Fred Rogers once said that when he saw sad stories on the news, his mother would tell him, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” With many people feeling helpless over the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, Ann Curry started the 26 Acts Movement. In this movement, she is asking people to complete 26 random acts of kindness, one for each of the victims of the shooting. You can read more about the movement here: NBC News: 26 RAOK
I’m a believer that there is more good than evil in the world, and that one small kind act reaches many more people through a ripple effect. This is the perfect way to honor the victims and their families. Here are my ideas for 26 random acts of kindness.
Please leave me a comment to let me know which random acts of kindness you are doing in honor of the victims.
- Write a letter to one of the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School. You can send it to the following address: 12 Dickenson Drive, Sandy Hook, Connecticut 06482
- Bring treats to a nearby first responder station such as a fire house or police station with a letter thanking them for the work they do.
- Bring small gifts to hand out to staff and residents of a nearby mental health facility.
- Have your kids draw pictures and bring them to residents of a nearby nursing home.
- Send a letter to a soldier. You can send it here: A Million Thanks, 17853 Santiago Blvd. #107-355, Villa Park, CA 92861
- Leave a gift package on the porch of a neighbor, but don’t let them know it’s from you.
- Buy coffee for the person behind you.
- Pay the toll for the car behind you.
- Add quarters to parking meters.
- Write a long letter of appreciation to all of the teachers, teacher aids, school support staff, and school administrators you know.
- Anonymously deliver pizza to a loved one’s home.
- Leave a nice message in a random book in a nearby library.
- Shovel a neighbor’s driveway and sidewalk.
- Volunteer to walk a dog at a nearby animal shelter.
- Give someone a 30 minute break. If it’s a friend who is a stay at home mom, you can come by to watch her kids for her. If it’s a coworker, you can volunteer to help them with anything they need.
- Write a long letter to someone who has had a positive influence on you.
- Give blood.
- Give a pair of movie passes to a stranger.
- Spend time at a local grocery store and offer to return people’s grocery carts for them.
- Create small kits with mouth wash, hand sanitizer, bottled water, a snack, and socks and deliver the kits to the homeless.
- Pick up a stranger’s tab at a restaurant.
- Hand out lollipops or small gifts to children coming out of a store.
- Leave a tip for workers who normally don’t receive tips, such as a retail cashier.
- Write nice messages and leave them anonymously on the cars of friends and neighbors.
- For one day, give as many genuine compliments to strangers as you can.
- The next time you receive good customer service, take note of the person’s name and write a letter of appreciation to his or her supervisor.