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Friends, I’m reaching out of my comfort zone a little bit with this week’s service challenge. But I am really, really excited …
There are two things you need to know. First of all, when I began this website last year, I was hoping to be able to use it to find an online community of people who, like me, truly want to make a difference in the world. And in less than a year … I’ve FOUND you! And I truly do feel like we have a little community here on the website, and on our Facebook page.
The second thing important fact … a few years ago, I began a family tradition. May 20th is our family’s Random Acts of Kindness Day. We go around the community and do nice things for strangers. It is SO fun!
In case you haven’t guessed …
May 20th is coming up. It’s time to party. And you’re invited.
Yes, friends. I’d like for our little community to join together and have a Random Acts of Kindness Day. And I’d like us to do it “together”. Since we are all over the U.S. (and some of us are in other countries), we obviously can’t get together for a service party (although that would be SO AMAZING). But next Wednesday, we’re going to reach out in our own communities. We’re going to serve “together”. And it’s going to be remarkable.
Now here’s where it gets a little bit “out of my comfort zone”. I’m actually not a very number-oriented person. When I prepare our weekly service challenges, I never really know how many people are actually doing them, and that’s okay. But this time, I’d like to set a goal for us.
A big goal.
I want us, the Let’s Do Some Good Today community, to perform 100 acts of kindness on May 20th.
(That’s a lot of kindness. Which is why I need you.)
There’s really only one “rule” for our Acts of Kindness Challenge: do something you wouldn’t normally do. If you normally pick up trash in your local park every Wednesday, that is FANTASTIC. But this Wednesday, I’d like to encourage you to do something above and beyond what you’d normally do. I want us to start a flood of kindness this week! Can you imagine if we did 100 acts of kindness … and if some of the recipients of kindness decided to pay it forward?
I can imagine. And it gives me chills.
Maybe you already have something in mind to do. But if not (or if you’d like to do a few different things – THANK YOU), here are some ideas for you:
* Clean up garbage at a local park
* Anonymously leave flowers or a treat on a neighbor’s doorstep
* Pay someone’s toll
* Invite someone over to your home who might be lonely
* Buy a meal for the person behind you in line
* Leave quarters where kids can find them
* Bring flowers to a hospital or nursing home
* Write a soldier or a missionary
* Babysit for free for a friend with young children
* Bring dinner to someone who is having health challenges
* Call someone who might need a listening ear
* Leave quarters in the Laundromat
* Reach out to someone who has cancer
* Do a chore for a family member that you know he or she dreads
* Post a kind note on someone’s Facebook page
* Make a donation to your local animal shelter (they often need simple things, like newspapers)
* Go through your closets and donate clothes that you don’t wear anymore to a homeless shelter
* Leave a generous tip and an encouraging note (or leave money in a tip jar)
* Get together with friends and do a service project (like a baby shower for charity or a blessing bag party)
* Give a blessing bag, a water bottle, or a gift card to a homeless person
* Hide dollars in the aisles of a dollar store
* Share coupons you don’t need (give them to someone who can use them, or leave them on store shelves)
For more ideas, feel free to check out Pennies of Time, The Birthday Project, and The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.
I made this 100 Acts of Kindness Printable for you (6 per page) if you’d like to have little notes to explain what you’re doing. You can hand them out on May 20th as you perform your acts of kindness … or if you can think of a way to share them before that day, that would be GREAT! Stick them up on a bulletin board, pass them out at church, give them to your friends … let’s spread the word!
This morning, as I was brainstorming this challenge, I was trying to decide why I am so passionate about random acts of kindness. And this is what it boils down to: you never, ever know what challenges someone is facing. Most people, in fact, are walking around with at least one trial weighing heavily on them. Your small act of kindness can be what that person desperately needs. It can be enough.
And if together we do 100 acts of kindness, and 99 of them are brushed off … but just one was desperately needed, and was the answer to someone’s prayers …
Well then, friends, May 20th will be a success.
So please, join me. Leave a comment here letting me know what you’ll be doing – your idea might inspire others! And on May 20th, I’ll have a new post up, and I’ll update it as the day goes by. Every act of kindness counts – if you’d like to do several to help push us to our goal of 100, that would be fantastic!
And may I ask one more favor? If you have a friend who might be interested in participating, would you please share this post? I would appreciate it SO much! I would love your help in reaching this big goal of 100 acts of kindness!
It’s time to start planning, friends. I can’t WAIT to hear your ideas!