The idea of a summer filled with fun, secret and random acts of kindness is exciting to me. I began talking about it on Facebook at the beginning of June and would love to share the list my friends and I complied.
- Get the children involved in your kindness adventures.
- Leave encouraging post-it notes on public bathroom mirrors.
- Buy a lottery ticket for the person behind you or a random person in the store.
- Take the book you just finished, add a post-it note that you are passing it along and leave it on a bench the next time you are out.
- Take your old magazines to a nursing home.
- Go to Wish Upon A Hero and grant someone a $10 Target gift certificate.
- Or at the same site, choose 10 people to send a birthday card to this month.
- Choose a random name from your address book to send a *Hello* card to reminding them that they matter.
- At the drive-thru window, buy a shake for the car behind you.
- Let someone ahead of you in the grocery line.
- Cut the lawn of an elderly neighbor.
- Send a care package to someone in the military.
- Go through your closet and follow through on bringing the clothes you are done with to your local women’s shelter.
- Surprise someone with a $20 grocery store gift certificate.
- Go to your local animal shelter and adopt an unlikely to be chosen animal such as a hamster, rabbit or older dog/cat.
- Pay for the toll of the person behind you.
- The next time you are at a video arcade, give your winning game tickets to a child (with the parent’s permission).
- Make it a goal to hug 5 different people in one day.
- Pick up a $10 gas card and give it to someone at the gas station the next time you fuel up.
- Pay for the order behind you at a fast food place.
- Give away something nice but you never use on Craig’s List or Freecycle.
- Buy someone a $20 flock of geese on Heifer International.
- Pay for someone’s coffee the next time you are at Starbuck’s.
- Send a package of homemade goods to a friend you know is going through a rough time.
- Eating out tonight? If the service was good, double the tip.
- Become more aware of your surroundings so you can be the first to offer help to those who need it, like someone in a wheelchair needing something from the top shelf at the market.
- Babysit for someone at no charge.
- Choose 6 friends and send them an uplifting text.
- Next time you are running errands, find three strangers that you can sincerely compliment.
- Leave some activity or coloring books in the Pediatric ER’s waiting room.
- Donate blood.
- Share this post so others can join in the Summer of Kindness.
What do you think? Do you have ideas you can add to the list?
I want to thank: Chayla, Roxy, Erin, Maria, Phillip, Caroloa, Maizey, Lindsay Ann, and Connie for all of their help in putting this list together.
We did a test run today. We were in Publix and I had some purple post-it notes with me. Each of the children and myself came up with something nice to say and got to choose where to post it around the store. The “You are beautiful.” decorated the door to the Men’s bathroom. “You are cool.” was added to the Gatorade section. The “You are a wonderful person.” was left at the deli counter. Last, but not least, the “You are kind.” was added to the coin machine on the way out the door. We hope they made someone smile and my kids loved doing it.
Have fun with your Summer of Kindness. I hope it is a hit in your home too.
xoxo ~ Melissa