random acts of kindness

30 easy random acts of kindness

1. Send a friend or family member a quick sweet message like “I hope you have a great day” or “Thinking of you”

2. See a great post on your dashboard? Send the person who posted it a quick “Hey, i loved your post” 

3. Buy a homeless person something to drink or to eat  

4. Give a homeless person money, so they can buy what they need when they need it 

5. Have a person in your life who is a (new) parent? Offer to babysit for a hour 

6. Another kind idea for new parents: Offer to cook a meal or do a load of laundry on a stressful day 

7. Donate a piece of clothing you don’t need anymore 

8. Donate a book you don’t need anymore 

9. Donate a toy you don’t need anymore 

10. When you notice someone gets interrupted while talking, tell them that you want to hear what they had to say 

11. Leave someone a generous tip 

12. Smile at a stranger 

13. Let someone go to checkout  (in a supermarket etc.) before you 

14. Help a parent with their baby stroller on the stairs 

15. Put a sticky note with a positive message somewhere for your partner or friend to find (or even for a stranger!) 

16. Ask your local animal shelter if they need someone to take a walk with a dog, play with the cats etc. If yes, do it! 

17. Buy flowers for someone (or send them anonymously to them) 

18. Ask your local nursery home if you can read to someone who doesn’t have many visitors. If yes, do it! 

19. Leave some extra quarters in the laundry room

20. Say thankyou to a janitor 

21. Send a good morning or good night text to someone 

22. Give up your seat on the subway to someone 

23. Offer to dogsit the dog of a friend or neighbor for free 

24. See a kid with a lemonade stand? Buy lemonade. 

25. Do the dishes when it’s your roomate’s/partner’s/sibling’s turn to do them 

26. Call your mom or your granddad or your aunt or whoever you know who would love to get a call 

27. You see a shopping cart someone didn’t return? Return it to save the people working at the store some work 

28. Introduce yourself to your new neighbors and ask if you can help with anything

29. Buy coffee for someone 

30. Give yourself a compliment - you deserve kindness, too! 

Ideas how to help homeless people: 

- Say hi. Smile at them. Introduce yourself, ask how they are, listen to them, ask them what they need most. They’re people, treat them like human beings. 

- Buy them food. (Make sure to choose items that do not require plates or an oven!) Some ideas are: Granola bars, beef jerky, a banana.. Basically anything you can open and eat. If you give something that requires a spoon, remember to hand them a plastic spoon as well etc. 

- Buy them something to drink. Water bottles are a great idea, not only because water fights dehydration the best but also because they are refillable. 

- Buy them toiletries (Choose small sizes or else they’re too heavy for them to carry around). Some ideas are: soap, a toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo, feminine hygiene products, deodorant, tissues  

- Buy them new underwear and socks. Those are very vulnerable when you’re living on the streets! 

- If you want to give them blankets or clothes, ask first if they need them. Keep in mind: Gently used is okay but never give them dirty or torn items, they likely won’t use them and it’s respectless. 

- If you have multiple items (for example 5 pair of jeans, 3 shirts, a pile of old toys), donate them to a homeless shelter rather than dumping them all on one person. You mean well but you would just put a burden on the person as they can’t carry or store so many things without a home. 

- Give them money. Unlike you were probably told, not “every homeless person will spend it all on drugs anyway”. Giving them money (or gift cards to easily accesible supermarkets) gives them freedom to buy exactly what they need when they need it - and in most cases that’ll be a water bottle, a bus ticket to a shelter, tampons or another essential item that people usually don’t donate. 

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It’s two days before valentine’s day. There’s a club at my school called the random acts of kindness club. it’s kind of a secret; no one knows who’s in it and when it meets. This club made over 1100 hearts for every kid in my school and put them in each locker. Every single one. Each said “you are loved”. So many people were smiling when they saw what was in their locker. It amazes me what little acts can make such a big difference in someone’s day. I guess going to school sometime really doesn’t suck. :)

Random Acts of Kindness Day may have passed but we want to keep up the theme with a little game

Here is the Artists List:
https://supernaturalartbook.tumblr.com/artists

The rules are simple:

•Pick an artist on the list and send them a message of support for their artbook piece, or just their work in general

Obviously you don’t have to stop at one, send as many as you like because the artists in this project have been amazing and they deserve ALL the love that will be sent their way.

Artists and non-artists can all take part in this so don’t feel like you have to be someone taking part in the project to participate, the more love the better :)

What we would love to see is artists with blogs full of messages of kindness, support, and love.

Let’s make it happen! :)

#artbookofkindnessgame

30 easy random acts of kindness

1. See art on your dashboard? Reblog it. Tell the artist what you like about it. 

2. See a selfie on your dashboard? Reblog it. Tell them how beautiful they are, 

3. Send a friend three reasons why you are grateful to have them in your life 

4. Hold the door open for someone 

5. Have cardboard boxes you don’t need? Give them away for free (people may desperately need them because they move out!) 

6. Listen to someone’s favorite song or watch someone’s favorite movie, then talk to them about it, ask them what it means to them 

7. Offer your elderly neighbors to buy their groceries or take out their trash 

8. Know someone who can’t drive/doesn’t have a car? Offer them a free ride 

9. Send someone a birthday card who wouldn’t expect one from you 

10. Leave a book somewhere (on a train, on a park bench etc.). Include a note like “Lonely book looking for a new owner”

11. Create a “little free library”

12. Pack extra snacks, offer them to co-workers or friends 

13. Go to someone’s event (the school play of your friend’s daughter etc.) 

14. Buy a magazine from the homeless person selling them 

15. Give the delivery person a small gift and thank them 

16. Eat a vegan meal 

17. Compliment a kid’s drawing 

18. Offer free haircuts 

19. Put some scarves, mittens etc. in a cardbox and put them outside on a cold day, with a note saying “For free” 

20. Ask a local maternity home if they need diapers, baby clothes etc. Buy them some of what they need! 

21. Buy feminine hygiene products and donate them to a homeless shelter - not many people think about donating them! 

22. See a helpful post in your native language? Add the english translation, so more people can benefit from it 

23. Donate blood 

24. Ask for donations to your favorite charity as a birthday gift 

25. Offer to help people to register to vote

26. Donate toys or children’s books to a children’s hospital

27. You know lots about something? Make a post about it and explain it using easy words, so people can benefit from your knowledge  

28. Knit baby blankets and donate them to a maternity home or pregnancy help center 

29. Offer to tutor kids for free 

30. Plant butterfly-/bee-friendly flowers in your garden 

These Card Senders

A French man with Down syndrome has received more than 40,000 birthday cards from strangers all over the globe after his dad posted a simple message on Facebook asking if anyone might be willing to make his son’s special day a little bit brighter.

Last month, Lucien Parisseaux sent his 25 Facebook friends a plea. His son Manuel, who has Down syndrome, was going to celebrate his 30th birthday at the end of November, he wrote. He asked if they would consider sending him a birthday card. The post started a chain reaction, and it was shared more than 100,000 times. 

Thousands upon thousands of them were sent to Manuel’s home in Calais, France.

On the Friday morning before Manuel’s birthday, the letter carrier reportedly had to use a truck to deliver the 5,000 letters and cards that had arrived for the young man. “In the 20 years I’ve worked for the postal service, I’ve never seen this before,” the postal worker told France 3.

(Photo/Story via HuffPo)

Taco Bell Story

Okay so tonight I was supposed to work 8 hours but I ended up working 10 and a half because we got slammed and a bunch of people called off, and everyone was tired, and we all just wanted to go home, and I’m working the fucking drive thru by myself (order taking and register operating) so I’m losing my goddamn mind, and then this older woman, probably in her 60′s, pulls up to the window and says:

“Hi, I have a sort of odd request: can I pay for the next three people in line behind me?”

So of course I’m like, “Uhhhh, I guess if you want to. Do you want to know how much their orders are, or…?”

And she’s just like, “Nope, whatever it costs, I can pay.”

And I’m standing there, slack-jawed like “holy shit okay rad” and I ask her why? Why does she want to do this? And she answers:

“About 8 months ago, I got laid off and I was struggling really bad and a lot of people supported me with these little random acts of kindness, and I’ve got a new job and come into some money so I want to return that; good karma and everything.”

So I ring her up, and she thanks me and pulls away, and at this point I’m just like all sparkly anime eyes, and then the 1st person whose order she paid for pulls up, and it’s a young woman, maybe 19 years old, and she goes, “I’m so sorry, I thought I had a $10 bill but I only have a $5, can I take something off? I’m so sorry.” 

And I get to look at this girl and say, “Ma’am, there’s no need to worry about it, the woman in the car in front of you paid for your meal.”

And the look on this girl’s face…good god, she actually CRIED a little bit, shook my hand, and told me that the next time she had money, she was going to do the same for someone else.

The 2nd person that the woman paid for pulls up, hands me a $20 bill, which I hand back to her saying, “Your meal was paid for by another customer.” This lady gives me a blank stare, slowly withdraws her hand with the money, and whispers out a choked up, “Wow…wow, thank you; thank you.”

And the 3rd person whose meal was paid for (here’s the kicker) gave me a $50 bill to cover his $48-and-some-change order, and basically yells, “WHAT?!” when I tell him that it’s been paid for. He then declares, “Well, then I’ll pay for the next two orders; are they under $50?” (yes, they were) “Alright, fantastic.”

And after that, for the rest of my shift (another 35 minutes!), every person that came through paid for one or two cars behind them; some were simple 4 or 5 dollar orders, some were $45+, but everyone, regardless of how much their original meal was and how much the person’s behind them was, paid it forward. 

As far as I know, it’s still going on. I’ll have to ask my manager how it ended tomorrow. 

My faith in humanity has been restored; I’ve cried happy tears for the first time in a very long while; and today was a really good day.

Officer Ben Hall

Michigan Police Officer Ben Hall was on patrol when he pulled over a driver who had a small child in the car without a proper car seat. The drive, a young mom named Lexi DeLorenzo, explained that she knew her daughter should be in a proper seat, but her family had fallen on hard times and she couldn’t afford one. Rather than give DeLorenzo a ticket, Hall drove with her to a nearby Walmart and  bought a car seat for the family with his own money.

(Photo via Emmett Township Department of Public Safety/Facebook)