Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Kindness Bandit: Season's Giving


I started off this holiday season of Kindness Bandit acts at the local library book sale. When we checked out with a bag full of books ($3 for an entire bag full) I handed the cashier an additional $3 to pay for the next person who came through the line. Yay. Who knows, maybe they paid for the person behind them and so on...wouldn't that be great?!


My dear friend Emily recently sent me an email with an invitation to join her in a month of Random Acts of Kindness. She sent me the list you see below and asked me to join her. How could I possibly deny? She is posting about her adventures on a daily basis. Click here to read along with her ( I just linked to the first day, click on her header to get the most recent posts).

I am making adjustments along the way to make things vegan friendly or to add a personal touch or to make it less expensive as giving doesn't always have to be money related! I will post weekly updates as I work my way through this list! Please join me and let me know if you do/ post about it and I will link to your blog!

1. Go to the library and pay a random person's library fine
2. Leave a dollar in five (or four or two or whatever amount) of your favorite library books
3. Bring treats to the local fire station
4. Tape quarters on the washers/dryers at a laundry mat
5. Take vegan hot chocolate/cider to a Bell Ringer
6. Write a thank you note to a teacher or friend
7. Plug a few parking meters downtown (we don't have them here so I will think of something else)
8. Hand out flowers to random people at the mall
9. Bring a gas station attendant a treat on Christmas Eve
10. Donate to or volunteer time at a local animal shelter
11. Leave an encouraging Christmas card on a park bench
12. Make and send a get well card to someone who is ill
13. Bring a poinsettia to a nurses station at a hospital or the secretaries in the office at school
14. Leave a treat for the mailman
15. Bake cookies and take them to a neighbor
16. Deliver canned goods to a food pantry
17. Pay for someone's drink at a local coffee shop (will pay for straight coffee, tea or soy based drinks)
18. Make a special card for grandparents telling them how much they are loved
19. Anonymously pay for a family's meal at a restaurant (since there are no vegan restaurants here I will instead donate vegan food to the local food bank)
20. Bring treats to the workers at the post office
21. Give a small gift to your grocery clerk when you check out.
22. Leave candy canes with an encouraging note attached on 10 cars in a parking lot
23. Leave a candy-cane and Christmas note on an ATM machine
24. Bring flowers to the librarians' desk at the library
25. Bring treats (or blankets or scarfs...) to the nursing home
26. Bring magazines, crayons and coloring books to a hospital waiting room
27. Pick up litter on your street or at a park
28. Bring up a neighbor's trash can


Susan Struck said...

I love this idea!

Emily said...

Thanks for sharing! Definitely make your list your own. Make it fit with your family and your community, keeping in mind the ages of your kids too. And definitely know that it doesn't have to be monetary at all! Just looking someone in the eye and wishing them well or giving them a sincere compliment is an act of kindness! And Maria, you are one of the kindest people I know! :)

Sarah Purdy said...

Great ideas! Looking forward to reading along as you work through the list.

Anonymous said...

what? only 28... December has 31 days... LOL

Anonymous said...

Don't bring a pointsetta to a healthcare facility! They are usually not allowed because they are too related to latex and healthcare tries to be latex free!

Maria Rose said...

What about latex gloves...? I will call and check before making any deliveries.

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