RAK #40: Brenda Lee Marquez McCool

This is the fortieth of 49 random acts of kindness (RAKs) that I’m doing to honor the victims of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. Hopefully each small act puts a little bit of happiness back out in the world!

This RAK was a really easy one – I shop a lot at Safeway and they have a rewards program. You can use those rewards for a lot of things – gas, free food, etc. They had an option to take those rewards and apply them towards relief for the Paradise wildfires. I couldn’t click yes fast enough!

This RAK is in honor of Brenda Lee Marquez McCool. Brenda was 49 years old and had battled (and beat!) cancer twice. She had six children, one of which was with her at the club that night. Rest in peace, Brenda.

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RAK #38: Jean C. Nieves Rodriguez

This is the thirty-eighth of 49 random acts of kindness (RAKs) that I’m doing to honor the victims of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. Hopefully each small act puts a little bit of happiness back out in the world!

This one is near and dear to my heart and not at all random. My high school band teacher, Mr. Hodge, is retiring this year. With the exception of my parents, I would say he’s the second most influential person in my musical life. Several alumni have started a scholarship in his name, so I donated to that for this RAK. If you’re interested in supporting a young musician, click on the following link: Ritchey Hodge Music Scholarship

This RAK is in honor of Jean C. Nieves Rodriguez, who was 27 years old at the time of the shooting. He had just purchased his first home who was known for his work ethic. Rest in peace, Jean.

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RAK #37: Tevin Eugene Crosby

This is the thirty-seventh of 49 random acts of kindness (RAKs) that I’m doing to honor the victims of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. Hopefully each small act puts a little bit of happiness back out in the world!

For this RAK, I donated to a coworker’s GoFundMe. Her pup, Fielder, has been diagnosed with Protein Losing Enteropathy Syndrome, a condition that causes protein to leak from his intestinal tract. He’s lost 15 pounds in the last few weeks and is pretty sick. Feel free to send some love her way: Funds for Fielder . He reminds me of my Tritip!

This RAK is in honor of Tevin Eugene Crosby. Tevin was a hard working business owner who owned his own marketing firm. He was known by all as a wonderful boss and great with his family. Rest in peace, Tevin.

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RAK #36: Leroy Valentin Fernandez

This is the thirty-six of 49 random acts of kindness (RAKs) that I’m doing to honor the victims of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. Hopefully each small act puts a little bit of happiness back out in the world!

For this RAK, I chose to donate to a friend who is an elementary school teacher. She’s working on a literacy and phonics program for her classroom. If you’re interested in helping out, here’s the link: Click Here

This RAK is in honor of Leroy Valentin Fernandez, described by many as a natural performer who loved and took care of his mother. He loved singing and dancing and worked as a leasing agent. Rest in peace, Leroy.

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RAK #35: Jerald Arthur Wright

This is the thirty-fifth of 49 random acts of kindness (RAKs) that I’m doing to honor the victims of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. Hopefully each small act puts a little bit of happiness back out in the world!

I donated to Endometriosis UK in honor of my friend Natalie, who just underwent a second surgery for her own endometriosis. Natalie will be running a half marathon in a few months and is fundraising. If this cause touches you, feel free to donate at the following link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/natalie-wathan1.

This RAK is in honor of Jerald Arthur Wright. He was a quiet man who worked at Disney World, but always had a smile on his face. One particular quote from his mother struck me: “He wasn’t the life of the party, but he was the person who would make sure you were having a good time at the party”. What a wonderful man he was! Rest in peace, Jerald.

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RAK #34: Juan Chevez-Martinez

This is the thirty-fourth of 49 random acts of kindness (RAKs) that I’m doing to honor the victims of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. Hopefully each small act puts a little bit of happiness back out in the world!

This one is really cool… I am travelling for business and stopped into the restroom at the office. A large chunk of the wall is plastered with sticky notes, all written by women who had been there before me. They were all sweet, uplifting messages. It was so much fun to read them all and I decided to leave one of my own!

This RAK is in honor of Juan Chevez-Martinez, who was a housekeeping supervisor for a hotel. He was known as a dedicated, hard worker who was well loved by his co-workers, friends, and family. Rest in peace, Juan.

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RAK #33: Shane Evan Tomlinson

This is the thirty-third of 49 random acts of kindness (RAKs) that I’m doing to honor the victims of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. Hopefully each small act puts a little bit of happiness back out in the world!

My friend and hairdresser is doing something really cool this year. She is going to ride her bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 7 days! The AIDS/LifeCycle ride raises money and awareness to help provide critical services to those HIV/AIDS medical care, testing, and prevention services through the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

If this cause is close to your heart, I encourage you to support Cindy on her journey: Pledge for Cindy

This RAK is in honor of Shane Evan Tomlinson. He was a gifted singer who performed at local nightclubs and weddings with his band Frequency. Rest in peace, Shane.

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