365 Days – Random Acts of Kindness

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365 Days - Random Acts of Kindness

As you might know from my 21 day challenge, I’ve been struggling with the “Random Acts of Kindness”. Today I found a blog from someone who has been consciously doing a random act of kindness everyday last year (2012).

I was moved by a lot of them and can see how I can do some of them myself. And it gives extra motivation to earn a better income to be able to contribute to help others in need as well.

Here are some random acts of kindness from his blog:

  • Day 1: Gave A Hard Working StreetWise Vendor Money For Groceries
  • Day 2: Sent a letter to a soldier in Afghanistan
  • Day 3: Donated Eye Glasses
  • Day 4: Helped Promote Someone Who is Trying to Help Others
  • Day 5: Let Everyone Go First, EVERYONE
  • Day 6: Read a book to my daughter/Donated a book to children
  • Day 7: Donated Blood and a Bone Marrow Sample
  • Day 8: Told a Joke
  • Day 9: Signed a Petition to Stop Using “The R Word” (and Dedicated Myself to Stop Using It)
  • Day 10: Complimented 25 Strangers 
  • Day 11: Mentored a Child in Need
  • Day 12: Wrote a “Thank You” Letter to a Former Teacher
  • Day 13: Helped a Senior Citizen Shovel Snow
  • Day 14: Delivered Care Packages to the Homeless
  • Day 15: Sent Condolences to the Parents of a Fallen Soldier
  • Day 16: Participated in Martin Luther King Jr. Day Service Activities
  • Day 17: Gave Away Free Hugs to Whomever Wanted One
  • Day 18: Helped Someone See His Favorite Team
  • Day 19: Bought Girl Scout Cookies
  • Day 20: Bought Breakfast for a Stranger
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  • Day 21: Cleared Snow Off Of All The Cars On My Block
  • Day 22: Wrote a Poem
  • Day 23: Registered to Become An Organ & Tissue Donor
  • Day 26: Greeted Everyone I Walked Past
  • Day 27: I Just Called To Say I Love You
  • Day 30: Delivered Blankets and Food to a Church
  • Day 31: Led A Discussion At A Halfway House
  • Day 35: Paid for Someone’s Train Pass
  • Day 36: Played With Older Cats & Dogs at The Anti-Cruelty Society
  • Day 38: Bought Lunch for Firefighters
  • Day 40: Helped Someone Smile
  • Day 41: Answered Trivia…To Help Feed the Hungry
  • Day 42: Donated An Old Cell Phone
  • Day 43: Gave Away A Nintendo Wii
  • Day 45: Passed Out Valentines to Strangers
  • Day 46: Became A Pen Pal to a Sick Child
  • Day 47: Donated a Dress to a Princess
  • Day 48: Passed Out Free Soup

 

  • Day 51: Gave Away a Free Sandwich
  • Day 52: No Negative Words or Thoughts All Day
  • Day 55: Carried Groceries for People
  • Day 56: Donated Diapers
  • Day 57: Helped Build a School
  • Day 59: Gave Away Old Coats
  • Day 62: Performed Household Tasks For My Mother-In-Law
  • Day 65: Paid For The Next Car At A Drive Thru
  • Day 67: Cleaned Up Trash In My Neighborhood
  • Day 78: Lifted Luggage for Senior Citizens
  • Day 79: Adopted a Soldier
  • Day 80: Helped to Construct A Hospital
  • Day 86: Donated Old Towels/Blankets To An Animal Shelter
  • Day 87: Donated My Shoes
  • Day 88: Donate Outgrown Clothes
  • Day 89: Donated a Printer
  • Day 90: Donated A Suit
  • Day 94: Helped Someone With Their Resume
  • Day 99: Passed Out Easter Baskets at Children’s Memorial

  • Day 103: Had A Conversation With A Homeless Person
  • Day 104: Cared For A Man Who Collapsed
  • Day 107: Tried To Help Find Missing Children
  • Day 109: Paid Someone’s Parking Meter
  • Day 110: Donated Cook Books to the Library
  • Day 111: Adopted An Emperor Penguin Chick
  • Day 117: Paid Everything Forward
  • Day 119: Rewarded/Thanked Someone For Kindness
  • Day 122: Became A Voice For The Voiceless
  • Day 124: Passed Out Laminated Signs to the Homeless
  • Day 134: Brought Carnations to a Nursing Home
  • Day 136: Gave An Hour
  • Day 139: Paid Someone’s Toll
  • Day 142: Thanked the Police
  • Day 143: Made A Kiva Loan
  • Day 145: Helped An Old Lady Cross The Street
  • Day 147: Brought A Meal To New Parents

  • Day 152: Bought a Sandwich for a Homeless Couple
  • Day 154: Wrote to a Prisoner
  • Day 155: Gave Money to a Street Performer
  • Day 158: Gave Away My Lunch
  • Day 162: Shared A Drink With A Veteran
  • Day 165: Paid For A Stranger’s Gas
  • Day 166: Gave A Sympathy Card
  • Day 168: Ironed My Friends’ Clothes
  • Day 176: Welcomed A Refugee Family
  • Day 177: Passed Out Lotto Tickets
  • Day 180: Passed Out Water Bottles
  • Day 191: Dug A Well

  • Day 207: Became A Doorman
  • Day 208: Built A Playground
  • Day 213: Named A Star For My Wife
  • Day 217: Cleaned Up The Beach
  • Day 218: Lived Below The Line
  • Day 221: Cooked A Delicious Meal and Gave It Away
  • Day 227: Helped Out The Miracle Man
  • Day 239: Drove Someone to Church
  • Day 240: Gave My Wife Flowers
  • Day 242: Donated School Supplies
  • Day 243: Assisted With A Job Search
  • Day 244: Donated To A Church
  • Day 247: Lifted Someone Stuck In A Wheelchair
  • Day 248: Handed Over My Leftovers
  • Day 249: Became The Cat’s Meow

  • Day 253: Held Up A Sign
  • Day 255: Observed A Moment Of Silence
  • Day 256: Overtipped My Server
  • Day 261: Sent An Email To Students
  • Day 265: Handed Out Umbrellas
  • Day 266: Fed Broke College Students
  • Day 272: Collected Items For A Charity Auction
  • Day 273: Attended A Fundraiser
  • Day 274: Left Cookies For A Delivery Man
  • Day 276: Sent Greeting Cards To Random Addresses
  • Day 279: Gave A Gift Card To A Homeless Man
  • Day 281: Walked A Friend’s Dog
  • Day 291: Cleaned Up A Spill
  • Day 292: Filled Up A Shoebox With Gifts
  • Day 295: Let Someone Go Ahead Of Me At The Grocery Store

  • Day 300: Wrote A Facebook Message
  • Day 309: Spared Some Change
  • Day 311: Stood Up For A Stranger Being Mistreated
  • Day 312: Apologized For Being A Bully As A Child
  • Day 313: Gave Up My Parking Spot
  • Day 314: Tried To Help A Puppy Find A Home
  • Day 319: Wrote A Get Well Soon Message
  • Day 323: Sent Some Belongings To A Family In Need
  • Day 324: Helped A Woman Pick Up Spilled Groceries
  • Day 326: Bought Someone’s Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Day 327: Passed Out Turkey Dinners To Homeless People
  • Day 328: Shared Hot Chocolate With People Working In The Cold
  • Day 329: Baked Cookies For A Fundraising Bake Sale
  • Day 330: Walked In Someone Else’s Shoes
  • Day 331: Took A Penny, Left 50 Pennies
  • Day 332: Gave Away My Mittens
  • Day 336: Cut Off All My Hair
  • Day 338: Supported Those With Disabilities
  • Day 340: Sent A Holiday Card To Wounded Troops
  • Day 342: Gave A Cup Of Coffee To A Person Directing Traffic
  • Day 343: Collected Toys For Tots
  • Day 348: Caught An Elderly Woman’s Runaway Dog
  • Day 349: Sent A Christmas Care Package To A Sailor

  • Day 351: Donated To The Mentally And Physically Handicapped
  • Day 352: Jump Started A Stranded Driver’s Car
  • Day 354: Provided A Family With Christmas Presents
  • Day 355: Gave My Subway Pass To A Stranger
  • Day 357: Paid Off Someone’s Layaway
  • Day 359: Went Christmas Caroling
  • Day 360: Dressed Up As Santa And Visited A Nursing Home
  • Day 361: Bought Movie Tickets For The People Behind Me In Line

Random Acts of Kindness

This is one of my faves:

Day 14: Delivered Care Packages to the Homeless

This morning I woke up, took a shower, ate breakfast, and brushed my teeth. Then, due to the frigid temperatures outside, I put on some warm socks and was sure to put on gloves before I went outside with my wife and daughter. It was a fairly run of the mill morning. These were things that I do every day. To be honest, these are things that I take for granted.

There are an estimated 6,000 homeless living in Chicago. Many of them are forced to sleep on the streets, even in our freezing winters, due to overcrowding at warming centers and shelters. So today for the random act of kindness, I decided do something to try and help some of them. I went to Costco and loaded up on warm socks, gloves, and handwarmers. I also decided to get some everyday accoutrements such as deodorant, tooth brushes and toothpaste. Finally, I packed them all up in a bag with some instant oatmeal and granola bars. I delivered these care packages to the homeless around my neighborhood and some adjacent areas. Each person was so grateful, but each was also very surprised by getting the care package, which kind of broke my heart. I almost lost it when I man said to me, “I was praying that something positive would happen to me. I just knew it would happen” I just can’t imagine sleeping outside in this weather, and the fact that this man was able to still remain positive was incredible. This was a random act I may have to duplicate later on.

Source: http://www.366randomacts.org/2012/01/day-14-delivered-care-packages-to.html

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