11.19.2013

26 Acts of Kindness in 26 Days

In 26 days, it will be December 14th.
December 14th marks the 1 year anniversary of the Newtown shootings where 26 people (20 precious children & 6 adults) lost their lives.

In honor of the 1 year anniversary, I will be doing 26 Acts of Kindness in the next 26 days in honor of the 26 lives that were lost.
 My heart still aches for the community of Sandy Hook & Newtown. 
They are still in my prayers & I haven't stopped thinking about them.
As you may remember, my friend Laura lives in Newtown & her 2 youngest children go to school at Sandy Hook. They physically survived the shootings, but the emotional wounds will never go away.

You may remember that after the shootings occurred last year, I also did 26 Acts of Kindness.
For ideas, you can read about what I did HERE and HERE.
 
Here are some more Random Acts of Kindness you can do:
  • Pay for the order of the person behind you in the drive-thru line.
  • Send friends and relatives notes or letters of encouragement on the back of your kids’ artwork.
  •  Leave love notes for your spouse or kids in their lunch.
  • Bring water, coffee, or hot chocolate to outdoor workers (like the crossing guard at your kids school or bus driver)
  •  Buy a soda or candy bar for the cashier when you’re checking out.
  • Give a restaurant or coffee gift card to someone (bank cashier, postal worker, homeless person, or random stranger)
  •  Send a silly card to brighten someone’s day.
  •  Call or email someone you haven’t talked to in awhile, just to ask how they are.
  •  Send your spouse a text just to tell him something that you appreciate about him.
  • Hide a kind note in a library book.
  •  Bake cookies for someone. (Postal carrier, neighbor, elderly friend, Sunday school teacher, Teacher, Teacher Aide, School Secretary, etc)
  • Leave coins on a parking meter or the machines at a laundry mat.
  • Pay the toll for the car behind you.
  • Give a huge tip on your next restaurant bill.
  • Offer to return someone’s shopping cart to the store.
  • Let someone go ahead of you in the checkout line.
  •  Pay for someone’s meal at a restaurant.
  • Donate food to a food bank
  • Bring your child's teacher a coffee or treat
  • Send your child's teacher an email just to say thank you
  •  Make a meal to share with a sick or busy neighbor.
  • Offer to keep a friend’s kids so she and her husband can have some time alone.
  • Make cards for nursing home residents…and deliver them with your kids.
  • Pick up trash at the park.
  •  Thank a soldier & write them a note/card.
  • Make care bags for the homeless (Tolietries, bottled water, food store gift cards, non-perishable/ready-to-eat foods.)
  •  Buy car wash coupons and give them away.
  • Leave extra coupons on the store shelf next to the item they’re good for.
  • Tape envelopes with quarters to vending machines.
  • Take homemade cookies or cupcakes to the police or fire station.
  • Pack a date-night box  (red box movie, popcorn, soft drinks, movie candy) and leave it on someone’s doorstep. Ring the bell and run!
  • Bring a friend or neighbors Donuts one morning
  •  Take magazines, crosswords or Sudoku puzzles to a waiting room at the hospital
  •  Take flowers to a nurses’ station – for the nurses.
  •  Purchase a store gift card or a gas card and send it to a friend in need.
My friend Mique has Random Act of Kindness Ideas & Printables on her blog {HERE}

There are SO many simple things you can do. 
You don't need to spend money doing this, many things you can do for free or for minimal cost.

I am so excited to do this again. 
As I do each act of kindness, I will say a prayer for each one of the victims families.

Here are the names of the 20 precious children:
Charlotte, Daniel, Olivia, Josephine, Ana, Dylan, Madeleine, Catherine, Chase, Jesse, James, Grace, Emilie, Jack, Noah, Caroline, Jessica, Avielle, Benjamin & Allison.
And 6 staff members:
Rachel Davino, Dawn Hochsprung, Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach, Anne Marie Murphy & Victoria Soto.

You are not forgotten.
The 1 year anniversary & the holiday season is going to be incredibly hard for the victims families.
I am going to try & complete my Acts of Kindness by December 14th
 (but if I don't finish by then, that's okay, I will try & get them done by Christmas)  
26 Acts of Kindness in 26 Days.
Honoring the 26 Victims.
I hope you will join me!
 Let's spread kindness this holiday season!

13 comments:

  1. Thank you for reminder for both Sandy Hook and doing simple acts of kindness. Sometimes we try our hardest but often forget to do these on a daily basis.

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  2. love. love. love.

    For those of us that have had to bury a child it means so much for others to acknowledge that. Most of the time it feels like our kids are forgotten.

    God has been putting it on my heart all week to do something like this. Not related to Sandy Hook directly but just something to do for all of the families out there that are heading into this holiday season without a loved one.

    Kudos and special hugs to you sweet mama!

    Trisha

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  3. This is such a wonderful, appropriate way to remember those lost and help others. Thanks, I'm in.

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  4. How truly wonderful. One of our high school classmates lost her son that day-Ben Wheeler. What a wonderful way to pay homage to those taken far too soon.

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  5. Oh what a wonderful idea Mel!! We live in such a fast-paced society, where sadly, great tragedies like this are soon forgotten. May we never forget...thank you for keeping it in the forefront and thank you for your list of small put impacting acts of kindness! Thanks for linking up...have a wonderful week! :-)

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  6. I just love this. Such a sweet idea. I'm going to use several of your suggestions!

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  7. What a wonderful idea! I will definitely be doing this. Thanks for the great ideas.

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  8. I'm visiting from Michell's today and I'm so glad I clicked on your link. I love what you are doing. What a beautiful way to honor those lives lost. God bless you.

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  9. What a wonderful list! Visiting from DYWW. Have a wonderful rest of your week.

    Stephanie

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  10. Love this what a wonderful thing to do in spite of such horrific events.

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  11. Thank you for this. I believe you are an amazing spirit and your blog is one I look forward to reading. Thank you.

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  12. I am going to do this! I love helping people! My kids are doing this with me!
    Amy Mumaw

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