12.17.2012

26 Acts of Kindness

This weekend, Ann Curry tweeted that she was going to do 20 Acts of Kindness in honor of the 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut that lost their lives on Friday. 
She asked people to join her.
I'm joining in, but I am going to do 26 Acts of Kindness to honor not only the 20 children, but the 6 adults who lost their lives trying to protect the innocent children.
I am going to try and complete my 26 Acts of Kindness by Christmas.

Here are some ideas that I have for random acts of kindness:
-Donate food to a food bank
- Pay for the car behind you at the drive thru
- Leave lottery tickets taped to a gas pump
-Call a friend/relative you haven't talked to in a few weeks. (I'm calling my Grammy after school)
- Bake cookies for co-workers
- Pick up litter/trash if you see it on the ground
- Have a Pinterest board? Have you made a project/recipe from a pin? Go find out where that idea/recipe came from a leave a blog comment letting them know you loved their idea/recipe.
- Give a thank you card to your mailman (I am having the girls make cards for our mail lady today. This time of year is SO busy for the USPS, let them know you are thankful for them) 
- Randomly leave a Starbucks card on someones car
- Give a pair of new socks/gloves to a homeless person
- Leave quarters in a candy machine/vending machine

There are so many simple things that you can do.
Some things don't even cost money.
I did my first couple Acts of Kindness yesterday.
First, was last night during dinner and we got a call from a telemarketer.
Normally, I just hang up on them. But, last night when they asked to talk to Kevin, I was polite, said that he was unavailable & that I hoped they had a good night. Simple.
The second thing I did was one of my Facebook friends has a friend in need who is battling cancer and they are trying to come up with money to buy her 3 kids Christmas presents since the mom is in the hospital. You could just donate money from your paypal. I only donated $10, but hopefully it will help a little bit.

I am looking forward to this week & doing Acts of Kindness.
If you need more ideas, check out Drew's post from when she did 31 Random Acts of Kindness for her 31st birthday. She has a lot of great ideas.
You can also check out THIS website for more Random Acts of Kindness Ideas.

Let me know if you have any other simple ideas that will help spread kindness.
I would love for you guys to join me this week doing 26 Acts of Kindness.
 
{Image from Google Images}

 I know that this time of year (the week before Christmas) is SO busy.
I know I am busy...we are still in school & don't get out for break until this Friday. I have presents to wrap, gifts to make & tests to grade. My to-do list is a mile long. I don't really have time for this, but I am making time for it.
So, I'm in.
Are you?


Think of the 26 victims as you do your acts of kindness & don't forget to keep praying for Newtown.

Rest in Peace:
Charlotte, Daniel, Olivia, Josephine, Ana, Dylan, Madeleine, Catherine, Chase, Jesse, James, Grace, Emilie, Jack, Noah, Caroline, Jessica, Avielle, Benjamin & Allison
And, Rest in Peace Staff Members at the School:
Rachel Davino, Dawn Hochsprung, Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach, Anne Marie Murphy & Victoria Soto

May each of you never, ever be forgotten.

13 comments:

  1. I'm in! This is a wonderful way to pay tribute to the lives that were lost and feels like a way to actually DO something in a situation where really all I can do is pray for these families, for this town. I'm printing a list of the names and will say an individual prayer for each one as I do something in their memory. Thank you for this post.

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  2. Absolutely, I love this! I'm going to start making my list of 26 right now. Thanks for the good idea : )

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  3. What a wonderful way to honor them! Our family is going to do this and I love Sarah's idea above about praying for each person and their family after we complete an act. Thanks for such a great post!

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  4. A wonderful idea! Thank you for posting. I'm putting a call out for a kindness army and referenced your post. Thank you!

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  6. I love this! I'm going to make an effort to do it too! I just love to see others giving of their time, hard earned money, etc. It truly is so rewarding to give to others.

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  7. I want to copy this whole thing and repost it. I love the idea and the quote picture. I will be joining you. I will work on my list tonight and mabye even blog about it too (GASP).
    THANKS MEL. I actually googled 26 acts of kindness last night to see if anyone had started anything.

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  8. Gonna give this a shot.

    You have such a sweet heart.

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  9. That is a beautiful idea. I have wanted to take some action but couldn't think of how. This is a wonderful way to being the light back after so much darkness. Thank you!

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    Sincerely,
    Joy Springer

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