10 acts of kindness

Ten Acts of Kindness during the Month of March:

1. Decorate reusable grocery bags and fill them with their favorite non-perishable food items, and deliver to a local food bank. Go to www.feedingamerica.org to find a food bank location in specific areas.

2. Stuff new warm socks with water bottles and granola bars or chocolate bars to give to homeless people you pass on the street.

3. If you or your family knows someone in the armed forces, send them a “Thinking of You” card and thank them for their service to our country.

4. Box up clean used clothing that is in good shape and bring it to your local family shelter or charity thrift store. One item that is seldom collected is children’s underwear. These items must be new and with store tags still on them.

5. Make St. Patrick’s Day cards to distribute to nursing-home residents. Be sure to contact your local nursing home to schedule a time to do this. Make the cards festive by drawing pictures of spring flowers to welcome the spring season.

6. Donate gently used picture books for younger children and books for older children to distribute to a children’s hospital. If there is no children’s hospital in your area, call your local hospital and ask if you can donate the above items to the pediatric ward.

7. Get a group of friends together to rake leaves or shovel snow, take garbage cans to the curb on collection day, or offer to grocery shop one day a week for an elderly person during the month of March.

8. Charity begins at home. Offer to do something special once a week for the family. This could be offering to babysit, clean the garage, or cook a special dinner. Ask your parents what extra chore you can do for them during the month of March.

9. If you or your family knows someone who is seriously ill, form a prayer circle with your friends and pray for that person. This can be done online using a social network.

10. Older children can volunteer to help deliver Meals on Wheels to elderly homebound people. Most people use cars to transport meals, and it is very helpful to have someone with them who can get out of the car and bring the meal to the door of the people they are servicing. This is especially helpful to those in cities where parking a car can be a problem. Go online to find a Meals on Wheels organization in your area.

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