Random Acts of Kindness 2013

Today as I sit here remembering 9/11, I decided to post this one a bit early.  It wasn’t scheduled to go out until next month, but today I needed to think about people doing good things…

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Robber’s Cave State Park October 2012

For my birthday I made a decision to commit 37 random acts of kindness leading up to my birthday, November 11.  I turn 37 (hence the 37 acts of kindness).  They can’t all be completely random.  This is going to take a bit of planning…I’m gonna need some help with ideas.  Some of these seem to get a bit repetitive, so new ideas would be great!  Can I count on you?  Here’s what I have so far…

  1. Leave zip bag full of change taped to a vending machine in a hospital with a note
  2. Bake cookies for my neighbors who are always cool and do sweet things (like “practice” edging on my driveway and sidewalk)
  3. Send care packages for 37 soldiers, include thank you notes!
  4. Visit the nursing home to talk to residents, especially ones who don’t get visitors
  5. Make a quilt for family and children’s services
  6. Pick up the bill for someone else’s lunch/breakfast
  7. Give a gift card to the mail delivery person
  8. Donate a bag of dog food to a local animal shelter
  9. Make 37 get well cards for children in the hospital and deliver them
  10. Give a gift card to a local restaurant to a homeless person for a meal
  11. Create and give out cards to strangers with happy, uplifting things on them
  12. Buy flowers or balloons and hand them out one at a time to people who could use a smile
  13. Put money in a parking meter for someone else
  14. Leave a treat on the desk for each of my co-workers
  15. Deliver goodies to the local fire station
  16. Deliver goodies to the police station in the neighborhood
  17. Leave laundry soap and quarters at the laundromat
  18. Let someone cut in line at the store
  19. Hold the door open for people
  20. Smile at everyone!
  21. Give compliments
  22. Cook a meal for someone else
  23. Mail notes to friends and family just to tell them how much you love them
  24. Clean out closets and make a donation
  25. Donate to the local food bank
  26. Give compact mirrors with a note that says “you are beautiful, just the way you are” inside
  27. Leave $ or a note inside a book/s at a book store
  28. Do something kind for a friend or family member (cook a meal, mow the lawn, rake the leaves…)
  29. Go to the local college and leave coupons/money/gift cards in dorm mailboxes for students
  30. Send a note/email/FB message to a friend you haven’t talked to in a long time.
  31. Collect and return carts at the grocery store
  32. Give/send someone flowers
  33. Carry someone’s groceries
  34. Help someone with their yardwork/housework
  35. Hide dollars at the dollar store
  36. Leave crayons and coloring pages at the doctor’s office
  37. Give a very generous tip

People are being recruited to help and photograph some of these things, and I am planning on telling you guys how it all goes.  Any practical advice would be awesome!  I’ve never undertaken a project quite like this before.  Sounds fun though, right?

What else would you do?  I need more ideas, please!  Have you ever done a random act of kindness for someone?  How did it go?

‘Til next time,



5 thoughts on “Random Acts of Kindness 2013

  1. This list is so wonderful and helps me see that I actually perform small things for others without realizing it. More importantly it makes me realize what others are doing for me. And that makes me smile. Your grandma would call all these kindnesses the “sparklers of life.”

  2. I received the best email from Jim Stovall in response to this post. My mother works for Jim, and she shared my post with him. I’ve pasted it below for you.


    Your mom shared your Acts of Kindness blog with me. You did a great job, and if it’s all right with you, I’m going to share some of them in an upcoming column.

    Meanwhile, if you’re looking for another act of kindness, you could give a book filled with your grandmother’s poetry to someone who would enjoy it. I will provide the book.


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