A few weeks ago, I ran a contest on my Facebook page, asking people for their favorite acts of kindness. (Five people would win $100 for the charity of their choice.)
It goes without saying that there were dozens of great entries and I wanted to share with you some of the best. I have included the five winners here, but also seven more that I really liked.
Why not try one of these out this Thanksgiving week? I'm going to try to do a few myself.
As an oncology nurse, my favorite act of kindness is when volunteers come in with time to give. Oncology patients are usually in the hospital for long stays which become a lonely separation from the world... when volunteers come in just to bring magazines, talk and walk with these patients, it makes a difference not only in their day but in their recovery as well ♡ May everyone this holiday season be blessed with health, wealth and happiness and the common sense to appreciate it all!
My wife was at a discount store when a total stranger approached her and handed her a $20 bill with a note saying "this is a random act of kindness" and to pass it on. Total surprise. Awesome. Of course we did the same thing the next day.
Staci Ann Blank:
Pick an elderly person up at a bus stop and offer them a ride.
Witness any person at odds with a problem, be it dropping something in the store/mall, having a difficult time, etc... and just be a fantastic person in the moment you see them. Find the quickest, simplest way to make that person smile. Example: If you see a single mom or dad being the light of their kids' lives at a diner, pay the bill. I've done it before and I'll do it again.
Spend Thanksgiving at the soup kitchen or homeless shelter serving Thanksgiving dinner. Then, go home to your own celebration, giving thanks for all you've been blessed with.
Donate to the Philippines...they just got hit with one of the worst storms in the HISTORY OF THE WORLD.
Jodee Pivalo Mac Donald:
Adopt a family for the holiday through the Westchester Coalition for Hungry and Homeless. Or adopt a family from WRO. It can make a big difference.
Give a random homeless person a decent meal, the more homeless people the better. The ones that are in the street are the ones that aren't considering the options of going to a local shelter or soup kitchen. It is those people that need the most help. A meal, regardless of what it is, will serve them well regardless of the environment that they eat it in.
I did this once before. While I was standing in line at Dunkin Donuts, a soldier in front of me was waiting to pay for his breakfast; I told him that it was on me. I thanked him and told him how much I appreciate his service to this great country!
Inviting people who have no one to dinner. I invite an elderly woman I work with to all my holiday dinners, because she has no one. I also invite a disabled vet to my dinners. I feel it's my way of giving back. Love their company.
Visit residents in a nursing home and read a story to them or just sit and chat. Many do not have families or have families who them visit often. It doesn't cost anything except your time. ; )
Simply paying it forward: paying for someone's meal at the drive through at McDonald's, paying for someone's coffee; you never know how a simple act of kindness could really touch someone's life. Everyone keeps emotions balled up inside; you never know how much of an effect something so simple, so easy, could have on a person's day.
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO WROTE IN!
I worked in a kitchen when I was growing up, 80-90 hours a week, at Camp Sussex. There’s a lot of opportunities like this. Is that work nothing?
When did you do something for the first time and how great was the feeling?