Monday, January 23, 2012

52 Smiles

The other day while I should have been doing my school work, I was instead taking part in my normal routine of procrastination by exploring pretty internet blogs and having fun on the internet instead of working!  Turns out it was a good thing though because I happened upon a blog called KatherineMaries and more importantly, I happened upon a post that she did last January about a year of Kindness.  Her family ventured on a wonderful project together of bringing kindness to the world.  I adore this and would really like to find a way of incorporating some of the ideas into my goals list for the year.  Please go read THIS SUPER INSPIRING AND AWESOME POST!

Katherine's list follows, but for the complete idea and full post that she wrote, please see her blog 
-deliver handmade valentines to nursing home
-take get well balloons to hospital and leave with nurse for someone who is alone
-leave bus or taxi fare for stranger
-pack zip locks care packages for salvation army—include tooth brushes, tooth paste and deodorant
-plant a roll of nickels with hand written note at children’s play place
-buy a copy of our favorite children’s book and leave in waiting room
-play florist and leave small flower vases on doorsteps of strangers
-deliver basket with popcorn and candy to video rental store… ask employee to give to someone who looks like they may need a bit of cheer
-pick name from phone book and mail them a happy note and two dollar bill
-leave stamps and a note by the mailbox inside the post office

-arrange for kids art work and carnation flowers to be delivered with meals on wheels volunteer
-have kids color and design a joke book and leave in waiting room at hospital or doctors office
-deliver kid-made get well cards with ribbon and lotion to cancer center
-make a stationary kit with envelopes, fun papers, stickers and postage stamps and have kids deliver to nursing home
-leave kid-made book marks in books at library
-color kindness bumper sticker and leave at community board at the library
-make small birthday bags with balloons, horns, candy, stickers and leave in public place—include a TAKE THIS IF IT IS YOUR BIRTHDAY note
-put together a salon kit with nail polish, lotion and glitter for young girl at shelter or hospital
-host a BAND-AID drive then create kid-friendly first aid kids for the children at the shelter
-make a KIDS CREATE BOX with glue sticks, paper and art supplies to leave at shelter

-donate blood
-send box of candy and small toys (bouncy balls, bracelets) to IRAQ… soldier will pass out to kiddos while on patrol
-give a bit of fun by setting up a free face painting booth and/or hot cocoa booth
-deliver a goodies basket for assisted living facilities staff and employees
-have an extra large tip ready, order pizza and leave the tip regardless of service
-hand out helium balloons with happy notes to strangers who pass by
-give free sodas and bottled water to folks on a sweltering day
-send a box of chocolates to school custodians
-buy a fresh box of Krispie Creams and give to city workers
-drop off a new stuffed animal to fire department so that they have one on hand for child who may be in need

-door holding patrol: find a busy place and hold open doors for 15 minutes
-family sponsored food drive
-prepare and serve lunch at shelter
-ask ten people if we can take back their shopping carts
-road side trash pick up
-visit assisted living center and have older children read to patients
-invite someone who might be alone over for a special home-cooked meal
-collect canned goods for food pantry
-teach photography to kids
-see how many friends we can get to become organ donors

-design a kindness THANK YOU poster for someone and hang it somewhere in public where they will see it
-leave thank you note and small gift for recycle and trash collectors
-write heartfelt note to manager telling about a friendly employee
-“thank you for serving me” packs- small bags of wrapped chocolates with kind words… leave for bank tellers, cashiers, servers…
-write five thank you notes to people that have touched our lives in small, yet meaningful ways
-treats for school bus drivers
-prepare baked goods for government employees
-honor a personal hero
-send handmade cards to officers at local police station… signed, a thankful citizen
-send thank yous to lunch staff at the high school
-care package with ground coffee and treats to soldier in Afghanistan

Have a delightful week!

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