Tuesday, October 26, 2010
New Contest for Free Football Cards or Random Packs of Kindness
I'm not a big fan of people acting like four year olds to get want they want, unless, of course, they are four years old and even then, it can be unpleasant. That's exactly how this person was acting, like a four year old. I couldn't just leave to avoid this person, even though I wanted to, I had to be there. So I stuck it out and tried to take the high road.
Then, just as I was about to "check out" mentally to protect my sanity, someone tapped me on the shoulder. I turned around to see a sweet, welcoming face. She told me "you dropped this" and then handed me a ten dollar bill that had fallen out of my pocket. After thanking her, I turned back to what I was doing and all the problems of the day melted away.
It was not the amount of money that changed my mood, it was the act of kindness that changed my outlook. The reaffirmation of the potential for the goodness of humanity. She could have just pocketed the money, I would never have known, but she did the right thing, the thing we all should do.
I was going to do what I normally do with found/recovered money, give it to charity. Since I never would have noticed its absence, there is no reason to hold on to it. I believe an act of kindness should result in another act of kindness. Today, as was I was about to send the money to one of my local charities, an idea came to me. Perhaps there is potential to extend this act of kindness even further.
I walked into my local Target and decided to pick up the first random packs of cards I saw, up to the ten dollars of recovered money. Here's what I got ;
1 pack of 2010 Panini Threads Football Cards
1 pack of 2010 Panini Rookies & Stars Football Cards
1 pack of 2010 Panini Epix Football Cards
OK. So you're saying "how can taking money that was intended for charity to buy packs of cards be doing something for the greater good?" Well... here's where you come in. I'm taking these cards and making them the prize in a contest I call "Random Packs of Kindness." There is only one way to enter. You have to do something kind for someone else.
That's right. No signing up for a newsletter, no joining a mailing list. Just going out into the world and making it a better place. Visit an old folks home, do extra chores to help out your folks, babysit for free for a couple that needs a night out but can't afford it, volunteer at a food bank, sell some of your extra trading cards and donate the money to a charity, ANY ACT OF KINDNESS WILL DO. Then share what you did with us. After the deadline has past, we'll take all the participants and random off the prize to one of them. But in this situation, its safe to say, everyone will win even if you don't wind up winning the cards.
So here are the rules for this contest;
1 - This is only open to people who are a public, visible follower of this blog, a person who "likes" us on Facebook, a follower of allaboutcards on Twitter or a subscriber to our YouTube channel. This is the only way I can confirm that people aren't trying to double dip with multiple email addresses.
2 - Go out into the world and do something kind for someone else.
3 - By using the comments here on the blog, or writing on our Facebook page, or by tweeting us @allaboutcards or by leaving a comment on our YouTube channel page, TELL US WHAT YOU DID.
4 - At 11:59 Pacific Standard Time on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, anyone who has completed the three steps above will be entered onto a list. We will use Random.org to pick a winner from that list.
5 - We will announce the winner sometime around Friday, November 12, 2010 and upload a video of the pack breaks.
6 - We will then ship the prize out to the winner
It will be interesting to see how far we can take this. Good luck to all and let's make this world a better place.