* Update: if you are participating in this challenge, please pop over to this page to let us know what you did! *

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.

RAKs

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.

100 Acts of Kindness Day

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!

18 Comments on The 100 Acts of Kindness Challenge

  1. What a great idea!

    We have had a lot of flooding here in Texas due to the rain. So I think the kids and I are going to go to two different parks (one in the morning and one in the evening) and go around the trails to pick up trash, small branches and debris that has gotten up onto the trails so that others can enjoy a nice hike without any trash or branches to step around.

    The wildflowers are blooming like crazy, so we will probably also pick some flowers and make some bouquets to drop off to some friends and neighbors that have been going through a hard time and leave a note with it to let them know we love them and are praying for them!

  2. Greetings from Utah! Our family accepts the challenge, and we will help to spread the word.

    For our service, we’ll round up some of the books we don’t read anymore and take them to a local youth center. We have some good reads that should brighten someone’s day. 🙂

  3. Ill be offering to pay for someones grocery the next time I go to the supermarket :} i shared this post on my fb #All-IN

  4. May 20th is a special day in our house and we still remember the day our first litter of dachshunds were born from a pair whom my parents had rescued – the vet was waiting for the puppies to be born before putting the female dog to sleep as noone wanted her.

    I’ve chosen doing an act of kindness for my Mom with a spot of serious spring cleaning with her where I’ll do all the hardwork as her arthritis can be a barrier at times and we both know the task has to be done.

    • What a sweet story – I’m so glad your parents came along in time! And what a gift, to help your mom with something that is such a challenge for her. You will be such a blessing! Thank you for participating!!

  5. Challenge accepted in Astoria, Oregon! Not sure what I’ll be doing but I’ll come back and report. Sharing this post on Facebook and Pintrest as well!

  6. What struck me as I was reading this was how amazing it would be if we all were conscious of doing some random act of kindness each and every day! Wouldn’t the world be a sweeter and gentler place to live? I will definitely be more conscious on Wednesday and do something that I don’t normally do to show some kindness in a random unplanned way. Love your list of possible choices and I believe we all can spread kindness and make a big difference in both our own lives and in someone else’s life, just through a simple random act. Beautiful idea to dedicate one day to it and hope to hear of some fabulous kindness spreading everywhere!

    • Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment, Beverley! I agree … I am hoping that by posting this challenge, it will help get people into the mindset of doing random acts of kindness more often. It takes a bit of courage sometimes, but the rewards are so amazing!

  7. I try, very hard, to live “the gift is in the giving.” My birthday is the 23rd and I have something called “Operation Birthday”. I give back to military families in honor of Memorial Day to thank them for their sacrifices. I will start a little early in honor of you.

  8. First of all, I am putting this on my calendar, that way I know I won’t forget. That sounds terrible but it is the truth…ok, it’s on there. I would like to buy a random person lunch. This happened to me once and it was so incredible. I have been waiting for the right time…and here it is. I will also share this on my FB page, I don’t have a big readership but maybe someone will see it and act. Great idea!!!