1st (Thu) Fill up someone’s gas tank
2nd (Fri) Tape coins to vending machines
3rd (Sat) Give a gift bag of food/drink and a blanket to a homeless person
4th (Sun) Buy a hot cocoa or latte for Salvation Army bell ringers
5th (Mon) Purchase toys for kids in need
6th (Tue) Tape candy canes and happy holiday notes to ATMS
7th (Wed) Take a set of holiday books and leave at a mall play area
8th (Thu) Offer to buy a pack of gum or mints for checkout clerk at grocery store
9th (Fri) Hand out pretty Christmas flowers
10th (Sat) Bring Christmas cookies to all our neighbors
11th (Sun) Help someone put their groceries in their car
12th (Mon) Bake & deliver Christmas cupcakes to library employees
13th (Tue) Bake a deliver Christmas cookies & bread to the fire department
14th (Wed) Bake and deliver Christmas cookies & bread to the police department
15th (Thu) Collect canned goods for food pantry
16th (Fri) Pass out candy canes to folks mailing off their Christmas cards at the post office
17th (Sat) Take back shopping carts, hold open doors for rushed and weary shoppers…
18th (Sun) Leave small Christmas treats/gifts in shopping carts for folks to find
19th (Mon) Take presents to hard working post office employees
20th (Tue) Call animal shelter and find out what donations they need. Make a contribution & visit animals.
21th (Wed) Leave basket of Christmas gifts on doorstep of a family that needs it
22nd (Thu) Buy coffee for stranger at Starbucks
23rd (Fri) Leave present in mailbox for mail carrier
Christmas Eve: (Sat) Take all night drug store employee a Christmas surprise (because it’s no fun to work on Christmas Eve!)
Christmas Day: (Sun) Deliver something special to folks who are working and/or recovering at local hospital.
I am not letting this stress me out at all! We haven't done the 3rd one because there is a particular man we want to bless and it hasn't worked out yet. We also changed the 6th one. We had gone out to dinner that night and when we were leaving, we saw the lights on at the military recruiting office. I said, "We should give them the candy canes instead!" Every one was excited about it, so we did! We went into each of the offices for the Navy, Army, and Marines (the Air Force are at a different location) and gave them candy canes and told them that we appreciate what they are doing and we know how tough their job is since before we moved here my husband was recruiting. They were so nice and really appreciated us coming in and then showered my kids with gifts! Balls, bracelets, pencils, and stickers! It felt really great and it was REALLY random, since we decided to do it so last minute!
I read about others on my facebook or other blogs doing the same thing! To know that there are so many people all over the place doing random acts of kindness for others...it just makes me so happy! Today a friend pointed me to this blog and it was just another smile for my day!
I love being able to teach my kids about giving to others! As they say on Yo Gabba Gabba...try it, you'll like it!