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Random Acts of Kindness in Capitola and Soquel

Use the hashtag #PatchRandomActs on Facebook or Twitter to spread the word about a selfless act you witnessed or experienced in your town.

Have you noticed your friends or neighbors making a difference in Capitola and Soquel? We want to know about it!

Whether it's taking a stray dog to a shelter, taking out trash for a sick neighbor or helping out in a community garden, every random act of kindness is appreciated by the community.

We want to see how many random acts we can inspire across the United States in the 905 communities Patch covers. If you know of someone who has done a good deed in mid-county, tell their story in the comments section below. Also, be sure to spread the word on Facebook and Twitter by using the hashtag #PatchRandomActs.

Know of some great voluteer opportunities or ways to give back locally? Tell us in the comments!

David Housings February 18, 2013 at 04:30 PM
There's a lady who puts flags and solar lights on the resting place of veterans in a section of the Oakwood Cemetery just off Paul Sweet Road in Santa Cruz.
B Johnson February 18, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Saturday evening I drove to the Capitola village to pick up my husband after his gig. I usually just double park or park in the driveway across the street and help him rush to load or unload his gear but I saw a car pulling out right in front so I figured I'd splurge and spend the quarter for the few minutes it would take. The car backed out then pulled over out of traffic. I pulled into the spot and the man driving the car got out, came to my window and handed me his parking receipt pointing out there was still time on it (about 40 minutes). It was such a nice gesture and the fact that he took the time and effort really made my day! I can't wait to be able to pay it forward :)
Just One Vote February 18, 2013 at 05:27 PM
B knows that kindness multiplies when you pay it forward. Those "random" acts enrich all they touch, even a parking meter :-)
Jane Gallagher February 18, 2013 at 05:50 PM
A recent Friday morning, 4 different people offered help near Park Av & St.Francis in Capitol . First, during the morning rush, a motorcyclist advised me that my car had blown a tire and pointed out where the hubcap rolled. 2 walkers then stopped to see if asistance was needed. Later, my husband came back to change the tire and a 4th person offered help! So nice and neighborly of all these folks!
Mary Smith February 19, 2013 at 12:02 AM
My husband and I were in the grocery check-out line. There was one woman ahead of us, and an elderly lady at the counter preparing to pay for her groceries. She couldn't find her credit card. We all stood there watching while this poor woman got more and more frantic because she couldn't find her card. She was nearly in tears! After a couple minutes, when it was clear she couldn't pay, I caught the attention of the cashier and quietly asked "How much?" He said "About $50" I looked at my husband and said "We can do this". The woman directly in front of us asked me how much, and then said she would split the cost! Just then the elderly woman said she would have to put everything back. I stepped forward and told her that wouldn't be necessary because my husband and I, as well as the lady in front of us would take care of her bill. The look on her face brought us all to tears. I've never seen such gratitude. And the feeling of being able to help was amazing!

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