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Fri., Dec. 6, 2013, 2:46 p.m.

Random Acts Of (Birthday) Kindness

For her 50th birthday (which occurred Tuesday), Debbie Dixon Birmingham, pictured from Facebook wall, wanted something special -- for others. So she asked her friends to help her celebrate the Big 5-0 by performing random acts of kindness. From 4-6 p.m. Saturday, teams of Debbie's friends will do just that, competing for highest score from a list of more than 50 deeds that have been assigned different point values. Those involved in this wonderful birthday exercise are: Marie Nail, Julie Meridith, Melina Wilcox, Julie Reber, Mary Reber, Tracy Shull, and about 10 others. Groups will be delivering dinners to Family Promise, visiting nursing homes, opening doors, bagging groceries, picking up tabs in local restaurants, paying compliments to strangers, delivering water and granola bars to warming shelters, shoveling snow,  caroling, leaving change for vending machines, laundry, bringing bell ringers cocoa, and much more.  People are encouraged to think outside the box and come up with unique ideas.

Question: Am I the only one who thinks this is a creative, wonderful idea to celebrate a birthday?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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