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Subject: **** OCTOBER RAOKs (things to give away)
Date Posted: 10/1/2017 12:12 PM ET
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Welcome to the Random Acts of Kindness thread, also known as the RAOK place. This is where we post things to give away to others, asking NOTHING in return but a thank you. No money or credits are exchanged. We give freely, at our own expense. If you see something you’d like, PM the member with your mailing info. If you are the one mailing, please be sure to put full postage on any packages you send. Members have reported receiving "gifts" with postage due.  Remember this is a PUBLIC forum, meaning anyone (not just members) can see what is posted here.  Please do not post last names, addresses, or postal tracking numbers here, in order to protect the privacy of our participants.

Please note that we must abide by PBS rules - NO buying, selling or advertising allowed.

For liability reasons, sorry, but no medications of any kind may be posted in this forum. This includes prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and supplements.

RAOK rules -
You may not ask for anything in return for the things you post here. Please do not ask for postage, or to swap or trade.
If you ask for a RAOK posted by another member, please do not offer to pay or give something in return. This is not allowed and defeats the purpose of the Random Act of Kindness.  Try to pay it forward and perhaps grant some wishes in the ***I Wish*** thread.
We ask that you do not reply within the thread. We are different from most forums in this way. When we go to ***I Wish***, we see wishes; in ***RAOK***, we see just what’s being given away. If you have a question about it, simply PM the member. All RAOKs should be handled privately between members via PM.
Please do not post single use codes - such as Coke codes - in this forum. Post that you have them and let members PM you for them. It saves all the replies within the thread (see above). You may start a separate thread if you want to post them that way. Or check the ***I Wish*** thread and simply grant a Coke code wish or two. Codes that can be used over and over again are perfectly fine to post here in RAOK.
Please do not ask someone for ‘everything on your list’ (yes, it’s been done), so that others can have a chance.
One of our most important rules is that you must acknowledge receipt of the things sent to you! This is our biggest problem. People take the time to post, wrap, and mail, and then never know if the package arrived. Please say thanks for what you receive, either by PM or in the ***Thank You*** thread. It’s the polite thing to do, and we all worry about our mail getting through. Those who don't acknowledge a kindness will often find their future requests ignored.
Please include your nickname when you mail out a RAOK. This makes you easier to find and thank.
Be sure to check your listing and edit as needed, so people are not disappointed. We know that life gets in the way and computers crash, but please try.
Credit transactions should take place in the Book Bazaar or by private PM.

RAOK Tips -
Think carefully about what you want to give away before you post. Postage costs these days can be terrible for over-sized or heavy items that cannot go by media mail. We have all been shocked by the postage for something we mailed here; it happens often. Think first! This is a fun place, but you don’t need to empty your wallet by taking part. It’s wonderful to do something nice for others, but be kind to yourself too.

Before you post something to give away, check the ***I Wish*** thread --- someone may already be asking for it!

If you mark "taken" by your items that have been asked for, please put the word TAKEN in another color by that item, so it's easily apparent to our members that something is no longer available. This avoids disappointments and keeps you from getting more requests for an item that has already been claimed.  Or, just edit your post to delete that item.

If one of us contacts you about changing your post, please understand that we have to follow PBS rules and guidelines. Often we have to ask someone to change or delete a post because of that. New things come up here all the time. If something is not appropriate, we will tell you so, and ask you to change it. Remember that the PBS team does oversee the forums. They edit posts and have been known to suspend accounts. We hate to have that happen to our fellow RAOKers when we can take care of problems ourselves.

RAOK reminders for people requesting something that is offered here -
The people offering RAOKs are doing it out of kindness and generosity, often despite limited means.  Please make your requests for those items in the same spirit, and do not ask for anything that was not explicitly offered.  The people posting RAOKs are offering just what they have, and we appreciate them for doing so.  A request for substitutions is not in keeping with the intention of this thread.  If you would accept only a particular color, size, flavor, or other quality of an offered item, then please use the ***I Wish*** thread to ask for the specific item there instead.

Reminder about the use of Media Mail
Per the USPS website, here are the things that can be sent by Media Mail:  books, CDs, DVD, manuscripts for books or music, play scripts, computer-readable media for any of the preceding, cellluloid film of 16mm width or less, printed test materials and their accessories, printed educational reference charts, medical information in the form of loose-leaf pages in a binder.   Anything else, even if printed (such as message pads, stickynotes, journals, etc) must go by some other class of mail.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to PM me and ask. We are always happy to be of help to members of the RAOK forum, new or old. Thanks for participating in this great part of PBS!  Enjoy!

Date Posted: 10/1/2017 12:13 PM ET
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Hi everyone,
Thanks for your patience while Jeanne and I worked out management of the threads this month.  I am starting the threads, but we will both be managing them until her technical difficulties are over, at which point she will take over within this same thread.  I think you all know that she has a lot on her plate right now and would be grateful for your continued prayers.  Having erratic wireless access isn't helping, but we hope it will be resolved soon.
This is not the first time - and I'm sure it won't be the last time - that the next month's threads start out on the first of the month (or later) rather than earlier.  In general, it's probably fine to keep using the previous month's post until you see the "This thread is now closed" post appear at its end; if you choose to wait for the official next month's thread to appear, that's fine too, of course.
Thanks again, and we apologize for any confusion!
- Claire

Date Posted: 10/1/2017 12:54 PM ET
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Date Posted: 10/1/2017 9:05 PM ET
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Other  is my FAVORITE month so I am going to try to add something new to this post every day!

So for the first day of October.....and so on and so forth for the rest of the month wink

1st  Dvd disc only of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty taken

2nd Fun-filled sticker envelope taken

3rd envelope of fruity tea bags various flavors...white, green, black tea taken

4th Emoji laptop stickers...would also work on notebooks etc taken 

5th Baggie of random buttons...all sizes and colors...perfect for crafters or for sewing taken 

6th crafting paper 5 x 7  multiple colors and designs taken 

7th blank write on labels for packages...brown crafty color taken

8th package of 8 flat notecards with envelopes (variety) taken

9th 125 wooden beads various sizes and colors taken

10th a variety of flavors of GREEN TEA...this envelope ONLY has green tea taken

11th sticker envelope with larger stickers gotten in a variety pack from amazon...logos i think

12th a small 3D drawing pad with glasses taken

13th for those chai tea lovers...several tea bags of various kinds of chai taken

14th random sticker envelope

15th book cover themed postcards taken

16th a logic puzzle book taken

17th coloring book...nature to color taken 

18th postcards from various states

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Date Posted: 10/1/2017 9:27 PM ET
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October is a busy busy month for me with so many family birthdays and two trips planned (who am I kidding, they are all busy) so I will send out as soon as I can after request are made.

1.  Large zippered plastic bag that a car seat came in. TAKEN

2.  Halloween muffin size cupcake papers.  TAKEN

3.  Mini WalMart basket for a child's kitchen. TAKEN

4.  Single serve drink mixes - a mixture of flavors. TAKEN

5.  HydroxyCut Instant drink Mix TAKEN

6.  2 Yardley English Lavendar bars of soap  TAKEN

7.  Indigo LUXE Rag Ribbon Banner

8.  21 magnetic beads

9.  I jackpopz bag for stuffed animals


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Date Posted: 10/2/2017 12:44 PM ET
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Ribbon: long piece, 2 inch wide, tapestry print

1 set of skin and haircare samples

2018 wall calendar, "Woodland Retreat" with art by Jim Hansel

3 Pencil sharpeners, small plastic handheld.

2 Head & Shoulders shampoo and conditioner samples.

Biofreeze sample packets.

Used/vintage colored pencils: blue, brown, green, orange, red.

Unused get well card.

Sticker potucks.

Unpostable paperback: Kerry Greenwood "Urn Burial". 

Coupon potlucks.

Temporary tattoos (multiple): monkey (pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, or purple), sun, toucan, iguana, palm tree, turtle, or parrot.

Multiples of the following coupons:

  • Activia 4-pack $.50  9/15/18
  • Aquaphor $2  4/30/18
  • Ayr saline nasal gel $.25  8/1/18
  • Ayr saline nasal mist $.25  8/1/18
  • Clari Spray $5  3/13/18
  • Coppertone $1  3/31/18
  • Dannon 4 or 6 pack $.50  9/15/18
  • Ensure $2.25 multipack  12/31/17
  • Eucerin $2  4/30/18
  • Glucerna $2.25 multipack 12/31/17
  • Head & Shoulders Clinical Solutions $5 12/31/17
  • Hydralyte $2 electrolye products 12/31/17
  • Lysol toilet bowl cleaner plus any Lysol Power & Fresh 6 $1  12/31/17
  • Miralax $5  8/31/18
  • Monistat 1 or 3 day $5, 7 day $3  3/31/18
  • Monistat instant itch relief cream or chafing relief powder gel $2 12/31/17
  • Monistat vaginal health test or stay fresh gel $4 12/31/17
  • One A Day Prenatal 1 multivitamin $2 5/31/18
  • One A Day Pre-pregnancy Couple's Pack $2 5/3/18
  • Rhinocort $4  11/30/18
  • Tylenol 8 hour $1 12/31/17
  • Zyrtec $4 24+ count  11/30/18

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Date Posted: 10/2/2017 9:22 PM ET
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I have 3 envies of various greeting cards to 3 different people

1.Kat                              2 different sets of Halloween chip board stickers[new]

2.Sandy                          Halloween ribbon:orange,says trick or treat with ghosts on it [new]

3.                                      Halloween plastic door cover,black and grey with zombie sillouettes [new]

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Date Posted: 10/2/2017 9:47 PM ET
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I hope it is okay to post this here (if not pls let me know and I'll remove the post).  Sis and I love going to the local Goodwill Stores to browse.  They began getting in lots of sewing patterns ($0.77 each), fabrics, yarns, cross stitch supplies (kits, floss, etc.) and an assortment of craft items.  I don't mind spending a few $ to send out some "happy" packages but I'm not sure of what items might be wanted by the ladies here.  So, if you would like for me to watch for you some items would you please pm me a list.  Thank you. 

Date Posted: 10/3/2017 12:34 PM ET
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I have three things to offer this month.  Please only request 1 of them.  I will draw names after 24 hours to give everyone a chance.  Please have patience with mailing time because I will make these after they are requested (that way I don't waste the yarn if no one wants them).


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Date Posted: 10/3/2017 12:49 PM ET
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Kellogg's - Everyone can use this code

Through October 8th, enter the code WATCH4FALLCOLORS to score 100 points!

Date Posted: 10/4/2017 12:11 AM ET
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For October, I have to offer -

Vintage Teddy Bear Pin (marked JJ)

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers episode on VHS - No Clowning Around

Invisible Mom on VHS

Clue The Movie DVD (case, artwork, disc)

Disc 2 of After Dark Horrorfest III Horror Collection (I don't have disc 1) Disc only - contains Perkins' 14, Voices, Dying Breed, and From Within

Vintage Squirrel Pin (marked Avon)

Small blue glass fish

The Jane Austen Book Club DVD (case, artwork, disc)

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Date Posted: 10/4/2017 12:40 AM ET
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Taken - Halloween stickers. Very cute and new in the package.

Taken - Handmade bookmark.

PM with address please.


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Date Posted: 10/4/2017 7:54 AM ET
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For a puzzler, I can offer an envelope of  "Framework" puzzles that I took from a big book of puzzles.  Frameworks are grids that you fill in, from a provided list of words of different sizes, usually 3-letter to 9-letter words. 

I am also offering 3 marriage-themed greeting cards:
     1.  On the front, the groom is carrying the bride over the threshhold, and bangs her head against the doorframe.  Groom thinks "Oooh, that's gotta hurt".  Inside, card reads "You make a smashing couple!  Congratulations!"
     2. Terrified bride is standing on a chair under which is a mouse wearing a tuxedo.  The card front reads "EEK!"  Inside, it says "A SPOUSE!  Congratulations on your wedding."
     3. Card front reads: "It isn't your gold anniversary" over a pile of gold bars.  Then, "It isn't your silver anniversary" over a silver tea service.  Inside, the card reads, "No...lucky you...It's your Inexpensive Greeting Card anniversary.   Enjoy!"


Please zing me a pm if interested in any item!

Date Posted: 10/4/2017 2:08 PM ET
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added something

Date Posted: 10/4/2017 3:38 PM ET
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I have 2 DVDs available this month:

1. -   Free State of Jones with Matthew McConaughey  TAKEN

2. -   Charlie Wilson's War with Tom Hanks & Julia Roberts  TAKEN

Please send me a pm along with your mailing address. ♥ Hopefully, I'll have other movies available later on in the month.


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Subject: Christmas Cards - never too early!
Date Posted: 10/4/2017 4:05 PM ET
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Don't faint, all you original RAOKers, yes, the Sheeplady appears for a brief visit!

Went to an estate sale and got a box lot of cards I cannot use. (Always looking for some with sheep, you know). These are very beautiful but very religious cards.  All from Sacred Heart or other Catholic missions, with mass intentions inside etc. So those to give away, as well as a few other things as follows:

1)    1 pkg. left. of the above Christmas cards, 15 cards in each   TAKEN

2) 1 pkg. of the above, but NO ENVELOPES   TAKEN


3) 1 dream catcher Christmas ornament - very pretty    TAKEN

4)1 Sacred Heart of Jesus blessed medal (picture of Jesus)

5) card with prayers for healing from Capuchin Friars


6) a pkg. of 10 little plastic scoops - they say 9 cc and are about the size of your thumb. These have been taken before by members who do beading.  TAKEN

Added 10/13 -

  6)   pkt. of 11 small ( 3X4") blank thank you notes,  'Thank You' and yellow flower design on front, but NO envelopes

 7)  pkg. of 12 Christmas cards from Guiding Eyes - very pretty, all of dogs - TAKEN


Please PM with your info if interested.  I have surely jinxed my internet service by doing this, ..... so if you don't hear back right away, be patient - our normal time for repairs is 6 days ( how nice to know we're normal!! )





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Date Posted: 10/4/2017 7:51 PM ET
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Stuff that I have to give away:

1. One set of various airplane fact cards. Excellent pictures of the planes.

3. Will make 1 person a Halloween magnet.

4. One set of mini coloring pages Disney "Cars"-LTO

6. Will make 2 people a bookmark that has a tassel with it.

LTO-last time offering.

Please make sure you have your address in your pm. Thanks. Will send items when time permits.:)


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Subject: Tea!
Date Posted: 10/5/2017 9:41 AM ET
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*UPDATE - Thanks everyone!  That was fast!!*

I have the following tea bags to offer.  I didn't care for the Camomile and the other I'm just tired off drinking...I'm a coffee drinker, but I am trying to embrace tea.  It's a learning curve!

Twinings Herbal Tea - Camomile, Honey & Vanilla     TAKEN

Bigelow American Breakfast Black Tea with Honey      TAKEN

Both are in individually wrapped sachets.  I think I have 8-10 bags of each, so if anyone would like to try a few or all, let me know.

Please include your address in the the PM.  Thank you!

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Date Posted: 10/6/2017 9:56 AM ET
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Sent RAOK's to Vicky T and Sandi B, be on the Lookout!

Date Posted: 10/6/2017 9:57 PM ET
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TAKEN: Pair of black leg warmers.  These are thick ones, not thin.  Please include your address in pm.

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Date Posted: 10/7/2017 3:26 PM ET
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Sorry I wasn't around last month.  


I have some stationary to share

Christmas cards with envelopes 

I also have some sticky tack  ( for putting posters and stuff on walls)


Please pm me

Date Posted: 10/7/2017 8:56 PM ET
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I also have a few extra tea bags to share.  Herbal and green. Please PM with address and I'll try to post this weekTAKEN

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Date Posted: 10/8/2017 4:40 PM ET
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In addition to the items I have posted above,

TAKEN, THANKS!!     I also have 3 small zippered plastic bags/pouches, that originally held panel curtains.  Each is about 7 x 9 inches, and about 1 inch thick.  The zippers all work.  So if you have any keepsakes to stores, these might just be perfect.

Please zing me a pm if you would like one or all.  Thanks! 

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Date Posted: 10/9/2017 7:42 AM ET
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Added to my list on page 1