New Acts of Kindness Stories from the Boom Boom! Community Inspire
The uprising of guerilla goodness is underway; acts of kindness stories from the Boom Boom! Community speak to the innate altruism that lives in all of us.
SANTA CRUZ, CA – Most people expect to get presents on their birthday. The Boom Boom! Revolution, however, inspired one man, who was celebrating his birthday, to give a complete stranger a gift.
The Boom Boom! Revolution is an entrepreneurial effort to change the world by promoting underground acts of guerilla goodness through intentional acts of kindness kits, Boom Boom! Cards. Created by a group of people who are passionate about changing the world in a good way, there are now thousands of members of a small but growing army of people using Boom Boom! Cards to ‘pay it forward’ one kind action at a time.
The birthday man had been shopping at a neighborhood grocery store in Freeport, ME and was next in line to check out when the customer ahead of him told the cashier he didn’t have enough money and needed to run out to his car to get the rest. Instead of getting upset at the potential delay, the birthday man reached into his wallet and paid the $3 difference. “I decided that rather than have him run out to his car in ominous weather, I'd ‘boom boom’ him and pay the $3.00 short fall.”
In his “Courtesy in the Neighborhood” post on the Boom Boom! Cards website, the man, whose user name is Bosoxdad, described what transpired that afternoon in the supermarket when he played Boom Boom! Card # 14 from the Original Deck, which reads, “If someone in line in front of you is short a few cents, reach in your pocket and help them out.” He also reported that he gave the stranger the money even though he was troubled by the fact that the man would “have had enough if he didn't pick up a couple of packs of cigarettes.”
In another Boom Boom! triumph, a woman from Rome, PA was on her way home from vacation when she encountered a particularly grumpy tollbooth attendant. In her “Maine Turnpike” post, Brocksmama told the attendant that she wanted pay the toll for the car behind her and also asked the attendant to hand off Original Deck Boom Boom! Card # 6. “The next time you are driving and have to pay a toll, pay for the car behind you….” were the instructions on the kindness card.
“The guy working the toll looked at me like I had two heads. Crossing fingers that he passed the card on… here’s hoping,” she wrote. Brocksmama got proof that he actually did pass the card along when the car’s passenger thanked her in response to her post. Stockee2002 told her that her act of kindness had brightened his otherwise down day and committed to doing the same for someone else.
The Boom Boom! community, at http://boomboomcards.com, harbors many examples of how these intentional acts of kindness are changing the world. In a follow-up post to “Courtesy in the Neighborhood,” for instance, Bosoxdad wrote that “…after seeing the Boom Boom! story, the storeowner told me that they would [no longer] be selling tobacco products.”
“That’s exactly the kind of action we are trying to achieve,” said Mary Beth Campbell, one of the “Boom, Boom! founders. “We’re sure that we can re-vision the world we know and create the world we want through simple actions that allow us to reach out and exercise the innate altruism that lives in all of us.”
Each deck of Boom Boom! Cards contains 26 individual acts of kindness to be performed and then passed on. The cards can be registered online in the Boom Boom! Community, where members post stories, videos, pictures, and track the cards as they get passed along all over the world.
The Original Deck of Boom Boom! Cards was introduced in 2008 and included ways to spread kindness and positivity throughout the home, workplace and community. Today there are also Family, Teen, and Green Decks offering a variety of different ways that people can become agents of altruism and members of the Boom Boom! Revolution. For more information on Boom Boom! Cards, please visit http://boomboomcards.com.
About Boom Boom!
Boom Boom! Revolution (BBR) is a social innovation company, founded in 2008. They create positive consumer products with the intention of inspiring an uprising of guerilla goodness. Boom Boom! Cards are the flagship product; they showcase a combined real world and online social network linking players globally through random acts of kindness that are paid forward. BBR is a 4th Sector Corporation, For Profit For Good. Boom Boom! Cards are made from 30-100% post consumer recyclable materials. Ten percent of the purchase price is donated directly to the charity of the purchaser’s choice. The BBR community can be found at www.boomboomcards.com.
Alecia J. Shaver