The generosity of strangers never ceases to amaze me.

Earlier this week, my girlfriend and I took a mini-vacation to the beach in Wildwood, New Jersey. It was our first time being at the beach together while it was warm enough to be in the ocean. In typical Shane fashion, I worried (unnecessarily) that Anna would be overworked by the duties of keeping me alive, especially when the gargantuan beach wheelchair was thrown into the picture.

Getting me onto the beach is fairly simple, assuming I have a team of 18 Olympic athletes assisting me. The beach wheelchair is constructed with creaky PVC piping, huge inflatable rubber tires, and mesh seating. Assembling and disassembling the wheelchair (which must be done to get it in the van) takes determination, brute strength, and luck. The chair would hold a small rhinoceros, so when you plop tiny, malnourished me into it, the result is lots of room for my frail body to get tossed around. We compensate by filling this extra space with a thousand pillows (okay… one towel). Once I’m finally locked in, I could be hit by a dump truck and not feel a thing, which is important, because pushing the damn contraption is even harder than getting it together. Pushing it over lumpy sand is a whole different monster.

Anyway, Anna handled all of these challenges (completely on her own) like the champion of a human being that she is. I can’t praise her enough. Kids should be learning about her in elementary school curriculums. She’s on the same level as Einstein and Hercules and Gandhi.

But during our beach day, we encountered a moment of unexpected generosity that also needs to be recognized.

After a few hours, we decided we’d spent enough time lounging in the 97 degree sun, so Anna packed up all our gear and loaded me back into the beach wheelchair of death for the haul back to the hotel. We zigzagged our way through the masses of sunbathers in a slow but steady path to the street. Near the top of the beach, where it gets steep by the dunes, Anna started to have some trouble pushing me up. The massive tires kept getting stuck in craters of sand. She could have easily powered through, but she was also very aware that even the tiniest bumps were hard on my neck.

A man (who I will call Clint) standing near his family’s blanket noticed her struggling.

“Need a hand?” asked Clint.

Anna began to respond that she was okay, but before the words had formed, Clint walked over and began pulling my chair from the front while Anna continued to push. We made it up the hill with ease.

Clint asked again if we were okay, and then returned to his family. It was such a small act of kindness, but he had no obligation to assist us (no one else on the beach offered a hand, and it didn’t strike us as rude). 

Clint stepped up to help a stranger just for the sake of being decent, and I think that kind of genuine generosity is worth sharing.


Some of these you can already find individually on this blog, but this is just a great compilation!


A mailman asked his Facebook friends to send children’s book after he found a 12-year-old reading junk mail. And…the response was overwhelming.

It makes me ridiculously happy to know that Random Acts helped fund the beautiful candle light tribute to Always Keep Fighting. Misha’s charity working to help J2′s charity! Our boys all loving each other and the fans supporting Jared through Misha’s work! Its exactly what fandom should be. This is what the SPN family can be when we work together!

Misha Collins Made Me Cry

So I made my way onto Misha’s autograph line was shaking like crazy because I really do admire Misha, a lot. I adore his charity work and he is honestly a wonderful human being in general. 

So Misha’s line was taking a long time because he was talking with everyone and just being so incredibly caring. The closer I got the shakier I felt plus the room we are in is so fucking cold like the rest of the hotel. Seriously, what the fuck?

My mom went first and got him to sign my poster, as seen in my previous post, and he circled Kim Rhode’s signature. He was very sweet and funny and quirky with my mom and then I came up.

My hands were shaking badly as I placed the book down and he looked up at me and his face fell really concerned because I was starting to tear up and Im pale af, so the slightest bit of tears my whole head tints red. I go up to him and I finally manage to explain how much he means to me, how much he inspires me, and how much I admire randomactsorg and all he has done for everyone around the world and for the supernatural fandom.

He listened to me, and crazy, sassy, bouncy, Misha did not interupt once. He listened. Actually took in every single word I said and his true self shown through his on stage persona. He looked up at me and asked one question, “What is your name?” I told him my name was Jen and kept rambling as more tears came down my cheeks.

He handed me back my book and said thank you very softly and I left before I sobbed even more. I have never seen Misha be quiet, not silent, but quiet and thoughtful and actually, hanging on to your every word. I figured he just signed “To Jen, Misha Collins” But no, he didn’t

He signed, “To Jen, you are inspiration, Misha Collins”

And that means the world.

Thank you, Misha.

Random Acts of Kindness Challenge for the Signs

Aries- While you’re out, compliment a parent on how well-behaved their child is.

Taurus- If you walk by a car with an expired parking meter, put a quarter in it.

Gemini- Tweet or Facebook message a genuine compliment to three people right now.

Cancer- Offer a homeless person your leftovers bag from the restaurant.

Leo- Compliment someone to their boss.

Virgo- Offer to return a shopping cart to the store for someone loading groceries in their car.

Libra- Say thank you to a janitor.

Scorpio- Put sticky notes with positive slogans on the mirrors in restrooms.

Sagittarius- Bring a security guard a hot cup of coffee.

Capricorn- Babysit for a single mom for free.

Aquarius- Make two lunches and give one away.

Pisces- Bring doughnuts (or a healthy treat, like cut-up fruit) for everyone at work.

These are merely suggestions, but no matter what your sign go out and do something nice for someone.