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April 17, 2013 12:45 PM

The Giver


Profession: Channel sales manager at Indianapolis-based software company ExactTarget

Obsession: Random gift giving through her initiative, thesussyproject.com

Define "sussy." A gift given for no reason. What's The Sussy Project? We take sussy nominations through our website. Then every week we give one nominee a $20 gift. 
How many have you given so far? Sixty-two since June 2011. 
Best nominee? Biker Santa. He sits outside a Starbucks and holds people's dogs while they run in. 
Most touching gift? Planting 20 trees in a national forest in memory of a child who passed away. 
Best you've received? Running socks! I'm a runner, and I have no idea who sent them. 
Why sussy? I want to help people realize how easy it is to be kind. — Marnie Hanel

DIY sussy: "Pay for the coffee of the person behind you in line," Dials says. "Even tiny gestures have a big impact."