This Christmas season is the perfect time to teach your children the importance of kindness. Sometimes we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of our lives that we never stop to be truly kind and go out of our way to do so. One act of kindness can go a long way. This holiday season, I encourage you, no, challenge you, to accomplish 25 random acts of kindness with your kids. Need help figuring out what exactly you can do? Don’t worry; I’ve got you covered!
1. Buy toys specifically for donation, such as Toys for Tots.
2. Rake leaves or shovel snow for a neighbor (or several neighbors!)
3. Bake cookies for your mail carrier/neighbor/landlord/or just someone who you think needs cheering up.
4. Make Christmas ornaments or cards for the elderly in nursing homes.
5. Pick up litter at the park or in your neighborhood.
6. Let someone go in front of you in line at the store.
7. Pay for someone’s dinner at a restaurant.
8. Buy and donate toys or coloring books for the kids at the local children’s hospital.
9. Give money or buy groceries for a homeless person.
10. Put together care packages filled with toothpaste, toothbrush, snacks, deodorant, and chapstick and hand out to people in need.
11. “Ding dong ditch” random people with gift baskets.
12. If you know of a family that is in need and are unable to provide Christmas for their own kids, provide it for them anonymously.
13. Go through your kitchen and donate food to the local food pantry.
14. Go through your clothes, as well as your children’s, and donate any unwanted clothing to Goodwill or to a family in need.
15. Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
16. Donate books to the library/schools/waiting rooms at hospitals/dentists/doctors et cetera.
17. Make Christmas wreaths and leave them on doorsteps or on cars with a “Random Act of Kindness” tag attached to it, such as those shown below.
18. You know those awesome vending machines that dole out candy or random toys? Have your kids place quarters in the slots for some other kids.
19. Make a nice dinner and deliver it to a family friend.
20. Take get well balloons to the hospital and have the nurse give them to someone who is alone.
21. Donate any gently used stuffed animals (or buy some at the dollar store!) to the local fire department. They’ll use them to help comfort children who have been in traumatic situations.
22. Go caroling in your neighborhood.
23. Buy and deliver coffee or hot chocolate to the local police/fire department/hospital or even the Salvation Army bell ringers.
24. If you have a larger vehicle, such as a truck, deliver Christmas trees to those who do not have one or cannot afford one.
25. Have your kids hide dollar bills throughout the toy section at your local dollar store.
For kids, the holiday season is always magical. Let’s make this year even more special because kindness is magic.Google+