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This month Dr. Paul McDonald and Kathleen Daniels are co-hosting the December ActiveRain challenge titled "Acts of Kindness | Sharing Love & Joy This Holiday Season."  For this challenge we are to write up to 3 blogs about acts of kindness in one or all three of the following categories:  

  • Act of Kindness of Someone You Know. 
  • Your Acts of Kindness.  
  • Act of Kindness that You Witnessed. 

For my first blog I choose to write about an act of kindness my wife and I were blessed with this year, and my second blog was about acts of kindness my neighbors do for eachother.  This third blog will be about acts of kindness by ActiveRain Members.

Last March Craig Daniels and Eileen Burns challenged us to refresh/update our blog signatures in that months ActiveRain Challenge.  I did not think I was going to have time to participate in that challenge, BUT as you will see below in the first blog signature, my blog signature was in SERIOUS need of being redone.

I found time to participate in the challenge, and the second blog signature below was my entry for the challenge.  However, in the blog I posted introducing my new updated blog signature titled "It Is Time To Update My Blog Signature!!!"  In the blog I mentioned I was open to suggestion on how to make my new blog signature better.  Well Craig Daniels really took my request to heart, and went over and above anything I expected my blog signature to end up looking like.  Craig took what I had created, and made it a hundred times better.

Below is what my original blog signature looked like, what the new blog signature I created looked like, and the amazing blog signature Craig created for me.

This was a great example of how members on this platform give of themself unselfishly.  This was an act of kindness I had not expected, and was, and still am very grateful for.

This is only one example of an act of kindness that I have received from Craig.  Each and every week for the last 3 years, Craig has created the feature photo for my ActiveRain Weekly ZOOM Meeting blog reminder.  Below is just one example of the more than 150 feature photos Craig has created for my ActiveRain Weekly ZOOM Meeting blog reminder.

Craig's acts of kindness do not stop with me, he has done similar acts of kindness for many other ActiveRain Members. 

Craig is one of several ActiveRain Members who are known for doing acts of kindness for other ActiveRain Members.  These acts of kindness by ActiveRain Members to other members are to numerous for me to even attempt to mention them all in this blog.  However, I will mention a few.

Throughout the year there are several blogs of ActiveRain Members, sending other members an unexpected gift which brightens up their day.  A good example of this was this week Endre Barath, Jr was the recipient of an unexpected gift from Nina Hollander.   A few years ago I received an unexpected surprise in the mail from one of the hosts of this challenge who practices what she preaches, Kathleen Daniels, and a couple of years later one from Sally and David Hanson.  Both of these unexpected surprises and acts of kindness were not only a surprise, they were very delicious acts of kindness to boot.

As I said before examples of acts of kindness from ActiveRain Members are to numerous to list them all, but I had to give a few examples.  This concludes my third and last entry into this months very special ActiveRain Challenge.


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I am a Mortgage Loan Officer who can assist you with all your mortgage & refinancing needs in
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I reside in Middlesex County which includes Middletown, Middlefield, Durham, Cromwell, Portland, Haddam. E. Haddam, Higganum, Chester, Essex, Deep River.


Comments (18)

Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Wow, I hadn't realized that Craig had assisted you in creating the photos that accompany your Zoom blog posts, George.  That's truly an great act of kindness!

Dec 28, 2023 02:40 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

George- you are right...the community here at ActiveRain is what makes this platform special. Craig Daniels is a huge help!!! I don't know what I would have done without his assistance on several issues I had!!!  I can't tell you how many times I've referred to his "How To" posts!!!  

Dec 28, 2023 04:54 PM
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Thank you George. Your appreciation means a lot to me! This platform has connected us with many caring and thoughtful people. It is refreshing when people realize that selfish does not equate to happy. Thanks again. 😊

Dec 29, 2023 06:18 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Hello George Souto my brother Craig has assisted me before as well.  His kindness is appreciated.  

I believe I recall your favorite as well,  dark chocolate bordeaux.

Thank you for participating in the December Kindness Challenge. 

Dec 29, 2023 08:17 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

George Souto - I hope and pray your wife recovers and the two of you stay healthy. You give a lot to all of us here on ActiveRain. Thank you.

Your signature block improvement is very professional and looks great. I tried multiple times to follow the instructions but never did succeed. With a new Mac (switching from the competitor) I may try again after I get done reformatting. 

I wish you the best New Year or at least a better one.

Dec 29, 2023 10:00 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi George Souto - What a great group of examples showing the unselfish acts of other ActiveRain members.  You nailed this one!

Dec 29, 2023 12:24 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi George,
Acts of kindness throughout the AR community are what makes it so special. Your creating the weekly Zoom announcement post is another example of an Act of Kindness for the benefit of the membership. Thanks for all you do!

Dec 29, 2023 02:51 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

George Souto  what a fitting and strong post for Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist  Active Rain Challenge, Endre

Dec 29, 2023 10:53 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Great post, George Souto. I love your Active Rain signature. It is real quality. You were lucky to have the excellent help from Craig Daniels. Your blog of thanks to your AR friends is terrific.

Dec 30, 2023 08:59 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Saturday afternoon, George. Have an outstanding weekend.

Happy New Year!

Dec 30, 2023 10:20 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Dec 30, 2023 06:55 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning George. You are so right about how helpful members of the Rain are. Without the assistance of many I would not be here. Great post. Enjoy your day.

Dec 31, 2023 05:46 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Members helping members is something special about this platform.

Hoping that the 2023 year was a big success for you and that you can go into 2024 with a game plan that will continue the good fortune.

Dec 31, 2023 06:27 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening George,

Love your examples of the AR community at work extending kindnesses that really are extraordinary! A great entry into the December challenge!

Dec 31, 2023 07:08 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I totally agree about Craig - he has been a huge help to me as well. Great post!

Jan 01, 2024 05:09 AM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Craig Daniels is the best here in the Rain. He has helped so many of us over the years. Excellent way to thank him with this post.

Jan 02, 2024 06:56 AM
Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

Wow - what wonderful posts.  Thank you for sharing!!  HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Jan 05, 2024 01:38 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi George:

What a nice shout-out to Craig for all of his help, and to the others as well. Somehow I missed this post but glad I found it. AR is filled with lots of kind and thoughtful people.


Jan 12, 2024 04:53 PM