By Jennifer Hallmark
Our world can be a difficult place to live. Terrorism, racism, weather-related catastrophes, and even everyday irritants can stretch us to the point of breaking. A small act of kindness might not seem like much in comparison to today’s headlines, but we can make our community a better place, one compassionate display at a time. Here are twenty ways to help us all get started in improving someone’s day…
- Pay for someone’s order at a cafe or the person behind you in the drive-thru line at a fast food restaurant. (Drive-Thru Difference)
- Send a card of encouragement by regular mail.
- Give at a back-to-school donation drive.
- Volunteer at an animal shelter or zoo.
- Pick up trash alongside the road in your neighborhood.
- Visit patients at a Veteran’s Hospital.
- Take a single mom/dad and her/his children to lunch.
- Donate to your local food bank during the annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
- Volunteer to read to children at your community library.
- Give blood at the local blood donation center.
- Take snacks to the staff at the Intensive Care Unit of your local hospital.
- Offer baby-sitting services for a young couple or single mom/dad.
- Leave a gift card anonymously for someone you work with.
- During your shopping time, make a positive comment to each cashier you encounter.
- Sponsor a car wash, donation only, and donate to a local charity of your choice.
- Leave magazines or snacks in a hospital waiting room/Oncology Center. (Always ask permission first.)
- Donate a box of toiletry items to a women’s shelter.
- Take note cards, write encouraging messages on them, tape a pen/pencil/candy to the card, and then place them in a basket. Set it in a prominent place at work with a sign saying, “Free. Please take one.”
- Go to a nursing home in your community, make a list of supplies needed, and fill the need.
- Put together a help kit to give to any homeless people you may encounter.
2 thoughts on “Twenty Ways We Can Show Kindness to a Hurting World”
Good ideas, Jennifer. Thanks for the reminders! Every small act of kindness counts. 😊
It does, Karen. Thanks for stopping by 😃