nice gentleman offered his seat to my 4yrs old son at a swim class.

By Shina on August 13, 2012 5 comments


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I decided to give clothing to a teenage boy whose family could not afford to buy the name brand clothing or expensive sneakers. Children at his high school ridiculed him and poked fun at his attire, causing him to have low self esteem and not even be interested in school. I donated name brand shoes and clothing to him and it how he feels about himself and gives him a sense of pride and has restored his interest in school. It is important for a teenager to fit in, though it may seem small to us adults, feeling good about oneself on the inside and out, boosts self esteem and gives confidence that they are somebody.

By Ida Allen on May 9, 2012 4 comments


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Deanna Harms, EVP, Greteman Group

At Greteman Group, we’re into feeling good and being our best. We’ve started a great wellness program and love it so much that we want to share it with our friends. We’ve packaged it in a nice little online kit.

It includes lessons we’ve learned along the way. What works. How to get going. Ways to motivate your team (and yourself).

You’ll find creative challenges to get people involved and a lot of other ideas to help you launch your very own wellness program. A get-started page breaks the entire process down into 10 basic, very doable steps.

The best possible thing you can have in your life is health. So by spreading wellness, we’re helping Do the Deed. Check out www.DoTheDeed.org. Take a little quiz. Download posters. Register for weekly tips. Have fun in the coming New Year achieving your personal health goals. And do it your way.

By Deanna Harms on December 14, 2010 0 comments


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Beans, brain food and Milkbones. These are a few of my favorite things. Came to the desk last Thursday to find great coffee, book of brain teasers and mound of dog treats in a sweet basket. Mysterious Deeder turns out to be the indispensable and very talented Rachel Groene, Greteman Group colleague and stealth gifter (someone snitched). She hit the nail on the head, and brains and dogs love it. Thanks, RG! The secret DTD Christmas concept was great fun and many good deeds were done.

Bart Wilcox
V.P. Writer/Producer
Greteman Group

By Bart Wilcox on December 13, 2010 0 comments


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Contributed by: Deanna Harms, EVP, Greteman Group

For our annual holiday party, this year we decided to forgo our traditional gift exchange. Instead we drew names and did good deeds for one another. I drew agency president Sonia Greteman. Knowing how much Sonia adores her parents and values her family memories, I approached Judy and Ken about doing a video. They kindly agreed – not liking the idea of being on video but knowing it was something Sonia would love. The day after Thanksgiving my video-proficient partner and I spent a lovely afternoon with the Greteman’s, hearing their stories. Greteman Group team members helped me put together a 26-minute video from the footage and to create a nice DVD label. You may not have a creative agency at your disposal, but I bet you have a video camera. There’s still time before Christmas to sit your parents or grandparents down. Capture a memory and gift it to a loved one. It will be cherished. Forever.

By Deanna Harms on December 13, 2010 0 comments


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I know a guy who loves video games. What better way to show him I appreciate his awesomeness than taking him out for a lunch at the arcade?

By Jared on December 13, 2010 1 comment


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About a week ago, I was working out in the gym at my apartment complex. This lady approaches me and tells me that she lives a walking distance of 45 minutes away and doesn’t have a ride home. After a little shuffling around on my part to make sure I could afford it, I thought to myself, “So I’ll spend $5 on a pack of cigarettes, but I’m second guessing myself whether or not to take this lady home?” I immediately said yes. The best part of it all is that the very next day, I myself was left without a ride home. Upon overhearing my conversation, a coworker said in an instant, “I can take you home. No problem.”

You see, every single decision that we make on a daily basis impacts someone else’s life, and it’s our responsibility to make the most of every moment we live.

By Katie Siebler on November 23, 2010 0 comments


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I took in the neighbors trash cans from the curb up to the side of the house.

By Howard S on October 20, 2010 0 comments


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Contributed by: Jessica
Name Jamie
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Thank you Jamie for giving me a ride to work last week. Also for stopping to make sure I was okay. THANKS!

By Jessica on October 11, 2010 0 comments


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Contributed by: Teresa Williams
Company/Organization: CCH

I try to do things for people as I go along so I’ve thought all week about how to do something different and put my card in circulation…

I donated several coats to our church to be sent to an Indian reservation in South Dakota. I gave the card to someone in the church office and explained what we were doing and asked that they pass the card along to the next person.

By Teresa Williams on October 7, 2010 0 comments


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Roger S
Product Support
Kelly Services/CCH a Wolters Kluwer business

I was shopping at Dillon’s Marketplace in Andover, KS a couple weeks ago today about 8-9 PM. A nice couple older than myself were buying red grapes which is all they had to purchase. They finished their transaction and the clerk turned her attention toward me and asked for my Dillon’s Shopper Card. I handed it to her about that time she handed it back to me and I was putting it back in my wallet, the lady that was ahead of me said, “Don’t worry we got this for you!” It took me totally by surprise since I wasn’t paying much attention and thought they had went on. I asked her, “Excuse me?” and she restated herself to me. She added, “This is how we show God’s love. Have a good evening!” and they were off. I stood there with my mouth hanging open as I obligingly said loud enough “Thank You and God bless you both!” It was very heartfelt and touching to me. Never in my mother’s lifetime when I told her of this has this happened to anyone in her 70+ years. Pay It Forward!! There are good people still out there and should be recognized!! Have Faith in mankind!! These people did this as a random act of kindness! It does exist out there and definitely restored my faith in people once again! Who ever you both are…Many Thanks to you both! This will be shared with those reunion goers at my 25th Class Reunion for Augusta Senior High School this coming weekend as well! Let’s keep Paying It Forward and show everyone that caring people still exist in life!

By Roger S on October 5, 2010 0 comments


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A weekend in April several years ago my wife and I with our 4 and 10 yr old boys took a drive to St. Paul Kansas. (120 miles east of Wichita) in search of history about my Great Grandma’s family that was raised on a farm near Walnut, KS. We stopped and ate a meal at the only resturant in St. Paul. We get up to leave and go to pay for the meal. The waitress says the gentleman that was leaving as we were arriving had paid for our meal with a $50 bill. This was our first time ever visiting St. Paul. Gave us a great feeling about this small town. To the world you are 1 person. But to 1 person you can be the world.

By O.J. on October 5, 2010 0 comments


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Several of our neighbors are elderly. When it snows my son always scoops their walks and driveways. Sometimes he grumbles, but always does the work. this summer he helps trim our 80 + neighbors yard. they still mow themselves, but trimming is hard. My son enjoys helping our and on occasion benefits from sweets baked by the wonderful neighbors. Guess they both profit. Smiles all around.

By Linda on August 3, 2010 0 comments


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I remember once I was in wal-mart and we just bought the kids a big blue bouncy ball. I got out into the parking lot, a huge gust of wind blew the ball outta my car…and I took off running after it…but it was just going to darn fast. There was a car leaving wal-mart they seen me running after it…he stopped and the passenger got out of the car chased it down for me, and then gave me the ball. It was sooooo sweet. He was so nice, just a 17 year old boy (or around that age) So I was able to take the ball home so the kids could play with it, which wouldnt have happened if he wasnt there. THANX!

By Jamey on July 27, 2010 0 comments


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My daughter was five years old when my husband died unexpectedly. We received an enormous outpouring of flowers, memorials, food and other kindnesses that were intended for the whole family. However, one of the most thoughtful gifts was from a child I didn’t know who was in my daughter’s kindergarten class. The child sent a teddy bear just for her. The child’s parents understood the loss a five year old was experiencing and how comforting a teddy bear would be.

By Deb on May 6, 2010 0 comments


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Laura Baxter
Girls Scouts

On my way to lunch, pulling up to a stoplight, I noticed a lady with 2 dogs. One had wriggled itself from the leash. Having been in that situation before, I pulled over offered to hold onto her one dog, still leashed, while she coaxed the other one away from traffic to safety.
It was fun and humorous!

By Laura Baxter on April 28, 2010 0 comments


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My boyfriend made me really mad last week and all my friends were telling me to break up with him but i told them that i will give him a second chance.

By Brittany Yost on April 26, 2010 0 comments


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Stacy, 17

Despite the fact that these wonderful moms wait in long lines at our store to buy hundreds of dollars worth in clothing for their daughters, they still manage to keep smiles on their faces and act sweet. I just love it when a mom (or even dad) comes to the register and takes off all the hangers for me and even folds the clothes after I scan them. Whether or not its because they want the process to go by quicker, its still very appreciated.

MOMS ROCK!

By Stacy on April 1, 2010 0 comments


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Angelina
Greteman Group

Our new friend and dedicated deed-doer George Grenyo stopped by the office today to share a list that that reminded him of Do the Deed. We wanted to share it with you, too.

21 Suggestions for Success
By H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

1. Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery.

2. Work at something you enjoy and that’s worthy of your time and talent.

3. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

4. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.

5. Be forgiving of yourself and others.

6. Be generous.

7. Have a grateful heart.

8. Persistence, persistence, persistence.

9. Discipline yourself to save money on even the most modest salary.

10. Treat everyone you meet like you wanted to be treated.

11. Commit yourself to constant improvement

12. Commit yourself to quality.

13. Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect.

14. Be loyal.

15. Be honest.

16. Be a self-starter.

17. Be decisive even if it means you’ll sometimes be wrong.

18. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.

19. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on you life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.

20. Take good care of those you love.

21. Don’t do anything that wouldn’t make your Mom proud.

By Angelina Ortega on March 26, 2010 1 comment


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Last week, my two kids and I were shopping at Aldi on Maize Road. While there, a woman asked if we were in need of money. After saying that we weren’t, she gave me $20. She said it was for the kids to split. After we all thanked her, I told the kids their job was to pray for her throughout the day. When we were in the checkout lane, I told her about the prayers coming her way and she seemed very pleased. Thank you, whoever you are. We all learned a valuable lesson that day.

By Linda Keiser on March 8, 2010 0 comments


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Contributed by: Amanda

A few nights ago, as I was leaving Century II, a woman, with a little girl stopped me. She said she was just kicked out of her house the day before and was living in her fathers van. She asked for some money to get a burger at McDonalds. I gave her all the money I had in my pocket, which was only about $4. I thought, even if she is lying or scamming, she obviously needs the $4 worst than I do. Plus, I had my children with me, and I thought it would be a good example to them, to teach them about helping others.

By Amanda on March 8, 2010 0 comments


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We went to eat on a Saturday afternoon while watching our grandson while his mother worked, after we finished our meal the waitress said it was taken care of. When I asked her by which person so I could thank them, she said she didn’t know. She said the man told her to tell us it was a blessing from God. This really surprised me, I would like to thank the person or persons who did this kind act for us.

By D on March 8, 2010 0 comments


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Contributed by:Ronald Southern
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My wife drives our grandaughter to a work program every morning and on one cold snowy morning noticed a woman and her two small children walking down the sidewalk. Seeing them again the next morning ,she stopped and offered a ride. As we were later to learn, the woman had just moved into some temorary housing, and walked her 4year old daughter to day care, her son to school, and then walked to work. From then on, Sharon provided transportation to Chelsea and her children to and from school and work , plus grocery shopping on Fridays! Oh and i forgot to mention during this time she was diagnosed with breast cancer and still took time out of her day for someone else. Now that spring is almost here Chelsea and her children have found permanent housing and other transportation. Sharon is undergoing treatment for her cancer and expects a full recovery! I’m sure another Chelsea is right around the corner!

By sharon southern on March 8, 2010 0 comments


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Shellee Morrison

I was leaving the parking lot of St. Jo hospital recently when an older model BIG car stalled as it was trying to turn into the parking lot. There was a steep incline to get up into the lot. As one car occupant steered and the other tried to push, it was wonderful to watch as, first one and then 2 other strapping young men ran from their cars to assist. I have submitted a picture of the four as they pushed the car down the row of spaces, having successfully ascended the hill.

By Shellee Morrison on February 22, 2010 0 comments


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