Last night on Facebook I posted this:
***Pay it Forward 2013***: The first five people to comment on this status and private message me their address will receive a handwritten note and perhaps a gift from me at some point during this calendar year. There likely will be no warning and it will happen when the mood strikes me. The catch? Those 5 people must make the same offer on their FB status! Go…Create!!! Happy 2013!
I was so excited to see the response it got. I actually felt bad because I had to close it after 8 people and really wished I could do more. That got me thinking about this year and how I would love to pay it forward this year. Do some fun things for people I don’t even know. If I could do just 1 RAK a week, imagine the difference I could make. If you just did 1 a week, imagine the difference you could make. I am a true believer that you can make someones day by doing a random thing. I know I have had RAK’s in my life and they blessed me in a way that is inconceivable.
So my challenge to myself is to do 52 Random Acts of Kindness for 2013. I already did mine this week. A woman was a $1.10 cents short at the 7-11 and I put it in for her. I am really excited about next week! I hope you will join me in this. No, you don’t have to post about it blah, blah, blah. But if you do a RAK I would love to hear about it! Also the list below is just suggestions, you can do whatever you like! My favorite is the balloon wishes, I am definitely doing that one!
52 Random Acts of Kindness ( one a week- 2013)
- Hold the door open for someone
- Teach a child something you wish you knew at that age
- Tip a waitress more than you normally would
- Spend some time with a senior citizen
- Smile at a stranger
- Compliment a stranger
- Pay for a strangers meal at the drive thru
- Put a quarter in a meter that is about ready to expire
- Leave the mail person a thank you card
- Donate unwanted items to a homeless shelter
- Donate your unwanted suits to a place that caters to single moms re-entering the work force or older workers re-entering the work force.
- Smile at the Walmart greeter
- Mentor someone
- Carry someone’s bags to the car at the grocery store
- Walk or run for charity
- Thank a soldier
- Let someone go in front of you in line
- Say “thank you” to the cashier
- Donate books to a school or library
- Give your box tops to a school ( found on General Mills products)
- Start a stamp collection for a child
- Bring flowers to a co-worker, friend, or someone that may be having a hard time.
- Tell your family you love them.
- Donate coupons that have expired to a military family
- Buy that young mother a gallon of milk, a loaf of bread, and a jar of peanut butter.
- Pay for an extra car wash
- Leave quarters to pay for the next persons wash at the Laundromat
- Instead of asking for gifts ask your friends to do random acts of kindness on your birthday.
- Donate stuffed animals, coloring books, crayons, stickers, and little toys to the police station to hand out to sick, abused, or scared kids.
- Donate items to the children’s hospital ( don’t forget about the parents)
- Buy stamps for the person behind you at the Post Office
- Send a sunshine box to someone that is sick (put in Kleenex, their favorite cough drops, magazines, and anything that might cheer them up. Don’t forget the get well card )
- Hand out pennies at a wishing well or fountain. You never know whose wish you may help come true.
- Surprise someone with a cup cake, muffin, cookie, etc.
- Pre-stamp some thank you notes and hand them out, letting the recipient know to send it to someone they appreciate
- Hide notes in library books for someone else to find.
- Make or buy hats for kids that are suffering from cancer and donate them.
- Donate gift cards, restaurant cards, etc. to organizations that help families with critically or terminally ill kids.
- Stick your change in the Ronald McDonald box at McDonald’s
- Make care packages and take them to a homeless shelter.
- Leave your newspaper for someone
- Donate blood
- Donate school supplies to a school or preschool
- Call a friend and let them know you are thinking about them
- Volunteer at a school, library, food pantry, etc.
- Mow the neighbor’s yard
- Return a shopping cart for someone and save them the trip
- Take new parents a date night kit. (Movie rental, popcorn, 2 liter of soda, and candy.)
- Buy a few iTunes gift cards and when you see a teen listening to his iPod give him one.
- Hand out Valentine cards with lollipops on Valentine’s Day.
- Buy balloons, take them to the park and hand them to strangers. Tell them to make a wish and let them go.
- If you are feeling extra, extra generous, pay for someone’s gas at the pump.
- Bonus RAK: Thanks to one of my readers for this one! Take little care packages to a Cancer center. Fill them with a travel size hand lotion, chapstick, and purse size package of antibacterial wipes. They will be much appreciated!
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