Thursday, February 14, 2013

Random Acts of Kindness

It's Random Acts of Kindness Week.  Here is a list of things you can do in your community, mall, or shopping center with your youth that are free or almost free.

1.  Write a thank you note
2.  Chalk someone's driveway with a positive message
3.  Open a door for someone--be dramatic and smile!
4.  Deliver candy or cookies to the local fire department
5.  Leave flowers for the nurses in the emergency room
6.  Re-shelve misplaced items in the store or library
7.  Leave notes with a happy thoughts in the store
8.  Help bag items in the local store
9.  Thank a soldier for his service
10.  Volunteer to sweep the floor in a store or fast food place.
11.  Give out carnations to ladies you see
12.  Give a balloon to a child
13.  Leave coupons for items in the store
14.  Pick up trash
15.  Return shopping carts
16.  Smile at someone
17.  Ask if you can help--then help
18.  Say hello to someone
19.  Place paper hearts on several cars in the parking lot. 
20.  If someone drops something, pick it up for them
21.  Text a compliment to someone other than your friends
22.  Compliment a man or woman on his/her child
23.  Play the piano at the local assisted living facility
24.  Leave a joke on someone's car.
25.  Tape a microwave popcorn to a Red Box
26.  Leave a diaper at the changing station in the restroom
27.  Feed the birds in the local park or parking lot
28.  Sing a song, recite a poem, or leave a poem to/for someone
29.  Compliment a worker or cashier
30.  Hide a positive note in a book at the library.

Have your youth gather for root beer floats and talk about their evening experiences doing kind things for others.  Sometimes even the smallest kindness can make a difference.

Here is a link for some very cute Random Acts of Kindness cards to leave behind of you need them.

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