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    • yes, i am all about the simple acts right now. inexpensive and easy to do…benjamin franklin wrote it in his journal and reflected on it daily. thank you for reading crystal! xx

  1. These are such great ideas! I wish I would have remembered about Amazon smile before I did most of my Amazon shopping. However, I was able to support some bloggers, and I think they will be happy about that. Thanks for the link to donegood.com, I just found (and ordered) two great gifts.

  2. adriana

    Helping kids (and people in general) in need especially this time of year is the best way to spread cheer, AND make you feel really really good! LOVED this! 🙂

  3. These are such great ideas. I really love the first one because it’s an easy way to make someone feel special. I work at a library and we put out some supplies so kids could make Christmas cards which we will deliver to veterans.

    • becky that is so neat that you do that for the kids! i think people are looking to do good and really appreciate being given the space and tools to do it!

  4. These are some wonderful and caring ideas, and I honestly don’t know if my heart would be strong enough to do a lot of them. It hurts a lot to think of the less fortunate, especially around this time of year, but I love that so many people are willing to offer their help around the holidays. I always make sure to do a heap of donating to our local charity stores around Christmas as I have a lot of brand new items that could go to much better homes, plus it’s a great way to avoid clutter. I think 2019 will also be the year I finally stop being shy and make Christmas cards for some people who I come in contact with a lot, such as the cleaners at the shopping centre I work in. I don’t even know their names but I see how hard they work every day and I want them to feel appreciated!

    • indya i feel you! it’s so painful to see people hurting and lonely. i totally would urge you to go and bring some cheer and love in holiday card form to the people in your life you see again and again. it’ll make ya both feel good. love to you and yours! 🙂

  5. These are fabulous ideas! I feel like that’s the thing I’m missing this season. Giving back! I love little random acts of kindness. I’m going to do some of these this weekend!

    • thank you. i’ve never tried it myself. i usually give cash, but it would be so nice to have something ready to give like socks and i would love to include a love note too. merry christmas and happy holidays! thank you so much for your kindness and for reading summer! xx

    • thank you so much for reading annaliese. the principal at my daughter’s preschool arranged this at her school and that is how i first found out about it. xx

    • well said jasmine! i have started a kindness club at my work and we often write to the troops and children in the hospital. thanks so much for reading! xx

  6. These are such wonderful things to do any time of the year, but the holidays seem to be such a sweet time to make someone’s day! I love the idea of leaving water and snacks out for the delivery people! And giving to those in need is so important. I love sponsoring a child’s Christmas every year.

  7. All of these ideas are fantastic and so easy to accomplish! My kids and I have made “blessing bags” for the homeless in our area and I could tell it really touched my little ones’ hearts. I have never heard of Cradles to Crayons, and I am definitely going to look more into that! Love this post.

  8. These ideas are great and they can change a person’s life! I think we should try to do this on a monthly basis, not just Christmas! I have this idea that people are always better during the holidays, but I also try to keep some “Christmas cheer” for the rest of the year! 🙂

  9. This is a wonderful list! Thank you for this. I’ve been looking for something like this for the kids at church to do as an activity!

    • well, thank you leah. i am very passionate about sharing ways to spread kindness that are doable with kids. i’ll aim to do one of these articles for many holidays. i hope you’ll stay tuned. 🙂

  10. A Infinite Step

    This are really cool ideas and I must say, what we are lacking in today’s world is genuine kindness. I have seen people giving food the needy and taking a selfie or giving someone a helping hand and then writing in social media how they helped. Why???? If we are genuinely kind why do we need to show off??

    • i can see how you feel like that is disingenuine. maybe they want to inspire others to commit a kind act and send ripples of positivity into the world. hopefully, their prime motivation is to help others and not seek attention and praise for themselves. thank you for reading. xx

    • Hi Ola! What holidays do you celebrate? When I was younger and went to Catholic school i always said merry christmas to people i didn’t know and now i try to be more mindful and say something more inclusive. happy new year! xx

  11. There really are so many simple acts of kindness you can give during the holidays and throughout the year. Giving back not only benefits others, but it also benefits you as well.

  12. Clare these are great ideas! We do the Operation Christmas Child every year through our church. I have each kid fill up a box for a child their same age/gender. I normally try to send a box to the troops every year (military brat here) but I didn’t get around to doing one this year. I love the simplicity of some of these, like rewarding your neighbors who have the best lights, LOVE IT! I will have to keep these in mind for next year.

  13. These are all such lovely ideas and great ways to really connect with the spirit of the season. My favorite is leaving treats for the delivery drivers. We live in the country, so we have A LOT of packages delivered. I’m sure this is something they would appreciate 🙂

    • that’s a nice thought dani! thank you so much for thinking of them. my dad is a mail carrier and loved the goodies he got at christmas time. xx

  14. These are certainly some wonderful ideas – and worth consideration not only at Christmas time! Love #13, and in fact, two of my young granddaughters (ages 4 and 6) asked their mom (my daughter) if they could donate some of their toys to kids who might not have any. Proud mom and grandmom moment!

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