You’re Invited to Participate in Random Acts of Kindness

Tomorrow is September 1, as I mentioned in yesterday’s post here, I will spend the month doing random acts of kindness in his honor. Since his birthday is September 12, my goal is 67 acts by that date.

Youre invited.

You are invited to help me reach my goal. If several people do one act of kindness, that will help me reach the goal. With your help that goal can be not only be reached, but expanded.

As I prepare for my Intentional Random Acts of Kindness tribute to my husband I scoured the internet for inexpensive ideas or free idea. I don’t mind spending money to honor him, but funds only go so far,  Even at just $5 an act, times 67 adds up.

Here are 57 ideas I found or thought of in my quest:

  1.  Let someone merge in front of me on the highway
  2.  Open the door for someone
  3.  Spend the day smiling at everyone
  4.  Do a load of laundry for someone going through a rough time
  5.  Compliment a parent on how well their child is behaving, or has behaved
  6.  Tweet or Facebook comment a genuine compliment to three people
  7.  Decorate a rock and leave it where someone will find it
  8.  Volunteer to read to students at the local school
  9.  Volunteer to help at the local animal shelter
  10.  Treat yourself to  day of kindness, eat a meal on your good china
  11. Call an older relative, or stop by if they are local, for a short visit
  12.  Leave a nice review for an author
  13. Hold the elevator for someone
  14.  Write a nice comment on someone’s blog
  15.  Print (or handwrite) a friend’s favorite lyric or quote, frame it and gift it to them.
  16.  Put sticky notes with positive message on public bathroom mirror
  17.  Offer to return a shopping cart for someone
  18.  Leave a coin in the shopping carts that require one
  19.  Pick up litter – My young cousin went for a walk around his local park, and using the pinchers, collected a bag of trash. He did it before the intentional acts was planned, but I’m counting it anyway. Thank you Tanner for helping make your park a nicer area.
  20.  Treat yourself to kindness, take time to read that book you’ve been wanting to read.
  21. Recycle your bottles and plastics
  22.  Offer to take your neighbor’s recyclable items to the recycle place, if they aren’t picked up at your home.
  23.  Give a coupon you aren’t using to a customer purchasing that product, or leave the coupon on the product in the store.
  24.  Make cards to give out at a nursing home or hospital.
  25.  Deliver the cards you made.
  26.  Post a group photo from your childhood, or teen years on social media, tag the people in the photo you are friends with online but don’t often connect
  27.  Offer a bottle of water to road worker.
  28.  Take your neighbor’s trash cans to the curb for them, or return them after trash pickup to their house.
  29.  Write a positive message on a sticky note, or postcard, and leave it on a parked car.
  30.  Be kind to you. Take a relaxing bath, or invigorating shower and use the special lotion. The stuff you save for when you’re going out.
  31.  Donate used towels and blankets to an animal shelter.
  32.   Read a book to someone in a nursing home or hospital, it may take a couple of days to finish the book, but they will appreciate it.
  33.  Leave a bottle of water or a small snack in your mailbox for your mailman.
  34.  Send someone a postal thank you note.
  35.  Tell someone a joke, even a bad joke, it’ll make them smile if not outright laugh, and laughing is good for all of us.
  36.  Teach someone something, a skill or  a new way of doing a project.
  37.  Create and hang a pinecone bird feeder.
  38.  Ask an older person to tell you a story from their past (or someone your age if you don’t know anyone older.)
  39.  Bake cookies for a friend, or neighbor.
  40.  Be kind to yourself, have a cup of tea (or coffee) and your favorite treat out on your patio or porch. Take time to enjoy your break and appreciate you.
  41.  Send a postal note to your favorite author, or newest author, and let them know how much their book meant to you.
  42.  Be kind to yourself. Give yourself a day of eliminating negative thoughts and words about yourself or your abilities.
  43. Leave a positive review of a local small business on social media.
  44.  Offer to take an older neighbor shopping or to the doctor.
  45.  Help a neighbor with their yard work, mow, weed eat, rake leaves, whatever is appropriate.
  46.  Shovel snow and ice for your neighbor.
  47.  Donate your old eyeglasses. Check with your local Lions club, they often have an eyeglass recycle program.
  48. Ask you neighbors for their old eye glasses to donate.
  49.  Stop to talk to a homeless person.
  50.  Tell your janitor thank you.
  51.  Clean someone’s windshield
  52.  Paint a rock and add an encouraging word on it, give it to someone having a rough time.
  53.  Allow someone to help you. It is an act of kindness to accept an act of kindness.
  54.  If you print an internet coupon, print a couple extra to give to other customers buying the same product.
  55.  Email the manager of a store or restaurant to brag on the person who waited on you.
  56. Put 50 (or more) smiley faces in a box. On the back of each face write something that is special about a friend. Give her the box and tell her to pull out a smiley face whenever  she feels sad, or wants a pick-me-up.
  57.  Share a tidbit of information with someone

 

Just in case  you have a few dollars to spend on an act of kindness, here are a few more ideas from around the web:

  1.  Leave a larger than normal tip for your wait staff.
  2. Buy someone some flowers
  3. Buy a bouquet of flowers and give them out individually to strangers you meet
  4.  Purchase a product from a student raising funds.
  5.  Donate the product you bought from the student to someone who can use it.
  6.  Instead of buying the product, give the student the cost of the item as a donation for their fundraising.
  7.  Purchase an item from local small business instead of online.
  8.  Leave some quarters in the change machine at the local laundrymat
  9.  Leave an extra toll in the change machine at a toll booth that doesn’t have an attendant.
  10.  Pay the toll for the person behind you at the toll booth that does have an attendant.
  11.  Pay for the order for the person behind you at the drive-through.
  12.  Buy a case, or ream, or package, of paper and donate it to your local school.
  13.  Put together care packages for girls and boys and donate them to your local youth shelter.
  14.  Purchase a popular young adult book and donate it to the local youth shelter.
  15.  Donate a case of dog food to the local animal shelter (call and ask if they use a particular brand.)
  16.  Give a gift card to a local fast food restaurant to the homeless.
  17.  Donate sheets, towels, and food to a local hospice (call and ask what they can use.)
  18.  Donate towels and blankets to animal shelter.
  19.  Make a donation to a friend’s favorite charity in their name.
  20.  Pay for someone’s meal.
  21.  Pay for someone’s coffee.
  22.  Buy a movie ticket for the person behind you at the theatre.
  23.  Give a random person a gift card.
  24.  Start a mini herb garden for someone, give them care instructions when you present the budding garden to them.
  25.  Leave money at the vending machine in an ICU unit.
  26.  Leave snacks in the ICU waiting room.
  27.  Leave coloring book with small package of crayons at ICU waiting room for children or adults who are with family. Leave a note explaining it’s to be used and taken if needed.
  28.  Buy someone a cake.
  29.  Donate several packages of socks to the homeless shelter.
  30.  Donate individually wrapped desserts to the soup kitchen so those eating there can take it with them for later if they want. Also, makes it easier for the staff.
  31.  Buy a stack of reusable bags and leave them with the cashier to give one to each customer after you.
  32.  Fill a small box with toys and donate to the women’s shelter, sometimes children escape violent homes with their mothers.
  33.  Buy four or five, or more, five dollar gift cards to carry and randomly hand out.

 

 

 

About Nita

Quilter, writer, speaker, mom and grandmom. I enjoy making quilts for my grandkids, and other children. I especially love hearing and sharing quilt stories with others, that's how the book came about and this blog will continue to share quilt stories and how God works with quilts to comfort and teach us.
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