In honor of the lives lost in Newtown and Sandyhook Elementary School, we have all been encouraged to get out there and do #26 acts of kindness for others. Our friend, Mary @ Homegrown Learners has developed a place to share ideas and thoughts of kindness to help inspire others, with this in mind:
We are NOT doing this for a pat on the back or positive comments. In fact, I would prefer you NOT to leave a comment on this post. If you do, please just make it a suggestion of a random act of kindness you can perform for others.
Also, Amy at Milk and Cookies has created wonderful printable Acts of Kindness cards numbered with the name of a specific person from Newtown we are honoring.
Here are a few ideas to hopefully inspire and get the contagiousness of kindness spread...
- Write a letter of thanks to a teacher, maybe even one you had twenty years ago.
- Help your little ones open a door for someone; make this a habit.
- Take a homemade treat to your local fire station, police station and/or rescue squad / ambulance service
- While you are there, gift teddy bears. They are used to comfort children that are in need of their services.
- Pay for the meal of the car behind you in the drive through line.
- Leave a generous tip for a waitress.
- Leave a homemade treat or gift card for your mail carrier and/or trash collector
- Write a letter of love to someone that has recently lost a loved one.
- Visit a neighbor or friend that you know may be lonely.
- Visit your local nursing home. Simply spending time talking to residents makes their day.
- While you are there, leave a homemade treat or bouquet of flowers at the nurses station.
- Encourage your children to donate items from their toy box to a local charity.
- Look through your kitchen and closets for items to donate to a local charity.
- Donate groceries to your local food pantry.
- Donate whole blood or platelets; shortages are common.
- Wave someone in with a smile to the parking place you were waiting on.
- Visit your local animal shelter with gifts of dog and/or cat food. Ask if there is something you and your children can do while you are there to help out.
- Send a gift to a soldier.
- When you feel led to do an act of kindness, listen to your heart and DO IT!