Day 4 – Acts of Kindness in the Community and for Neighbors

Acts of Kindness in the Community and for Neighbors

  • Open the door for another person.
  • Send some flowers to Royal Inland Hospital and let the hospital know it should go to someone who doesn’t have many visitors and is alone.
  • Drive courteously and safely.
  • Write a note to a dedicated teacher thanking them for the important contribution they are making.
  • Next time you grocery shop buy two yummy items for our food bank.  Donate those along with the can of kidney beans from the back of the pantry.
  • Smile at a stranger.
  • Give someone the spot you were going to take when you are parking on a busy day at Aberdeen Mall.
  • Leave a thank you note on your mailbox for the person who delivers your mail.
  • While you are out for a walk in Riverside Park pick up at least one piece of trash.
  • Give blood.
  • Anonymously pay for another table’s meal when you are out for dinner at Peter’s Pasta.
  • Deliver a pre-cooked meal that just needs to be heated to a busy and tired new mom.
  • Roll your elderly neighbor’s empty garbage cans back into their driveway on trash pick-up day.
  • Donate clothes and shoes you haven’t worn in a year to a shelter or the food bank (yep, they take clothes too!)
  • Mow your neighbor’s lawn.
  • Pay for the person’s order behind you in the drive-thru at Starbucks or Tim Horton’s.
  • Offer to baby-sit for a couple you know who need to “reconnect”.
  • Write something kind on a note and leave it on the table for your server at Frick and Frack to find after you leave the restaurant.
  • Go through your winter coats and choose one to give to a shelter before it gets too cold outside.
  • Choose a book you own and enjoyed reading, write a note on the inside cover about your favorite quote, idea, page number, or part of the story that you loved, and give it to a friend and ask them to do the same when they are done reading it.
  • Volunteer at an agency that can use your help.
  • Offer your shopping cart to someone walking into Save-on-Foods for free.
  • Pick up a few simple flowers from Awesome Blossom Florist and deliver them to your neighbor’s doorstep, early in the morning before everyone is awake.
  • Pick fruit from trees and share it with your neighbors.
  • Send a gift anonymously.
  • Purchase a $20 gift card, and give it to the person at the till, ask them to use it to pay for the orders of all the people behind you in the line at Cowboy Coffee.
  • Offer to take a smaller table if you are two people sitting at a table of four when it’s busy for breakfast at Hello Toast on a Saturday morning.
  • Anonymously slip a $20 bill into the pocket of a friend you know is having financial difficulty.
  • Offer to take care of a neighbor’s yard while they are out of town.
  • Say Hello to people you don’t know.
  • Let someone go in front of you in line at Nature’s Fare.
  • Give the toys your children no longer play with to a shelter.
  • Offer to walk an elderly neighbor’s dog.
  • Volunteer at our SPCA
  • If a friend or neighbor is moving, offer to bring food, perhaps tacos from Taco Del Mar, Yum!
  • Bake pies for the soup kitchen and arrange to deliver them for Thanksgiving.
  • Plug parking meters close to expiry on Victoria Street.
  • Oh, and I know this one is not about community or neighbors, but it’s most important: Call your parents and tell them you love them.

Good luck! And remind others to Pay it Forward…

With love and gratitude,

Natalie. xo

2 Responses to Day 4 – Acts of Kindness in the Community and for Neighbors
  1. Ross Marchio
    September 29, 2010 | 2:44 pm

    Routine and habits are something that are not thought of until someone notices you are in a pattern. The other morning I had decided to go through Starbucks drive through instead of Columbia Place were I go every morning.There is routine there I drop my kids off at school drive down the hill and park in the same spot everyday. My drink is usally poured by the time I go through the door and I say hello to all my friends even though I don’t know their names. This would be called a habit.
    The other morning i thought to do diffrent and pay it forward to the customer in the drive through lane and purchase for them their choice of beverage little did I know that the customer behind me was bringing drinks for fellow staff that morning. My bill came out to $23.56.The window person paused and asked me if I wanted to follow through with my kindness and I said yes. With a grin she accepted my money and asked me if I knew the person behind me and I replied that I did not so her response was that she would then pay it forward to the customer behind her.
    As we go through everyday and feel that we should be doing something for others but either don’t bother or just get wrapped up in our busy lives. Pay it forward makes you realize that it doesn’t take much effort but the rewards are satisfying and an Act of Kindness is something we can always share with others but feel an inner reward as well.Be kind to others and smile with your heart open.

  2. Yanni
    September 29, 2010 | 11:17 pm

    On Sunday 26th, our bishop visited Kamloops and conducted the morning church service.

    He couldn’t stay very long after the fellowship lunch, and since the parish was having a meeting afterward, my mom asked me if I could drive him to the airport. “Of course,” I said (for two reasons, with one being ya can’t say, “no,” to mom, right?).

    We had an interesting chat, and discovered he is a pretty cool guy. Didn’t even bring up religion during the drive, but joked about family, jobs, and crazy drivers in Kamloops (as a motorcyclist was weaving through traffic ahead of us).

    We reached the airport an hour before the flight, so I bought a parking ticket for the hour and helped him with his bags. He checked in, but decided to do some reading while waiting to board, which meant I really didn’t need to stick around to send him off safely.

    Heading back to the parking lot, with 50 min. left, I noticed a young woman at the ticket dispenser and asked if she could use the remaining time on my ticket. She said that was perfect, and she was sending a friend off for the same flight but couldn’t wait too long. Following me back to my car, she commented that she also drives a Saturn, and with the company no longer around, Saturn owners have to stick together.

    For me, her sincere smile and “thank you” topped off a pretty nice Sunday.

    (And, yeah, it seems Saturn owners do stick together, even when we don’t know it.)

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