My friend Melissa shared on facebook about Random Acts of Kindess Day which is coming up on December 12, 2012. In order to preserve the holiday season as a time of giving and spreading Christ’s love for those around us, her family is doing 12 acts of kindness of 12/12/2012.
I had been looking for some service projects to do with my kids. Melissa’s list is great! These are all things family members can do together. Now if I can figure out how to all 12 in one day…especially on a Wednesday which tend to be our busier days. I am committing to this so we’re doing it!
Most of these might not make a huge earth shattering difference in our eyes, but God uses every moment for His glory. I have to give credit to Melissa for the first 39 on the list, but I added a few of my own.
- Place encouraging notes on bathroom mirrors/stalls
- Put change in meters for people (the courthouse/downtown would be a good place for this)
- Bakes goodies or a meal and take it to the firehouse
- Pay for the person behind us in line (the cashier could give the note)
- Bring flowers to the elderly or a neighbor
- Wash someone’s car for them
- Help someone with yard work
- Bring hot chocolate/coffee to bell ringers
- Buy flowers and after paying for them hand them to the cashier and say thank you.
- Mail carrier homemade gift/card (fast food card lunch is on us today)
- Trash man homemade gift/card (fast food card lunch is on us today)
- Leave quarters on a soda/snack machine with a note.
- A dollar in the dollar store toy section with a note.
- Gather the grocery carts and return them in the store.
- Leave diaper and wipes on a public changing table.
- Care packs for the homeless.
- Clean out toys and donate to charity.
- Clean out clothes and donate to charity.
- Pick up trash.
- Send a thank you letter to a solider.
- Help someone load their groceries in their car.
- Visit a nursing home.
- Take canned goods to a food bank.
- Collect coins and give to charity.
- Hold the door for someone.
- Leave coins at a laundry mat. (Note says Laundry is on us today)
- Write 5 things you like about someone and give it to them.
- Make daddy breakfast in bed.
- Allow someone behind you in line to go ahead of you.
- Place a note on someone’s windshield.
- Take old towels and pet food to an animal shelter.
- Smile and speak to 10 strangers.
- Sweep a neighbors sidewalk.
- Leave candy and a note on a stranger’s door.
- Give bags of microwave popcorn to people in line for redbox.
- Quarters on gumball machines.
- Gatorade to construction/outside workers. (or in our case hot chocolate because they are probably wet and cold!)
- Shop for stockings for needy kids. (have stockings one for boy and one for girl)
- Return neighbors trash cans after trash day.
- Bring baked goods to a homeless shelter
- Make a Christmas craft for a home bound senior in your church
- Send a note of appreciation to your church or kid’s school janitor
- Make a gift basket for your next door neighbors and introduce yourself if you don’t know one another!
- Pray for someone who is going through a difficult time
- Bring doughnuts or bagels to a business
- Listen to what someone is saying when they share a story. Ask them questions and take an interest. Don’t start talking about your own experience (very hard for young moms to do–I’m one of them!!)
- Tell your child’s teacher how much you appreciate him/her.
- Do household chore that is typically done by your spouse.
- Shovel your neighbors driveway along with your own (if you live where there is snow)
- Bring in all your cans. Instead of pocketing the money, use it for a random act of kindness.
- Try to go through the WHOLE day without complaining about something you don’t have, how busy you are, all the things you still have to do, and how tired you might be!!
If you are local, my kids & I would love to bless Simonka Place, a women and children’s shelter here in town. Simonka Place is doing AMAZING things for these women that we can’t do with our limited time and resources. They are most in need of canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter and Tylenol (I found it interest Tylenol was one of the most needed items–but it makes sense). If you want to contribute to our little food and Tylenol drive you can do the following:
1) Drop food items off to my house (message me for the address if you don’t have it already) before Wednesday.
2) Contact me before Wednesday to pick up items.
3) Contact me before Wednesday to pick up pop cans. We will turn them in for you and use the money to purchase fruits, veggies, peanut butter and/or Tylenol.
And if you’re out of town but would like to contribute, contact your own rescue mission in your town and find out what their most needed items are (some of it might be on their website).