Today, I thought I would share ideas that might strike a chord with you and inspire you to engage in a random act of kindness, make someone happy and hopefully make the world .. or maybe just your neighborhood or community a better place.
- Candy Cane Bombing – You can run to the dollar store and buy some candy canes. Attach a cheerful note to the candy cane and leave them on cars or door knobs.
- Leave detergent and bleach at the laundromat
- Leave change in a vending machine. Not sure why this always makes me feel like I found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but it does.
- Leave a card or See’s candy for your mail carrier. Speaking of mail carriers. I have to brag about my mailman, Chet. He is the sweetest, happiest most cheerful man on earth. I’ve never seen him without a smile. He always waves to me no matter where I run into him. Most people rarely see their mailman, let alone know their name. But, I’ve got a good one. One day I was on my daily run (ok maybe it isn’t every day, but I try) about 5 miles from home and who did I see getting out of his car heading to the beach … Chet. He told his friend, “Hey, she is on my mail route.”. He ran up and gave me a big hug. I secretly believe he could be an angel.
- Hand make hats for newborns and take them to your local hospital. When I lived in Denver years ago, I used to volunteer for a program called “The Snugglers”. It was a program for babies who were born addicted to drugs because their mothers were addicts. Most of the time they were abandon at the hospital and had no one to hold them. If babies aren’t held, and cuddled they don’t thrive. These babies needed all the love they could get. We always looked forward to getting handmade hats to give to these precious newborns.
- Join Big Brothers or Big Sisters or whatever organization helps kids in your area. Most of you have probably heard of Big Brothers or Big Sisters. However, there are plenty of other youth mentoring programs out there. For example, I used to be part of a program called Denver Partners. What an amazing program that is. I had just started my first job out of college and wanted to give back to the community, so I joined Denver Partners. I was partnered with a girl who was 11. Her name was Roberta. Her only request was to be partnered with someone who didn’t have writing on their walls and who had a telephone. Ummm … I can do that. Roberta and I became buddies over the years. I wasn’t sure if I helped her in any way, but we sure did have fun. I graduated with a computer science degree and was working at a high-tech company at the time located in the Denver area. Roberta came to my work and we talked a lot about what my job was all about. I got transferred to California with Oracle corporation and that meant Roberta and I would have to say goodbye. They don’t let you stay in touch with the child you are partnered with when you leave. It’s so they can move on and attach to someone else. But they did keep me updated. I later found out that Roberta went to school at 7:00 am every morning so she could take computer classes that were offered before school started. And all we did was hang out and have fun. If you love kids and want to have fun, try a program like this … you will love it!
Well, that is all for today. Keep following my blog and I’ll keep you up to date with what is good with the world.