Kindness is always fashionable, and always welcome.Amelia Barr
It doesn’t cost a thing to be kind. Most people think you have to have money to be a philanthropist. But the truth is you don’t have to have a vast amount of wealth. Think of it in terms of paying simple things forward. A random act of kindness, no matter how small, goes a long way. Even a smile could make someone’s day. Below are 14 things you can do today to make a difference.
- Volunteer to read to a sick child in the cancer unit at your local hospital or volunteer at a nursing home and read to the elderly.
- Send a care package to a serviceman or woman serving overseas.
- Write an encouraging note and leave it where people can find it. Encourage others to follow their dreams. Don’t belittle them for their efforts.
- Donate to your local thrift stores and shop there. The money remains in your community.
- Have an old pair of eyeglasses sitting around? Donate them to LensCrafters. The retailer participates in the OneSight Program which offers free eye exams and eyewear to people who need it.
- If it’s possible, donate blood. Most of your local hospitals have a donation center. If there isn’t one in your area, there’s always the Red Cross.
- Donate a bag of dog or cat food to your local animal shelter.
- Donate a professional outfit to Dress For Success and you’ll help a disadvantaged woman get back on her feet. By looking her best in an interview, your donation could help her nail the job she needs to move forward.
- Start a donation box at your workplace and ask others to bring in canned goods. Then deliver the food you’ve collected to your local food bank or to someone you know personally having a hard time making ends meet.
- Make simple sandwiches, put them in sacks, and hand them out to the homeless in the park.
- Pay for the person’s coffee behind you in line.
- When you’re shopping, let someone else go ahead of you in the checkout line with less items than you have.
- Volunteer to clean up trash in a park or along the beach.
- Speak up if you see someone who needs help or is being bullied.
These are just a few suggestions to get you started. If you’ve already made your own, list them in the comments section.