1. Smile at someone – it will brighten their day as well as your own.
  2. Hold a door for someone who has their hands full.  (Better yet, go the extra mile and offer to help him/her to the car with their packages.)
  3. When you buy a sandwich for your lunch, buy an extra one and, with only a smile, give it to a homeless person.
  4. Volunteer to babysit for a single mother for a few hours a week to give her some time out.
  5. Help the kids in your community organize a recycling program.
  6. Take that dress or suit you haven’t worn in a year out of the closet and give it to a welfare recipient or woman at a shelter or someone who is looking for a job but can’t afford clothing appropriate for a job interview.
  7. Get some bumper stickers printed that say, “Change the world:  Let your kindness show.”  Then give one to everyone you know who owns a vehicle..
  8. Teach an illiterate adult to read and write.
  9. Have your children donate 50 cents or $1.00 of their weekly allowance to their favorite charity and you match their donation.
  10. If you have a spare room or bed, put a foster child in it.
  11. Tutor or mentor a child.
  12. Help your child sort through his/her toys and books and donate all those he/she has outgrown to a woman’s shelter or children’ hospital.
  13. Women’s shelters can also make good use of women’s and children’s clothing.  Many of these women have been forced to flee with only the clothes on their and their children’s backs.
  14. Take your children out and let them sow wild flower and milkweed (for the Monarch butterflies) seeds in a “wild” place.
  15. Volunteer a couple of hours to help serve food at a homeless shelter.
  16. Go to your nearest nursing home and “adopt” a resident who has no family or whose family has abandoned him/her. Donate a few hours a week to taking this person to the park, for a ride in the country, home for dinner, or include him/her in a family outing.
  17. Get a few of your friends or choir members together and spend an hour or two each week singing at a nursing home.  You won’t have to be singing stars for the residents to appreciate and enjoy your efforts.
  18. Help your child start a campaign to convince your local schools to donate the food left over from school lunches to local homeless and/or women’s shelters.
  19. Each spring, buy a window air conditioner for an elderly person who doesn’t have air conditioning; during the winter, pay their heating bills for them.
  20. Every day hug your child and say, “I love you.”
  21. Teach a skill you have or share your knowledge of a subject with an interested child.
  22. Volunteer your services for children’s Reading Hour at your local library.
  23. Whenever you replace any of your furniture, donate your used stuff to a local homeless or women’s shelter or Help-In-Crisis.
  24. Start a program through your local SPCA to spend an afternoon a week transporting a few loving cats and dogs to a local nursing home or children’s hospital (be sure you go through the appropriate channels for permission) for an hour or two of mutual love and affection.  Everyone involved will benefit.
  25. During the summer, volunteer to keep an elderly neighbor’s yard mowed; during the winter, keep their sidewalks shoveled clear of snow.  Don’t forget to salt or sand for ice to prevent their slipping and breaking brittle bones.
  26. Offer to do the marketing for an elderly person who can’t get around very well.  Doing theirs and yours at the same time will allow you to do this favor with little extra demand on your time and energy.  If they prefer to do their own shopping, but lack transportation, let them know when you’re going to do yours and invite them to come with you.
  27. If you’re a single mother, organize a babysitting co-op with other single mothers in your area and take turns giving one another a day off from the kids.
  28. If you’re a reasonably good seamstress, make a special occasion dress (prom, graduation, Easter, Christmas) for a young lady who cannot afford to buy one.
  29. Help the kids in your community set up lemon-ade stands in the summer (even for just one weekend each summer) to raise money for a worthy cause.
  30. Volunteer as a teacher’s aid at your local school.
  31. Donate a bag of cat or dog food weekly to your local SPCA.
  32. Volunteer to help feed and care for the animals at your local SPCA.
  33. Pay to have a cat or dog at your local SPCA spayed or neutered.
  34. Volunteer to drive an elderly neighbor to his/her doctor’s appointments.
  35. Practice patience and tolerance. Be slow to anger and quick to forgive.
  36. Play Santa Claus and deliver Christmas presents to some financially deprived children in your area.
  37. Organize a program to provide after-school activities for kids until their parents get home from work.  (A good idea to include a tutoring program during this time.)
  38. Listen to a child.  Children have a lot to say; they need someone who will listen.
  39. Buy a bag of groceries (don’t forget things like soap and TP) for someone who has lost his/her job or has been sick or injured and unable to work.  Or offer to pay a utility bill or help with the rent.  Best to ask the family what they need most and let them know how much you can or are willing to do.
  40. Buy school supplies and /or a new outfit of clothes for a financially deprived child to start the school year.
  41. Organize a neighborhood block party and got to know and make friends with your neighbors.
  42. In everything you do, do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
  43. Be generous with encouragement whenever the cause or goal is worthy and realistic.
  44. Volunteer to help out at your local Help-In-Crisis or other Help line.
  45. Help your child with his/her homework.  Be involved and interested in his/her school activities.
  46. Get involved in your favorite cause, even if you can spend only one hour a week working on it.
  47. Learn CPR and other emergency first aid.  You never know whose life you might save.
  48. Extend a hand of friendship to someone of a different race, religion or nationality than your own.
  49. Volunteer to comfort, cheer up patients at your local hospital.  Offer  them your companionship.  Take them magazines, books, anything which will help them pass the time.
  50. Make copies of this list and pass them out to everyone you know.  Add to this list your own ideas of how to let your kindness show.
  51. Call your local Salvation Army, Help-In-Crisis and other help groups in your area and ask, “What do people need?  How can I help?”
  52. If you know someone who is grieving, sit with them. You don’t have to say anything. Just sit and let them talk or cry. You don’t have to respond or try to make them feel better. Just listen.