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Celebrate National Kindness Week

November 12-18, 2007

by Alex Tinsman


1. Support local small businesses.

Small businesses flourish through word of mouth! Support a local small business by recommending that business to your friends and associates.

2. Donate books to the library.

Find a book you love and write a message in the front of the book explaining why it means so much to you. Then donate that book to a library.

3. Pick up litter.

Communities thrive on clean and safe neighborhoods as well as shared spaces such as parks and sidewalks. Spend a few minutes picking up litter and garbage that you find and throw it away.

4. Take pride in where you live.

Adopt a street corner for one week. Make a point to pull a few weeds or even plant a few wildflower seeds.

5. Make someone feel welcome in your community.

Introduce yourself to the closest neighbor you’ve never talked to. Bring some food and knock on their door. Knowing your neighbors is a good step toward building a strong community.

6. Donate used clothing and supplies to a local shelter.

The most needed items for women’s shelters are diapers, car seats and clothing. Your donation will help a family who may be going through the worst time of their life.

7. Help someone who may be hungry.

The next time you go grocery shopping, for the first five non-perishable food items you select, buy an extra one. Many stores have food donation drop boxes located inside. You can also drop off these extras at a local food bank, shelter or church.

8. Make someone’s day.

Little deeds make a big impact! Try buying someone’s coffee the next time you are in a drive-thru or buy a lottery ticket and give it to the next stranger you meet.

9.Return stranded shopping carts.

After you unload your shopping cart, look around and find other shopping carts that may be blocking a parking space or haphazardly lying in a road. Not only will this make a safer environment but also a cleaner one.

10.Clean up graffiti.

Clean up a piece of graffiti in your neighborhood, either with cleaning solution or by painting over it. Graffiti sends negative messages and makes people feel that their community is less safe.

 

 

 

Alex Tinsman is the owner of Angel Quest: The Random Acts of Kindness Cards (www.angelquest.com) and her mission is to help others practice doing random acts of kindness. Inspiration struck Alex when she learned how much fun acts of kindness can be. She spent most of a year researching and trying out acts of kindness nearly full time to find the ones that were the most fun, rewarding, and simplest to do. Her life’s work has connected her with thousands of people and is a constant reminder that we are more alike than different.


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