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Lately, I’ve been reading Ann Voskamp’s book, “The Broken Way” and man, is it a game-changer. She talks about overcoming your brokenness essentially by taking a dare to give. I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately, to the point to where my heart is aching to just simply help.
One of the things that can hold me back from offering what I can is finances. I tend to think that my little contributions aren’t enough, so I do nothing at all. I want to combat this way of thinking, so I’ve come up with a list of random acts of kindness that you can do on a tight budget. Use what resources you have, alter it to fit your needs and join me in being the hands of Jesus this holiday season.
- Bake a batch of cookies for your local police department or fire station.
- When returning your Redbox movie, hide an additional dollar in the case for a snack!
- Offer to watch a young couple’s kids so they can have a date night.
- Write thank you notes to law enforcement, doctors, pastors, mailmen and other people who do things for you!
- Clean someone’s house for them.
- Write an encouraging text message
- Leave an encouraging note in a book at a bookstore or the library
- Volunteer your time at your local pet rescue or homeless shelter
- Create blessing bags for those less fortunate with supplies from Dollar Tree
- Sing at a nursing home and pass out homemade cards
- Give hot chocolate to Salvation Army bell ringers
- Bring a movie and a snack to an invalid’s house for a movie day
- Shovel snow or clean the yard of an elderly person
- Teach a younger Mom a skill you’ve mastered
- Invite a new family over for dinner
- Next time you’re at the store, tell another Mama they are doing a great job and that their kid is well-behaved
- Go through your closet and donate clothes that you don’t wear anymore to Goodwill
- Write a letter to an old teacher, coach or Sunday school teacher that made a difference in your life and let them know how much they meant to you!
- The next time you get great customer service, let management know
- Bring your old magazines to Doctor’s offices
- Put your cart away
- Try to reach out to someone with a sad social media status
- For one week, post NOTHING negative on social media
- Listen to someone who has opposing views than you with an open heart and mind
- Make your husband two lunches, one for him and one to give away
- Pay for the person in line behind you
- The next time you head out, ask a shut-in if they need something picked up
- Have your child invite a lonely peer to your house for a playdate
- Donate your talents to your local church
- Let someone cut in line
- Hold the door
- Gather your old boxes to give to someone who’s moving
- Leave an encouraging note for your waiter
- Pray for someone
- Send a greeting card to someone just because!
Did I miss any? Let me know how you spread kindness!