A year of kindness.  Our family project is off and running!  Our commitment in 2011 is to complete one out-of-the-ordinary kindness act each week for one full year.  Each month we pick from a kindness “type” and our challenge is to complete it before week’s end.  

 

MONTHLY CHALLENGES:

Week ONE:  SURPRISE!  Anonymously leave a note, treat, artwork and/or gift for a stranger. 

Week TWO:  CREATE! Select a project that inspires childhood CREATIVITY!

Week THREE:  GIVE!   Pick a way to give that spreads LOVE, JOY and ENCOURAGMENT.  

Week FOUR:  SERVE!  Find a way to help others with your ACTIONS!  (Volunteering & Community Service)

Week FIVE:  THANK!  Develop a way to express appreciation and gratitude to those who make our world a better place. 

 

52 KINDNESS IDEAS–

SURPRISE:

-deliver handmade valentines to nursing home

-take get well balloons to hospital and leave with nurse for someone who is alone

-leave bus or taxi fare for stranger

-pack zip locks care packages for salvation army—include tooth brushes, tooth paste and deodorant

-plant a roll of nickels with hand written note at children’s play place

-buy a copy of our favorite children’s book and leave in waiting room

-play florist and leave small flower vases on doorsteps of strangers

-deliver basket with popcorn and candy to video rental store… ask employee to give to someone who looks like they may need a bit of cheer

-pick name from phone book and mail them a happy note and two dollar bill

-leave stamps and a note by the mailbox inside the post office

 

CREATE:

-arrange for kids art work and carnation flowers to be delivered with meals on wheels volunteer

-have kids color and design a joke book and leave in waiting room at hospital or doctors office

-deliver kid-made get well cards with ribbon and lotion to cancer center

-make a stationary kit with envelopes, fun papers, stickers and postage stamps and have kids deliver to nursing home

-leave kid-made book marks in books at library

-color kindness bumper sticker and leave at community board at the library

-make small birthday bags with balloons, horns, candy, stickers and leave in public place—include a TAKE THIS IF IT IS YOUR BIRTHDAY note

-put together a salon kit with nail polish, lotion and glitter for young girl at shelter or hospital

-host a BAND-AID drive then create kid-friendly first aid kids for the children at the shelter

-make a KIDS CREATE BOX with glue sticks, paper and art supplies to leave at shelter

 

GIVE:

-donate blood

-send box of candy and small toys (bouncy balls, bracelets) to IRAQ… soldier will pass out to kiddos while on patrol

-give a bit of fun by setting up a free face painting booth and/or hot cocoa booth

-deliver a goodies basket for assisted living facilities staff and employees

-have an extra large tip ready, order pizza and leave the tip regardless of service

-hand out helium balloons with happy notes to strangers who pass by

-give free sodas and bottled water to folks on a sweltering day

-send a box of chocolates to school custodians

-buy a fresh box of Krispie Creams and give to city workers

-drop off a new stuffed animal to fire department so that they have one on hand for child who may be in need

 

SERVE:

-door holding patrol: find a busy place and hold open doors for 15 minutes

-family sponsored food drive

-prepare and serve lunch at shelter

-ask ten people if we can take back their shopping carts

-road side trash pick up

-visit assisted living center and have older children read to patients

-invite someone who might be alone over for a special home-cooked meal

-collect canned goods for food pantry

-teach photography to kids

-see how many friends we can get to become organ donors

 

THANK:

-design a kindness THANK YOU poster for someone and hang it somewhere in public where they will see it

-leave thank you note and small gift for recycle and trash collectors

-write heartfelt note to manager telling about a friendly employee

-“thank you for serving me” packs- small bags of wrapped chocolates with kind words… leave for bank tellers, cashiers, servers…

-write five thank you notes to people that have touched our lives in small, yet meaningful ways

-treats for school bus drivers

-prepare baked goods for government employees

-honor a personal hero

-send handmade cards to officers at local police station… signed, a thankful citizen

-send thank yous to lunch staff at the high school

-care package with ground coffee and treats to soldier in Afghanistan

 

More Kindness:

Secret Agent L  Specializing in Random Acts of Kindness

Kindness Kid Activities Scroll down- list of neat

TSJ Photography! So wonderful! 

For Teachers PDF project for your school or classroom

 

Care to play along?   Send me a note via my contact section!  I’m thinking of some FUN ways we can all keep motivated this year!!!  

xoxoxoxoxoxo!