Thursday, December 9, 2010

116 Acts of Kindness

This entry is all about 116 acts of kindness. #29 is a daily act!

#1 Donate your professional clothes to an organization that helps people get back into the workforce
#2 Give gently worn home furnishings or household appliances to a person or family who might need them, or donate them to an organization.
#3 Take warm clothes, blankets or food to a homeless person that you often cross paths with.
#4 Donate toys and books to a homeless organization. Toys and books are just as important to kids as food and shelter.
#5 When shopping, buy a couple of extra non-perishable food items and take them to a food drive or pantry.
#6 Make an extra serving of dinner and bring it to a homeless person in your neighborhood.
#7 Donate age-appropriate learning materials to your local schools.
#8 Write notes of appreciation to schoolteachers, principals, nurses, custodians, and secretaries.
#9 Read with your children every day.
#10 Start them early. Bring toddlers and preschoolers to the library to choose books for reading at home.
#11 Give your gently used books to a local school or organization that can help under-privileged children.
#12 Spread the joy of reading -- read to your friend or neighbor's child too.
#13 Pick up trash on the playground or around the schoolyard of your local school.
#14 Rake leaves and pull weeds at your local elementary school.
#15 Thank the school bus driver for taking your kids safely to school everyday.
#16 Make improvements to the teachers' lounge at a school in your neighborhood.
#17 Give blood.
#18 Go on a walk with friends or neighbors for a little exercise or conversation.
#19 Assemble and deliver a basket of vegetables or fruit and a few flowers for a homebound person.
#20 Sew, knit, or crochet comfort items -- small quilts, hats, stuffed animals -- for the local hospital.
#21 When visiting a hospital, spend a few minutes with someone who might like a visitor, but ask first!
#22 On your way to the grocery store, ask a homebound or elderly neighbor if there is anything you can pick up for them.
#23 Accompany a friend to a doctor's appointment if they could use the support.
#24 Share your favorite healthy recipe with a friend or family member.
#25 Encourage friends who are trying to quit smoking.
#26 Teach someone about good nutrition.
#27 Be a daily medication reminder for someone.
#28 Take care of yourself first, with a healthy diet and activity.
#29 Tell your children why you love them. Be specific.
#30 Help them appreciate art. Create a craft project with a child.
#31 Make dinner with a teenager, or find any other excuse to keep them in the room with you for some conversation.
#32 Involve your children in your daily routine -- preparing meals, setting the table or cleaning up -- they like to feel helpful.
#33 Ask your children to go through their toys and donate some of them to those who are less fortunate.
#34 Children learn by watching -- lead by example.
#35 Offer to keep an eye on the kids of a busy neighborhood mom or dad if they need to run an errand.
#36 Do minor repairs on an elderly neighbor’s home.
#37 Make floral arrangements for senior centers, nursing homes, hospitals, police stations, or shut-ins.
#38 Talk, sing, or read to nursing home patients, especially those without family nearby.
#39 Help a senior neighbor with his errands, grocery shopping or other household tasks.
#40 Offer to drive an elderly friend to an appointment.
#41 Invite an elderly neighbor over for dinner, or bring dinner over to her.
#42 Teach an elderly neighbor how to use a computer -- get them connected!
#43 Share your favorite photos and memories with a senior. And ask him or her to share favorites with you.
#44 Help your elderly neighbors with strenuous tasks like lawn mowing, leaf-raking, or snow-shoveling.
#45 Bring your favorite grandparent -- it doesn't have to be yours -- some fresh flowers.
#46 Listen to music with a senior and compare favorites from yesterday and today.
#47 Keeping in touch keeps them going. Visit or call an elderly homebound person.
#48 Smile and say hello to an elderly person you don’t know.
#49 Help your elderly neighbors get the facts before they apply for loans, hire contractors, or donate money.
#50 Take good care of your pets. If you cannot give them the care they need, take them to a shelter or other pet adoption organization.
#51 Put bird food out for our feathered friends, especially in the winter.
#52 Check the products you buy to see they are not tested on animals.
#53 Share your friendly pets with those who enjoy being around animals but do not have any of their own.
#54 Visit a hospital or nursing home with your friendly pets.
#55 Donate your gently used towles, blankets, toys and supplies to your local animal shelter.
#56 Keep an eye out when you see lost pet signs, and help in the search if you can.
#57 Teach your children and others to love animals, visit a zoo.
#58 Share your umbrella with someone who doesn't have one.
#59 Write a thank-you note to a mentor or someone who has influenced your life in a positive way.
#60 Always say please, thank you, and you're welcome with a smile -- you'll get them back!
#61 Leave an extra big tip for a friendly waiter or waitress.
#62 Defend others. Speak up when you hear someone use a racist remark, whether it’s a family member, neighbor, co-worker, friend or stranger.
#63 Demonstrate a deep respect for other cultures, races and walks of life so that your children will, too.
#64 Discuss stereotypes and intolerance you see in what your child watches on television.
#65 Pick up trash at playgrounds, schoolyards, or other community areas.
#66 Vote. Educate yourself about issues affecting you, your community and our nation.
#67 Know your neighbors. Talk to them about safety, security and even noise level on your street.
#68 Organize a neighborhood clean-up day.
#69 Plant a tree in your yard or neighborhood.
#70 Replace harsh chemical products with environmentally safe cleaning and gardening products.
#71 Pick up trash, especially plastic or other non-degradable items that are in the street. Storm drains lead directly to our rivers and oceans.
#72 Start an office carpool. Save gas, money and get to know your coworkers.
#73 Reduce the amount of disposable products and packaging you buy and use.
#74 Recycle whenever possible. If you have a yard, try composting.
#75 Replace your standard light bulbs with energy-saving compact fluorescent lights, also known as CFLs.
#76 Replace showerheads with more efficient, water-saving models.
#77 Recycle your cell phone. It's free and you’ll help support a healthier environment.
#78 Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when full.
#79 Soak pots and pans rather than let them sit under running water while you scrape them clean.
#80 Turn off water while you brush your teeth and save 4 gallons a minute.
#81 Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk. It saves water and prevents debris and oil from going down storm drains and into rivers and oceans.
#82 Change your car’s air filter. Cleaning your air filter regularly can improve your gas mileage significantly.
#83 Don’t speed. Being a good driver can save you some dollars at the pump. Speeding uses extra gas.
#84 Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. Longer grass retains water better.
#85 Remind everyone to turn off the lights, television and computers when they are done.
#86 Check out your child’s school recycling program. Ask whether recycling bins are accessible and if the kids are encouraged to use them.
#87 Spare the air, save a buck. Air conditioning can decrease your fuel efficiency by as much as 12 percent in stop-and-go traffic, so consider cracking the windows.
#88 Only heat or cool the rooms you need -- close vents and doors of unused rooms.
#89 Save energy by sealing and weatherstripping your windows and doors.
#90 Protect ocean wildlife. Remove fishing lines, nets or plastic items from the water when you’re not using them.
#91 Ask your school and workplace to purchase environmentally friendly paper and try to use less.
#92 Give potted flowers, plants, trees or seeds as gifts. They won't end up in a landfill.
#93 Instead of tossing old clothes or household appliances, give them to someone who could use them or donate to an organization.
#94 Donate Blood.
#95 Bring food or other useful items to emergency volunteers or locations.
#96 Write a letter thanking your local emergency management workers (police, firefighter, EMT) and let them know how they have helped make a difference.
#97 Help your neighbor organize an emergency plan and put together an emergency kit.
#98 Pitch in to clean up the wreckage after a disaster. Even if it happened in another place.
#99 Volunteer to distribute food, water or other supplies to disaster relief crews and victims.
#100 Lend a hand in your area of expertise – medicine, construction, cleaning, cooking, counseling.
#101 Ask that everyone buckle up when riding in a car.
#102 Help someone who might need assistance crossing the street, but ask first.
#103 Let staff know of spills or other dangerous conditions in their restaurant or store.
#104 Lead by example, wear a bicycle helmet.
#105 Learn the Heimlich Maneuver.
#106 Take a CPR training class and keep your certification current.
#107 Always obey the speed limit and drive safely and courteously.
#108 When driving, be aware of emergency vehicles and pull over to let them pass.
#109 Keep an eye out for kids in your neighborhood. Start a neighborhood watch program.
#110 Volunteer to take calls for a child abuse or crisis hotline.
#111 Report child abuse or domestic violence.
#112 Teach children water safety.
#113 Late at night, always walk with a friend to your car or anywhere you are going.
#114 Help a friend who’s being bullied.
#115 Warn children about going anywhere with strangers.
#116 Help your friends and family create emergency preparedness plans.

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