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Changing the World with one act of kindness at a time.
30 Random Acts of Kindness

I moved to Portland from Northern California two years ago, where I worked as a licensed psychiatric nurse since 1995. I’ve been with CareOregon almost two years, working in the behavioral health section of the CareSupport Unit.

Random Acts of Kindness
Krissy Van Doorn (right) and her friend
are on a mission to change the world
... one act of kindness at a time.

When not at work, I am very active with outside projects as well as with my family.

I help host fundraising events such as pinup pageants, beard and moustache competitions, and tattoo conventions.

I have three children, ages 16, 11 and 8. Along with my partner, we like to be outside, hiking, rock climbing, paddle boarding and biking.

We have also taken part in the Live Below The Line Challenge (, raising money for the global poverty project and living on $1.50 worth of food a day for a week. I run a clean eating food blog that combines the frugalness of $10 meals for four with maintaining a healthy clean eating lifestyle.

Our favorite volunteer endeavors are found on where we have worked on behalf of underprivileged youth, food banks, planting trees, and visiting seniors.

With my 39th birthday approaching in June, my friend and I (also with a June birthday) were discussing ways to celebrate. I was talking about how grateful I was to see another year and what a blessed life I have had.

That’s when we came up with the idea to do a random act of kindness each day as a way to pay it forward for all the wonderful things we have in our daily lives.

We set off with a rough list of random acts we would accomplish. We wanted to make sure we had a mix of no-cost random acts, as well as donation-based random acts to show others that anyone can participate in helping others, no matter what their means.

One of the things we did was to send cards to terminally ill children – just a note to let them know that someone was thinking about them. More information can be found at

We also left a silly note and a $5 bag of quarters at a local Laundromat stating “hope this lightens your load.”

Not to exclude our animal friends, we took a supply of doggie bags and freshwater jugs to Normandale Dog Park for anyone who may have forgotten theirs.

It was also important to include my children in this quest and show them the benefits of volunteering. So we went to the Oregon Food Bank and donated food items as well as volunteered in the warehouse. The kids got to sort food that was later distributed to families.

Coming up with various ways to make people smile was easy. We thought about those who were close to us, and also those who were strangers. For servers, we left cards with thank-you notes for excellent service (a thank you note can sometimes go a lot further than a big tip). I also brought coffee creamer to work and shared it with other floors that I don’t normally get to visit. We sent silly care packages to unsuspecting friends with pictures and mementos, letting them know that even with distance they are thought about and loved. Who doesn’t love getting snail mail? In a day of technology, getting a letter to open and hold rather than an email is sure to put a smile on someone’s face.

We also did some serious acts as well, helping causes that are near and dear to our hearts. We registered for the bone marrow registry, including a DNA swab to be logged into the national database ( We donated glasses to those in need ( We gave money to a friend who lost her husband to suicide the week before, and we donated clothes to Raphael House for victims of domestic violence (

My favorite random act of kindness so far was giving away a concert ticket to a fan of my favorite band. The show was sold out and tickets were being sold at an astronomical price. I happened to have an extra ticket, so I found someone off Craig’s List looking to buy and gave her the ticket for free. It was exciting and a great feeling.

We have many more acts of random kindness lined up, which will be exciting since they will be executed in Thailand. Hoping to make foreign strangers smile now!