Take on the 12 Days of Christmas Kindness challenge!
Now that the shopping is nearing an end and the final preparations are underway, how about spending the last days of 2012 by opening your heart and performing simple acts of kindness?
Young, old, rich and poor, we all have the ability to lend a hand, show support and make someone else’s day special. In a tribute to the tragedy in Connecticut last Friday, people all over the world are embracing the acts of kindness campaign and paying it forward. On these last days of the year, commit to twelve acts of kindness. Or if you so inspired, go for 20, 26, or wherever your heart leads you.
Here are a few ideas to get you started…
- Remember the children of Sandy Hook by donating 20 children’s books to your local elementary school.
- Make treats for your mail carrier, newspaper carrier and trash hauler.
- Pay for the next person in line at the drive-thru.
- Help your child write a heart-felt thank-you note to their teacher.
- Call a friend or relative you’ve been thinking about but can never find time for.
- Clean out coat closets and donate jackets, hats, mittens, and boots to a local shelter.
- Buy a cup of coffee for a security guard or police officer standing outside on a cold day.
- Take bags of food and treats to a local animal shelter and spend the day showing love to the animals.
- Make dinner for a family who could use a break.
- Help your child write a note and wrap a gift for a young boy or girl who will spend Christmas in the hospital this year.
- Organize a donation of games, books, and supplies to someone serving overseas.
- Forgive someone or ask for forgiveness.
The truth is when you do good, you feel good. Open your heart and your world to something bigger than yourself. Treat each person you meet with kindness and be the change you wish to see in others.
Take these last 12 days of 2012 to spread Christmas kindness to your family, friends and the strangers around you. You may find the best Christmas present you get this year is the one you give away.
Peace and love,
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